Monday, September 17, 2012

Sarah Fine Interview & SANCTUM ARC GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone! I want to welcome a good friend and an über-talented writer to my blog, Sarah Fine! You guys may know her awesome psychology-based posts on her blog, The Strangest Situation. Her debut book, SANCTUM, will be released on October 16th. 

How will you bide your time? I have no idea. You will suffer, for sure. But this might help: somehow, I managed to virtually get her in a triangle-choke and do this interview (actually, I think she's quite tall so I'd totally lose that fight!)

1) When was the first time you decided to write a YA novel? How did that happen?
The first novel I ever wrote had a 21-year-old protagonist, and I had an agent at a conference tell me I should revise it to make it YA. I didn't think it would fit that story, but my critique partner agreed that my "voice was young." [sigh--I wish I looked as young as my writing voice sounds] So, the next book I wrote--Sanctum--had a teenage protagonist. I've written one adult book since then, but everything else has been YA.

2) You give great advice about things like Writer' Block on your blog. So what is your personal, biggest barrier to writing?
I am often very easily distracted, but when I'm deep into a project, I write quickly and am very focused. Apart from that, my biggest barrier to writing, I suppose, is that I have to enjoy what I'm doing. When I'm not utterly passionate about something, I have trouble getting going.

3) A pound of chocolate, or a pound of fried bacon. Choose wisely.
No contest. Bacon. Bacon bacon bacon. [on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog]

4) Aliens are coming to earth and are about to torch your house. After getting your family safe and rescuing your laptop (ha! took that one away, didn't I?) and writing a short memoir on impending alien annihilation, what is the first thing you run back to the house to save?
Honestly? I might thank the aliens for sparing me the trouble of a garage sale. Seriously, I'm not a big fan of ... stuff. Except my laptop, of course. I joke constantly with my husband about wanting to rent one of those giant dumpsters and toss nearly all of my possessions into it.

5) Fill in the blank. "If you met me in person, you'd be surprised because____________."
I'm a dog who loves bacon? Er ... okay, joking aside, you might be surprised to find that I am horrendously disorganized. I fool most people into thinking I'm a thoroughly organized individual--until they see my office. Or my closet. Or my car. [this is why I need one of those giant dumpsters]

Thanks Sarah!

Now, I've read this book so I know how fantastic it is. Instead of believing me, here's a quote from an objective book blogger, Bookittyblog

"Sarah Fine is a genius. I say this because the book takes place in a very dark place where not many authors can entertain the reader until the last page... The only thing I have to say is that Sanctum was PERFECT!"

Oh, and then there's this juicy tidbit:

"And Malachi oh, Malachi how much I love you. Malachi was probably my top 5 reasons why I loved Sanctum so much. ;)"

Malachi. 

*sigh* 

Oh. Where was I? 

Here is it, SANCTUM!  Releases on October 16, 2012



"My plan:  Get into the city. Get Nadia.   Find a way out. Simple."

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos's best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance – hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn't just anyone – she's determined to save her best friend's soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife. 

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she's captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city's endless streets. Their all-too human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn't – the dark city isn't the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.
 
 Available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

And, you can win an ARC here! Woot! a Rafflecopter giveaway

58 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Bacon over chocolate!?!??! LOL!! And why not!??! LOL!

Lovely to meet you Sarah!! Good luck with Sanctum! I love that Lela is such a great friend - rescuing her friend's soul against all odds! Take care
x

Shelly said...

Great interview, and now I would love to have this book in my hands now! I believe it's something my students would love, as well. Thank you for sharing with us~

Shelley Munro said...

Fun interview, but there's no way I agree with bacon over chocolate :)
Love your cover, Sarah, and the blurb really grabbed my attention.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Fun interview. Sarah, you and Elana Johnson could become friends over the bacon. Ha! Fun interview. And good luck with your book.

Matthew MacNish said...

Sarah has a car? You could've fooled me.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I would have thought you were organized, too. But now that I think about it, as prolific a writer as you are, when would you find the time to organize "stuff?"

Great interview, Sarah! And Lydia, nice job taking that laptop option out of the "what would you save" option! Good call!

Em-Musing said...

Hmm? Bacon and disorganized? I never would have thunk. Nice to see/read you here.

SA Larsenッ said...

I hear you about the need to be passionate about what I'm doing. I need to dig in right now and find that verve.

Laura Pauling said...

Congrats to Sarah! That's awesome. I hadn't realized the release and sneaked up so quickly! Best of luck!

Kristen Wixted said...

Lela keeps getting dissed. Not okay. She is great!

Loved the interview!

Katie Anderson said...

I absolutely LOVED this book! SANCTUM rocks! And great interview! (That's a lot of exclamation points.)

Creepy Query Girl said...

I can't wait to read this! I'm not a big fan of 'stuff' either. My husband never understands why I don't freak out if stuff gets broken or lost. To me, it's just 'stuff'.

Scarlet Wilson said...

Bacon over chocolate? NOOOOOOOO!
Loving the sound of Sanctum.

