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.
15. How can people connect with you?
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:
Barnes & Noble: Sinking