Interview with author Phillip Vega

Book: Searching for Sarah

Q1. Hello Sir, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

I’ve has always been a storyteller, but never put pen to paper until a few years ago. Suddenly, I had a publishing contract, and in the midst of the vortex of marketing, analytics, refining, and continuing to write, I discovered what I define as my true calling, my passion. I am now fully and happily immersed in the whirlwind that is the publishing industry, even as I diligently continue my work in enterprise software sales.
I am a Long Islander with Hispanic roots, now living in Florida, and it is from those memories of summers on Long Island, New York that I crafted my first book, Last Exit to Montauk. The Captain & the Queen soon followed, and I recently released my third novel, Searching for Sarah, the 2021 Book Excellence Awards, Winner, LGBTQ/Fiction.
Comfortable in a room full of people or one on one, I welcome opportunities for guest appearances, interviews, and book signings–and even more importantly, engaging with my fans.

Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Searching For Sarah’ book?

Time is always my greatest challenge. When writing, the story arc plays in my mind, almost like a YouTube video. Each chapter plays as I put thought to paper. My greatest challenge is finding the time to sit and write.

Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

There are many books and authors that influenced me over the years, and they range in genre. As I look at the bookcase in my office, I see a lot of Lee Childs, Timothy Zahn, Tom Clancy, Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, to name a few.

Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I am a beach-lover. I could spend all day lounging at the beach, watching the waves caress the crystal white shore, as people splash about the water, and build castles in the sand. There is a peace to beach, especially at sunset. A quietness that everyone seems to respect.

Q5. Is there lots to do before you drive in and start writing a book?

I’d love to say yes, but for me, since starting this career, the ideas flood my mind. Unlike some of my contemporaries, I do not create an outline for my stories. I get an idea, sit at my keyboard, turn on my music, and start writing.

Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Searching For Sarah’ book?

It took me approximately six weeks to write. That is typically how long it takes me to write a new manuscript. Of course, it takes longer to edit, and re-edit, before releasing it to the marketplace. Fortunately, I work with a great editor, Janet Fix, of thewordverve.

Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Searching For Sarah’ book to buy?

Currently, all my novels are available in paperback, and digital platforms from all the major retailers.

Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Searching For Sarah’?

I do not know which came first, the title for the story, or the story itself. The title for this and my other novels, Last Exit to Montauk, and The Captain & the Queen, all came to me as I sat down and began the writing process.
Book covers, on the other hand, takes time. My send my editor ideas, and she, along with her staff, search for the right cover that evokes the overall theme of the novel. She usually sends me a few to choose from, and eventually select the one cover we all love.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Keeping things fresh can be challenging, which is why my novels aren’t repeats of one another. Interestingly, they all take place in the same universe, think Marvel Universe, where each character has a standalone story, but fits into an overall universe. And like that universe, all my novels are standalone, which periodically feature…spoiler alert…crossovers or easter eggs from previous, or future novels.
I try to keep things fresh by delivering new themes. For example, my award-winning first novel, Last Exit to Montauk, was an interracial coming-of-age tragic love story, set in the mid-80s summer of Long Island.
My Second, the award-winning, The Captain & the Queen, while similar, tells the comedic story of a(n) Hispanic teen who falls for his uber-rich Greek classmate.
The Book Excellence Awards, Winner, LGBTQ/Fiction, 2021, Searching for Sarah is adult-themed. It is the story of a man who sets out to fulfil his older sister’s dying wish. As he begins to look for clues through his sister’s diary, he is startled by the fact that he never even knew her at all, because she had a life partner named Sarah, that he did not know.
One reviewer wrote that finding Sarah becomes an adventure that reveals a lot about family dynamics, prejudices, and a love so pure it is inspiring. Searching for Sarah is a profoundly emotional story that will touch readers at deep and personal levels; it is a story of the triumph of love and its beauty, and fans of LGBTQ will find it irresistible.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

Absolutely. This story contains strong Hispanic protagonists, and strong female protagonists, a common theme in all my novels. As one reviewer wrote, Searching for Sarah is not simply a novel about love and not about sex, though both have their place. It’s about an idea. About ingrained prejudices, missed opportunities and events beyond our control. It’s about not letting life slip through our fingers.

If you’re looking for a book that delivers on adult themes, crossing boundaries, and love, then pick up a copy of Searching for Sarah.

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