Monday, January 07, 2019

OF WALLS - Sara L Foust - One Free Book

Welcome back, Sara. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I like to write fiction that has elements of real life in it, usually featuring at least a heroine facing a personal dilemma that leads to greater faith, self-discovery, and solving of a problem. I also like to include large elements of the natural world in my books because I am such a nature enthusiast myself.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
That is a hard question to answer. The births of all 3 of my daughters and the adoption day for my 4th daughter and 1st son were pretty amazing!

I’m sure they were. How has being published changed your life?
I have more confidence now, like I know that this God-given talent is real and is what I was truly called to do. I love writing and it is fun to be able to sit down, settle in, and have the confidence to just write.

What are you reading right now?
Cry in the Night by Colleen Coble.

I love Colleen’s books, too. What is your current work in progress?
I am writing the first book in a series of Inspirational Romantic Suspense/Adventure novels titled Jade Owl. It follows the story of an archaeologist tracking down a century-old pirate treasure across East Tennessee, England, and Haiti. The third and final book in the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, Rarity Mountain, is also in editing with the team at Mantle Rock Publishing and will be going on preorder in just a few short weeks!

I’d love to feature them on my blog. What would be your dream vacation?
I have several. The one I’ve been dreaming of most lately, though, is a long trip to Italy, sightseeing and taste-seeing (okay that isn’t a word).

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I absolutely love East Tennessee, and I have lived here all of my life (that I can remember, anyway). It is a natural choice for my book settings, both because I know it so well and because it is so beautiful.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
J. K. Rowling comes to mind. My kids and I are Harry Potter fans, but the author in me would like to meet one of the most popular and successful authors of our time.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love camping and hiking with my kiddos. Being outdoors is essential for my emotional and mental wellbeing.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I find it more difficult to write during the winter months. I like to write outdoors and that is hard to do when it is icky outside. But I remind myself if I don’t write I will feel even worse, and I just try to do it, even just a little bit each day.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Find one person who loves your writing and believes in you and can encourage you to keep going when you feel like quitting. It may take a while, but if you don’t give up and you listen to this person, you will find your publishing path.

Tell us about the featured book.
Julie Johnson's life as a mom and homemaker is richly blessed, but her marriage is struggling. Years of busyness, exhaustion, and hurt have taken their toll on her emotional and spiritual life, building impenetrable walls around her heart. When she feels God calling her to a mission trip on the other side of the world, Julie puts her faith in Him and leaves her family for ten long days. What she learns about herself, her marriage, and her faith will change her life forever.  

Please give us the first page of the book.
“I really need this trip.”

He just looks at me. Trying to figure out my subtext? I send messages to my eyes to pretend there isn’t any. I’m not brave enough to illuminate the truth. Not yet.

“Our finances are never going to get better.”

I roll my eyes. Of course they aren’t. There’s no hope in anything, according to you. “You know, I have confidence when I get home I can take this course and provide for myself.”

He lifts his eyebrow.

I’ve crossed a line. I try to backpedal, cover my almost truths. What I want to say is, “I don’t want to be married to you anymore. I’m done. I give up.” My tongue hurts with permanent teeth impressions by now. If I say the things in my mind, I won’t be able to stuff them back in. Won’t be able to erase them. Won’t be able to put the smashed bricks back into place. What if I am blatantly, brutally honest and regret it? I see the fear flitting across his eyes. The anger igniting beneath the hazel irises. “That’s not what I mean.” I take a deep breath. “I really need this trip.”

He drops his gaze. “I know.”

Does he? Does he sense the wall of barbed wire squeezing my heart? The pain? The desperation? Despair? “We will figure out the money when I get home. It’s going to work out somehow. God has taken care of us this long, He won’t stop now.”

I’m eager to read more. How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Of Walls: A Novella - Paperback
Of Walls: A Novella - Kindle

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Sara Foust said...

Thanks for having me today, Lena!

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a really good story. Hope they work it out. I'd love to read it to find out.
Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for the interview with Sara L Foust. Loving learning more about both author and book. "OF WALLS: sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would love the opportunity to read it. Takes a strong women of faith to leave her family and follow her heart like that and one with a lesson or two we could all benefit from.
Kay Garrett from Mountain View, AR
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Anonymous said...

Hello from central Texas! Your book sounds fabulous. It reminds me that sometimes the walls we build are ones that we ourselves place there. Sometimes there’s is a reason we build them (usually) but sometimes there’s not. I hope that makes sense.
Perrianne Askew

Sara Foust said...

Thanks, Linda. Good luck!

Sara Foust said...

You're welcome, Kay. I hope the strength of Julie's faith shines through!

Sara Foust said...

Absolutely. I think it is easy to try to protect ourselves when we are scared by building walls. They usually backfire though! Because the best thing for fear is more faith!

Vivian Furbay said...

Sounds like a real good story. i would like to read it to see how going on a mission trip changed her life. Vivian Furbay of CO

Susanne Mincer said...

This sounds like a great read!
from Indiana
smincer10 (at) gmail (dot) com

MJSH said...

Thanks for the snippet. Hooked me from the first paragraph. Thanks for the chance to win the book.
Mindy from NJ

Sara Foust said...

Thanks, Vivian!

Sara Foust said...

Thanks, Susanne!

Sara Foust said...

That's always exciting for an author to hear! You're welcome, and good luck!

Unknown said...

Hope to have a copy! It's intriguing and seems very relevant. Praying all the best for this faith gripper book.💚

Connie Leonard said...

I love your writing from the first page of your book. It sounds like a great story.
Connie in Texas


Love Sara Foust books would love to win her book thank you for the chance! SARAH TAYLOR WATERLOO, OHIO

Unknown said...

I've already read the book and it's fantastic, so don't enter me in the drawing. Waving to the author. Great interview.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your first page.
Connie from Kentucky

Sara Foust said...

Thanks so much!

Sara Foust said...

Aww Thanks, Connie! That is such a great compliment!

Sara Foust said...

Thanks, Sarah! Good luck!

Sara Foust said...

Thank you so much! Waving back!

Sara Foust said...

You're welcome, Connie. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this! Great interview!
Beth from Iowa

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.