It's contest time!
Below is a World's Quickest Interview with Sara, followed by the World's Easiest Contest guidelines.
Please describe your book.
A woman dives into a lake to rescue a small boy, who turns out to speak only French –and who no one seems to be missing.
How long have you been writing?
Since I could first form words on paper – I wrote my first short story (less than a page – I guess you could call it flash fiction) when I was 5.
A house filled with books.
How long did it take you to write this book?
About seven months – the first time. Then I had to learn to rewrite, which at first involved a lot of staring at the pages.
Besides writing, what is your favorite thing to do?
Reading. Many other things run a close second, but books are always there, and can fit any mood.
All-expenses-paid vacation: where would you go?
Australia, this time without broken foot and book to be rewritten (during a five-week house swap) and New Zealand. Or the south of France.
What’s your favorite color and why?
Black, because it goes with everything – I’m shopping impaired.
Lunch with anyone: who would you choose?
My dad, if he could come back from the Great Beyond. I’d show him this book, and thank him for letting me read his Travis McGees.
Cat or dog?
Dog. Without a doubt. They seem to find me. Although I’ve become fond of a friend’s two cats.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Don’t be afraid to rewrite and cut. Read your work aloud – preferably to someone else. And keep working at it until it’s really good.
Contest Guidelines for an Autographed Copy of LEARNING TO SWIM:
(1) Comment on this post. (Easy, right? You're entered!)
(2) If you choose to spread the word through your blog, Twitter or Facebook, leave a separate comment for each. (ie. If you blog about the contest, leave an additional comment: "I blogged." This will give you a total of two entries. If you blogged, tweeted and facebooked, leave three additional, separate comments: "I blogged," "I tweeted," "I facebooked." This will give you a total of four entries. Got it?)
The contest will run for a full week: Friday, Feb 11 to Friday, Feb 18 at 11:59p.m. PST.