Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Different Kind of Courage Blog Tour

Hello, everyone! I was invited to do a blog tour with Sarah Holman for her latest book, A Different Kind of Courage! I am looking forward to reading this novel, and I will be soon! Below, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of her book! But for now...here is a fun interview with the author:

Hello there, and welcome to Adventures Beyond the Horizon, Sarah!

Thank you for having me! I am very excited to be here!
What inspired your newest release, A Different Kind of Courage?

Two conversations actually. The first was one our family had after watching several of movies and TV shows about people with secret identities. We talked about the real consequences of such a life style that most of the movies and such didn’t show. The second conversation was one my mom and I had about people who try to live up to their parents expectations for them, instead of God’s.
Would you give us a synopsis?

After three years in England, William Landor returns to Boston in 1774, little knowing the events that are about to unfold.

England has issued an ultimatum: pay for the tea that was destroyed in the Boston Tea Party, or the Port of Boston will be closed. Williams knows that this will have a devastating effect on his hometown, which is so dependent on the sea. However, he finds himself in the middle of the political struggle he wanted to avoid.

William's father is a merchant and loyal to the kind and is furious at what the rebels of Boston have cost him. He would like nothing more than to rid the city of their poisonous influence. Meanwhile, William's best friend, Dr. Joseph Warren, is one of the leaders of the rebels, or Whigs, as they call themselves.

As if his life was not complicated enough, he meets a fiery indentured servant who tugs at his heart as well as his loyalty. When he is confronted by the consequences of his many secrets, he has to make a choice whether of not to tell the truth. Does he have the kind of courage it will take?

What was the hardest part of writing it?

Editing. Editing for me is very hard. It takes a lot of time, and is tedious.

What's your favorite part of the writing process?

I love it when I get the feeling that I am just watching the story unfold along with my readers; the unexpected twists and turns that come as a surprise to even me. I also love creating stories like the ones I always wanted to read as a kid.

What/who inspired you to start writing?

It was a joint effort of my mom and Robin Hood. I was a little obsessed with Robin Hood at one point and I wanted to write a version of my own. My mom encouraged me to write my own stories, instead of retelling someone else's, so I did.

Who is your favorite author?

It would be a toss up between Elizabeth Camden and Sarah Sundin. Both of them are amazing story tellers who tackle tough issues without being crude. Both are amazing story tellers that have kept me up late at night. I would be hard pressed to pick between them.

Can you name a few of your favorite books?

I can indeed! Christy by Catherine Marshall (that was a life changing book for me), A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin, Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden, the Firmament series by J. Grace Pennington, The Charity's Diary by Elisabeth Allen, The Messenger by Siri Mitchell, and many, many more.

Who is your favorite fictional character?

Christy from the book of the same name. Her journey's story was life changing for me in many ways and she and I have so much in common.

If you could meet one person, who would you meet (other than Jesus)?

George W. Bush. He was very inspiring to me and is someone I have greatly admired.

Which time period is your favorite to read/write about? Why?

Until a little over a year ago, I would have said the Middle Ages, but the early American Revolution has captured my imagination after doing all the research that was necessary for this book. I think that wars tend to bring out the best and worst in people, and the American Revolution was no exception. For this reason as well as others, I love this time period.

Favorite writing space and snack?

My favorite writing space is my writing corner in my room or on the couch. Snack? Cheez-Its! I love munching on them while I am working out a plot, writing, or am editing.

If money were no object, where would you go for vacation? Who would you bring with you?

I would go to England and take my whole family with me. I would visit castles and museums, and maybe even make time to visit Jane Austen's home.

Any final thoughts?

Don't give up on your writing. Few, if any of us, are born with all the talent it takes to make a good book. You have to keep writing and building your skills to get good.

Thanks for being here, Sarah! We enjoyed getting to know more about you!
Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of five published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

You can find Sarah over at her blog, The Destiny of One, her Facebook page, Twitter (@thedestinyofone), Pinterest , GoodReads, and her LinkedIn!

I hope you enjoyed the interview - I did! You can enter the giveaway below to receive a copy of A Different Kind of Courage! I haven't read A Different Kind of Courage yet, but I've a feeling it's good book!!!
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Micaiah!

    1. You're welcome, Sarah! It was a pleasure to! :)

  2. Great interview, Sarah. I loved seeing your favorite books list.

  3. I like what Miss Holman said here about getting inspired from her mom and by Robin Hood. Sounds about accurate for this book. :) I've been enjoying A Different Kind of Courage these past few days, and it's been soooo good.

    1. I am so glad you are enjoying it, Tarissa

  4. Favorite Revolutionary war hero and why? Well, I'd like to say Johnny Tremain, but since he isn't a real character (just the main character in a historical fiction book) I don't think that counts. Probably Paul Revere. He's my favorite because he was very dedicated, and was willing to do anything to support the revolutionaries.

    1. Johnny is such a fun character, though. Revere was so key in getting messages out of Boston, one of which was his famous midnight ride. He was pretty awesome.