hogle_author-photoToday we are getting to know one of our Patchwork Press authors, Sarah Hogle, a bit better! Check out her author interview!


Q – What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I wrote was a masterpiece called MY ETERNAL, and answered the question “What if Twilight had less character development and more purple prose?” I am still surprised that I received kind replies from the poor literary agents I queried, because it was pretty cringe-worthy. The last 10% of the book featured a love triangle in a comatose, bizarre stream-of-consciousness state, which I used in the sample of my writing included with the query. You know, instead of the first chapter like you’re supposed to include.

THE BELLS OF BLACK MAGIC is my first published book. No one is in a coma in this one.

Q – Which author do you most look up to?

Sharon Creech. I devoured her books when I was in middle school, and they had such an enormous impact on what I wanted to read and write about as I grew older. Her voice is uniquely her own. I love her haunting magical realism and ability to snatch readers out of their homes and throw them right into the story.

Q – What is your ultimate goal as an author?

I think that what I want as an author, more than anything, is to create a large body of work that I can be proud of. I want to fill a shelf with my name. I hope that every year I write a novel that I love more than the last. I want to avoid following trends or letting industry noise shape my work, and focus only on stories that are fun and satisfying to write. I love the idea of being a hybrid author, and producing both self-published and traditionally published titles.

Q –  What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy! Particularly, YA Fantasy. The future seems so open when you’re a young adult. Anything can happen, and in a fantasy setting I love to see underdog teens gather up their courage to conquer evil forces and save the day. It also helps if there’s swoon-worthy romance involved. I like a mix of magic, romance, and humor, with bonus points for spooky atmospheres.

Q – What is your writing process like? Do you have a writing routine that you follow?

My process begins with a handful of disjointed notes. I dive right into writing, because if I plot first I end up plotting it to death before the story even begins and lose the desire to write it. So I get ahead of myself, hammering out a couple of chapters to establish the tone, and once I’m about five chapters in and I know the novel is something I want to complete, I get to work on a light outline. Nothing too dense, and I leave plenty of room for spontaneity. I try to think of the outline as a suggestion. When I write I can’t listen to actual music, or else I start singing along and stop paying attention, so I listen to rainymood or atmospheric sounds on ambient-mixer.

Q – What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Probably my perseverance. You need it when you’re staring rejection in the face just about every day. Authors are rejected by agents, by editors, by readers, etc. I could write twenty books in a row and have all of them labeled failures and I’d still jump right back into writing the twenty-first. I never hesitate before getting back on the horse. I have to trust that someday it will take me somewhere.

Q –  Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I try to be crafty, but usually don’t execute my ideas very well. Last Halloween, however, I tried my hand at a homemade witch cabinet (inspired by Pinterest) and it was a lot of fun! I painted a shelf with streaks of black, green, blue, and purple and filled it with “potions” – old jars and bottles I decorated. Then I turned a snow globe into a crystal ball, stuffed Spanish moss into a cauldron, added candles and tarot cards I painted myself, and finished it off with orange and purple fairy lights. Wha-la! Halloween by my computer desk all year round.

Sarah on Twitter – on Goodreads

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Today we’re welcoming a new author to the Patchwork Press family! Sarah Hogle is a fantasy writer of The Fortune-Teller duology, and the first installment is called The Bells of Black Magic. We cannot wait to dive into the worlds she creates for all her readers!


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Sarah has horrible social anxiety and despises talking about herself. But when she must, she will awkwardly steer the conversation toward talking about someone else say that she lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, and is almost always working on a fantasy novel at any given time. She loves forests, witch stories, the color blue, Linda Belcher, strange magic, Harry Potter, and the movie Big Fish. Sarah is very easily amused and distracted, so productivity in the age of cat gifs is a miracle.

The Bells of Black Magic is book one in The Fortune-Teller duology.

A note from Sarah: I’ve been writing since the age of five. When I was growing up I loved trying my hand at Dear America style novels, which never advanced past ten pages in a notebook before I started something new. I also loved mimickingAmerican Girl books, and Molly was my favorite character. 🙂 These days, I still prefer historical settings over contemporary, but now most of my settings are fictional and filled with magic – partly, I think, because I dabbled in Harry Potter fan fiction. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is fleshing out magic systems.

Sarah on Twitter – on Goodreads

b4rpbtfnToday we are getting to know our newest member of the Patchwork Press family, Amy Sousa, a little bit better!


  • What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I ever wrote was “Love Unexpected” (Formerly titled “Unexpected Love”). I was 11 years old and I would post each chapter to the Sims Resource along with screenshots of my Sims. I later migrated the story to Wattpad and it remains unedited until today. I keep it up because it’s hilarious to me to see how awful my grammar was back then. The first book I ever published was “It Started with a Phone Call,” back in 2013. I self published it on Amazon, but at that point the fame had gone down for over a year so very few purchased it. I also had many complains from new readers (young teens) who weren’t allowed to buy it so I decided to take it down from Amazon and put it back on Wattpad.

  • Which author do you most look up to?

This might seem like a weird answer, but Meg Cabot. I haven’t read her books in years, mainly because I’ve outgrown her style of writing. Growing up, her books were the ones that helped me learn English and really got me into reading and writing. I remember several years ago she followed me on Twitter and I actually squealed, even though she follows a lot of people.

  • What is your ultimate goal as an author?

