Today Sarah Price stops on over to share her Plain Fame Series and answer some questions for all of us.
Hi Sarah! Thanks for joining us on Night Owl Reviews.
To get started. What's your book about?
While traveling through Manhattan on the way back to her Amish community, young Amanda Beiler is struck by a limousine. The limo’s passenger, Cuban-born superstar Alejandro Diaz, takes responsibility for her injuries and vows to oversee her recovery. Leaving the fame circuit behind, Alejandro returns Amanda to her family in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
Desperate for a break from the stress of the spotlight, the famous singer offers to stay on the family farm for a week to help—an offer guardedly accepted by the deeply religious kin who surround and protect Amanda. As different as they are, she and Alejandro find that a genuine friendship begins to blossom, along with the realization that it might be something more. But if the paparazzi get wind of the superstar’s whereabouts, will they threaten the peace of the faithful community for a sensational story? And in the glare of an unwelcome spotlight, and with the unexpected feelings between them, can this couple build a lasting bridge between their vastly different worlds?
What should readers expect from you titles?
First and foremost, clean romances. The next most important expectation that readers should have is to read a book that engages them in a romance that is anything but cookie-cutter. I love to raise the bar on my own literary abilities...taking the impossible and making it appear possible. The Plain Fame series is basically Pitbull meets an Amish woman. Despite the unreality of such a scenario, readers agree that it works and are begging for more books in the series. I'm only too happy to provide them. :D
What's next for you as an author?
I'm continuing with the Plain Fame series, working on two more novels that should wrap it up for the readers. In addition, I'm working on my retelling of Jane Austen's classics from within an Amish setting. The first three books in that series (which isn't really a series...they can be read in any order) has been well received by readers.
I continue reaching out to my fans through daily live streams with my morning coffee and my social media (http://www.facebook.com/fansofsarahprice). And I have a lot of travel on the horizon: Ohio, Kentucky, Belize, Ireland, England, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida.
Have laptop, will travel!
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
Candy Crush. I actually call it Candy Crack. Last night, I hit a new level and I have to wait 70 hours until I can play again! Who does that to a person? The game developer must be really bent on torturing people!
So that aside...I am a total procrastinator. In fact, I am behind writing a book that is due in just one week (shh! don't tell my publisher). Somehow I get things done, though. I don't mind locking myself into a room and writing for hours on end. But there are times I just can't see the movie. That's what I call it: seeing the movie. It plays in my head and I describe it on my laptop. If I can't see it, I can't write it.
That's when I reach for Candy Crack or, when I'm locked out, I stalk CNN.com for new stories or wander over to Facebook to visit with my readers.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I probably should say Jane Austen or Victor Hugo, someone with a stronger literary presence from an intellectual perspective. However, at heart, I wish I could have BEEN Laura Ingalls. The pioneer life just fascinates me. And when you read her series from cover to cover, book to book (which I usually do once a year), it's amazing how much society changed over the course of her life. When she was born, she lived in a log cabin in the woods of Wisconsin and traveled by a horse drawn wagon. Getting a glass window pane in their cabin in Kansas was a big deal for the family. (!) When she passed away, she lived in Missouri in a clapboard house with a car in her driveway and was a bestselling author who traveled around the country at times.
Her simple style of writing and her descriptions of growing up in a time that helped form out nation make Laura Ingalls Wilder my number one all-time favorite author. I think her books should be required reading for students in school. Perhaps they would have a finer appreciation for the sacrifices people made to create our country.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
I'm the type of person who loves a wide variety of music. However, I was never a hip hop fan. Of course that all changed when I saw Pitbull perform with Chris Brown on American Idol in 2011. I think my children were horrified that I'd blast his music in the car when I picked them up at school. I've even been known to pull over so that I can dance along the side of the road.
But it isn't just the music that I like. It's the story behind the star. He does a lot of wonderful things to help people and communities. He gives back. Too many superstars take from their fans without giving in return.
I actually met him on May 28, 2013. That was the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I was told, my reaction was "Who cares? I'm meeting Pitbull tonight!" I don't think my surgeon had ever quite had that type of reaction before. At that time, I only had two of the books ready. I gave them to Pitbull and thanked him for inspiring me. He continues to inspire me as he continues to grow as a star, a business man, and a philanthropist.
What's your day job like?
Writing is my day job. I might putter in the garden a little. I also might drive to our horse farm and hang out with the horses or write in our adorable little trailer. I call it my little vacation home and like to pretend I'm a modern day Laura Ingalls...living in a small little "house" while being removed from society.
I think I'd sell my house in a heartbeat and live there! I love it so much.
The farm is so peaceful and I can really focus on my thoughts.
Plus I think it's neat to be in the middle of 120 acres, listening to the cicadas chirping and seeing the birds flying while I'm lost in thought.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Both. I know. That doesn't sound possible. However, I am a very private person and surround myself with strong people. I need that safety net around me. As my writing continues to touch people, I've learned that I have to insulate myself from certain aspects of the world. Like Alejandro in my Plain Fame series, his success as an international rock star taught him that there are advantages and disadvantages to success. Sometimes people are not who they pretend to be and have ulterior motives to reaching out to you. Those are the people I try to avoid.
On the other hand, I love my readers and interact with them via social media and in person as much as I can. I have flown to have lunch with fans on their birthdays, travelled to different states just to meet someone, even called someone's mother in the hospital to wish her well. I genuinely love people so the conflict between my introverted and extroverted sides can create a little bit of stress and sometimes a lot of hurt in my life.
Thanks for joining us Sarah. Anything else you would like to share?
I'm so blessed by the wonderful readers who not only enjoy my books but reach out to me every day with words of encouragement.
The relaunch of the Plain Fame series (Plain Fame, Plain Change, and Plain Again) are releasing on September 29th and the fourth book, Plain Return, releases October 29th.
I couldn't be more excited to hear the readers' reaction to the wonderful surprises in Plain Return.