Get to know Sarahlyn Bruck and her second novel Daytime Drama – Released March 2 2021!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your published book (s).
Sure! I write novels and teach English full-time at a local community college. My husband, daughter, and I live in Philadelphia. My first book, Designer You, came out in 2018. And my second, Daytime Drama, releases on March 2, 2021.
Tell us about the genre you like to write, and how is it similar / different from other women fiction genres?
Both my books are firmly set in the contemporary women’s fiction genre. They are each centered on a woman’s emotional journey, which is what makes women’s fiction unique and special. Within the genre, my interests as an author tend to gravitate toward topics like changing family dynamics and the ways women can reinvent themselves when life takes an unexpected sharp turn.
What are some of the biggest challenges authors of older protagonists face today?
I think there’s a misconception that characters who have hit midlife (and beyond) are somehow less interesting than their younger counterparts, who might be going through a coming-of-age type of story arc. The truth is, as one gets older life can get more complicated—there are more balls in the air to juggle, such as romantic relationships, children, aging parents, career, health struggles, etc. I personally find those complications really interesting and the ways that people grasp to balance it all simply fascinating.
Given the ongoing popularity of chick lit, where do you see light-hearted fiction for older readers ten years from now?
I think as we get older, our girlfriends become such important support systems in our lives. I’d love to see more light-hearted stories about women’s friendships. Road trip and vacation books are such a hoot to read. Who wouldn’t want to go on a girls’ trip with a bunch of funny, sharp women who happen to be middle-aged BFFs?
When did it dawn on you that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been obsessed with books my whole life, so I’m sure my interest in writing was born out of my love of reading. When I was young, I thought the most fun job in the world was an author—the person who got to make up all those fantastic stories that gave so much joy to readers.
Do you have a day job other than being a writer?
Yes! I teach writing full-time at a community college. I love my job.
What is your typical writing routine like?
I prefer to write in the morning because that’s when my brain is most alert, but I don’t always get what I want. If I’ve got a lot of grading to get through, for example, I may have to postpone my writing until after the workday. I’ve written a lot in my car while my daughter’s at soccer practice.
What kind of message do your book (s) convey to readers?
Finding hope, strength, and humor no matter what life throws at you.
Does your book (s) incorporate certain aspects of your own life (and / or that of others)?
Yes and no. When it comes to world building, for example, I will utilize what I know and research the rest. Like, I lived in Hollywood and knew the layout and the vibe of the area, but I wasn’t involved in the entertainment industry in any direct way, and certainly not specifically in soap operas. All that I needed to research.
Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
Any advice you’d like to give for aspiring writers over 40?
I know the cliché is that it’s never too late, but it’s so true! We have so many wonderful, inspirational examples of writers who found success as authors after 40. But even if publication isn’t the goal, writing is an amazing creative challenge. Storytelling is empowering and helps us make sense of our very complicated world. Even just scribbling down our thoughts into a journal can serve as a cathartic release. It’s never too late to start writing.