Welcome to the next stop in The Allegiance Blog Tour! For this post I’ll be interviewing the author, Sarah Addison-Fox. But first, here’s a little bit about her book, Disowned.
Two countries, two choices, one life. When Kyraenean slave Celeste risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever. After escaping her new owner, Celeste awakens in the home of an Etraean soldier, sworn to protect the fragile peace. For Corporal Mick Haynes, life is simple. Follow the rules, do your job and work your way up the ranks. Getting shot and finding a wanted slave at his family’s farm wasn’t part of the plan.
When a Kyraenean bounty hunter locates Celeste, Mick’s loyalty will be stretched to the limit. With war on the horizon, Celeste faces two impossible choices. Both securing her freedom, but both at a cost she could never have imagined. Will Etraea provide the freedom she’s longed for or shackle her to an entirely new master?
And now, for the interview:
Riley: Welcome, Sarah! Congratulations on the release of your book, Disowned. Is this your first book to publish? If so, how does it make you feel??
Sarah: Hi Riley! Thank you so much for having me. Yes, Disowned is my first book published and it makes me feel a whole lot of things! Happy, proud, overwhelmed, anxious, and nervous!
Riley: Publishing is definitely something! Where did you get the idea for this fantasy series?
Sarah: I wanted to write a story about a slave girl running from a terrible future, to a country where freedom is cherished and life is valued. I started with two names, Celeste and Mick, an opening scene and the Allegiance series (4 books in total) grew from there.
Riley: That’s so neat! How long did it take you to write the book, start to finish?
Sarah: It took me approximately six weeks to write. Writing every single day, except the day I turned 40!
Riley: Who is your favorite character in the story, and why?
Sarah: It would have to be Mick in the first book. Though he’s completely clueless around Celeste sometimes, he’s also a highly trained soldier who feels things far deeper than he lets on, and he’s fiercely protective of his family.
Riley: I can’t wait to meet him! What made you decide to start writing?
Sarah: I’ve always loved reading, and I’ve always loved writing stories. I’d always dreamed of being a published author, but I’d pushed that dream aside as life grew busier for me. I have always dabbled in writing, and have earned a few credentials along the way, but it wasn’t until this year I got serious and made the commitment to finish a novel. What made me start writing Disowned, was a call to do so. An urgent call, that wouldn’t leave me alone till I saw it finished!
Riley: I’m so glad you decided to go for it! How do make time for writing? What’s your favorite time of day to write?
Sarah: I really believe that if something is important to you, you will make the time for it. I am incredibly blessed with the provision the Lord has made for me. I write when my son naps during the day, and when my husband is working, I write extra at night. I have a minimum daily word count of 1000 words, which I stick to regardless of whether I feel like writing or not. My favourite time and probably my most productive is between 10.30am-1ish, because that’s when my son sleeps, and I can blast music on my headphones, and drink coke!
Riley: That’s awesome. And I agree. What are some of things you learned while writing Disowned?
Sarah: So, so much! Research wise, I learned a lot more about modern slavery, how caste systems work, other religions around the world, soldiers in WW1, and the horrors they experienced and what Knights were really like. They were not as chivalrous as people think!
Riley: That’s cool! It’s so neat the things you can learn while writing a novel. What is some advice you would give to other writers hoping to publish?
Sarah: Don’t rush to publish. The more you write the better you get. I’ve learned a great deal about honing my craft since publishing Disowned.
Riley: Thank you so much letting me interview you! Congrats again on your release, Sarah.
About the Author:
Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series’ she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.
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