Friday, June 14, 2013

Blog Tour, Interview and Giveaway!! My Life As A Lumberjack by Sara V. Olds

Author: Sara V. Olds
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Astrea Books  
Publication Date: May 30,2013

 
  
Me, Mercedes Bennion? Working for the US Forest Service? I’ve never thought of myself as the outdoorsy, hard-working type. But one quick glance at those mouth-watering forest rangers and oh, baby, sign this seventeen-year-old up for a whole summer of fresh air, mountains and starry, starry nights!



Interview with Author Sara V. Olds

Q. For those readers who might not know your work, Can you tell them a bit about the books you write?

A. I love adventure and I love to laugh. So, all my books have elements of adventure and humor. Now, that’s not to say there’s not tragedy and intensity, but there’s always humor. My Life as a Lumberjack is my first YA novel. It’s set in the mountains of Utah, and has a lot of craziness and is a contemporary and comedy romance. My other books are historicals. Brigadier is a WWII women’s adventure/romance it’s part of a developing series I’ve entitled “Her Finest Hour” – strong heroines, lots of danger and adventure. And my other two are part of The Letters from the Attic” series and told through a series of letters.


Q. How did you come up with the concept for My Life As A Lumberjack or How I Fell For the Wrong Guy(s)?

A. Well…I actually did work for the US Forest Service when I was 17. It was very easy to build off those experiences. And I have of plenty of teenagers in my life who helped me decide how someone might act in the situations Benz found herself.

Q. What is a typical day in the life of a writer like?

A. When I’m working “fulltime” on a project, dishes go unwashed, clothes unfolded, typing goes on into the wee hours and I’ll get up an extra hour than normal. When I’m editing? Because I am a fulltime teacher, I have to plan and carve out time to work.

Q. What is your favorite quote or line from My Life As A Lumberjack?

A. Dan=rugged. Dan=tall, tan and oh my goodness! Dan=maybe better than Norm.

Q. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A. In fourth grade. I had a friend who I played horses with all the time. We created storylines and characters all the time and one day we decided to write them down. It was the most natural and addicting thing I’ve ever done.


Q. What is the best piece of advice you can give aspiring Authors?

A. Finish the book! So many times we start projects and never see them through. There’s something so important bout being able to see something from start to finish. That and get a critique group who you can trust. Meaning they’re not going to destroy your writing and make it their own.


Q. Out of curiosity, Have you hidden any Easter eggs in your books?

A. Personal stuff or jokes known only to a chosen few? There are a couple. 1. A favorite character from the War of 1812 of mine is Oliver Hazard Perry. In many of my projects I have references to him in some way. Lumberjack has an obvious homage to him. 2. One of my favorite authors is James Fenimore Cooper and he’s mentioned in the book 3. Mrs. Rohling is a good friend of mine who teaches at my school—but not English.


Q. One last question. Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?

A. I’m in final edits for a new YA fantasy entitled “The Slumbering Heir.” And while it’s a classic fantasy, the characters have a modern feel to it, which I’ve been told makes it very readable—it has a dragon in it who tries to steal the stage every time he shows up. I’m also expanding a Magical Holiday Comedy Romance which is nearly ready for submission “Knot Before Christmas”—what’s fun about it is I’ve tried to include nearly every reference to Santa Claus out in popular culture—and Rudolph is it in. Not to mention re-writing one of my Her Finest Hour books “Her Warring Heart” and I’ve started a new YA contemporary comedy a spoof on all the vampire-crazed stories.


Thanks for giving me a chance to have your readers meet me! And come find more about me and my writing at http://authorsaravolds.blogspot.com/
Author Bio & Follow Links

Sara V. Olds has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite memories is of unfolding a tale for friends while they were all bundled in sleeping bags watching a comet shower in the Uintah Mountains.
Mother of three: Large, Medium and Small, she welcomes her newest role, that of mother-in-law.

Life has taken her from thither to yon and back again—she's moved 22 times during her marriage. She breathes to travel. Longs to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a horse. Is an addictive reader. Enjoys swimming, skiing, violin and movies. Wonders if she'll ever get to SCUBA dive again. And has found a calling that fulfills her in ways she never could have imagined—teaching history to—wait for it—8th Graders.
Her stories consume her. There's nothing she'd rather do than spend all day, all night and the next day conversing with her latest set of characters. History, adventure, action, romance, humor. Adults, YA and kids. Yep, she does it all. Looking for something to enjoy on a quiet rainy afternoon? Or wanting a pulse-pounding, stay up all night turning pages adventure? Or a you've-GOT-to-be-kidding romp? You'll find them in her pages.
Follow Sara :@Saravolds / www.saravolds.com/ Facebook

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