Author Accelerator Member Spotlight: Rachel Sa
Celebrating a writer’s success
We’d like to introduce Rachel Sa, one of our Author Accelerator members. Rachel recently finished Also Elizabeth and we invited her to sit down for a little interview to talk about her experience. So without further ado, here is Rachel!
Q: Okay, Rachel, can we have the basics about your project and your book coach?
Rachel: My book, Also Elizabeth, is a young adult novel I’ve been working on for 2 years. I worked with book coach Julie Artz.
Q: How does it feel to have finished?
Rachel: To have a finished draft of a manuscript — for the first time since I completed my MFA nearly 10 years ago — is both humbling and surreal.
Before I came to Author Accelerator, I truly believed I would never again complete a manuscript. Your coaching helped me get there — and helped me believe in myself as a writer again.
Q: What did you do to celebrate?
Rachel: I achieved the milestone of my manuscript draft during a writer’s retreat with fellow Author Accelerator student, Vicky Bell, at my family’s Muskoka cottage. Vicky and I popped a bottle of sparkling wine. Then we danced around the kitchen to Shakira’s “Try Everything” while clutching a plush doll of Virginia Woolf that Vicky and I bought together at the UBC bookstore during our MFA. TMI?
Q: What are your next steps?
Rachel: I’ve already signed up for How to Revise a Novel beginning on December 8!
Q: Why would you recommend coaching to get to a finished draft?
Rachel: There is no question that I would not have finished this draft without Julie Artz’s authentic encouragement, her skilled critiques, and her tough love. She kept me coming back to the page — even when it felt daunting. And Julie seemed to know when to give me just the right amount of space — and when to call me out on my procrastinating! I’ve completed an MFA in creative writing and I have two traditionally published books under my belt, but I couldn’t have done this without Julie.
Q: Where can people follow you and your writing journey?
About Rachel Sa
Rachel is a professional writer, journalist and communication consultant based in Toronto, Canada. Her novel, The Lewton Experiment, was published in 2013 by Tradewind Books.
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us, Rachel. And again, congrats on your huge accomplishment!