Sarah Beth Martin grew up in Massachusetts among creative parents and siblings. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in several literary journals and magazines, and her novel, The One True Ocean, was published in the U.S. and Germany. She also established the journal Foliage, for which she worked as both editor and publisher. She lives in Maine with her husband and three children.
Do you use myspace, facebook, twitter, or other social networking sites? If so, how do we find you on those sites?
Twitter - @Sarah_B_Martin
What books are you currently reading?
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
What are your favorite books?
Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
Evening - Susan Minot
The God of Small Things - Arundahti Roy
Amy and Isabelle - Elizabeth Strout
What books would you recommend to your readers?
All of the above - plus a few classics
The Scarlet Letter
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
In The One True Ocean, a young widow returns to her childhood home in Maine to escape from grief and explore the mysteries of her past. In a search for answers to her aunt’s suicide and her father’s identity, Jenna discovers that her seaside house holds dark secrets that will unravel her family history and shatter the truth she has come to believe.
How long have you been at work on this book?
I wrote this book over the course of three years while working full time.
How did the idea originate?
I did live at a little yellow house in Cumberland at the time I started writing the book, so the locale and its surrounding gardens did influence some of the story.
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
I generally wrote any place and time that I could--generally at home, but sometimes while I was out and about. This was before smart phones and tablets, so my purse was often crammed with notepads. I must admit that I often arrived home from day jobs with several sticky notes full of scenes and ideas!