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Author Interview with Sarah Holman

I am happy to be sharing another author interview, this time with the self-published author, Sarah Holman! She is celebrating the release of her newest book, “Brothers and Betrayal” the second book in her “Tales of Taelis” series. I reviewed the first in the series (here) and will be sharing my review of “Brothers and Betrayal” on Tuesday the 24th. :)
Welcome to my blog, Miss Holman, I’m delighted to have you here! Would you like to introduce yourself a bit?
Hi! I am twenty-four years old and still live with my amazing parents and siblings on five acres of wooded land in the heart of Texas. You can find my most day tapping out stories on my computer, or reading stories someone else has written.
How long have you been writing for and what first spurred you on to write?
I have been writing novels since I was eleven (so I guess that makes it fifteen years). I started writing because I was frustrated that I couldn’t find books that I wanted to read. So, I decided to make my own stories. It kinda took off from there.
-I love hearing things like that. Writing is such a gift. :)
Your Tales of Taelis Series is very faith-filled and inspiring, were any of the lessons shown in the book from your personal walk with God?
All my books have a lesson within the pages, mostly ones that God is trying to get though my thick head.  For instance, Adventure and Advertises was written when I was going through a very hard time in my walk with God and out of that came the lesson that God cares and is there for me, even when I couldn’t feel him.
-That’s really cool. I love when God teaches through writing.
How long did it take you to write your newest Tales of Taelis book, “Brothers and Betrayal”?
It took me about three weeks to write the first draft. That is a new record for me.
-That’s impressive!
Do you have a favourite character from it that you relate to most?
Brianna, the Princess, is my favorite, even though we don’t have a lot on common. However, we both do try to stand up for those who are in need of help, even when others think they are not worthy.
You self-published: did you experience any troubles going that route, or are you entirely happy with it?
Yes and yes. I had some troubles, but I am completely happy with my decision. I really felt that this was what I was supposed to do and I have never regretted it. When I do hit snags, I have a huge community of other indi-authors that I can ask questions of.
 -Good to know, and yes, I’m sure that’s a blessings!
What are your writing plans for the future?
Currently, I am in the middle of editing the first book in a new series for adults about and FBI team that I plan to publish this summer. I also am planning to publish the next book in the Tales of Taelis series this fall. If that wasn’t enough, I also have a bunch of short stories I plan to release.
 Thank you for visiting, Sarah, and congratulations on this new book of yours!
More about Sarah Holman….
The Destiny of One – her blog
Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of three published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.
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Book Review: “Adventures and Adversities” by Sarah Holman

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Adversities-Tales-Taelis-Book-ebook/dp/B00HFFDCEE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1424880225&sr=8-5&keywords=Sarah+Holman

“Adventures and Adversities” by Sarah Holman

Tales of Taelis Book One

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About:

One day Alditha is content living with her family, the next she is taking her friend’s place to serve at the king’s castle. Her father’s final instructions, to keep smiling and to do what is right, will be harder to live out than she ever imagined. She will face a royal nephew who delights in making people miserable, an angry servant girl who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and noblemen who plot murder. Will she be able to keep the promise she made to her father? Will she find the faith she longs for during all her Adventures and Adversities?

My Thoughts:

I was very impressed by this book.  It felt so real, so life-like, and that, even when I finished, I didn’t want to leave.

Sarah Holman writes a beautiful, intricate story that is so filled with faith and struggles that you cannot help but relate to it and the characters. Alditha was a strong character – she faced so many trials, yet she kept faith through them all. And one of my favourite lessons of this book was how she learned that God can handle our tears and our laughter, our joy and our sorrows, both. He understands that we struggle, and He helps us with it. The book also taught to look at all the blessings He has given us in this life; not to focus on the bad. Her attitude really encouraged and challenged my own.

There were a few spelling/word errors, but they were easy to overlook for me. You knew what she was saying, so it still came across beautifully. This book is more of a journey-type book. We get to watch as Alditha journeys through her life and how she handles it. Sometimes it felt like it might have lacked a bit of a strong plot, but for me, that didn’t hinder it at all. The overwhelming sense I got from the book was how Miss Holman shared God and our faith in Him – it was so well done. It is something I want to see in every book – if God is present, the whole book will come together. And He was present here.

I also appreciate the historical details she added to it. It helped make the book come even more alive. And the medieval period is one of my most favourites. :)

I greatly admire Sarah Holman and her willingness to share her own faith and struggles. She wrote a note at the end of the book, and said that often she felt that her writing was so God could teach her – and I love that! I’ve experienced that in my own writing. She was being real, and that showed through her novel beautifully.

This is a book I would gladly recommend to anyone.

 

Thank you, Sarah, for sending me a complimentary ecopy for this review! It has blessed me!

 

(Side note: the song “He Knows” by Jeremy Camp came to mind while reading this book – I thought it fit well!)