You can tell a lot about an author by the types of books she read as a child. Case in point: Sara Foust. It’s easy to understand why her books include the tension and emotion they do when you look at what she grew up reading. Sara, welcome!
Speaking of the books you read as a child, what was your favorite chapter book? What did you love about it? The first chapter book I remember being read to me was James and the Giant Peach. My mom would put my brother and I side-by-side before bed and read a chapter or two a night, then tuck him into his room and me into mine. It is the first book I really remember awakening my creative mind and taking me on a real journey.
What was the first adult novel that you read? I remember reading Little Women pretty early on. It has always stuck with me because it was the first book that made me cry.
I love that book! Growing up with only sisters, I felt a certain kinship with Jo. What about your attention: what was the first book you read that you couldn’t put down? I read Nancy Drew books nonstop as a kid, starting in early third grade. They were my first I-can’t-put-these-down-love-affair-with-books books. I loved the mystery and, especially, that a girl was solving them.
If you could be part of any fiction family, which would you pick? The Swiss Family Robinson. Oh, how I would LOVE to live in their treetop house with all those different rooms and rope bridges!
Wouldn’t that be fun! If you could visit any fiction place, where would you go? Hogwarts, of course. And I’d have to take my 12-year-old daughter or she would kill me. It would be so neat to see the magic firsthand and to climb the staircase that always changes.
Such a great mix of books! Do you have a favorite author? I recently picked up my first Cynthia Ruchti novel, As Waters Gone By. It was such a beautifully-written, intense look in the heart and soul of her main character. I read so many different authors, it is hard to pick an all-time favorite, but I’d have to say she is my right-now favorite.
I haven’t read her books yet, but I hear they’ve got great characters. Which do you prefer: character-drive fiction or plot-driven fiction? I actually like both. Each has merits of its own. I love the action and fast pace that usually comes with plot-driven fiction, but I also love women’s fiction and more literary, slower character-driven fiction too. Either way, I do like to see characters grow and change and learn something about life.
Thank you for letting me be your guest today, Karin! I love interacting with readers, so if anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me.
Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author and homeschooling mother of five who writes surrounded by the beauty of East Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is the author of the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, which includes Callum’s Compass (2017), Camp Hope (2018), and Rarity Mountain (March 2019). She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com.
On the surface, SIMON FINCUFF and FERN STRONGBOW have nothing in common. Simon has served his sentence, but his past conviction still haunts him. Fern is a veterinarian and grew up on an off-the-grid homestead. The one thing they share? Each has a dark secret they would do almost anything to protect.
When their current careers are yanked away, they are left scrambling to pick up the pieces. A reality television show falls into their paths, offering a life-changing opportunity that tests their resolve and their faith.
These two unlikely partners must battle to survive for thirty days in the untouched wilderness of Rarity Mountain with only a handful of survival items and a director who is out for drama, no matter the cost. With their lives and their carefully guarded skeletons on the line, they will discover how far they are willing to go to win the million-dollar prize for Survival Tennessee.