I am super excited to be having Sara Walsh, author of The Dark Light, by the blog today as a part of her blog tour for The Dark Light! The next stop on the tour is with Kai at Amaterasu Reads and be sure to check out the Full tour schedule.
Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
Hi, Erica! Thanks so much for letting us kick off The Dark Light Blog Tour at The Book Cellar. I’m so excited! Here’s the spoiler free pitch for The Dark Light: When seventeen-year-old Mia Stone’s brother disappears, she discovers that the only way to get him back lies behind the mysterious lights that have long appeared in her small Nebraska town. Fantastical shenanigans follow!
Since you have a fantasy novel coming out, the next question I obviously have to ask is: If you were a fantastical creature, which would you be?
I’d definitely want to be a mermaid, because then I could hang out at the beach all day and read! Plus, I love seafood. A mermaid would suit me very well indeed.
Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
I have so many. I love all types of fantasy from high fantasy to edgy urban fantasy. I think The Dark Light is probably a mixture of them all! One of my favorite fantasy novels is Weaveworld by Clive Barker. I read it as a teenager and remember how gripped I was by the world and characters he’d created. It was so different from anything I’d ever read and, in my opinion, way ahead of its time. It was definitely one of those books that influenced me in many ways.
Generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
For me, it depends. With The Dark Light, the world definitely came first. It really was the spark behind the whole story. In fact, we’ll be doing a stop on the tour about how I first got the idea for the story and the world. I have to admit that the characters and the plot clicked into place immediately after, so it really was a blend of all three. It was one of those strange lightning bolt moments that doesn’t happen all that often. One thing sparked with another and then rapidly snowballed to become The Dark Light.
They are always coming out with new editions of board games. If your book could be a special edition of any board game, which would you choose?
Definitely Monopoly! There are a ton of different locations in The Dark Light that would fit really well. Crownsville would probably be represented by the two brown properties at the beginning of the board–Reggie West’s Motor Repair & Salvage, where Mia’s car spends most of its life, and Mickey’s Bar and Grille, where Mia waitresses part time. I actually own a few special editions of Monopoly. My favorite by far is the Star Wars version. I always play as Chewbacca!
What is your karaoke song of choice?
Tubthumping by Chumbawamba! Something rowdy so the crowd can join in and drown out my horrendous singing! No videos of me singing this exist. Honestly!
Thanks Sara for stopping by! Now, be sure to check out my review of The Dark Light (which is all sorts of rocking!) and a giveaway which went up today as well :)
Here’s a bit about The Dark Light: Mia is torn between two guys—and two worlds—in this epic, romantic fantasy.Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get Sol—or the brilliant tattoo on his back—out of her mind.
Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was—and neither is she.