Meet Sarah Armstrong-Garner

This week we’re getting to know Sarah Armstrong-Garner, author of Sinking, a delightful YA fantasy novel and the first of a trilogy.

Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteenth century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all of her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely yet enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows only one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.

Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her—willing to give up everything for her. He soon finds he cannot live without her.

But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another’s love. The embrace of water. Does she belong to this world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?

1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.

Hello and thank you for having me on your blog! I am a YA fantasy writer and mother to three rambunctious children, who make everyday exciting. I am currently working on Rising, the third book in the Sinking Trilogy.

I’m excited to read more about Jocelyn!

You As A Reader

2. When did you first fall in love with books?

I first fell in love with reading when I visited my Aunt and Uncle’s and picked up the book From the Corner of His Eye, by Dean Koontz. It was the first time I had read a book for fun and after that I was hooked.

3. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?

My favorite book from my childhood would have to be The Jolly Postman and Other People’s Letters. It is so much fun to pull out letters and read them.

4. Of the books you’ve read, which one changed you the most?

From the Corner of His Eye gave me the love for reading as an adult and Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman brought me into the world of fantasy. Both of theses books challenged me to see the magic in the world.

5. What’s the last book you read and your current favorite?

The last book I read was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. It was brilliant and a fun read. My current favorite is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I love the world Marissa created with her books.

The Lunar Chronicles is my current favorite, too.

6. If you could meet any author, alive or dead, who would it be?

William Shakespeare because I would love to meet the man who created works of love and tragedy that still last today, and also to see if the theories of who he really was are true.

You As A Writer

7. When did you first know you were a writer?

I didn’t realize I wanted to be a writer until college, but looking back I was always writing and creating stories. I even have a play I wrote in elementary school.

8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?  If so, what was it about?

The first story I ever wrote was about a bear, swan, and the dangers of strangers. I was in elementary school and my mom helped me write it. I wish I could find it, but we wrote it on a typewriter and the original was lost over time.

9. What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey?  The best part?

Managing my time. I’m the oh no, wait-for-the-last-minute-to-do-anything writer, which I am getting over slowly. The best part is seeing my books finished and to be able to share my imagination with others.

10. Of all the writing advice you’ve received, what helped you the most?

The best advice I have ever received is to follow your heart and do what you love. If you work hard it will happen, you just can’t give up.

11. Tell us about your current project and any others you’re working on.

I am finishing up on The Sinking Trilogy and then I’ll be moving on to finish Autumn in Neverland.

Ooh, such a tease! I can’t wait to hear more about it.

Fun Stuff About You

12. Besides writing and reading, what are some of your other interests?

I love photography and animals. We have a small Ronald McDonald farm with chickens and a rabbit.

13. If you could become an instant expert at any one thing, what would it be and why?

That’s a great question. Hmm… I would have to say dancing. I would love to be able to dance, but I have two left feet.

14. You’ve just won an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world.  Where would you go?

That’s easy, I would go to Bantry Ireland and visit the Bantry House.

BantryHouse.com

Final Thoughts

15. How can people connect with you?

Anyone can find me on Facebook, Twitter @Sarahtwyla, Instagram under Sarah Armstrong-Garner, and of course my website SarahArmstrongGarner.com

16. Anything else you’d like to tell us?

Thank you so much for having me here today! I would like to tell everyone to follow your dreams and put in the work, for nothing happens over night.

Thank you for sharing a bit about you. I’ll keep an eye out for more of your books!

If you’d like to buy her book, you can find it here:

Amazon: Sinking

Barnes & Noble: Sinking

Meet Mariah Avix

This week I’m introducing the editor of the amazing podcast 600 Second Saga, Mariah Avix. You may have heard a few of my stories published there and they couldn’t have found a happier home. In addition to the podcast, she is also the author of Dangerous Metal, Oak Stream Hollow, and Summer Solace, the first novel in the Smoke Jumper series.


Malcolm needs a summer away to decide if he wants to stay with his cheating wife. His daughter Daisy never wants to see the people who betrayed her.

In a cabin as far from the city as they can get, Faye, the park ranger, warns them of fire, woods, and wildlife.

Will either learn to love or trust again or will the forest devour them first.

Now for the interview.

1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.

I am Mariah Avix and I’m currently working on a rewrite of a novella in my Smoke Jumper series. I’ve also got a rewrite of an urban fantasy novel in progress…progress used in the most loose way possible here.

I can’t wait to read more about Faye!

You As A Reader

2. When did you first fall in love with books?

When I was small. I was talking recently with my mom and sister about this after hearing LeVar Burton speak and I was absolutely sure that my grandma had recorded herself reading Ramona Quimby to me. And yes! I wasn’t imagining it. She’d read both Ramona Quimby and The Secret Garden into a cassette recorder and I was able to listen to those. That was definitely a moment of falling in love with books.

3. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?

In addition to those I loved Swan Lake. My recollection of this was that my mom would read it to my sister and I while the music played. (I had a chance later to see the Swan Lake ballet performed in St. Petersburg which was incredible.)

4. Of the books you’ve read, which one changed you the most?

I think all of the books have changed me a little. It’s a great part of what books do, they make you change and see the world differently which I love. The most? I’m not sure I could answer that. Maybe Hitchhiker’s Guide? Maybe Shards of Honor? Maybe a few of the books I read as a pre-teen that I don’t remember the names of, or even if my recollection of them is accurate any more but some ghost of them still haunts my experiences? 

5. What’s the last book you read and your current favorite? 

The last book I read would be Ancillary Justice. I listened to the audiobook and the second was done by a different narrator so I’ve been very hesitant to jump into it. My current favorite is all of them? I’m sort of floating around in a I Love Them All space so no favorite.

I’m sure most readers can relate to that happy state of being. I know I do right now. They’re all so good!

6. If you could meet any author, alive or dead, who would it be?

This is hard! I’m not sure because there’s the whole don’t meet your heroes thing. I think any author I could meet would be one who would want to be my friend and hang out with me and discuss the minutia of being an author with me. (I’ve been incredibly lucky to have made some great friends through NaNo, FB, Twitter, and through doing the podcast.)

You As A Writer

7. When did you first know you were a writer?

I’m really not sure. I’ve always loved making up stories, but putting them down on paper with some seriousness has only come in the last 5 years or so.

8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?  If so, what was it about?

I’m not sure it was the first, but I have somewhere a nice little handwriting book that I wrote a story in when I was maybe 5 or 6? I don’t even know what it was about. Hopefully I’ve gotten better at story structure since, but I think I’ve gotten worse at handwriting.

I’ve never met an author who actually likes their own handwriting.

9. What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey?  The best part?

Deciding to rewrite or kill. I’m not sure sometimes, often even, if I should rework the entire story or chuck it and start over knowing the things I know now. There is a huge cyclical nature to it and I’d like to use that better when I can. But I get so hung up on I put SO much work into this story and I hate throwing it all out and only keeping the knowledge that I’ve gained when I feel like I should keep more.

The best part is the bringing the story to life. I love that moment when I do the final audio record and even though I’ve worked and reworked and re reworked the story to death it still pulls at my heartstrings and makes me feel all the things. I love those moments.

I know what you mean about deciding whether to keep working on it or to move on. It’s hard to know if/when any idea becomes no longer worth the work.

10. Of all the writing advice you’ve received, what helped you the most?

All the writing advice is wrong. Seriously. The best thing to hear is that all the super prescriptive “you have to do it this way Or Else” things are wrong. Work your way.

11. Tell us about your current project and any others you’re working on.

Always working on Smoke Jumper’s stories. Shifters and protecters of the woods. And a thousand pieces of flash fiction.

For the record, I totally blame you for my newfound obsession with flash fiction. I’d never written anything that short before and now I can’t stop. And it’s all your fault.

Fun Stuff About You

12. Besides writing and reading, what are some of your other interests?

Podcast! Audio!

I love audio, I love taking a piece of work and turning it into something else. Giving that additional layer of life and breath to the story. I do audiobook narration and of course the 600 Second Saga podcast (and if anyone hasn’t listened to your episodes, especially Ann, they have to!).

Aww, thanks.

13. If you could become an instant expert at any one thing, what would it be and why?

Being charming. Just being perfectly, incredibly, impossibly charismatic. It’s a skill that is so far outside my universe I’m not even sure how it works, it is one of 2 things that I think are legitimate magic in our world. (The other being impossibly large amounts of money.)

14. You’ve just won an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world.  Where would you go?

Antarctica is pretty appealing. But really? Space. I want to go to space. I know you said in the world, but I reject that and say an all expense paid trip I entered would be for space. Up. All the way.

That’s awesome!

Final Thoughts

15. How can people connect with you?

Twitter is great, @MariahAvix and my website insani-x.com.

16. Anything else you’d like to tell us?

Stories are very important. Tell them.

Thanks for sharing a bit about you, Mariah!


Be sure to check out her podcast 600 Second Saga and if you like what you hear, consider giving your support through Patreon. If you’d like to read or listen to Mariah’s books, they are available on Amazon and Audible:

Summer Solace ebook

Summer Solace audiobook

Oak Stream Hollow ebook
Oak Stream Hollow audiobook
Dangerous Metal ebook
Dangerous Metal audiobook