What is your main form of creative expression?
I’m a writer. My main genre is Young Adult Fantasy novels, but I also write in Adult Romance, and New Adult Science Fiction.
Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?
For my day job, I manage an apartment complex. What’s great about having my day job, is having some amount of guaranteed income every month, plus a reliable schedule so I can plan times to write and work on my website.
How long have you been creating music/books/plays/films/etc.?
I started writing when I was in 5th grade, when I wrote my first short-story, which was about 16 years ago. But I didn’t really start to make writing my career until I was in college and had to resources to learn more about the business of writing.
How do you find time to be creative when you have a separate day job?
It’s a real struggle, especially since I also juggle a part-time freelance career and manage my own blog. However, I find that taking on challenges like NaNoWriMo really encourages me, and I try to stick to a schedule to write and read at the same time every day so I can get some creative work done every day.
Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?
I love to paint when I have a chance and attend paint & sip parties with friends. It a great way to unwind through creativity without putting additional pressure on myself. In the past, I played piano often, which I’d love to start doing again soon.
Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?
Honestly, I have a hard time reading a book/listening to a song/going to an art gallery and not feeling inspired in some way. Every creative person I’ve met, regardless of their age, profession or education, has offered me some insight into their process or work that is brand new.
Why do you create?
As I stated before, I get inspired often. I always have a new character in my head, or a new world to create, or a new plot. If I couldn’t get these things down on paper, I’d probably go crazy trying to contain it all.
What advice do you have for other creatives?
Do what you love doing because you love doing it. If you end up making money and a career out of it, then great. If you don’t, that doesn’t mean you’re not good at your art. You can still love to be creative without it being your source of income.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently querying a Young Adult Fantasy novel, the first book in a trilogy, and working on a second, stand-alone project, that I’m really excited about. I hope to have a first draft done by the end of April!
Where can people find you and your work?
While I’m still working to find representation for my novels, you can find more information about me and my blog at sarahfoil.com.
Thanks so much for having me!
Thank you, Sarah, for stopping by to talk creativity! I could not agree with your advice to other creatives more.