Barbara Speak’s Indy Author Talk – Barbara Interviews Sadie

This installment of Nerd Girl Official’s Indy Author Talk is with Barbara Speak author of the Flawlessly Broken series.  It’s rather interesting that Barbara decided to interview Sadie the main character of Finding Solace.  We get to see a little more of what makes Sadie ticks from the perspective of the very person who created her.  Sit back and enjoy!  For those who haven’t read the first book, below you can find the synopsis of the first book.  

Barbara Speak is an awesome lady!  She is easy to talk to and is quite a writer!  Stay tuned as her review from me will be up shortly. 

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Finding Solace (Flawlessly Broken Book 1) by Barbara Speak

Sadie Warren is a walking contradiction. The confidence she wears on the outside is only to cover the scars that are imbedded on her soul. Coming out of an abusive relationship where she was stripped of her security and confidence, she chooses to bury it under every man she gives her body to. After one intoxicated night that she will never remember in its entirety, everything begins to change. Being seen more for her positive attributes and less for her faults, Sadie arises from the dark and into a place she feels safe. But with that comes a chain of events that blur the lines of everything she thought she needed and everything she’s beginning to want. Will fear keep her from the one thing she believes she desires most or will fate take a turn unexpectedly and change everything?

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Barbara Interviews Sadie Warren

Barb –   Could you introduce yourself to us? (IE, name, age, where you are from etc) Sadie – My name is Sadie Warren. I am a 23 year old hairstylist that lives in Illinois.

Barb – Who would you most like to play you in a film of your story? Sadie – That’s a tough one. Maybe Nadia Bjorlin. I hate to say I look like her because she’s unbelievably beautiful, but we have some similarities that it could work


Barb – Describe your character.  Are you happy?  Angry?  Loving?  ect Sadie – Describing myself huh? Well, I’m the type of girl that has to learn the hard way. I always have been. For the most part I’m a fun person. I love to go out, hang with my friends and party pretty hard. I don’t feel like I’m an angry person. If anything I’m probably too forgiving. As for loving, I love more than I knew a person could.

Barb – Do I have any major twists in future books you feature in? I know you do, but tell the fans! Sadie – Heck yeah. YOU love to take the readers on a roller coaster ride. Twists are just a part of that. Fearing Regret shocked me and I know Fighting Fate will do the same.

Barb – In your story who influences you? Is there a love interest? Someone who is a bad influence?  Sadie – Oh definitely. Colton Jennings was all of the above. Funny thing is, I was never looking for love. I was so screwed up from a relationship prior to meeting Colt; I walked into that with zero expectations. Boy did everything change.

Barb –  Do you feel as a character you have different ideas on how your story should go with how I feel? Sadie – I really don’t at all. It’s as if you wrote it down just as I told you. My story in my own words.

Barb –  Give examples of your best and worst traits? Sadie – I guess it would have to be being a true friend. I would do anything for each and everyone of them. My worst trait would be giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, more than I probably should.

Barb – So your readers see you how I envisioned they would? Sadie – At first I hated that they judged me so harshly over my youth and decision making. But then I realized they were right. I did make some very stupid mistakes. But had I changed one thing up, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And there is nothing about the way my story ended that I would change.

Barb –  Do you think there is there room in your story for a sequel? Sadie – A sequel for me probably wouldn’t be that interesting. Now my friends, those are some stories you will want to hear for sure. In fact, Kate got her own book and it just came out July 1st. It’s called Fearing Regret.

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Barb –  What is the one thing you could never live without?  Sadie – Music. Without a single doubt my answer is music. Wrapping yourself up in a song can make any moment better or worse, but it will make it something regardless. 

Author Interview

Barbara Speak

1 . When did you realize you had a love for writing?  Honestly it wasn’t until I was halfway through my first novel that I realized I had a talent for it. I have a passion for reading. You could even consider it an addiction. Most of the girls at my work would tease me for it. One day a coworker said, “As much as you read I am amazed you haven’t written your own book yet.” My response was, “I also love to eat but I’m not a chef either.”  We laughed, but several hours later I thought, why not. What do I have to lose? Once I began, I couldn’t shut it off. It was as if these voices started to speak to me and I couldn’t write it fast enough. I know that makes me sound like a crazy person but the characters become very real. So real that I have no choice but to get it out. I fell in love. It is so much fun. Writing relaxes me and takes me into a whole different world. I couldn’t stop now if I tried.

2. What is your writing style? (ie, do you plan it out in detail or write off the cuff) I have a basic outline going into the book but all of that goes to hell once I begin. The main climax remains the same but everything else changes as the story evolves.

3. Is there anything quirky you do when writing? For the most part I write on my phone. It’s the most convenient device for portability and easy access. There are times at a stop light or a bank drive up window where I have whipped it out and gotten something written down.

4. Are there any author’s or books who influenced you to write? Or to write a certain genre? I think I found my comfort zone after reading Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I love a great YA Paranormal or a Fifty Shades type book, I have practically read them all. But some place between Contemporary Romance and New Adult is my home.

5. How many books do you have published?  Currently I have 3 books in publication. Finding Solace, Affliction, and Fearing Regret with my fourth Fighting Fate coming out December 15th 2014.

6. How do you organize yourself to write? Does it come naturally or do you have to plan your time? I write when I can, or when an idea won’t go away. I don’t see myself as a person who has to write from 4-7pm every night. It would never work for me. I don’t have post-it notes everywhere either. One outline gets me through.

7. What are your aspirations as an author?  I guess I just want to be the best I can be. I’m going to continue putting my books out there for those who get something from them. As much as I would love for the world to know my works, it was never about that. I guess the answer would be, I aspire to help people. If I can help them to see that they are far from alone when it comes to making mistakes and show them that a happily ever after can happen, I have achieved my goal.

8. Name one must read book everyone should read (not your own) Wallbanger! Alice Clayton is genius


9. What is the biggest piece of advice you could give to an aspiring new author? Stay true to yourself. Don’t let anyone dictate what you should do or how. Write what you feel and stay passionate.

10. Has anyone ever given you a really good piece of advice? What? J. Sterling told me that while starting out, don’t bother shopping publishers. Get your backing from fans and they will find you.

11. Do you find the use of social media has helped you as an author?  Social media has made all the difference in the world for me. How else would I get to know the very authors that I admire the most, lol? I get to interact with my fans 1 on 1. It’s amazing.

12. What is your pet peeve as a reader? Too much detail. For me, I don’t want 59 chapters on what color the sky is. I hate skimming, but find I do it more than I like.

13. Do you feel there is anything about your work that sets you apart from other authors? I wouldn’t say sets me apart. My lead characters talk to the reader which I know is a little different. I think as far as my storylines, I try to show issues real women face. A lot of books have a broken man that the woman feels the need to help fix. My books focus more on the women overcoming their own demons and issues. 

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