Since I'd only recently joined my local RWA® chapter, I had no idea what a Golden Heart® (or a Rita®, for that matter) even was. Sarah explained that the GH is RWA's® top award for unpublished fiction. I immediately began dreaming of someday being a finalist.
To see how that turned out, go here. So, thanks for that, Sarah!
Sarah's books, including her most recent, Capturing the Queen, are available on Amazon.
Question 1: Your books are very dark. What draws you to the darker side of human nature?
I'm fascinated you used the descriptor 'dark.' My earliest craft memories are sitting through a Donald Maass course at my Houston chapter meeting in 2006 and not knowing who he was or a lot of the craft lingo he was using, but knowing from the awed expressions on my chapter-mates' faces that he was "The Authority" on all things writing. So when he preached his trilogy of 'tension on every page' 'make things worse' and 'no backstory until way into your novel' I was profoundly shaped by that.
Question 3: According to your website, you started your first book on a plane to Italy. Tell us about the trip--any praying or loving?