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sarah daltry: DUST

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM


sarak daltry: Dust

What do you get when you have a Princess…An Assassin…A Thief…And A World torn apart by War? Well….you get Sarah Daltry’s newest epic fantasy “Dust.”


A former English Teacher and YA Library Coordinator, Sarah Daltry has always had passion for books. When it comes to writing her own books, Sarah Daltry loves to weave magic and beauty, and in her latest novel “Dust,” which makes its debut on November 7, 2014, Sarah Daltry has created an epic fantasy that transforms you to a world… like no other world… you have ever experienced.


Princess Alondra, the main character of this epic fantasy fights to save her kingdom by maintaining peace between nations by agreeing to an arranged marriage by her parents, and what comes next is a thrilling story of deceit, lies and secrets…unveiling a world that will change Alondra forever.


I was so intrigued by this novel that I just had to sit down and learn more about the author and the story behind this epic fantasy as part of my “Holiday Author Interview Series” and I invited Sarah Daltry for an interview… trust me…if you love epic fantasy novels then this book should be on your holiday wish list.


Nerisa E. Waterman: What was your childhood like? What did you do for fun? Any unusual hobbies?

Sarah Daltry: It was fairly “normal,” I suppose. I was the only girl in my neighborhood until almost junior high so my friends were boys until we were told girls and boys couldn’t be friends, and then I didn’t really have a lot of friends. My parents worked a lot, although they alternated shifts, so someone was generally home, but we didn’t have tons of money and most of my entertainment came from books. If I wasn’t reading, I was making up stories – puppet shows for my parents, sending my stuffed animals on treacherous journeys, or coming up with elaborate tales for why I couldn’t clean my room. Nothing unusual, really, but it all shaped my passion for reading and writing, obviously.


Nerisa E. Waterman: Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what genres of books did you enjoy reading? Any specific favorites?

Sarah Daltry: Definitely. I read absolutely anything. I even got in trouble in school or at family events because I wouldn’t stop reading. We went to the library every week and there was a 7-book limit, but the librarian didn’t hold me to it. I would take out as many books as I could carry and I read them all. If you put a book in front of me, I read it. Nothing was boring when it came to reading. My favorites as a kid were the Little House series, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret, The Westing Game, and anything scary. I don’t remember when I was really young, but I always read above grade level and was reading Stephen King and VC Andrews and Danielle Steel by around sixth grade. I suppose, looking back, they were probably not appropriate for my age, but there wasn’t a big YA market yet. You basically read kids’ books or Judy Blume or you went upstairs to the adult section in the library.


Nerisa E. Waterman: What was it that started you on your writing path?

Sarah Daltry: Like I said, I always made up stories, so it was natural, I think. I’ve been writing my entire life. I have old journals from junior high and high school and they’re full of poems and stories. I finished my first novel almost 15 years ago, although it’s awful and no one needs to see it. As far as being an active writer, my grandfather died a few years ago and I went to visit my grandmother shortly after that. She was talking about my aunt and how she had always wanted to be an author, but never had. I realized that she was telling my story. I was teaching and I probably would have stayed in the job for the rest of my life, but I wasn’t happy doing it. I eventually made the incredibly stupid decision to give up any career goals and try to be a writer. It’s terrifying, because it’s not fiscally responsible at all, but I had to try.

Nerisa E. Waterman: How did the idea for this book come to you?

Sarah Daltry: I really don’t know what brought this idea to me. For starters, it was a vague concept about three years ago and I had woken up one weekend with one image in mind. I sat down, after telling my husband that I’d had an idea, and started writing. Over the last three years, the story has changed so much and the plot gone in so many varied directions that I’m not even sure any of what I thought it would be still exists. The original image stayed, which is the opening scene, but apart from that, I think the story eventually told itself.


Nerisa E. Waterman: Is there a message within the pages of your book that you hope readers will discover?

Sarah Daltry: My reading/writing preferences tend towards contemporary, actually, although I love plenty of fantasy and horror and other genres. I think, though, that even in this, which is certainly not contemporary, I find the same themes in my writing. I believe strongly in choice, in defining yourself by your own standards, and in not aligning yourself with what everyone perceives as normal. I think that’s evident in everything I write, whether it’s this fantasy novel or a contemporary gamer comedy or a depressing look at social issues. What’s most important to me, I suppose, is that readers, and girls especially, are able to walk away from it and realize that there is no one definition of anything.

Nerisa E. Waterman: Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with aspiring Authors?

Sarah Daltry: Write your story, nothing else. When I started out, I wrote with so many people’s feedback in mind. People wanted romance, they wanted sex, and they wanted a character like this, and so on. But it’s not justice to your storytelling to write their stories. I think the market is tough and you’re often forced to choose between what’s more important to you – the story or the result. We all want to sell books, obviously, because otherwise we have to work more and we have less time for writing, but market and money are not steady. What sells today might not in two years and unless you’re just going to write to trends, which means your stories are really only a product, none of that can matter. Personally, the story is more important to me. I think that’s a choice each writer needs to make, but if it is the story, I think the easiest thing to ask yourself is, “If you were guaranteed to sell a million copies regardless of what you wrote, what story would you tell?” If you’re not writing the one that comes to mind immediately, why not?

Nerisa E. Waterman: Sarah Daltry thank you so much for being a part of the "Holiday Author Interview Series."  I would also like to tell our readers that some lucky winner will win a copy of "Dust" as part of my holiday giveaway…Stay tune for more information and please enjoy the Sarah Daltry book trailer for “Dust.”



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