Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Different Kind of Courage Blog Tour

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the blog tour for my friend and fellow author Sarah Holman's new book, A Different Kind of Courage! I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it's definitely on my reading list. I just love anything colonial. As part of the tour, I have Sarah here for a fun interview! During the tour, you can get the Kindle copy of A Different Kind of Courage on sale for $3.99! Sarah is also giving away 3 ebook copies, so don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post! You can see the rest of the stops on the tour on Sarah's blog. And now for the interview.
 1. What inspired you to write A Different Kind of Courage?

Two conversations actually. The first was one our family had after watching several of movies and TV shows about people with secret identities. We talked about the real consequences of such a life style that most of the movies and such didn’t show. The second conversation was one my mom and I had about people who try to live up to their parents expectations for them, instead of God’s.
2. Which of your characters would you most love to spend the day with?

From A Different Kind of Courage, I would be hard pressed to choose between historical character Dr. Joseph Warren and fictional character Selah Harrison
3. Creating and working with characters is my favorite part of writing. What is yours?

I love it when I get the feeling that I am just watching the story unfold along with my readers; the unexpected twists and turns that come as a surprise to even me. I also love creating stories like the ones I always wanted to read as a kid.
4. I love it when I can find just the right “casting” choice for my characters because it helps clarify them in my mind. Do you have any casting choices for your characters? If so, who are some of the main ones?
In A Different Kind of Courage, I had a huge list of casting choices, especially on the historical characters side. There were so many amazing men and women I wanted to include in the story, but space would not allow me to include all of them. It was hard to pick, but it is a wonderful feeling when you know you have the right ones.
5. For me, actually getting my stories written is the hardest part of writing. Planning, rewriting, and editing are much easier. What is your least favorite or hardest part of the writing process?

Editing is by far the hardest part for me. I love writing the story and getting caught in the excitement, but editing is hard process for me. I think partly because I am not extremely good at spotting my own errors, hence my need for a good team of proofreaders.
6. Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress or what’s next for your writing and publishing plans?

I am working on the sequel to my book, Adventures and Adversities, which is set in a fictional country in Europe. The book, Brothers and Betrayal, has a Robin Hood feel to it and should be ready for publication in early 2015. My first contemporary story will also be published next year. I am very excited about both.

7. What hobbies do you have outside of writing?

I do! I sew, make jewelry (not as good as yours, Jaye), take long walks, and spend time with my awesome family.

8. What are some of your favorite books?

Christy by Catherine Marshall (that was a life changing book for me), A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin, Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden, the Firmament series by J. Grace Pennington, The Charity's Diary by Elisabeth Allen, the Messenger by Siri Michell and many, many more.
9. What are three random facts about you that most people probably wouldn’t know?

I am only 5’4 which makes me the target of much good natured teasing in my house as I am the shortest.
My room is normally messy, but my work space must always be clean
I have very strong and unusual ideas about the Civil War (at least I have been told they are unusual), and I love discussing it with people.

10. And finally, what advice would you give other authors seeking to publish?

Never stop writing. I have three books that will never be published, but I needed to write them to learn. Some for your writing may not be good enough to publish, but don’t look at those stories as failures, but as necessary stepping stones.

About Sarah
Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of five published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

Social Media Links
Twitter: @thedestinyofone



  1. I can't name just one Revolutionary War hero, but I would say that most of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence would be considered heroes. Those people knew that by signing that document they were guaranteeing themselves certain death if things did not go well with the revolution. England did not look kindly on "traitors" and I am sure that all their property, lives, and families' lives would have been forfeited.

    1. So true. Each of those men who put their name to that document was risking everything to sign.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me, Jaye!