Honestly, to have people read my books from beginning to end. It might seem silly, but I notice that a lot of people start books, but never finish them. I’m guilty of this, but I don’t do it often because I’m easily impressed. I want people to read my story and make the decision that it’s interesting enough for them to read it to the end, and even want more.

  • Which of your characters do you most connect with?

Jacqueline/Princess Annabella for sure. I always put bits of my personality into my female protagonists, but she is definitely really special to me. I basically wrote her as me, but changed her appearance and minor aspects of her personality. She’s also funnier than me because I don’t have to come up with comebacks on the spot when I have time to think about them.

  • What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy 100%. I love reading about magical creatures, mythology, and different worlds because it’s not something that I could possibly experience. It’s an escape for me. It’s also my favourite genre to watch. I think it’s mainly because there aren’t any rules because it’s not a reflection of reality.

  • What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Avoiding writing “he said” or “____ said” too often.  I feel like I’m pretty terrible at describing things instead of just sticking to straight dialogue.

  • What is your writing process like? Do you have a writing routine that you follow?

I don’t really have a routine. When I have ideas and spare time I’ll get into bed and start writing away on my laptop.  The only real routine thing I do is to write out a descriptive storyboard so I know exactly what to mention in each chapter, but the rest of the content gets made up as I go, or I’ll jot down ideas that come to me randomly during the day.

  • Do you have any go-to snacks while writing?

Cherry Blasters for sure if they’re available to me. I try to avoid buying them because I have no self-control, but when I do I love to munch on them (the entire bag) while I write. Then again I also eat them when I’m doing anything productive (or unproductive) at all. I pretty much eat them any chance I get.

  • What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

This might sound weird because it wasn’t intended to be a novel, but “The Odyssey” by Homer. I read this for the first time when I was eight, but my reading skills were really bad back then so I count the first time during my first year of university in my mythology class. I just really love Greek mythology.

  • What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Being able to come up with something creative at the last second. This doesn’t only apply to my writing, but life things such as gift ideas. I always feel stumped for a long time about what I’m going to write, but every time without fail I think of something that works pretty well. I’m also good at writing in little jokes (mainly dad jokes) into my stories because I don’t have to come out with them at the same moment, but I can actually think of them.

  • What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Proof read your work. The amount of times that I’ve fully edited my books is ridiculous. Once Upon A Tear was edited by me at least four times, and each of those times I found massive mistakes (repeating sentences, the use of the wrong names, contradictions). You can never proof read too much.

  • If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?

This is really hard because my favourite characters probably wouldn’t get along. Odysseus from “The Odyssey,” both Lilly and Mr. Ambrose from the “Storm and Silence” series by Robert Their, and both Violet and Ryn from the “Creepy Hallow” series by Rachel Morgan. There would probably be a lot of bickering going on between everyone, but I feel like all of the females would get along well while the males would try to prove who is the smartest.

  • What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I get to write whatever I want to. I make my own choices because everything is coming from my imagination. I have so much freedom and it’s not something that I have to do. I do it for fun and as a hobby. I also love it when people like my work. It makes me feel like there’s a bigger purpose behind it all.

  • If you could co-write a novel with any other author in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?

This is SO difficult because my style of writing doesn’t really fit in with my favourite authors. I guess I’d have to say Meg Cabot or Sarah Dessen because their target audience for the most part is younger and I loved their books growing up. I’d obviously want to write fantasy, but with a teen fiction twist by either of them I feel like a good story might come out of it.

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?

If I were better at Biology and Math I’d love to be a vet. Animals are my favourite things in the world and I want to do whatever possible to make them happy and healthy. I’d probably cry a lot with the ones I can’t save or the ones that come in in bad shape, but I’d try my best to make them better again.Or an otter cuddler.

  • How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?

Quite a long time. I feel like most people only take a few months, but it takes me a few weeks just to plan out the entire storyline. It probably takes me a good six months to write all of the chapters out and another month to edit it a few times. As for publishing, I’ve only ever self published so that took me a few days. I guess I’ll have to find out how long it takes!

  • What is your favorite place to write?

In my bed with my dog near me. I can’t write in public because I feel like everyone is looking at my screen. My bed is my safe zone (and it’s really comfortable with the foam topper) so I can fully relax.

  • Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I have a planner (from Erin Condren) that I design stickers for. It’s surprisingly a really big thing and there are tons of stickers shops online, especially through Etsy. I make my own stickers and sometimes buy stickers from other people, but I’m hoping to save up and buy a sticker cutter so I can just buy printables and not waste hours trying to cut everything out perfectly by hand. You should really look into it if you like planning! I’m a bit of an organizational freak so I like everything to be colour coted and perfectly layed out. My planner helps me get through everyday with less anxiety.

We are ecstatic to introduce one of our newest authors joining the Patchwork Press family. Piper Landen is an adult and new adult author. Her latest novel being published by Patchwork Press, Mugs, an adult contemporary story inspired by the friendships in sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. We cannot wait to share her stories with you!


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Piper Landen is an author of adult and new adult contemporary titles focused on romance and friendship. She hails from somewhere that’s always either way too hot or way too cold so spends most of her time inside reading and writing, while cuddling her dogs.


A note from Piper to her readers: I’m so excited to be joining the amazing team behind Patchwork Press to bring my books into the world for their awesome readers. I’ve been an obsessive reader for as long as I can remember and the idea of publishing my own books can be pretty scary sometimes, but I love the idea of taking part in a team and believe 1000% that my books are better for it. Can’t wait to get to know all of you!