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Full of Character with Sara Foust and Giveaway

saraToday I want to welcome Sara Foust to Full of Character. Sara has two fiction books available, Callum’s Compass and Camp Hope. Both can be purchased on Amazon, with Camp Hope currently available as a pre-order. Sara also has stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul:Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Heavenly Humor for the Cat Lover’s Soul.

Let’s get to it and find out more about Sara! And don’t forget to read all the way through. Sara’s giving away one of her books, and the entry information is at the end of this post!

What character from the books you’ve read has impacted you more than all the others?

Adah Knepp from Kelly Irvin’s novel A Plain Love Song. It was reading Adah’s story of learning to follow God’s plan for her life that made me realize I needed to do the same. It led me to my first mission trip this past May to the Philippines.

I’ve always loved the fact that God can use even fiction stories to grow us and challenge us. What character you created was the easiest to write? The hardest?

The female characters are always easier to write because I can put pieces of myself into them. The male characters are usually a bit harder, because, though I’ve been married to one of these male species for 14 years, it is still hard to know what they naturally think! My newest novel, Camp Hope, stars Amy Dawson, a scarred but headstrong woman. I think the headstrong, independent parts of her character were easy to write.

I wonder if that means there is a headstrong, independent woman in you. Scripture is full of real people who had character to spare. Which one do you most relate to or enjoy reading about?

This is a hard question! I’d like to think I am like Abigail, a wise and patient wife. However, I’m not sure that’s entirely true. Ruth’s story of how hard she worked is inspiring too. Ruth 2:12, The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust, was my personal verse for my recent mission trip. It reminded me that no matter how scared I was, I ultimately trust God explicitly, implicitly, all the -plicitlies, and want to be willing to follow Him no matter where He leads.

Ruth’s story is a great one. Abigail’s too, but you don’t hear about her as often. Do you plan your characters and their backstories before you begin writing or are you as surprised by them as your readers?

I am a planner. I usually spend a couple weeks developing my characters, their backstories, lies, flaws, etc. before I begin writing. But that doesn’t mean that sometimes they don’t still surprise me!

If someone wrote a movie about you, who would you like to play your character? Why?

I honestly have no idea. I’m not great at remembering movie stars’ names and roles they’ve played. It would need to be someone a little bossy, organized, and in love with nature.

I’ll have to think on that one. I’m not sure who fits that description. And thank you Sara for participating in this interview. 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

If you’d like to ask Sara a question or maybe even give us your idea of who might play her based on her description, please leave it in the comments. Everyone (in the US) who comments will be entered into a drawing to win one of Sara’s books! The winner will be drawn and announced next Monday. I’ve reviewed Callum’s Compass and interviewed one of her characters in my previous posts. You can find both in my archives. 

17 Comments

  1. Sara L Foust

    Thank you for having me today, Heather!

  2. SARAH J TAYLOR

    Sara would love to win a print book sounds like a very good read. Did it take you very long to write your book? Thank you for the chance!

  3. Perrianne Askew

    I have a difficult time comparing myself to Biblical women. But maybe you are a Martha? You seem very organized to me.

    • Sara L Foust

      Maybe! I have a hard time with that too. I can see bits and pieces of myself in all of them. I try to be organized. Sometimes it doesn’t go so well, but it is a necessity with so much going on around here. Thanks, Perrianne.

  4. SARAH J TAYLOR

    Cant wait for the Fb Launch party it is going to be a great time meeting new Authors!

    • Sara L Foust

      Yes! Always so much fun meeting new authors and getting to know them better!

    • bythebook724

      Congratulations Sarah! You won the book. Please email me your information to bythebook724@gmail.com. I’ll forward it to Sara Foust.

  5. txjessy

    Hi Sarah! How many books are you planning on having in this series?

    • bythebook724

      I’m sorry I just realized no one ever responded to your comment! I don’t know how I missed it. I believe Sarah intends on having three in her series. The first two are now out, and she’s working on the third.

  6. Phyllis

    I love Abigail! Something about her touches my heart.

    And just so you know, after over 30 years of marriage, I don’t find I understand my husband a whole lot better than I did at 14 years. 🙂

  7. Natalya Lakhno

    Thank you ladies for the interview 🙂
    Blessings in your writing!

    • bythebook724

      Thank you for taking the time to read it!

  8. Martha Troxel

    Your books sound very interesting! I am also looking forward to the party later today!

  9. Susanne M.

    These sound great!

    • bythebook724

      I haven’t read the second one, but I really enjoyed the first one!

  10. bythebook724

    Congratulations to Sarah Taylor on winning the drawing! If you didn’t win this one, be sure to check out my latest post where I interview Regina Rudd Merrick for a chance to win an e-book version of her book! I’ll be drawing that one Monday, July 30th. I hope you all made it to the facebook launch party. It looks like everyone had a great time!

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