Karen Lange said...

Great interview, ladies. I enjoyed Sarah's insight. Congrats on the book, Sarah!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Fun interview! And the book sounds FABULOUS!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I wish I got distracted like Sarah does. I get distracted by the internet. When she gets distracted, she whips off another great book. *pouts*

LTM said...

Me me me!!! Pick me pick me!!! I can't WAIT to read SANCTUM--squee!!! I almost didn't tweet b/c I want it all for me! *insert evil laugh*

No, great interview! I'm not sure if I'd pick bacon or chocolate... :D <3

David P. King said...

Yes. I would choose bacon over chocolate, too. Awesome interview, you guys. I've yet to meet Karen, so this was a treat! :)

Linda Gray said...

Fantastic! The time is finally almost here for publication. Congratulations, Sarah! Great interview, too :))

Justine Dell said...

Bacon covered chocolate. I wonder if anyone has tried that?

Sarah is Super Woman. And awesome. 'Nuff said.

~JD

Kendall said...

Awesome interview and giveaway! The book sounds amazing!

Southpaw said...

Ah you are a mighty trickster! I bet you can organize bacon though. ;)

Rachel @ Unforgettable Books said...

Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway!!!!!! Now i'm even more excited for Sanctum!

Sarah said...

Awww--thanks so much, everyone. Except you people who seem to prefer chocolate over bacon. What is wrong with you??
;)

Thanks for hosting me, Lydia. You're supremely awesome and a great friend.

Krispy said...

Great interview! I need to get rid of more "stuff" too, but I'm too sentimental. :P I keep everything and I really shouldn't...

Also, omg bacon over chocolate?! I will admit, it's a hard choice though. Can't wait to read Sarah's book!

maine character said...

I'd go for bacon, too, but chocolate's much easier to always have ready by the keyboard. :-)

Becky Wallace said...

I'm dying to read this! It sounds amazing!

Becky said...

More chocolate for me then!

Seriously, though. My world has been flipped upside-down by these bacon lovers.

mshatch said...

Of course I want an ARC of Sanctum! I've been wanting to read it every time I read the blurb again :)

Barbara Watson said...

Wow. Sanctum sounds awesome! When a book blogger calls a book perfect...that is really wow.

Jai Joshi said...

Sanctum sounds really cool! And that Malachi charater sounds intriguing. Mmmmm...

Sarah, congrats on the upcoming book release! I wish you all the best!

Jai

bethchristopher.com said...

Hearty congratulations to Sarah on the upcoming release! SANCTUM sounds awesome. Fun interview.

Keertana said...

Gosh, I want to read this book SO badly! I love this interview and Malachi sounds amazinggg! I'll definitely need to pick this one up the moment it releases!(:

alexia said...

This sounds super cool, and the cover is major gorgeous. Best of luck!

Angela Ackerman said...

Beautiful cover...I really can't wait for this one. And I have to say, BEST questions ever!!! Bacon FTW :)

Angela

Donna Hole said...

Wonderful interview Sarah. Good luck on the tour.

........dhole

Leah Lobranco said...

Great talk and interview with Sarah, hoping for a better and fruitful knowledge from Sarah Fine. Can she write something about how important for a person to avoid having zinc deficiency? or Does she writes only for one genre?

Susan Fields said...

Wow - that book sounds great! We rented a dumpster about a year ago, and I was amazed that even that didn't seem to be big enough to get rid of all the junk lying around the house. I think we need to do it again!

Liza said...

Oh, wow! This does sound amazing. Great interview...and I always love the bacon question. Congratulations Sarah! Thanks for a fun post, Lydia.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I could use one of those dumpsters too. Amazing how much "stuff" accumulates!

akossiwaketoglo.com said...

Sounds like a book to look forward to. I can't wait.

Melissa Sugar said...

I can't wait to read this. Loved the bacon question.

Coleen Patrick said...

Sounds super cool--and that cover is amazing!!

nutschell said...

Bacon! Chocolate! Well, okay. Glad I wasn't asked that question. I love both of those. Great interview! And I love that coveR:)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Great interview, great cover. Congratulations to Sarah!

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

i <3 sarahfine SO MUCH! one of the most insightful bloggers out there! hooray for sarah and SANCTUM!!!

alicia marie said...

Thanks for the great interview! This sounds so good, can't wait to read it : )

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great interview Lydia. Chocolate covered bacon. Now I'm hungry.

Kristia said...

Thank you for the giveaway! It sounds amazing :)

Brittney Williams said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
Nice interview and the book sounds wonderful!
:)

Erika said...

This looks so interesting! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Heather said...

This sounds REALLY good! And I love that cover!

Allie Rose said...

I can relate to Sarah's answer to question 2, when I didn't love a book I'm trying to write a review for, it takes me multiple tries to actually crack down and write anything. When I love a novel my thoughts gush out and I can't stop writing. I'll have to check out her blog for her writer's block tips! Sanctum sounds great, thanks for the giveaway. :)

-Allie Rose

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