The winner of the signed paperback copy of Secrets Kept on Monica La Port’s blog is Frank Tan!
Today I have the privilege of joining Clare Davidson in celebrating the release of her third novel, Broken Bargain, and she has put together an awesome tour with interviews, guest posts, book giveaways, and a chance to discover new authors and adventures!
In my little nebula of cyberspace, (because space can’t have corners, right?) I have the chance to interview Sharon Sant. Represented by the LAW agency, she is an author of mostly young adult contemporary fantasy, and her works include: The Jackie Chan Fan Club, The Memory Game, The Runner series, and The Song Trilogy. Stay tune for a giveaway!
Please welcome Sharon Sant!
Thank you so much for joining us, Sharon! Please tell us a little about yourself. Favorite hobbies, T.V. shows, foods, drinks? Do you have any pets? Kids?
It’s lovely to be invited! A bit about me, right… I’m older than I like to admit to, have two gorgeous daughters and live in the heart of England. My favourite hobbies, other than writing and reading, are running, baking, and going to see music gigs and plays – although lately I have very little time to indulge them. I’ll eat just about anything and am addicted to tea! It’s no secret that I’m more than a little obsessed with certain BBC shows including Merlin and Doctor Who.
Who are your favorite authors, books, style, genre?
I read quite a wide selection of books and styles and I find something special in all of them. It’s really difficult to name favourites, and if I did, you’d find me naming someone else tomorrow. I grew up reading a lot of classics and I have a special place in my heart for the work of Dickens.
Why do you write for teens?
I don’t think I’ve quite moved into adulthood myself, despite what my body has to say about it! I just feel a great affinity for that age group, and I really identify with the issues and emotional challenges they face. I think it’s a period of great transition and potential, and that’s very exciting to write about.
How do the themes in your books relate to teens?
Quite often it’s about the emotional journey and finding oneself, and the story is almost secondary to that. I try to give all my characters depth and complexity and uncertainty, and I think these are traits that many teens recognise in themselves. I often cover issues like first love and longing, family problems and social challenges.
Tell us a little bit about Runners.
Runners is set in a dystopian version of a future Britain. Kids without homes and families are no longer cared for by the state, but are thrown into labour camps. Conditions for everyone are harsh, but kids get the really raw end of the deal. Kids who refuse to go to the camps and live on the streets are known as Runners. Thrown into this dangerous underground world is Elijah, who is recently orphaned and decides to take his chances on his own. He soon finds trouble and it takes a gang of Runners to save him. A fragile alliance begins and things for the group go into meltdown pretty soon after Elijah joins them. It’s soon apparent that he’s a trouble magnet! On top of all that, government forces are moving into action, headed by the sinister billionaire Maxwell Braithwaite, who has plans for as many homeless kids as he can find – and his plans don’t involve giving them all a hot meal and a comfy bed. Before long, Elijah and his friends find themselves face-to-face with his cronies and they discover the true meaning of danger.
What do you hope people walk away with after they finish reading the book?
I hope they feel they’ve been transported to another world for a few hours, and that they go away with good memories of what I’ve written.
What are you working on now? What’s next for you?
I’m working on a steampunk-type story set in a parallel Victorian Britain called Storm Child. I hope this will be ready for release some time in the summer. After that it’s back to the world of Runners for some prequel stories, which a lot of people have been asking for and I really need to write!
Could you tell us a little bit about Tilly and Summer?
Tilly Tennant and Summer Hopkiss are my alter-egos. Summer writes for younger children and Tilly writes for grown up girls!
And just for fun, if you could go back to experience any place in history, where and when would it be, and why?
This is so difficult! There are so many things I think it would be cool to experience. Pretty much everywhere the Doctor goes in Doctor Who, I always think I’d like to see that! It’d be cool to listen in on Marconi receiving his first radio message, though. Imagine hearing that come through, seeing his reaction, and knowing how momentous the moment would actually become in light of everything that has since followed!
If you would like to learn more about Sharon Sant and her books, please visit her website at www.sharonsant.com.
And now for the giveaway!
Sharon Sant is offering two prizes today. A paperback copy of Runners for UK residents only and an ecopy for international guests.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops as well for additional prizes!