Welcome, Sarah. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Wow, starting off with a tough question! J In hindsight, I suppose I write about women who struggle with their worthiness and/or trying to be perfect. I’m aware of these things in my own life, which I deal with in my relationship with God – but I don’t necessarily write about my own experiences. Just the way maybe the female protagonist thinks or believes.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Oh my, I’m so NOT quirky! I’m very reserved, I’m really thinking here and am coming up with nothing, isn’t that sad?
Everyone doesn’t have to be quirky. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
About ten years ago, I had come to the end of reading every Christian fiction book that appealed to me. I like to read stories which contain the reality of life. I don’t mind happy endings, but that isn’t always in the cards. I began taking writing courses and going to conferences, to see if I could write the stories I wanted to read.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Francine Rivers, Kristen Heitzmann, Siri Mitchell, Harlan Coben, Philippa Gregory and Jodi Picoult. To just name a few…
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t know if I do!
How do you choose your characters’ names?
I love this question! I am a fanatic about researching out my ancestors, I like to use their names as characters. I have a great-great grandma with the name of
and I knew I needed to use that one day. I did, my next work is a historical
western, where Aurora
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Being a momma!
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A bunny – they keep to themselves and who doesn’t love Thumper?
What is your favorite food?
Cheese and crackers.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I don’t know about in general, but for Broken Identity, I had to write from the husband’s POV. He was really broken at the time and I was clueless and “blocked.” I got the idea to listen to Adele’s music, her forlorn, passionate and beautiful lyrics pushed me passed that and his POV came pouring out. It was definitely a mood which needed set.
Tell us about the featured book?
I create my books on a “what if” basis, meaning, what if this happens, or that? When I got to creating Broken Identity, the label cougar was out for women liking younger men. Only it’s portrayed in a comical light. For Mona Anderson, what if a Christian woman was tempted this way? Does she not go through life feeling frumpy or ever get encouraged by flattery? From there, I knew I had to write this, Christian women are the same as other women. We don’t have a pre-built wall of protection against the world’s seduction. Now, our hope is we don’t fall, but then this wouldn’t have been a story.
Please give us the first page of the book.
People say one of the main reasons someone has an affair is the result of an unhappy marriage. But as Mona Anderson looked over her family’s healthy dinner of roasted chicken, wild rice and steaming broccoli, and into her husband’s kind eyes, she couldn’t disagree with that analogy
more. There was nothing in Brian Anderson that should ever cause her to go out and look for comfort in the arms of another man. Nothing. Even knowing that there was no such thing as a perfect husband, she’d argue with anyone on God’s green earth that her husband pretty much fit the bill of being as perfect as a human could be. Each time she caught herself appraising Brian with deep adoration, the pit of her stomach would constrict with the agonizing memory of six
months prior, and it all crudely crashed down, interrupting the false world she was desperate to live in.
How can readers find you on the Internet?https://www.facebook.com/#!/sarahjae.foster
Thank you, Sarah, for the interesting interview.
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