I am so honoured to be part of the Allegiance Blog Tour by Sarah Addison-Fox.
Hi Sarah. When did you begin writing with the goal of becoming an author?
I started writing when I was 18, but never committed fully until January 2017, when I set myself the goal of finishing a first draft within the year. Before then, I spent the time studying, and reading as widely as possible.
What is Disowned about?
Disowned is the story of an unwanted slave girl. Disowned by her family, she’s desperately trying to find a place where she can be free to live a better life.
What inspired Disowned?
That’s a hard question (because I don’t plan anything in detail) but if I had to pick one thing, it would be learning how real slavery is and that it’s still a flourishing industry. I started with an opening scene two names, and a vague idea, then the story grew from there.
Why did you choose to write the story in the genre Fantasy, instead of Dystopian or perhaps Historical Fiction?
I’m not a huge reader of historical, or dystopian. Fantasy is a genre I’d never read much until last year, but once I discovered it, I was hooked! I love that I can make up my own worlds and I don’t need to worry about getting things wrong. Historical fiction needs to be dealt with carefully. These are real events that involved real people and I would be terrified to unintentionally offend someone.
Who is the book for?
I wrote the book for Young Adults, who enjoy a good adventure with a touch of romance but it’s been enjoyed by a pretty wide ranging group so far. Because of the issues involved, which are not pleasant, I’d never recommend Disowned for anyone under the age of 15, or recommend Disowned to anyone who is offended by unpleasant topics such as slavery, and war.
What do you want readers to get out of your books?
I’d love for them to connect with the characters enough to want to see where Celeste’s journey takes her and to have fun reading something a little different from usual fantasy! I’d love people to come away thinking about why slavery is still a ginormous problem in much of the world. And why do we tolerate it?
Have you written any other books, and where can we find all of your writings?
I’ve completed the Allegiance series, the second to be published in February, (now available to pre-order) with the intention of publishing each of the four books every three months. I’ve also written a completely different series which I’ll publish after the Allegiance series is done. I’m halfway through writing another series too. Disowned and Dissemble are available via Amazon.
Apart from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love watching action adventure movies with my husband, eating good food and reading action packed Christian fantasy. I’m a total homebody, so I’m happiest just relaxing with my family.
Where can we connect with you?
And finally, What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?
Put your bottom on the chair, and commit. All the preparation, character profiles, world building and research will do you no good if you can’t make a regular commitment to write. The reason I can write a draft so quickly is because I have a 1000 word limit that I stick to every single day no matter if I feel like it.
Don’t read over what you’ve written and obsess about getting it right the first time. The first draft is supposed to be dreadful. Give yourself permission to make a mess, concentrate on having fun and get those words down! You can edit afterwards, the first draft is just the bones, and it can be fleshed out later on.
It’s really an equation. If you commit to 1000 words a day for two months you’ll finish a first draft. Commitment plus time equals a novel
Well thank you so much Sarah for coming on my blog today. And to you readers, Be sure to check out her blog and buy her books.
More About Sarah:
Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series’ she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.