Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, ‘Flowering’, a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us. Although the books are no longer in print, they are being rewritten and redeveloped for future publication more aligned with Sarah’s long-term goals.
As a former English teacher and YA library coordinator, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and ‘Dust’, an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, ‘Backward Compatible’. Most of Sarah’s work is about teens and college students, as it’s what she knows well.
Sarah’s passion in life is writing – weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips to, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hello anywhere Sarah is online!
Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, ‘Bitter Fruits’, is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.
Sarah has also written ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,’ a reimagining of one of her favorite poems in a contemporary setting.
She is an obsessive Anglophile who spends more time watching BBC TV than any human being should, as well as a hardcore gamer and sarcastic nerd.
About her book DUST
Who makes YOUR choices?
“I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.”
In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.
When the princess, Alondra, falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.
But her parents have other plans; they have a kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?
As lies, illusions, and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but also everything she has known and loved.
Many memebers of our Fellowship have decided to take part in a Q&A. Here is Sarah’s.
Q: Your audience
S: People like me, who value words and ideas as much or more than plot.
Q: Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
S: I am an introvert and a nerd. I’ve written more than 15 novels, but only five are available. Dust is a YA fantasy/philosophical fantasy novel. I also wrote No Such Thing as Perfect, which is contemporary women’s fiction/literary fiction about growing up, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: A Modern Reimagining (literary fiction based on the poem), Backward Compatible: A Gamer Geek Love Story, and the vampire NA urban fantasy (18+) Bitter Fruits.
Q: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
S: Dust came to me one morning and I don’t really know what inspired it. It’s the story of growing up amidst war when the world has survived by holding secrets. Alondra must navigate the past, specifically that of her mother, to learn about what led to the events that destroyed her kingdom, and she must face the darkest parts of herself.
Q: Do you have any unusual writing habits?
S: Not really, although I am a binge writer. I will write 1/3 of a novel in one day and not write for two weeks.
Q: What authors or books have influenced you?
S: Hemingway, Salinger, The Book Thief, The Lovely Bones
Q: What are you working on now?
S: A bunch of different things – contemporary realism, literary fiction, and fantasy
Q:What is your best method or website for book promotion?
S: I don’t really have one. I don’t think I think like most people and I seem to struggle with connecting with them
Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?
S: Write what is in your heart, not what other people tell you to write.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever heard?
S: You can’t take it with you. 🙂
Q: What are you reading now?
S: Mrs. Dalloway
Q: What’s next for you as a writer?
S: Not sure, really.
Q: 3 or 4 books for deserted island?
S: The Catcher in the Rye, The Sun Also Rises, Frankenstein, and Dracula
Q: What inspires you to write?
S: I need to. I need it like oxygen. I never stop writing, even though I stop talking to people
Q: Tell us about your writing process
S:”Sit down at a [computer] and bleed.”
Q: Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer?
S: Both, but mostly I don’t plan.
Q: If you are an outliner, what do you use to outline? Whiteboard? Software?
S: Notes that make no sense to anyone but me.
Q: Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?
S: Both – depends on how things come to me.
Q: Do you listen to or talk to your characters?
S: Yes, all the time.
Q: How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?
S: We talk – and I convince people it’s totally normal to live with characters in your head all the time.
Q: How did you decide how to publish your books?
S: Self-published and small press, because I’m not marketable apparently.
Q: What do you think about the future of book publishing?
S: I don’t know. I don’t have a lot of hope for the future of humanity, not just in books, and publishing is just another business that gives millions of dollars for One Direction porn, but has lost interest in the human condition.