INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY
by Sarah Gilman
Ashes is currently on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my interview with the author. Be sure to enter the giveaway and visit the other tour stops as well.
Accidents happen for a reason ...
Journalist Ambrosia Pellerin accepts an assignment involving the legendary phoenix, expecting, if nothing else, a little entertainment. Instead, she winds up pregnant - by a surprisingly human-looking firebird, Reece Bennu.
As the Phoenix prince, Reece is next in line to the throne and expected to marry a purebred royal. A common human such as Ambrosia is not in the cards. He swears, though, he’ll never be an absentee father.
As Ambrosia’s due date grows closer, so do the soon-to-be parents. But will their tentative love survive the prejudice of Reece’s grandmother, who will stop at nothing to tear the two apart?
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Interview with the Author
Hi Sarah, thanks for joining me today to discuss your new book, Ashes.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
Every book I read inspires me. Jeaniene Frost, who once wrote a blog post about her journey to publishing, influenced me to consider publishing for the first time.
What age group do you recommend your book for?
What sparked the idea for this book?
I was seeking a storyline that focused more on the romance than the paranormal world building. That led me to consider a paranormal character that appeared human most of the time - not my normal thing, but it opened up some interesting options.
Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
Ah, but the character’s story is the idea for a novel.
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
The Covet line of Entangled books focuses on the romance over the paranormal world. World building is my strength, so this entire book was a challenge.
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I’ve always enjoyed the royalty trope. I hope readers will find it as fun as I do.
How long did it take you to write this book?
A couple months.
What is your writing routine?
I simply write as much as I can, and force myself not to delete it all out of self-criticism. Every day, more words.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Write. Every day. When working with a publisher, writing is a full time job. It’s good to build habits early.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I cook. Not professionally by any stretch of the imagination, but I take cooking for myself and my husband seriously. Fresh-bread-and-from-scratch-broth seriously.
What does your family think of your writing?
My husband has more confidence in me than I have in myself.
Please tell us a bit about your childhood.
I grew up in Vermont running around in the woods. I studied music seriously.
Did you enjoy school?
Loathed it. However, my school experience will hopefully fuel a meaningful book on bullying one day.
Did you like reading when you were a child?
Yes! I read more science fiction then.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Myst was my favorite book - still is one of my favorites. I read that in sixth or seventh grade. When I was younger than that, I read The Baby-Sitters Club books and was quite taken with them.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a daydreamer, and now and then I’d scribble things down. Unfortunately I was in my 20s before I figured out I could write actual books. I embraced it thoroughly at that point.
Did your childhood experiences influence your writing?
Not in ways I’m consciously aware of.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
The one consistent comment is that my writing is unique and truly original, and that means so much to me.
That's great, Sarah. What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I’m focused on a high fantasy with angels. Hopefully I’ll be bringing it to the shelves soon.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Best of luck with your future projects.
About the Author
Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.
Sarah writes for Entangled Publishing.
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