Sarah Tauber is here today talking about her romance novel, The Story She Had to Tell.
As she does a virtual book tour, Sarah will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes
and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
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Tauber is a world traveler who retired four years ago from a corporate job to
pursue her passions of dressage riding and writing. Her first book, For Dear Life, is a memoir covering two
years she lived in Tehran, Iran in the 1970’s. It is available on Amazon.com,
BarnesandNoble.com, and Xlibris.com. The
Story She Had to Tell is her first novel. Sarah lives in San Diego County
with her husband of eleven years.
Welcome, Sarah. Please tell us about
your current release.
The Story She Had to Tell is a
fictional love story about an old woman who wants to share her secret past with
the world before she dies. She hires an old friend who is a writer to come live
with her, interview her and create the book. Her secret has to do with what
happened to her as a young woman when she travelled to Havana, Cuba with a
girlfriend. The story runs between current day and Cuba, circa 1952.
What inspired you to write this book?
is my second book. My first was a memoir. I wanted to write a novel. I awoke
one morning with a working title in my head, “A life lived well.” It evolved
into the idea of an old woman wanting to share stories of her life before she
died. The Cuban theme came from the fact that my mother, as a young woman,
travelled to Havana with a girlfriend before she married my father. Stupidly I
never asked her what happened over there and now she is gone. I thought it
would make a good storyline.
Excerpt from The Story She Had to Tell:
We continued to dance, and I continued to breathe him in. What are you doing, Madeleine? What do you
expect out of this? You have had only one real boyfriend, a guy back home who
wanted to marry you, but you felt nothing but friendship for him. And here is
this amazingly handsome man with a Spanish accent who has swept you off your
feet, but is it real, or am I going to discover later that I’ve made a terrible
mistake? I’ll discuss this with Georgiana tonight when we’re back at the hotel
and see what she says. She’s more worldly than I am. She’s probably had lots of
boyfriends. She’ll help me decide what to do. I’m only twenty-three. He must be
at least ten years older than I am. Maybe he’s a masher! Oh dear, now I am
walked me back to the table, kissed my hand and said he would see me tomorrow.
I watched him leave the club. I sighed heavily.
came back down to earth long enough to tell her that Carlos had invited both of
us to go sightseeing tomorrow. “He said he would pick us up at 11:00 a.m. That
will give us time to sleep in and have a late breakfast. Please say you’ll join
us. I don’t really know him and don’t want to risk going alone.”
course I’ll go with you, if only to chaperone!”
What exciting story are you working on
have written and published two books, one short story and a travelogue for a
travel agency. I will be doing more travelogues in the coming years. When an
idea for a new book hits me, I will start writing it. I’m certain there is at
least one more book in me, probably a novel. When writing a novel you are only
as limited as your imagination and I have a big one!
When did you first consider yourself a
suppose after I held my first published book in my hand. That made it official.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
are probably as many writing disciplines as there are writers. With my two
books I wrote usually twice a week, when the words in my head were about to
explode. I couldn’t sit down at my computer every day and write. That didn’t
work for me. But when I did write, I wrote between 2-3,000 words. No, I don’t
write full time. I am also very involved in dressage riding which takes up much
of my time.
What would you say is your interesting
only write when inspired but then it pours out of me. Both of my books were
written in under a year and within fifteen months of each other.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
a young child it was a nurse or a ballerina. As a young adult it became a wife
and mother. (It was the 50s and 60s.)
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
urge to write my memoir came suddenly after listening to a friend for over a
year talk about her memoir. I signed up for an online memoir writing class and
began my book about half way through it. In about four months I was finished.
That was the easy part. I was overwhelmed at my choices for a publisher. That was
another process. And then the hardest part, promoting your book.
are three kinds of writers: “I want to write a book someday.” (Usually never
started my novel. I have three chapters already!” (Usually never gets finished
writing a book. My goal is to write at least three chapters a week. So far I’m
on track!” (Usually gets finished and published.) It takes discipline and
commitment. And then you have to step out of your comfort zone, especially if
you are introverted, and tell the world why they should buy your book!
you so much! I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity.
Thank you for being here today!