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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Five Questions With - Sarah Jio, author of "The Violets of March" - Plus a Giveaway!

It's Happy Release Day to author Sarah Jio, whose charming book "The Violets of March" comes out today!

Sarah was sweet enough to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her writing and upcoming projects!

Sharon: At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Sarah:  From birth! No, probably as early as the first grade. This is when I wrote my very first “book.” I’ll tell you the title, but don’t laugh, OK? Ready? The book was called “A Tug Boat’s Dream.” Back then, I thought that tug boats were pretty swell. Turns out, though, that this little book one me an award in a Young Author competition way back when on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. And, as crazy as this is, 25 or so years later, I’m going back to that same campus, to Garfield Book Company, where I’ll be reading from my very first novel, published this month by Penguin. Talk about a full-circle moment!

See the end of this post for your chance to win a copy of this wonderful book!

(Here’s a link to the event info for Northwest readers - http://luteworld.plu.edu/ePOS?store=541&item_number=W47496&form=shared3%2fgm%2fdetail.html&design=541)

Sharon: At what point in your career did it finally sink in – “hey, I’m famous,” and did it make a difference in your writing?

Sarah:  Oh my goodness, I actually have the opposite experience. Instead of feeling famous, I have “imposter syndrome.” I feel so shy calling myself a “novelist” or even an “author”--like I’m 9 years old trying on my mom’s high-heeled shoes. I recently sold my second novel, The Bungalow, again to Penguin, so I figure the title is bound to sink in at some point. :)

Sharon: Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?

Sarah: I have a zillion favorite authors, as so many of us do. The great Maeve Binchy, as well as L.M. Montgomery have been lifelong faves, but I’d add Tracey Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, and Tatiana de Rosnay to the list, too. In terms of inspiration, the people who provide the most of it, for me, are my family members. It is in their smiles and stories that I find glimmers of new novels brewing.


Sharon: What do you have coming up in the future?

Sarah: My second novel, The Bungalow, will be out in April of 2012. I am so proud of and excited about this book, which is the story of a woman, who, at the very end of her life receives a letter that forces her to confront the haunting and bittersweet memories of her past in the South Pacific during World War II—particularly an unfinished love, an unspeakable tragedy and a mysterious beach bungalow at the heart of it all. I’m also at work on my third novel, which I just can’t wait to tell you more about. For now, I’ll just share that it’s my most emotionally gripping novel yet. The story is making me weep as I write it. I’ll be thanking Kleenex in the acknowledgement pages for getting me through.

Sharon: What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into the writing biz today?

Sarah:  My advice would be to only sit down to write a novel that you LOVE. In other words, if the story you’ve thought up/are trying to write doesn’t grab you and absolutely haunt you to your core, then it’s a.) probably going to be a big pain to write, and b.) readers will likely be able to tell that you didn’t love it (and if you didn’t love it, why should they?!). I’ve scrapped several starts to new novels because I didn’t fall in love with them the way I should have. For a writer, finding the right story is a little like dating. You kiss a lot of frogs before you find THE ONE. And when it’s love, you know. So when it comes to stories, don’t settle for less. Wait until magic happens. And, with patience, it will.

To read my review of Sarah's amazing book - http://sharonsgardenofbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-violets-of-march-by-sarah-jio.html


To help Sarah celebrate her release day, I have one copy of "The Violets Of  March" to giveaway to one commentor of this post! 

Just leave your name and email address on a comment below, and I'll draw for a winner on Sunday, May 1st!


Vidisha said...

This sounds like a great Read


PoCoKat said...

Sounds awesome...please enter me!

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debbie said...

I enjoyed the interview, I would love to read the book.

Mystica said...

Thank you for the interview - please count me in for this book.


traveler said...

what a wonderful giveaway and interesting review. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

LuAnn said...

Sarah has some great favorite authors. If they influenced her writing, this book has to be great!

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melissasmeanderings said...

I'd love a chance to read it:)

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Kiwi Ivashkov said...

Great Interview! The author and the book sound swell! Is it open international?
If it is then please sign me up too!:D


hedgerhousehold said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway
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Karen said...

This one is on my wishlist, thanks for the giveaway.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Mary said...

The Violets of March has been on my wish list since I first heard about it so please toss my name in the giveaway hat, Sharon. And I think The Bungalow sounds wonderful!

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Blissfulrains said...

Thanks for the giveaway! (:


Martha Lawson said...

Sounds great! I'd love to be entered for it.

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Jinky said...

Thanks for the chance. Please cound me in.


Carol N Wong said...

I have heard so much about this book and the skillful writing of it. Would to be able to read it, please enter me.


~Enamored Soul~ said...

I have been PINING away for this book since the moment I first set eyes on it, and read it's synopsis, on Goodreads. I love mysteries that unravel with such intricacy. I would love to win this book, and get a chance to read it. Thank you for hosting this AMAZING giveaway - I really appreciate it! :D

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BB said...

This book sounds like my kind of read. I'm trying to decide on a book to choose for my book club to read in June, and after reading about The Violets of March, it's a top contender. I hope I win so I can give it a read!

Nini said...

Sounds fabulous and the cover is gorgeous!
Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Sassy B. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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