I have another delightful author to introduce today, Sarah Cushaway, who lives in the snowy wastes of northwest lower Michigan with her husband (co-author Jeremy Ray) and their young daughter. She has a passion for historical fiction, but enjoys reading and writing many genres, including fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and speculative fiction. Sarah began writing at a very early age, inspired by such books as the Little House series, Watership Down, the Hobbit, and Animal Farm.
When not busy working on writing the next books in the “A Lesser Dark” series, she enjoys spending time with her family and two grumpy cats, dabbling in art and music, and trying to hide from the snow eight months out of the year.
Let's get to know Sarah a bit better, yeah?
Welcome to an Angell's Life, Sarah!
Thank you for having me, Heidi!
What is the current book you are promoting?
The book I’m currently promoting is a gritty sci-fi/fantasy western, Salt in the Water – A Lesser Dark: Book I. It’s my debut novel and the first in a planned series of four books.
What a fun mash up of genres! Sounds awesome! Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Kaitar Besh is my favorite, though there are a few who come a close second. Kaitar is, on the surface, a very moody and grim sort of guy, but bit by bit the reader learns more about his motivations; he’s very complex, and his emotions aren’t always straight-forward.
I love moody men in fiction. Not as much in real life, right? Who is your least favorite character and why? On a personal level (I try to keep them all interesting for the reader, pro-or-antagonist alike), I’d have to say Phineas Moad. He’s not a POV (point of view) character, but he plays a substantial role in the first two books– and he’s about as dishonest a person as one could imagine.
Sounds like a guy who you could love to hate. If you could have your book made into a movie, who would you want to direct it? That’s a tough one, but at the end of the day, I’d have to go with the Coen brothers (True Grit, No Country for Old Men) or John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road).
The Coen brothers are so great at complex characters! If your book were made into a movie, who would you cast? I don’t “cast” my characters – though I do sketch them to get a rough idea of what they might look like (I dabble in art). However, I did have one person suggest Rick Mora in the lead role of Kaitar Besh – and I believe that would be pretty amazing. One of my ARC readers said she always pictures another POV – Neiro Preciaus- as Ian McShane (Al Swearengen from Deadwood).
I LOVE Rick Mora! Anything he is in, I will definitely see! Well, thank you for joining us today on Meet the Author. Have an awesome Monday!
Did you like getting to know more about Sarah? You can learn more on her website srchushaway
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