Indie Author Interview #9 Sarah Addison-Fox

Happy Friday! I am so pleased to be hosting Sarah Addison-Fox on my blog today! Have you guys missed me indie author interviews? I have. Normally, I interview authors after I’ve read their work. Sarah is a special exception. But as you will see below you, she is funny, sweet, authentic, and she spells center, centre. What’s not to love? Without further ado…

First off, if you were a combination of three fictional characters, who would they be, and why?

Probably Maggie from my Allegiance series, because she’s a mum, has a heart to help children and tries her best to live her faith through actions. Lucy from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because she’s honest and imaginative and the Princess from the Princess and the Pea because I’m really fussy.

 Honestly my husband jokes about how much of a Princess I am. Hey, what do you expect? The name Sarah means Princess right!

Besides writing, what are some of your favorite activities?

Reading action-packed books, watching action-packed movies…hmmm there is a theme developing here….

When did you start writing and why?

I started writing in earnest in January this year. Before then I’d studied, gained a diploma and an assortment of other qualifications but I never had the motivation to actually finish a novel.  

Last year I was diagnosed with MS, and suddenly my priorities changed. When I heard comedian Michael Jnr speak about people knowing their “What” (for me that was writing) but not understanding their “Why” everything fell into place. That was the push I needed. Now, after 20+ years of procrastinating I had the best reason in the world to write. For the Glory of God.

Tell us about your book, Disowned (Allegiance #1)! What do you love most about it?       

Disowned is the story of an unwanted slave girl, desperately trying to find a place to belong. A place where she is valued and loved. What I love most about Disowned, would have to be the characters. Especially Mick.

If readers came away with one thing from your book, what would you want it to be? 

Wow, that’s a great question. Maybe to examine how much of a gift freedom is? And to think about why slavery is still rampant today.

Can you tell us a little bit about the sequel without giving too much away?

The second in the series (Dissemble) centres around Celeste trying to keep the Haynes family safe all while deceiving them. She’s locked into a contract and if she breaks it, or fails, she could lose everything and everyone she’s come to love.

What characters/tropes/themes/plots would you love to see more of in fiction?

I’d love to see more functional families and more realism and more humour. Everybody is so serious! Oh, and lots more healthy, respectful, romantic relationships.

But not where the couple get married and never have any problems or any passion! That’s a pet peeve of mine. Passion is a joyous thing within the context that God frames it.

What are three tools/resources that you use as an indie author?

Does chocolate, epic music, and coke count? Er, Word, Mr Google, and kind friends.

What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Put your bottom on the chair, and commit. All the preparation, character profiles, world-building, and research will do you no good if you can’t make a regular commitment to write. The reason I can write a draft so quickly is because I have a 1000 word limit that I stick to every single day no matter if I feel like it.  

Don’t read over what you’ve written and obsess about getting it right the first time. The first draft is supposed to be dreadful. Give yourself permission to make a mess, concentrate on having fun and get those words down!

 It’s really an equation. If you commit to 1000 words a day for two months you’ll finish a first draft. Commitment plus time equals a novel.

Have you read any great indie books lately that you would like to recommend?

 Mind blank on specific authors! I’d have to go back and look on Goodreads, but I have a rule. If I start reading the sample and I don’t like, I put it aside.

If I start reading a book, and list it as reading, it means I’m interested and will see it through. I will never place a bad review. If I don’t like a book I’ve read, I’ll leave unrated and refrain from commenting.

I recommend any books I read which have Biblical truth, are a little different from the norm, have romance and action in them.  If the characters grab me, I don’t care about the technical errors. 

I don’t recommend books I feel are preachy, sappy or unrealistic.

Thanks so much, Sarah! I loved learning more about you and am eager to read your book!

If you want to learn more about Sarah, you can find her on:

Instagram:   instagram.com/sarahaddisonfox/
Facebook:   sarahaddisonfoxfantasyauthor/
Website: www.sarahaddisonfox.com
Twitter: @Saddisonfox
Goodreads: Sarah Addison-Fox

You can go buy her book now on Amazon. Or keep your eyes peeled for the Black Friday Sale coming soon from indiechristianbooks.com !

