Monday, December 31, 2012

BROKEN IDENTITY - Sarah Jae Foster - One Free Book or Ebook

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 Aurora, and I knew I needed to use that one day. I did, my next work is a historical western, where Aurora fits perfectly!

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?!/sarahjae.foster

Thank you, Sarah, for the interesting interview.

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Broken Identity - paperback
Broken Identity - Kindle

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Library Lady said...

I enjoyed reading the interview of Sarah Jae Foster. I would love to win the book, "Broken Identity".
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

scottsgal said...

I agree with your bunny choice - everybody loves Thunmper :-)
sounds like a wonderful book
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

Norma S said...

Hi Sarah,
You write about women who struggle with their worthiness and trying to be perfect.You was saying the label cougar was out for women liking men what do you mean about that? Thank you for the chance to win your book, i can't wait to read it. Great interview. God bless you and i am glad God is in your life!
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Shopgirl said...

This sounds very interesting! I like the unique plot line. I'm in MN.

sharon m said...

I enjoy your thots on writing about what if's for Christians. Love to win your book. sharon, san diego

Mary Preston said...

'What if?' indeed. A very interesting subject matter.

Mary P


Judy Cooper said...

I have not read any of Sarah Jae Foster's books. This one seem to catch my attention. Please add my name. thank you. Judy C. In Louisiana.

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville, Tx

Terri B. said...

This really looks like a book I would enjoy reading, even as a difficult subject. I would love to win Broken Identity.
Mazatlan, Mexico
but I get ebooks via my kindle

Terri B. said...

This sounds like the kind of book I would love to read. I would love to win 'Broken Identity" but will buy it if I don't win.
Mazatlan, Mexico

rubynreba said...

I had a bunny named Thumper when I was a little girl! I'd really enjoy reading Broken Identity. Thanks!
Beth from Iowa

Anonymous said...

This author is new to me and I thank you for the introduction. I'm looking forward to following Sarah's writing career. Blessings, Susan Fryman New Mexico

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Diana Flowers said...

I would love to read this book! Very unique sounding! Thank you for the interview and the opportunity to win!

Diana in SC


Doris Aldrich Smith said...

I commiserate with Sarah Jae because I don't feel I am quirky either. I really was drawn by the first page of her book. Would love to read it.
Doris in Indiana (and Ontario)

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

I would like to win,Enter me!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond

Kandra said...

Whoa. The beginning of this book sounds sad, already! I'm interested to see how the main character turns things around.
Kandra in TN

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to win this book...sounds great.Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Sarah Jae Foster said...

Hello Everyone!

Apologies for popping on here so late, I had family over during the holiday.

Thank you so much for your comments. I LOVE readers and look forward to seeing who is the lucky winner!

To Norma S. - about the term "cougar". A couple of years ago, this term came out for older women who liked younger men. Say, 45 yr. old having a 24 yr. old for a boyfriend. It's been a jest in comedies, social networking, movies and the work place. I thought it might be an interesting spin for a christian book. :o)

Now that I'm back to the computer, I'd be happy to answer any more questions.

Lena, thank you so very much for the honor of the interview.

Happy New Year!

EJ said...

Great interview & what a difficult subject to write on. Looking forward to reading Broken Identity. Elaine in Iowa

Patty said...

Sounds very interesting... we as christians are certainly not immune to the temptations of the world.

Patty in SC

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me for the book copy not ebook thanks!!
Sharon Richmond

Lourdes said...

Ha my grandkids favorite food is Cheese and crackers. Book sounds great.

Lourdes Long Island NY

Hannah said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
Hannah P