Today I’m very excited to share with you reviews of new books by two of my favourite authors – Dagger’s Sleep by Tricia Mingerink and Dissociate by Sarah Addison-Fox.
Continue reading to hear from both these authors during the Q&A and to enter the give-away at the end of this post.
About The Authors
Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.
Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed 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 her Christian YA fantasy series’, she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.
First question: which character has been the hardest to write and why?
Tricia: Hardest character to write in all of my books is Renna from The Blades of Acktar. In Dagger’s Sleep, both Daemyn and Rosanna were tricky in their own ways.
Sarah: Funnily enough my hardest character to write has been Celeste. I struggled with balancing her vulnerability with strength and still making her relatable.
Of all the characters in your books, which one is most like you?
Tricia: That would be Leith from The Blades of Acktar, though Rosanna from Dagger’s Sleep is similar to me as well in some ways. While she isn’t necessarily a fighter, she will pitch in and do whatever needs doing.
Sarah: Probably Maggie, because she’s a mum like I am, but honestly a little of ‘me’ comes out in all my characters bad or good. Part of being a writer is being able to understand the motivation behind character’s actions. Most of my characters have traits or experiences that I’ve either been through or have experience in. So, while I’m nothing like Charles Smyth, I can understand why he does such horrendous things.
What’s the weirdest thing you, as a writer, have ever done?
Tricia: That would probably be washing my own mouth out with soap to know what it tasted like while writing Deliver. Most of the research for Dagger’s Sleep was more normal, like Googling everything from how to portage a canoe, how to fix a birch bark canoe, and how to paddle a canoe upstream.
Sarah: I knew it! I knew you researched that part! Hilarious. The weirdest thing…hmmm, the weirdest things are usually found on my search history. I researched what seal meat tastes like and how to walk on hot coals (that scene got cut). I’m old enough to have experienced a lot of the things I write about, so I just drag out a memory unless it’s something specific and I need precise details then I ask Mr Google.
If you could choose any author – dead or alive – to meet, who would it be and why?
Tricia: I’m going to cheat and say two: C.S. Lewis because he inspired me to write Christian fantasy and Laura Ingalls Wilder because she inspired me to be an author in the first place.
Sarah: One? That’s not fair! But if you force me to choose, I’d say Tricia. Yes, here I go again fangirling and embarrassing myself. At least I followed the rules eh Mingerink?
Tricia: Aww…. that’s so sweet! I probably should’ve broken the rules more and included you on the list. But I have hope we’ll meet eventually one day. If only plane tickets to New Zealand weren’t so expensive…
Finally, what do you hope readers will learn from your books?
Tricia: That God uses even the hardships and trials in live for our good.
Sarah: That every single person has value and meaning and God has a plan for each of us.
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Tuesday – May 22
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