Sarah Morgenthaler, author of Mistletoe and Mr. Right, is a geologist and lifelong science nerd. She is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing with her rescue pit bull, Sammy. When not writing contemporary romance and romantic comedy set in far off places, Sarah can be found traveling with her husband.
Get to know Sarah in this Q&A and then join us on Thursday, December 17 at 12 PM ET to hear her discuss her work in SHELF LIFE: Heartwarming Holidays: Romance Writing & Publishing.
Festival: What motivated you to become a writer?
Morgenthaler: I’ve been writing since my teen years, but those stories were always just for fun and primarily for myself. It wasn’t until about four years ago that I decided to try to become a published author. I’m so glad that I did. I love this job!
Who or what are some of your creative influences?
I read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy growing up, so I can feel that influence my writing in a lot of subtle ways. Also, I love to laugh and have fun with the people in my life. I try to remember that, and I try to bring a feeling of enjoying the people around us to the characters in my stories. I write about people who love their towns, their friends, and their families.
What was your favorite part about writing your book?
I absolutely loved writing the “squirrel B&B” scene. I’m grinning just thinking about it.
Do you have any sources of inspiration that you come back to while writing?
I like to listen to music when I’m writing. Also, since my Moose Springs series is set in Alaska, I love to find outdoorsy places to write. Seeing nature while I’m working is a huge inspiration for me.
What impact or takeaway do you hope your work will have for readers?
Life can be very difficult right now. I’d love for someone to pick up one of my books and have a couple hours of lighthearted fun. If the stories can brighten their day just a little, then I’m happy.
What are you working on next?
I’ve been working on a secret project, but I can’t talk about that yet. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share soon!