Sara Alva is a former small-town girl currently living in big-city LA with a husband, two cats, and an avocado tree. She recently discovered—after a year in her house—that she also has a fig tree in her backyard, which might mean she needs to get out more. But sometimes the stories waiting to be told demand more attention, and when she puts fingers to keyboard, it’s usually to write about journeys of self-discovery, heartache, personal growth, friendship and love. When she isn’t writing, she’s teaching or dancing.
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What I Write and Why:
Some childhood dreams are easy to forget (like, say, that one year I wanted to be a professional ice skater). Others, not so much. As a kid I turned to books to escape less-than-ideal times, and that naturally led me to writing. But writing wasn’t practical, of course, so I let people talk me out of following my dream (Jeez, grow a backbone, Sara!). After all, I didn’t want to be a financial burden on said people.
So, I got my nice normal undergrad degree, headed off to nice normal grad school, and got a nice normal job.
But just when everything was settling into nice normalcy-hood, I got antsy. It wasn’t like life was bad—things were looking up, actually—but in that moment of calm I was able to see that I really hadn’t wanted to let go of this particular goal.
One day I sat down and typed a few lines, and suddenly I was launching headfirst into what turned out to be an m/m romance novel. Thanks to amazingly encouraging people I found in various writing communities, including GayAuthors.org, I was able to jump back into the writing saddle…maybe not at a gallop, but at least at a steady trot.
The readers of my first stories inspired me to continue writing in the genre. I write m/m romance and strive for realism in my work. While my characters do get the chance for lovey-doveyness (and yeah, some sex, too), I also write about their journeys of self-discovery. Since I am just now discovering a part of myself through writing, it seems fitting.
I still have that normal job…but it’s safe to say that this is where my heart lies.