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Interview with Author Sara Foust and a New Release Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m so happy to have as a returning guest author Sara Foust. For me, writing is something I have to do when I’m completely alone and everything around me is quiet. After working this summer with my kids home, my respect for homeschooling moms who also write went up a thousandfold. Sara is amazing — homeschooling, farming, fostering — and she writes one of my favorite genres, romantic suspense. Today we’re celebrating her latest release with her — and she’s giving away either paperback or ebook (reader’s choice) CAMP HOPE! Read on to see how you can win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a homeschooling mom of five. We live on a mini-farm in East Tennessee with sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs, a pygmy goat, dogs, cats, and hermit crabs. We have two special needs children and spend a lot of time in therapy and on home therapies, but I love writing and make time for it in my “spare time” (ha!). I also recently started a freelance proofreading and editing business. We are very involved with church and 4H too.

Tell us about your current release:

AMY DAWSON directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.

But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff’s department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, JACK EVANS, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.

Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy he permanently lost her confidence.

As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, wyould you still write it? Absolutely. In fact, a friend of mine told me as she was reading my first book, Callum’s Compass, that it helped her see an area where she was struggling and turn it over to the Lord. Her telling me that was everything I needed to know that my book had made an impact. And, when I write, the stories help me. God knows what I need and often shows me ways to heal and areas to improve through my own books.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? I do. There is a lot of pressure, from many, many sources to conform or “improve” your writing. To limit the amount of prayer included or the amount of scripture reference. To limit the “preachiness” of your books. While I never want to write subpar stories, I do want to write what God gives me. I had just such an instance with my third book (coming March 2019) where there is a very touchy, hot-button issue I felt led to write about. I almost let myself become convinced to write the story differently so I wouldn’t offend anyone. But my cousin reminded me that my writing is a ministry and if I feel strongly that God is leading me, it is better to listen to Him than to man.

Who was your first screen/musical crush? I grew up in the 80s, so (embarrassingly enough) New Kids on the Block. I had a huge poster on my wall!

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? I loved Nancy Drew. I had a goal to read every book. I didn’t make it, but I did read a lot of them. As an adult I collected many of the original version (you know, the textured yellow covered ones) and hoped my children would fall in love with them like I did. So far, none of them have. I also loved Roald Dahl, especially James and the Giant Peach.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done? God seems to have a fun sense of humor in my life. It seems like everything I’ve ever said “never” to, God has giggled and said, “Oh yeah? Watch this.” I didn’t ever think I would have sheep and pigs, homeschool my children, be a foster parent, or go on a mission trip out of the country. I have both, do this, did this, or just returned from a trip to the Philippines. I don’t say “never” anymore.

How old were you when you wrote your first book? I completed my first novel in 2016. I was 34. I wrote a lot of beginnings to novels as I was growing up, though. I knew in second grade that I wanted to write a real, long novel. But it seemed like such an undertaking, such a massive task that I never had the courage to pursue it for real until I lost my job as a medical transcriptionist and began praying about what came next.

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Interview with Author Sara Foust and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m excited to bring you Sara Foust! I am always in awe of moms of toddlers who write or of homeschooling moms who also write. Sara is both! Plus, she’s a Nancy Drew fan, so we know she loves a good mystery. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a homeschooling mom of five amazing kids, ages 2 to 11, a farmer’s wife (he’s also a paramedic), a women’s Sunday school teacher, an avid reader, an Inspirational Romantic Suspense and Devotional writer, and a soon-to-be missionary to the Philippines. Life is always a little crazy around here, but I am so blessed!

Tell us about your current release. Callum’s Compass was an idea I had for over a decade before I actually found the courage and stamina to write. It tells the story of a wildlife biologist whose past causes her to carry guilt and fear. Her neighbor passes away and leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt in the mountains, lakes, and caves of East Tennessee. It is an adventure, a suspense, a faith story, and a romance all bundled up in one!

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely! A friend of mine sent me a photo of a page from Callum’s Compass last week and said, “You have no idea how this encouraged me today.” It was the highest praise I’ve yet received and I am so thankful God allowed this story to touch someone.

What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? I think Christian authors needs to be brave enough to pen real people in their novels. We all have past sins, and current sins too. We are all human and the struggles of walking this straight and narrow path are real. I feel like the characters in our Christian novels should reflect reality. In the end, we are all leaning on God for strength, courage, and ability, so let’s make the characters’ journeys reflect that too.

What made you take the plunge and finally do it? A lot of prayer! In 2015, our second foster child and fifth child, came home from the NICU a tiny 4-week old suffering from drug withdrawal. I was already homeschooling. We had just moved into a new home in order for DCS to approve us as his foster parents. And I lost my medical transcriptionist job to voice recognition software. It was an intimidating time in our lives. My husband and I prayed really hard and it was overwhelming clear (and terrifying) that God had brought us to this point for a purpose: so I would have time to write. I had no idea how God would work out the details of our finances without my income (because let’s face it, the first year I dedicate to being a full-time author, I made $55 the whole year), but we trusted Him. When I joined ACFW’s Novel Track Writing group and learned how supportive they are and the words began to flow, I felt so satisfied that I knew God had been right. Writing is a part of who I am and I’d been denying it for years and years. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than serving my Savior by using the gift He has blessed me with!

Have you always wanted to write a book? Yes! In second grade, I wrote a story, “My Amaginary Friend,” and was chosen to win a trophy for the Most Original story. It was then I began dreaming of what it would be like to write an entire book. I was a big reader even then and I admired authors who could, “write all those words.” I started many novels through the years. In elementary school they never made it past a page or so, middle school and high school a few pages. But it wasn’t until after I was saved and committed my writing to Him that the words really came to me.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? I always have a goal of 75,000 words, and if I can push to that goal I’m excited. However, as long as I make it past 65,000 I am happy. I know many writers who soar above 100,000 and have to trim words, but not me. I tend to be a bit too concise sometimes, I guess.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Don’t ever give up. Find one person who believes in you and is willing to encourage you and listen and push you when you feel like giving up. Once you find that one personal person in your life, find one person in the industry. Once you find that one industry person, let them help you hone your craft and keep pushing until you achieve your dreams!

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? (Book series, maybe?) Nancy Drew! My cousin and I had a competition the summer after my third grade year to see who could read more. She was three years older, so she won, but I read a bunch that summer. I’ve always loved a good mystery.

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