Welcome to today’s stop on Meet the Newbies!! I am excited to be hosting Sarah Alexander the author of The Art of Not Breathing which released on April 26!! I am incredibly excited to read this book, it sounds phenomenal!
Sarah’s Yearbook Entry!
Author Most Likely To Forget to Breathe
Nickname: Small Sarah
First Day of School: April 26, 2016
Grade: YA Contemporary
Extracurricular Activities: Diving, jumping, flying, eating Mars bars, Hide and Seek, exploring
Favorite Class: Flying Lessons
Favorite Quote/Motto: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill
My Q&A With Sarah!
** This was the prompt that I gave to ALL the authors- and I will answer them myself at the end of the event 😉 **
I figured that since this is called “Meet the Newbies”, it might be fun to go ahead and actually MEET you! But when I was coming up with questions, I thought about how being an author was really just one part of the bigger picture. With that in mind, I want to ask some questions about things that make you you.
As a Teen
What was your high school experience like?
Ugh! Brings me out in a cold sweat thinking about it. Good, bad and just plain ugly. I loved learning so I enjoyed my lessons, and I had great friends. We were great at getting up to mischief without getting into trouble. The only thing I got detention for was wearing my school uniform incorrectly. I played about ten musical instruments so I was the kid always carrying a weird box – sometimes two on the same day – which led to much ridicule. I was also incredibly shy so hid at the back of the class (the teacher’s had no idea who I was) and didn’t ask for the help I needed. I cried a lot. I also spent A LOT of time dying my hair.
If you had the chance to go back and do it again, what would you change?
I’d care a lot less about what people thought of me, I’d be a lot nicer to everyone and I’d spend more time trying to convince people that books are cool.
As an Author
What has been the most exciting part of the process so far? The most rewarding?
Ooh, so many things! Getting my first trade review was pretty awesome. It’s all the small things that make it seem more real by the day – seeing the cover, seeing the inside design, hearing that people are enjoying my book. The most rewarding? Meeting more bookish people – other authors, readers, bloggers. Oh, and when people tell me they could relate to my characters.
What do you wish you knew before you started this adventure?
I wish I’d realised how visible I needed to be as a writer – see answer to Q1: I like hiding at the back so it’s taken me a long time to say, ‘Hello, world. I wrote a book.’ ☺
Shannon’s Sidenote: This would absolutely be my fear too!
As an Everyday Woman
What are a few things you simply cannot get through the day without?
My phone – it holds EVERYTHING.
Bras. Thank god for bras.
Mascara – because otherwise I appear to have any eyelashes.
An hour to myself to recharge (with a cup of tea).
Shannon’s Sidenote: What did we even do before phones?
Describe the absolute perfect day for you- sky’s the limit!
If the sky’s the limit then that’s where I’d be. In space, in my astronaut suit, looking down on our tiny planet and reading a damn good book.
Shannon’s Sidenote: You made me chuckle 😀
As a Reader
What book has made the most impact on your life (in any way, really) and how?
All books change my life in some way because they become part of me. The adventure stories I read as a child inspired me to explore the world, books I’ve read on my travels have helped me understand the world, and every book I’ve ever read has been a step on the way to being a writer. I love all stories – life is one giant story.
Shannon’s Sidenote: This answer is the best ♥
Is there a book that you could read over and over again and never get tired of?
The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paullina Simons – I’ve read it so many times. Tatiana Metanova is a seventeen-year-old Soviet girl living in Leningrad with her family in 1941 when Hitler invades Russia. It’s an incredible story about love and war that destroys my soul every time I read it, but I always go back.
Shannon’s Sidenote: I am seriously adding this to Goodreads after I schedule this post. It sounds incredible! Thanks so much for participating!
Book & Author Info!
The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone.
Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.
Today’s giveaway is the tour-wide giveaway for a finished copy of ANY of these fabulous books in the event, open internationally!
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Additionally, Sarah is giving away a finished copy of The Art of Not Breathing to one of you lucky readers! (AND it is International, yay!)