Sarah Fawcett discusses her love of books, childhood and how she became an erotic fiction author.
I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and read whatever I could get my hands on. Thursdays were my day at the Bookmobile–a RV-turned-library on wheels–and I would pack my plastic bag with at least 10-15 books. I’d choose girly books, mostly young adult fiction series’, and I loved Judy Blume. The books would all be read before Thursday of the next week. The Bookmobile would always have contests about how many books one could read and I would always win the bookmark or the poster, which was the top prize. I still did normal things, like going out with my friends and playing outside, but I would read late at night, every night.
If I didn’t have any books left to read, I would re-read the Harlequin romance novels on my mother’s shelf along the stairs, or go into my brothers closet and read the books he had there. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my favourite, but I could never get through Lord of the Rings; I’d always stop at the description of Bilbo Baggins. It still isn’t my ideal genre.
My favourite after school job was a page at the Hamilton Public Library. I re-shelved the books on the 5th floor, which was dedicated to The Arts. It was so quiet on that floor, sometimes I would just hide between the shelves and look through the artist collections.
I loved writing poetry and short stories, and excelled at grammar and spelling, so I figured that I should go to university for English. After 2 years at McMaster and 1 year at the University of Waterloo, reading Coleridge and Blake, my desire to write was squashed. My other interests in Art History and Greek Mythology helped me get through school. I even took a class called, ‘Magic, Witchcraft and Religion’.
I started teaching group fitness in university and that lead to a management position in Windsor, where my husband Rob was born and raised. We met in our final year at Waterloo and I moved my a$$ in with him (how he still remembers it) when we received our degrees. I’ve worked in the fitness industry for 22 years, acquiring all sorts of certifications, teaching many types of disciplines and managing the group fitness department for 3 gyms. I worked the management side of it from home and went into the gym only to teach and for maintenance issues. The hours were great for being a mom of 3 and it kept me fit and healthy.
When possible ‘gym acquistion’ rumours started floating around, I had to reevaluate my life. What was I going to do? I didn’t want to work a 40 hour work week. I didn’t want to answer to anybody. I didn’t want to be stuck behind a desk. What business could I possibly manage that I would enjoy? Perhaps I had been spoiled all along. A lot of people are unhappy with their career, but have to push through it to make a living and support their family. Why was I any different?
I have to say that I am very lucky that my husband is a smart businessman and entrepreneur. He had been working since high school, saving and planning for the future. He supports me and believes in me. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
So, I didn’t make a definite decision….One day I just started to write and now, here I am.
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