Exciting YA Action/Adventure: The Student and the Slave

Hi guys! I’m honored to be a part of the blog tour for Annie Douglass Lima’s upcoming book: The Student and the Slave.  I loved the first book in this series: The Collar and the Cavvarach. I didn’t find this series until recently, so I’ve just started the second one. But I have every faith that books two and three will be wonderful.

It’s a fantasy series that takes place in an alternate reality, similar to ours, but with enough differences to make you think: a very prominent system of slavery, for one. They also have this fascinating martial art sport known as cavvara shil, which plays a prominent part in the story. If that sounds at all intriguing (it is), then you definitely need to give this series a try! Here’s a bit about books one and two:

Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.

Book 2: The Gladiator and the Guard

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.

Book 3: The Student and the Slave


Is this what freedom is supposed to be like?
 Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.

Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?

Without further ado, here is an exclusive excerpt from her upcoming release:

In this excerpt, Steene meets some of his new colleagues and learns a little about the family he has been sold to.

A wiry Nelirian man with as much gray in his hair as black picked a spot across the long table from Steene. According to his collar tag, his name was Gerrard. “Steine, huh? I guess you’re my new roommate.” He looked as though he wasn’t sure what he thought of the idea.

“It’s Steene, actually.” Steene felt a flash of irritation at the guy at the auction house who couldn’t be bothered to get his name right. “So what do you do here?”

“I take care of the horses and work with Toby on his riding skills.”

“Toby?”

“The second Jeet kid,” put in a woman whose collar declared her name to be Teri. “Probably the second biggest spoiled brat of the family, after Raymond, though that’s a tossup.”

“No, Kenny’s worse,” said someone else. “Have you ever had to clean up after those rodents of his when he lets them loose in the hallway? Try suggesting he keep them in their cages, and you’ll never see an angrier six-year-old.”

An argument broke out as the slaves around them debated which of the three brothers was the biggest jerk. But Gerrard just shrugged. “Toby’s got his faults, certainly, but he loves his horse. It’s hard to hate a kid who loves a good horse. Raymond, though — you’ll have an interesting time with him.” He chuckled.

“But he loves cavvara shil, right?” Nobody who loved a martial art could be too awful to work with.

“Yeah, I guess.” Gerrard shrugged. “But you’ll see what I mean soon enough.”

Click here to order The Student and the Slave from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through November 31st!

About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn

Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus

October Happenings!

Hi guys!

It has been way too long since we sat down and had a good chat. I hope I haven’t been the only one super busy!

So, The Traveler has officially launched into the world. I hope those of you who’ve had a chance to read it have enjoyed it. I have been generally pleased by its reception. I keep thinking about how everyone is going to react when they read the second one (rubs hands together gleefully).

In case you were wondering, the first draft of the sequel is complete, but it will be some time before I can polish it up and make some needed changes. What else am I working on?

Well…The Creation of Jack Book 3, of course! Guys, I am so excited for this book! It takes the series to a whole new level and I get to incorporate a few more classic scifi elements. The scope of it is pretty ambitious, which is why I’m not rushing myself. Unfortunately for you guys that means I have no projected publishing date, yet. But believe me, it’ll be worth the wait!

On top of all of that, I have a super-duper secret project in the works which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT!!!! Leave it to an author to be mysterious. It isn’t a book, but it does have to do with writing in general. It’s going to take a lot of work but it is going to be so worth it! I just know that you guys are all going to love it! For now, we will name it Project Phoenix. A few of you might even know what that means because I’ve thrown out hints!

I hope you are all having a fantastic October! I have been busy with work (for those of you who don’t know, I work for a nonprofit), and super busy reading! But I will try to post a little more regularly now that crazy season is over!

Until next time…

Launch Day!

We made it guys! It has been a long journey. I started writing The Traveler in February, 2013 and then put it aside into dark corners several times. The story kept haunting me, though, and the few people who actually read it were so enthusiastic about it that I knew it was worth fighting for. I am so glad that I didn’t give up on it. Once the trilogy is finished, it’s going to be one powerful story!

