It's always amazing how life can get in the way of schedules! I love introducing new authors to my you and keeping you up to date on new books from establishing authors. These last couple of years have been a struggle to do that. So here at Carpinello's Writing Pages, we are starting a new page with a plan to post interviews with new and not-so-new authors for children, pre-teens, teens, and young adults.
Today I'm pleased to introduce Middle Grade author Sarah Sanchez. Read on to see what two countries she calls home!
Here's a bit about Sarah:
I was born in Dallas, Texas. I love Texas. The weather is crazy, but the people are friendly. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Spanish. Mexico is my second home. My husband is from Mexico, and I have family down there. I love the culture, the people, and of course the food. I have three wonderful children and I love hiking and spending time outdoors when I am not writing.
Fantasy is my preferred genre to write in. There are no limits in fantasy beyond my own imagination. Anything can happen. Sunwalker is my debut novel. It is a YA Vampire novel. The first in a trilogy. Nightwalker, book 2, was just released in May 2018. My first MG Fantasy novel entitled the Portal Keeper, is going to be released Oct. 2nd. Darkwalker the third and final installment of The Sunwalker Trilogy is set to be released in December of 2019.
Why did you pick to write books for Middle Grade readers?
My first book series The Sunwalker Trilogy is actually YA but my younger kids thought the books were too scary. My son asked me to write a story with dragons. So that’s how The Portal Keeper came about. It is the first book in The Keeper Archives, which is looking like it will be 4 books in total.
I love to read young adult and middle grade. I am typically drawn to fantasy and dystopian novels. I like pretty much anything, although I don’t read a lot of nonfiction.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
I enjoy hiking, although living in Texas I don’t have a lot of opportunities. I also love food, and enjoy trying out new restaurants and different types of food. I will try pretty much anything, but I don’t want to know what’s in it until after I have tried it.
Tell us about The Portal Keeper and how the story came to be.
I had been thinking about writing a story with a portal in it. One that takes you into a magical land. My son wanted a story with dragons and so I blended the two. It was actually the fastest book I have ever written. It just seemed to flow out of me.
Here's a peek at The Portal Keeper:
A mysterious portal, which opens at dawn and closes again at dusk, is located deep in the woods and kept secret from the vast majority of the people who inhabit the kingdom of Rastella. Only a few are aware of its existence and fewer understand the confusing prophecy that accompanies it.
Now, Ajax Maxwell, who is approaching his 14th birthday and has been in training for the past 2 years, is preparing to fulfill his family’s legacy by becoming the next keeper. But Ajax is afraid. He’s worried that he won’t live up to the expectations placed upon him and will let down his family, like his brother Axel did when he took over from their father and then promptly disappeared.
When the prince of Rastella comes to visit for the first time, accompanied by Ajax’s childhood friend Nivara, it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. In an accident, the prince falls into the portal and Ajax knows that it’s up to him to go and get him back.
With the knowledge that nobody who has entered it has ever returned, Ajax and Nivara go through the portal to try to save the prince. But what Ajax finds inside, and what he discovers about the prophecy, will test him to his limits.
Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.
I have a YA vampire series called The Sunwalker Trilogy. It’s my take on the origin of vampires.
What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
The last book in The Sunwalker Trilogy, Darkwalker, is getting edited, and I have just finished the first draft for the sequel to The Portal Keeper.
What advice do you have for other authors?
Keep persevering, write a little everyday and find people to read your books who will tell you the truth. It’s hard finding people who will point out the faults in your work.
Where can readers find you and your books?
Anything else you want readers to know?
No matter if you read my book or another authors, reviews mean so much, not just to authors but to readers too. So don’t forget to write a review. Don’t forget to check out the Portal Keeper on Amazon or other fine stores.