Hi everyone! Thanks for joining me as I welcome author Sarah Monzon to my blog today. I absolutely loved her book, The Isaac Project, and highly recommend it!
Sarah is a Navy chaplain's wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn't enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn't in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her sophomore book, Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.
Sarah's newest book, All of You, is available for pre-order now and will be release May 15, 2017.
All royalties made from pre-orders will be donated to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Maryland, Present Day
Jacqueline Rogers can rebuild anything...except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she's worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.
After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.
Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.
Welcome, Sarah! I’ve read the blurb for ALL OF YOU and it sounds like such a great book. I understand that you’re donating all the proceeds from the pre-orders. Can you tell us a little about that?
Sarah: Absolutely! While writing ALL OF YOU, and specifically the character of Michael Carrington, doing the research on amputees and veterans, my heart really went out to those among us who served and sacrificed in the military. In the middle of writing ALL OF YOU, my husband joined the navy as a chaplain and now I’m a part of that knit community of service families. I feel a burden and love for service men and women and their families and wanted to give back in a small way. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. They serve the Unites States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation and their families. All royalties made from pre-orders of ALL OF YOU will be donated to this charity.
That's such a wonderful thing to do, Sarah. It sounds like The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund makes a huge difference in the lives of those serving our country in the Armed Forces and their wonderful families.
What do you usually use when you’re writing? A computer? Paper and pen?
Sarah: I usually write on my iPad at the gym. My “desk” is a stationary bike. I sit and peddle and type away with my thumbs on the handheld device. I write while my oldest is in preschool and my youngest is at the gym’s childcare.
That's awesome! I love that you're able to work out while writing. I'm not sure I could be as coordinated lol
Is there a special treat or drink that helps you during your writing process?
Sarah: Haha. Since I usually write at the gym, the drink I have handy is water.
Tell us about one of your hobbies.
Sarah: We love to go hiking as a family. Right now we live in a great area to hike and explore. Lots of trees and mountains. One of my friends commented on it being like living in a Bob Ross painting, and it really is. The spring rains has kept us indoors a lot, but I’m looking forward to summer and exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Sarah: I’m an ambivert with more introvert tendencies. I don’t like large crowds of people. I don’t like being the center of attention. I don’t like meeting new people. I have absolutely no idea how to do small talk and am really awkward. However, being a stay at home mom for the last five years I’ve noticed I crave being around adult humans every now and again, too.
As a stay at home mom, I completely understand that need to get out and be around adult humans from time to time. lol
If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would you like to learn?
Sarah: I’m not sure there is really a skill I’d want to learn, per se, but there are a lot of things I’d like to do, places I’d like to discover, and experiences I’d love to have. I love doing and trying new things. Having adventures. And I love to travel but of course don’t get to do much of it because of money restrictions.
What part of writing is your favorite? Plotting, writing, editing, etc.
Sarah: I’m not a plotter by any stretch of the word so I love just sitting and listening to my characters as they tell me their story. I guess you could say my favorite stage is the rough draft stage. Getting that story down on paper so the characters can stop talking to me in my head. Haha.
Thanks so much for being a guest on my blog today and congratulations on your upcoming new release!