Quality Assurance Supervisor /YA Author
Three Words That Describe Her
Ambitious. Procrastinator. Daydreamer.
Her Writing Style
I still have not shed my teacher persona so that comes out in my writing. I want to still be able to teach through my writing yet not have it feel like 300 pages of homework. Plus I have a huge desire to make readers laugh as they read. I believe my stories should be enjoyable as well as educational.
Brown Bookshelf Role
Codename: Cleaner. As with many initiatives, The Brown Bookshelf requires a great deal of logistical manuevering. So it’s essential to have someone there who doesn’t mind handling the detail work. Carla keeps the wheels of production unclogged by being there to manage, assist and jumpstart everything from additional research to writing copy.
What You Don’t Know About Carla…
I am a big time Internet junkie. I spend a lot of time just surfing the net. I am always amazed at the vast amount of information available with just a tap on my laptop’s sensor.
I love technology and gadgets. I recently purchased a Blackberry and my word, that thing is fun.
I love the video game Tetris. I play it a lot and it gives me a chance to zone out and sometimes think about my own issues, story lines, and try to put it all in place.
I cried writing chapter 11 of Freshman Focus. Writing that chapter was very cathartic for me and allowed me to relive my father’s death through Lamar’s eyes. I’ve had several people who read Freshman Focus tell me that they can relate so well to Lamar and that his story line helped them. That is one of my greatest joys as an author to know that I connected with my readers.
I am determined to transition from being a self-published author to being an author with a literary agent, publishing house, and an editor. I’ve learned a lot about being an author through my own journey being self-published as well as through my friendships with traditionally published authors.
I’m amazed at how things in everyday life, random thoughts, ordinary conversations can inspire a story. I think that as long as an author remains observant, story ideas will never go away. I cannot tell you the number of times an idea, a scene comes to mind in the middle of the night that I fail to write down then and there. Good thing, I have a good memory.
Praise for Freshman Focus and Just Be
“There are moments where the reader will laugh, they are moments where the reader will cry, and there are moments where the reader will think.” – Shon Bacon, ChickLitGurrl on Freshman Focus
“Ms. Sarratt added a bit of African American history at the beginning of each chapter. Some of these events I must say I never even knew happened, so not only did I enjoy a great bunch of characters, but I learned something as well.” APOOO Bookclub on Freshman Focus
“Just Be offers a lesson on not changing to suit other people. The characters are enjoyable, even with their antics in the classroom.” – APOOO Bookclub on Just Be