Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"No, it is Mr. Williams, not Pond. It doesn't work like that." "Yes it does." "Yeah...it does."

 Well, this is it. The last interview I will be holding for my book release party. (And in all that time, I still was unable to come up with a good name for the party.)
 I would like to thank everyone who allowed me the chance to interview them. And I hope all of you have had fun getting to know these other authors. 

 The final interview is from Miss Sarah Holman who wrote The Destiny of One, which I reviewed awhile back.

Bio: Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of three published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

The Destiny of One: A discouraged teenage girl, seeks her purpose in life as the tyrannical government's threats stir up long hidden secrets

From looking over your blog, and going on a bit of a shopping spree, I found out that you have a complete trilogy published. What were some of the trails you found publishing a trilogy?
Thank you so much for purchasing my books. Hearing people buying and enjoying my books makes all the effort I put into them worthwhile.
 
Writing a trilogy is so much fun and with few down sides for me. Getting to spend three whole books with the same characters and watching them grow and change is so fun.
 
My biggest struggle in writing the trilogy was wanting it to be over. After almost four years from the time I started the story, to the time I published the first book, I was ready for a new story. Getting through the editing was a struggle. I also had to make sure that I was consistent in all three books. I couldn’t make major revisions on some minor characters since they had already been established in the first book.
 
 Where did you first get the idea for these books? And did you intend for them to be a trilogy or did that happen after you wrote the first one? (Something that seems to happen a lot to authors.)
When I was sixteen, I watched Star Wars for the first time. I had never watched or read any since fiction before, so I discovered a whole new genre. However, I was saddened to find that science fiction is dominated by secular writers. I set out to have fun with this new genre, and the result was The Destiny Trilogy.
 
I always planned it to be a trilogy. I knew from the beginning that my story wouldn’t fit into one book.
 
From the summery I've read of your book it sounds as if you've kind of mixed Fantasy and Science Fiction - feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Have these two always been some of your favourite genres?
My books are more Science Fiction, no real fantasy elements. However, many people lump Fantasy and science fiction together. My books are set in a time when space travel and living on planets other than Earth is common. I don’t have the aliens, or strange creatures that often come with sci-fi books.
 
As for my favorite genre’s; I didn’t even know about science fiction until I was 16, and fantasy has never been one of my favorites (though I like it more now that I am older). My favorite genre is actually historical fiction. My upcoming book is going to be set in a fictional country in Europe during the Middle Ages.
 
 Did you draw any inspiration for your stories from your family?
Yes! Maria’s family is based mostly on my own family. Maria I biased on myself, Anna my sister Rose, Daniel my brother Michael, and the parents were very much like my own. Many of the family moments and humor were based in part on things that happened in my family.
 
 What tips would you pass on to other authors who are considering self-publishing?
Research before you decide, and pray. Self-publishing is a lot of work and it takes a long time to make money. You also need to be willing to learn to do a lot of things yourself unless you want to spend a lot of money having other people do things for you.
Self-publishing isn’t for everyone. I choose it because that is what I felt called to do, not because I dislike traditional publishers.
If you do choose to self-publish, make sure don’t get in such a hurry to get your book out there that you don’t take the time to edit it. Make sure you are publishing something worth reading.
 
 Are you currently working on, or plotting, any more books?
Am I? Always! I am currently my next book, Adventures and Adversities is slated for release in late September. I am busy writing my next book about a group of FBI agents, which is going to be a series. Also, I have two or three books planned in the near future, including a book on Quint (you are very welcome Quint fans). You can keep up to date by checking out my Destiny in Writing page on my blog. I try to update this page every month or so.
 A book about Quint, this makes me so very happy.
 
 If you could travel to any planet, which would it be?
Saturn. I would love to see that beautiful planet up close and personal. I would love to touch the rings and land on some of the extraordinary moons.
 
Which book did you have the most fun writing?
The last book was both the most fun, and the most challenging to write. Emotionally, it was the hardest to write. Maria and my other characters face many hardships. On the other side, I had a blast writing the dialog for the book. I had two male characters who gave me many opportunities for lively banter. I also discover I love taking my characters (and readers) to the depths of pain so they can experience the heights of joy.
 
How hard did you find it to complete the trilogy? To leave the readers with an ending which would make them happy? (Nearly all authors know how hard doing this is.)
It was a lot harder then I originally thought it would be. As reviews started coming in for the first book, I realized that some of my readers expected some things to happen that weren’t going to. I tried to make that clear in the second book, but still some readers didn’t get the hint. Because of that, I had to work a lot harder to make the ending amazing. I must of succeeded since most of my readers liked the ending (even if they were a bit surprised).
 
And lastly, what part of the trilogy, or writing in general, did you find to be the hardest?
Editing. The hours and hours I spend editing is hard. At times, I was ready to throw my story away, thinking it wasn’t good enough. I always hit a point in my editing where I think my book isn’t worth saving. Thankfully, I haven’t deleted any books out of frustration. God has used my imperfect stories to touch people’s hearts. That is the most amazing thing about being an author: being able to touch hearts for God.
 
Blessings,
Sarah


 And now I would like to bid you all a very fond good night, if that makes any sense which I doubt. I've been walking around all day like a zombie and have decided I might try and actually sleep.
 So, I am going to bed. *Grin*

 Quote is from Doctor Who, during Rory and Amy's wedding when Rory finds out he is actually now Mr. Pond, rather then Amy being Mrs. Williams.

 Allons-y!

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7 comments :

  1. I have a few planned trilogies, but so far my serious works have either been pretty much stand-alones (though a few of them get sorta-kinda sequels) or long series.

    I was pretty satisfied with your ending twist ... I just felt like it needed one more chapter so I could see the Galaxy's fate. I knew it with my head, but because you stopped the story before they reached earth ... I didn't get to feel it. But other than that, I think the last book was my favorite in the trilogy, too. I'm not complaining or anything ... I just felt a little bit dissatisfied. But a book about Quint might make up for it ... if it takes place afterwards!

    I'm looking forward to reading Adventures and Adversities! HiFi is my second favorite genre. (after Fantasy) I haven't watched Star Wars (though I might in the near future if I can get my hands on it - for research) but I have a few Star Trek fans in my family, so I do enjoy a good SciFi.

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    1. Kendra, I learned a lot from my books, not only about writing but about my readers.
      I know that I can never write a book that will please everyone, but I have learned a few things.
      Here's to hoping the next book is even better.

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  2. MMm, your Destiny Trilogy sounds really good. I'm more of a fantasy person myself, but I enjoy a good sci-fi now and then... especially if you're leaving out the weird space aliens. Those always disturbed me. LOL

    Congratulations on all your successes, and here's to many more!

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    1. Katrina, I'm not fond of the weird aliens either. Only humans populate my story ;)

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  3. I'm putting her books on my reading list! I like the non-secular angle. (I have another friend who writes Christian fantasy and it's awesome.) I admit mine are secular, but nothing in my books goes against my morals.
    Nice to meet you, Sarah!

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    1. Alex, I checked out your books and they look really fun! I put them on my reading list! Sometimes, I live a really good, moral secular read.

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  4. Very cool. I love your motive.

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