Interview: Sarah Nicolas, YA writer and Associate Publicist at Entangled Publishing

Sarah Nicholas is a twenty-something who currently lives in Orlando with a singing-dancing-fool of a roommate and the cutest mutt on the face of the planet. She’s “Thursday” on the YA Rebels, a contributor at YAtopia, a freelance author’s assistant, and an associate publicist at Entangled Publishing.

Sarah believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too. She’s a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Sales.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarah_nicolas

Let’s check out Sarah’s answers to the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
Having (and acting on) a purpose. Doing more than the minimum. Being constructive because you want to, not because somebody is making you or paying you.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
Yesterday. The first time I remember hearing it was a boy on the bus singing it. I was in middle school, but he was in high school and very talented.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Singing! I’m sure there are more productive things I could wish for, but I’m a terrible singer and have always wished for the kind of talent that would immediately connect me with people.

On what occasion do you lie?
I tend to avoid the truth more than I lie––and that’s usually to spare someone’s feelings.

What is your present state of mind?
Imagine if you were riding a roller coaster and the shoulder restraint was broken.

What is your motto?
If it is to be, it is up to me. Heard it first in third grade; it rang true even then.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Courage of conviction.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Your favorite painting?
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John William Waterhouse.

What is your favorite journey?
The journey between “stranger” and “best friend”.

What is your favorite time of day?

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
Sherlock Holmes, I think. Though if you ask me tomorrow, it will probably change.

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
I guess… figuring out what I need to do before I can die happy?

Who or what is your first love?
Donatello (the ninja turtle). Unless you mean “first” as in present tense, then it would be connecting people.

What’s the last dream you remember?
Oh gosh. I was at this athletics competition that had all the importance of the Olympics, but the contests were silly childhood pool games – like paddling in cardboard canoes and diving for colored rings.

What’s your madeleine?
The smell of old, well preserved books.

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?

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