I'm thrilled to feature Sarah Holman today!
Sarah is the author of The Destiny of One and The Destiny of a Few. She is a homeschool graduate and lives in central Texas. When not pursuing her passion of writing, she can be found taking long walks, reading, sewing or spending time with her family. You can find out more about her at her blog www.destinyofone.blogspot.com
And Sarah, generous, lovely gal that she is, is offering a free copy of The Destiny of a Few to one lucky commenter! To get yourself entered to win, leave a comment either asking Sarah a question or share something you are thankful for. (Sarah has been doing that this month on Facebook. Oh, and by the way, you can "like" her by clicking here.) This giveaway is restricted to US residents, but conversation with Sarah isn't. I'll draw a winner on Friday, November 25th, and I'm putting it on my calendar so I don't forget!
What do you think are the unique struggles of being a young author?
I think the biggest struggle I have had as a young writer is not having a lot of life experience. Sometimes, I’m not sure how people would react in a situation, or how an action would make someone feel because of my limited years. Thankfully, I have people like my parents who let me tap into their life experience.
What do you think are the unique perks?
I think young writers tend not to be tied down to the writing rules as much as older writers. True, this sometimes means that their writing needs work, but it also means that they have more freedom to be creative. Young writers, in my opinion, are some of the most innovative writers, thanks in part to not knowing about those rules.
What is a piece of writing advice you received that has made a difference for you?
Just keep writing. Sometimes the best thing to do for writer’s block, or if you are trying to write scene but it just isn’t working, is to just start writing. You may have to go back and do some serious editing or even rewrite it completely, but once you start it gets easier. I think that is the best advice anyone ever gave me.
Can you give us a summary of your latest book?
Maria Morris’ adventure continues from The Destiny of One. She is searching for a long lost prince with only a cryptic clue as her guide. Along the way she meets many different people that help her to see that it isn’t just her destiny that is at stake, but the destiny of many. It isn’t easy, though, for the clue’s meaning is elusive and obstacles are everywhere.
What is unique about your books?
It is hard to answer this question about your own books, but I will do my best. My books are science-fiction/futuristic books, without the wired creatures and New Age ideas; there aren’t a lot of those. Also, the high moral standards of my characters sets them apart from many books.
What are the next steps for you as a young author?
I’m working on the last and final book in the Destiny Trilogy; The Destiny of a Galaxy. After that, I ‘m already working on a story set in the Middle Ages. After that, who knows? We shall see where the inspiration takes me.
I would like to thank Stephanie for having me on Go Teen Writers, it is such an honor.
You're so welcome, Sarah! Thanks for being here!