Sarah Smith: The Other Side of Dark Q&A Part 2


Today, we’ve got the second half of our interview with Sarah Smith, author of The Other Side of Dark. Be sure to check out Part 1 of our interview, and tune in tomorrow for your chance to win a copy of the book!

What do you hope readers take away from The Other Side of Dark?

At the end of the story, Law gives a speech about the house of America.  (He uses a lot of those house metaphors, being a house geek.)  That speech was one of those moments when Law’s voice was completely in charge and I was just trying to type fast enough to keep up with him.  Law asks how people can live with the violence that racism deals out, and then he invites everyone into the house of America.  But it belongs to no single group now:  “It is not your house alone.”

I liked this so much I made it into a mini-broadside for the publication party.  You can find it on my Web site.

If you met someone in a bookstore, and they were thinking about buying your book, what would you say to convince them?

Anything necessary 🙂

All good books reach out and find something already in their readers. The Other Side of Dark does appeal to a lot of audiences, YA and adult, paranormal, mystery and history, so I’d find out where the book and the reader might touch, then keep talking until they caved.

What question do you always wish someone would ask you during an interview?

How did having a speech defect influence your writing?

Now answer that question.

Profoundly—much more than I thought.  It’s not only “Nobody could  understand me so I started writing”  or “Everybody thought I was weird, so I started writing.”  Though both of those are true.

It’s affected what I write about and even how I write.  I write in different voices because I learned how to mimic voices.

I’m currently talking about it on my blog.  You can also reach it through my Web site.

Flash Questions:

If you could trade places with one person for a single day, who would it be & why?

Shakespeare, to find out who Shakespeare is.  (I wrote a book about the Shakespeare authorship, Chasing Shakespeares, and now I have questions about who wrote the plays.)

What was the last movie you saw?

Harry Potter 7.1.  Loved it.

Biggest TV addiction?

Project Runway.

Guilty pleasure?

Project Runway 🙂   Mondo Guerra was robbed.

Fruits or veggies?

Fruits!  Grapefruit, pomegranate, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, kiwi.  Yum. Tomatoes are fruits.

Karaoke song?

“Monster Mash.”

Favorite childhood toy?

A stuffed dog called Pink Dog.  I still have him but now he’s Bald Gray Dog.

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