Sarah Armstrong-Garner lives in Northern California with her husband and three children, and get this. Not only is she an author, screenwriter, and photographer, she also shoots indie films with her husband. Sinking is her debut novel. You can visit SarahArmstrongGarner.com to learn more about her and her upcoming releases.
Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing
Pub. Date: February 23, 2016
Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteenth century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all of her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely yet enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows only one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.Brittany: How much research did you have to do in order to write Sinking?
Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her--willing to give up everything for her. He soon finds he cannot live without her.
But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another's love. The embrace of water. Does she belong to this world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?
Sarah: There is a shelf on my bookshelf full of sailing, shipbuilding, historical maps, 18th century etiquette, and so on. With the historical bent I had to make sure I was accurate. I spent hours reading, watching documentaries, walking around on Google maps, and anything else that made me feel I had lived Jocelyn’s life.
Brittany: What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a panster?
Sarah: I’m a panster. I’ve tried to outline my books, but it never works and I end up through them out. What I noticed was my characters are much smarter than me and they want to write their own story. So, I let them take over. That is when I become a reader and not the writer.
Brittany: What fictional character (not your own) do you most identify with, and why? Could be from any book, movie, or TV show, etc.
Sarah: Wow, this is a hard question. Hmm, I would have to say Elizabeth Bennet. Not because of her relationship with Mr. Darcy, but of her family dynamics. I come from a large family and each of us has are own quirk. I can also relate to Lizzy following her heart instead of following the path laid out.
Brittany: What are your favorite and least favorite scenes to write, and why?
Sarah: Fight scenes are my least favorite because what I see in my head never comes out right on paper. My favorite is romantic scenes. I love to see my characters fall in love.
Brittany What inspired Sinking?
Sarah: My mother’s death is what brought on this journey with Sinking. I needed a different world to focus on and from there Jocelyn’s developed. This book gave me a chance to escape reality—it allowed me to breathe.
Brittany: What are some of your favorite YA books?
Sarah: Eva Ibbotson’s book The Countess Below Stairs made me fall in love with YA and is one of my all time favorites. Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles I can read over and over. It’s not YA, but one I adore is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
Brittany: What would make you DNF (did-not-finish) a book?
Sarah: I don’t have a lot of time, so if I’m not hooked within the first three chapters I usually put the book down and never pick it up again.
Brittany: If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?
Sarah: Multi-tasking telekinesis, imagine being able to make dinner and write at the same time. It would be A-mazing!
Brittany: Multi-tasking telekinesis would be great! Thank you so much, Sarah, for being on my blog today!
I hope you guys enjoyed this interview! Have you guys heard of Sinking before? Are you going to add it to your TBR? Let me know ^_^