Today’s guest post is from author Sarah Daltry, with an interview, and information on her current novel, ‘Dust’.
An Interview with Sarah Daltry
Who is your audience?
People like me, who value words and ideas as much or more than plot.
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an introvert and a nerd. I’ve written more than 15 novels, but only five are available. Dust is a YA fantasy/philosophical fantasy novel. I also wrote No Such Thing as Perfect, which is contemporary women’s fiction/literary fiction about growing up, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: A Modern Reimagining (literary fiction based on the poem), Backward Compatible: A Gamer Geek Love Story, and the vampire NA urban fantasy (18+) Bitter Fruits.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Dust came to me one morning and I don’t really know what inspired it. It’s the story of growing up amidst war when the world has survived by holding secrets. Alondra must navigate the past, specifically that of her mother, to learn about what led to the events that destroyed her kingdom, and she must face the darkest parts of herself.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really, although I am a binge writer. I will write 1/3 of a novel in one day and not write for two weeks.
What authors or books have influenced you?
Hemingway, Salinger, The Book Thief, The Lovely Bones
What are you working on now?
A bunch of different things – contemporary realism, literary fiction, and fantasy
What is your best method or website for book promotion?
I don’t really have one. I don’t think I think like most people and I seem to struggle with connecting with them
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what is in your heart, not what other people tell you to write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You can’t take it with you. 🙂
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
Not sure, really.
3 or 4 books for deserted island?
The Catcher in the Rye, The Sun Also Rises, Frankenstein, and Dracula
What inspires you to write?
I need to. I need it like oxygen. I never stop writing, even though I stop talking to people
Tell us about your writing process.
“Sit down at a [computer] and bleed.”
Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer?
Both, but mostly I don’t plan.
If you are an outliner, what do you use to outline? Whiteboard? Software?
Notes that make no sense to anyone but me.
Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?
Both – depends on how things come to me.
Do you listen to or talk to your characters?
Yes, all the time.
How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?
We talk – and I convince people it’s totally normal to live with characters in your head all the time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-published and small press, because I’m not marketable apparently.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know. I don’t have a lot of hope for the future of humanity, not just in books, and publishing is just another business that gives millions of dollars for One Direction porn, but has lost interest in the human condition.
Dust is the story of a young girl, Alondra, in another world. It’s a world that normally would be draped in magic – the kind of world traditional in fantasy. There are castles and kingdoms and all those fun fairy tale elements, but it’s also a world with futuristic features, such as teleportation and giant glass towers that reach into the sky. Picture something out of the Final Fantasy series, with less steampunk.
There used to be magic in Alondra’s world, but well before she was born, all of the kingdoms were part of war. It was a war that happened because human beings grew too powerful. They wanted more and they wanted it for themselves. No longer was man satisfied to have the power of the gods and use it for the greater good; now he wanted to be a god. Because of the fear of magic and the damage it wrought, it has been suppressed and Alondra only knows it as a hobby.
When a new villain appears, though, and the world so desperate for peace and security is shattered anew, Alondra sets out on a journey through the past. She soon discovers that the secrets people keep in order to preserve a facade of safety run deep.
I see this as a fantasy novel woven through with philosophy and moral questions, as well as a sprinkle of romance. Although there is a love story, it is not about romance, but about coming of age, about learning who you are and understanding your role in the world, and about independence and choice (as well as the associated consequences).
Sarah Daltry is the author of No Such Thing as Perfect, Dust, Backward Compatible, Bitter Fruits, and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. As a former English teacher and YA library coordinator, Sarah has always loved books and her passion in life is writing – weaving tales of magic and beauty. She originally wrote romance, but Sarah’s real focus is lyrical and introspective fiction that gets to the heart of being whole.
Sarah is an obsessive Anglophile who spends more time watching BBC TV than any human being should, as well as a hardcore gamer, feminist, hermit, and sarcastic nerd. She’s extremely introverted and craves quiet and solitude, but she does enjoy hearing from readers. Find her online at http://sarahdaltry.com