Happy Monday guys!
I’m So So excited about today’s post! Why? Well It’s because today I am hosting a guest on my blog! It’s the amazing Sara Baysinger, author of The Black Tiger Trilogy and her newly released novel, The Vanishing Spark of Dusk. I’m going to be asking her some questions, and we’re going to have a lot of fun. Plus, stay tuned at the end to enter her giveaway for a copy of The Vanishing Spark Of Dusk, a ring and a $25 gift card to Amazon. So without further ado, let’s welcome Sara Baysinger to the stage! *Cue the applause!*
About the Author:
My name is Sara Baysinger and I write books. I was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where I spent my early life exploring uncharted lands on horseback and raising chickens. I now make my home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with my husband and two children…and I still raise chickens. My dystopian novel BLACK TIGER was self-published in 2016, with books 2 & 3 published in 2017. When not getting lost in a book, I can be found gardening, devouring chocolate, and running off the sugar-high from said chocolate.
I’m currently working on an upcoming science fiction romance novel that will release with Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing.
Welcome Sara! It’s honestly such an honor to be able to have you as a guest on my blog. Do you want to start off by telling us a little about yourself and your books?
Thank you so much for having me! A little about myself… well, I grew up in Ecuador as a missionary kid, and now live way out in the countryside of central Indiana. I have four dogs, four cats, five chickens, and two kids. 😉 I love to read (obviously) and have just picked up cross-stitching, which is surprising addictive!
So what inspired your newest Release: The Vanishing Spark Of Dusk? (Which By the way, is a very intriguing title!)
Glad you like the title! 🙂 A great many things inspired this book, as it was written and revised over a 7 year period. But the first inspiration was a book titled A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. It was my all-time favorite book throughout my teens and early twenties, and I just loved the romance between Marcus and Hadassah. I wanted more! So this book started out sort of as a science fiction, fan-fic version of that book—with more romance—and then it evolved and took on its own form.
What have you learned about writing, since you wrote your Black Tiger Books?
The biggest lesson I learned was to ALWAYS listen to my editor. That was my mistake in Black Tiger. Though I agreed with 90% of what my editor suggested, the things I didn’t agree with, I paid for by the reviews from readers. The common complaints from reviewers lined up with what my editor suggested I change—and I refused. Editors are there for a reason, after all!
What tips do you have for authors trying to break into the world of social media, and building an audience?
Haha…I’m the worst person to ask about social media and audience building. 😉 But I’ll try. Basically find your top 2-3 social media platforms (for me it’s Instagram and Twitter), and commit to posting at least once a day, if not more. Engage with others, comment, “like”, retweet, use ALL THE HASHTAGS and remember that you’re not only making fans, you’re making friends.
How have you learned to capture readers like me the way you do in your books? Your particular writing style is one that really pulls you into the story, and makes you want to root for the characters. Any idea on how you were able to do that?
Thank you for saying that! <3 First of all, I’m a really impatient reader when starting books, so I wanted to give my books a chance to hook other readers like me. (Although The Vanishing Spark of Dusk has a bit of a slower start than Black Tiger). I can only give credit to other authors for my writing style. Reading is what shapes an author, and I have found my writing has been significantly better when I’m also reading lots of books. The Black Tiger writing style, in particular, was heavily influenced by Tahereh Mafi’s style in her Shatter Me series. My suggestion is to find the books you ADORE and learn to write like those authors.
Why did you choose to self publish The Black Tiger Books? Do think that in the end, it was a good choice?
I chose to self-publish Black Tiger because it’s a dystopian series, and publishers were closing their doors to dystopia at the time. I had several agents tell me it was a great story, but that publishers wouldn’t accept it based on the genre alone. However, while agents and editors were rejecting it, readers were loving it. When it came to deciding whether to set the series aside to never see the light of day, or sharing it with more readers, I chose to self-publish. 🙂
While I’m not sure if I’ll ever go the self-publishing route again (I DON’T have a business-owner type personality that one requires when self-publishing), I am very glad I did it. It was a thrilling process and gave me an inside view of what the publishing process looks like.
How does The Vanishing Spark of Dusk differ from your first trilogy?
Good question! While it follows some of the same themes (protagonist forced from her home and longing to go back), this book has a lot more romance in it. Also, while Black Tiger explored Christianity and God throughout the story, this book explores what might go through the mind of someone who maybe doesn’t believe in God at all.
Alright–last question, I promise: Do you plan on ever writing more in the world of Ember and Rain? (I really would love a short story or something!)
Ah, man, I get asked this a lot! I hadn’t planned on adding on to it, but readers are demanding more time with #TeamSteam. 😉 I have an idea for a short story, or perhaps a novella that I’ve been playing around with, but I wouldn’t be able to work on it any time soon. I will say this, though—when it comes out, readers will get a glimpse into the Indy Tribe. And that’s all I’m going to say. 😉
Well thank you Soo much, from the bottom of my heart for being on my blog Sara. As being one of my favorite authors and writing some of my favorite books, it just makes me soo happy to have been able to get to chat with you. Hopefully in the future we can do it again. 😉
Wow, thank you for your kind words! I’m so glad there are readers out there who enjoyed these books and characters as much as I have! And YES! We must chat again. <3 <3 <3
Since I hinted at a giveaway at the beginning of the post, here is the rafflecopter so you can enter!
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And that is all for today! If you haven’t yet, I HIGHLY recommend checking out all of Sara’s books! She is an amazing writer and you will love her books to death!
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In HIS Joy,