Sarah Anderson grew up in a not-for-profit family camp serving children and families from low income, urban neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating high school, she traveled the world, went on missions trips, and received a Masters of Social Work degree to make a positive impact in the world around her. She draws from these experiences to write moving and humorous stories to inspire people of all ages to reach for their dreams and never give up. She and her husband live in Michigan with their four children.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am currently working on the first book of a new series titled, The Ancients: The Calling of Ember. I had thought about it while working on my last book, Southern Belles, but didn't have all the details together and actually started writing another book before being drawn back to this one. I think that the news and media reports of all the heinous terrorism in the world-the killings of innocent people because of their personal faith had made me angry enough to incorporate it into this dystopian-type world that isn't so different than our own, sadly. The main character, Ember, is orphaned and raised by her eclectic uncle. She is resilient and has learned to be strong like so many youth in this age of graphic media, increasing wars, and lack of parental involvement. Ember is goal-oriented but still has the insecurities and feelings of every girl next door. Raising 2 daughters, one who is a teenager, and 2 sons, and counseling youth in crisis previously, I wanted to write a book to provide a great escape with elements of fun and adventure, without all the garbage, while including a coming of age [clean] love story that is relatable and heartwarming.
Describe your desk
My desk is a small white and blue antique wooden piece I picked up at Goodwill. It has almost as much character as I do and several layers of paint! On my desk, I have a nickel plated long-armed lamp with a black raven attached (for inspiration of the current book I'm writing). I have several baby pictures of my children, my phone of course with one of the many Pandora stations I have set, a pen holder with 2 white feathers and 2 black feather pens (more inspiration), a metal S for Sarah and 2 stones (one says JOY and one I picked up in the Bering Sea). When I write I always have my Scentsy warmer on to set the mood and make it relaxing. I have lavender and patchouli wax cubes in it currently. My desk faces a wall with a huge map of the world in front of it, marked with colorful pins of places I've been and places I still have yet to experience (sometimes I use the map to create unique names for characters or places in my books). To the right of my desk is a window with a view of the woods and sometimes a fat dove that frequents the landing just outside my window.
Long ago, before the creation of the Four Realms, it was foretold that a girl, born of both human and immortal Ancient lineage, would save mankind from the death and destruction of the Dark Prince.
Fate and love collide when Ember is forced to choose between the guy of her dreams and saving the human race in this dystopian tale.
Childhood best friends, Charlotte Buchanan and Cecilia Crawford, will discover the true meaning of love and second chances after Charlotte meets a mysterious and handsome guy who challenges her beliefs and changes their fate. After his sudden disappearance, Charlotte finds that sometimes life's unexpected surprises become our most treasured blessings.