Today’s guest on the Big Blue Takeover is, Sara Daniell, author of YA contemporary novel, Anything Goes on a Friday Night.
The Fun Stuff:
What part of the world do you come from?
My family and I recently moved from northern Wisconsin back down to the south. I guess we just missed the southern drawls, sweet tea, and southern hospitality of our little town. Not to mention we hated the long winters up north. So, here we are…back in Arkansas.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a teacher. I have pursued that dream and after many years of college preparing me for the job, I accepted a special education position in middle school. I never saw myself as a professional writer, although, it was my secret passion. But, I’m lucky to say that my secret dream of writing and actually sharing it with the world came true.
List three words to describe yourself.
Outgoing, Adventurous and Big sense of humor
Who would play you in a film about your life?
Emma Watson. I don’t have any reason for that except that I just love her.
Do you have any other unique hobbies or talents?
Failing, but sometimes surprising myself and succeeding at Pinterest projects. When I get crafty it’s either a disaster or a masterpiece. There is no in-between.
What’s your favourite snack food when writing?
Oreos and milk. Hands down the best motivation combination EVER.
Who is your favourite author and what is it that you enjoy about their work?
This question is always a hard one for me because I love so many authors. It is hard for me to pick just one. I have so many favorites that it’d take up the rest of this interview to list, but I love to read everything and am always open for suggestions and looking for new authors to follow.
The Sensible Side:
Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing? What do you do when you’re not writing?)
I was a closet writer for most of my life. Writing wasn’t a thing the “cool” kids did. It wasn’t until my husband and a close friend of mine encouraged me to step out of my hidey-hole and do it. So I did it and LOVE every second of it. When I’m not writing, I’m teaching, being a mom, wife, camping, or sitting on my porch with a cup of coffee.
Give us the title and genre of your latest book and a blurb.
Summer Seventeen & You. It is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance.
He took my boyfriend’s desired position on the baseball team. That was his first mistake. Then he moved in with his brother across the street after his parents died. That was okay until my dad hired him to clean the pool. I had to set boundaries. My heart belonged to Logan Hart. But when everyone left for the summer, I got bored and Elliot Shaw was interesting.
I questioned everything about me after Elliot and I became friends. Everything that I thought mattered didn’t anymore and life started to have a different meaning. But, with Logan’s return from summer vacation, Elliot Shaw had to become my best kept secret. I was never supposed to fall in love with him.
Love stories are supposed to be happy. Your stomach does flip flops, your heart beats faster, and you react to life differently. Life is happier. But that isn’t this story. This story is messy and haunting. I didn’t want to let Elliot Shaw break down my walls. I didn’t want him to see the demons that lurk behind them. I didn’t want to see his demons either.
We let each other in and there was no turning back, even when I begged him to forget about me.
This isn’t a fairytale about a prince coming to save me. When you begin to read the pages of my story, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You cover a huge variety of issues in Anything Goes on a Friday Night,is there any subject you would never write about as an author?
I could list a million things I wouldn’t write about, but then again, you never know. So no. I can’t say there isn’t because I have no idea where this journey will lead. Ya know?
What other books/authors are similar to your own? What makes them similar?
Tracey Hewitt Meyer and I write a lot of the same type of books. We both bring real teen issues into our stories. She’s amazing by the way.
You’ve written novellas, short stories for anthologies, full-length novels, and even a children’s picture book. Which of your books was the most fun to write and why?
The children’s book for sure! My ten-year-old daughter helped me with the book and it was some of the most fun we have ever had. I plan on doing it again in the future with both of my daughters.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Who the heck knows! I’m full of surprises! 🙂
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
You can read my review of Anything Goes on a Friday Night HERE.
Huge thanks to Sara for joining us today and don’t forget to pop over to Amazon to see all the books she has written.
Next up on the BIG BLUE TAKEOVER is a look at BHC Anthology, In Creeps the Night.