 

Now for all the thank yous!

First, to my sister who started writing with me in middle school and has helped and supported me ever since!

Thanks also to J.E.Purrazzi, K.L.+Pierce, S.M. Holland, Kyle Robert Shultz, Katelyn Buxton, Daley Downing, Hannah Heath, Emrys Merlin, Claire Banschbach, and Beth Wangler for your active support and assistance!

Thanks to the greater Twitter community for your interest and support!

If you have read my book, take a minute to share your favorite thing about it in the comments!

If you haven’t read it, read The Traveler Chapter 1 for FREE!

On “The Traveler” and Finding Your Place in the World…

Hi guys! I have some thoughts for you today. And they are related to my new book, The Traveler!

I am so excited to release this book to the world, but also a little nervous. Because what if people don’t understand the themes and messages? This book asks some questions that are very important to me, personally. And while I nudge the reader in a direction, I don’t necessarily give easy answers. Because many of these issues have no easy answers. What I hope is that I have created a safe space to work through these questions and imagine different answers in a world that is similar to ours, and yet different enough.

What in the world am I talking about? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. (wink, wink) But one thing that I can say is that it looks at finding your place in a world that is very divided.

A long, long time ago, when the world was less interconnected, and before the internet existed, people used to live fairly cohesive lives. I feel like it was more common to grow up in one place, to feel ties to a single community, and it must have been nice to have something of a cohesive identity.

Now people have a real identity and a virtual identity. The internet has connected us to people across the world. And cultures are infusing with one another. None of that is necessarily bad. But does it ever make you feel a little bit fractured? Does it ever make you wonder exactly where you belong? Or is that just me?

I have moved around my whole life and have lived in four different countries. And while there are parts of that I absolutely love, sometimes it also makes me feel like a very small cog in a very large clock. Where exactly, do I belong? More than anything, I have learned that where I live doesn’t matter as much as the person I choose to be. And if any of this resonates with you at all, then you just might like The Traveler.

You know what other book you might like? Two Lives, Three Choices by K.L.+Pierce! 

This is another book that deals with themes of identity, belonging, and choosing to fight for what we believe in. It is a sci-fi book with some fantastical elements and a lot of heart. I dare you to read this story and follow Krysta’s journey without looking into your own soul!

K.L.+Pierce and I figured out our books had a lot of common elements in them and so we decided to team up! Her revised release is coming out September 15th and we will be doing some joint giveaways! That means you can enter to win both of these books for free! What better way to beat the back-to-school blues?

If you are looking to learn more about The Traveler before it comes out, I have good news! Some of my amazing author friends have agreed to host me on their blog. Keep your eyes peeled for a character interview, a character profile, an author interview, and a discussion on themes…

“The Traveler” Cover Reveal!

It’s here, guys! It’s finally time! “The Traveler” will be released in less than three weeks! This story is very near and dear to my heart because it deals with inter-cultural questions. If you don’t know, I was born and raised in another country before moving to the U.S. as a teenager. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a political treatise, I promise!)

But you didn’t come here to listen to my dramatic and super complicated life story. You came here to see my shiny new cover! So, without further ado, I present…

Isn’t it beautiful? I am so excited to see it on a paperback, which will be happening very soon!

What’s this multicultural, multilayered book about, you ask? Read on…

Anissa Robson is becoming an adult in a society she never really identified with. Forced to choose her career path, she becomes an apprentice to a young, headstrong politician who seems to stand for everything she disagrees with. The dreams she has refused to report grow more alluring to her as she becomes disillusioned with her job. But the lines between reality and her dreamland begin to blur and cross over, launching her onto a path she would never have chosen for herself. Is the government medicating dreamers to protect them? Or to hide something from them? 

It is a crossworlds fantasy adventure with intercultural themes.

Be sure to join me on September 15th for the official launch! You’ll want to be there to learn about my upcoming giveaways!

Signing out for now…

E.B. Dawson