Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
I hope you’re ready for another interview. I’ve got the lovely Sara L. Foust visiting today. She’s stopped by to talk about her upcoming release, Callum’s Compass.
Let’s gets started!
About the Book
The Blurb: “KAT WILLIAMS’S brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.
RYAN JENKINS’S fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her.
With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past and then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her . . . without falling in love?
Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long-buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels . . . and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.”
Links: Amazon, Goodreads
Toni: Welcome, Sara! I’m excited to talk about your novel, Callum’s Compass. I do love a good suspense. Where did the idea come from?
Sara: When I was in high school there were many local legends about “black panthers” living in the mountains in East Tennessee. I began to think about how amazing it would feel to be the one that proved the legends were true, and the character of Kat, the wildlife biologist on a mission, was born. The story line has changed over the years since that initial thought, but if you read Callum’s Compass you’ll see that local lore still plays a part.
Toni: That’s so neat that you included that aspect! If you could cast actors to play Kat and Ryan, who would you pick?
Sara: This is a hard question! For me, Kat and Ryan are alive and breathing of their own accord. They are individuals, who just happen to live in my mind. Kat would definitely be played by someone kind yet spunky and Ryan would have to be someone hunky yet humble.
Toni: Great combos. Kat sounds like she would make a good friend. Are you and Kat similar? Why or why not?
Sara: I think as writers we put a bit of ourselves into each of our characters. There was a time in my life when I believed my past mistakes were so horrible God couldn’t possibly still love me, just like Kat. I am so thankful He never gave up on me and brought me to the realization He loves me no matter what. Kat and I are also similar in that we love the outdoors, and I might have a small fascination with salamanders… and caves… and sinkholes. Ha!
Toni: Isn’t God amazing?! And I completely agree, a little of us live in each character. What are you currently reading?
Sara: A Simple Love Song by Kelly Irvin and The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass.
Toni: Can you give the readers a glimpse in the day of Sara Foust?
Sara: My days are nutty! With five kids I sleep in as late as they will let me. Once the first one wakes up, I get out of bed, get everyone fed, and try to make it to my computer with my coffee (a must) to write and/or work on marketing while they watch their morning cartoons. After lunch we start homeschooling and usually finish up around dinnertime. After dinner we feed all the farm critters and either play outside or settle in for family TV time. Throw into the mix a couple meltdowns each day, therapy once a week, doctor appointments, 4H activities, church activities, my husband’s college homework, homeschool co-op on Fridays, errands, camping regularly, and playdates and that about covers it most days.
Toni: I am utterly exhausted. You sound like Wonder Woman! Before you go, please tell us how readers can help support you in your writing journey.
Sara: Callum’s Compass will go on pre-order on Amazon October 10th for the eBook. There will be a discount if it is ordered during this pre-order time. On November 7th, the book officially releases! For now, if readers would like more information about the book or would like to sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date, they can visit my website www.saralfoust.com. I will be throwing a book launch party November 4th at 6:30 PM at the Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, TN, so if anyone lives nearby I’d love to have you attend the event. We will be streaming live to Facebook, though, for folks who’d like to tune in but can’t make it in person. And, of course, reviews, reviews, reviews. They are so important to all authors. Oh! I’m currently recruiting for my launch team too and would love to find a few more people to help me. If anyone is interested, there are free goodies involved!
Toni: Sounds great! Readers, be sure to hop on over to Sara’s website and sign up for her newsletter and/or get in touch about her launch team. Do y’all have any questions for her?
About the Author
Sara writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com.