I'm thrilled to have Sarah Schofield visiting my blog. Sarah's latest release, Duo, the sequel to her popular book, Solo, is now available, and I can personally recommend it. The story was so engrossing that I felt like I was living in Myrtle Creek, Oregon and attending South Umpqua High with a cast of unforgettable characters. There were so many twists and turns that I didn't want to put the book down.
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Now I'd like to welcome Sarah.
Verna: Hello, Sarah. Thanks for joining us. This is going to be fun.
Sarah: Hi, Verna. It’s really nice to be here. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about Duo.
Verna: I know Solo fans have been waiting for the release of Duo, and I understand that Duo was longer in the making than you had anticipated. Would you like to expand on that?
Sarah: I began writing Duo before Solo was released. However, a few months after Solo was released my personal life became hectic. I’m a mom of two wonderful children and I also work fulltime outside the home. Compounding the stress from my job was knowing that I had readers waiting for Duo. I guess you could say I hit overload. Because of that, I wasn’t able to put my heart into Eliana’s story the way it deserved. It was then that I knew I had to take a break. I can’t apologize enough for the lengthy delay in releasing Duo, but I can honestly say that without the downtime, Duo wouldn’t be exactly what I wanted for Eliana’s story. But now it is.
Verna: For new readers, why don't you give a synopsis of Solo.
Sarah: Solo begins with sixteen year old Eliana Davis' father deploying overseas with the military. Her parents decide it would be best if she and her mother move to the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, and live with her grandparents for awhile. Eliana is not happy about the move in the middle of her sophomore year in California, but she really doesn't have a choice. Because her father is in the military, she moves often, so she struggles with the decision of whether to make friends at her new high school, or keep to herself. Lucas Andrews makes that decision even more difficult.
Verna: Now back to Duo. What can you tell us about Eliana's life since Solo.
Sarah: Duo begins with Eliana returning from a short vacation to California. She’s in a good place and looking forward to starting the new school year with the friends she's made. However, her life changes when she receives some shocking news. I don’t want to give anything away, but Eliana definitely experiences a roller-coaster ride of emotions throughout the book.
Verna: I'd like to make mention of your book covers. I thought the Solo cover was beautiful, colorful, and perfect for the story, but I have to say, I love, love, the Duo cover. Did you use a designer for your covers or did you create them yourself? What made you choose the picture you used for Duo?
Sarah: I designed both covers myself. The picture for Solo was easy to find. It was one of the first ones I looked at. Duo, on the other hand, was difficult. I had a vision of what I wanted and searched several sites for the perfect image to visually represent the chemistry between Eliana and Lucas. My search ended when I finally found the picture on Dreamstime. It fit the story in so many ways.
Verna: Now that you have two books published, what are your plans for future books? Will you continue Eliana and Lucas’ story or move on to something else?
Sarah: As much as I love Eliana and Lucas, I feel that it’s time to release some of the other stories I’ve been working on. I’m not saying there isn’t a possibility of another story with Eliana and Lucas, but it won’t be any time soon. I think my readers will fall in love with my new projects just as they did with Solo and, hopefully Duo.
Verna: Before you leave, here are a couple of fun questions.
Question: Other than the present, tell us about an era you would like to visit, and why.
Sarah: I think I would like the Victorian era. I love the idea of being courted by a suitor while wearing one of those elegant gowns with a corset and a parasol.
Question: What is your favorite frou-frou drink.
Sarah: Oh, that’s an easy one. Most of the time I prefer Starbucks Iced Chai Lattes. I’m not a fan of hot beverages, but during the holidays I love Starbucks Egg Nog Lattes.
Verna: Sarah, thank you for stopping by. I wish you much success with Solo and Duo and look forward with anticipation to reading more of your books.
Sarah: Thanks so much for having me, Verna.
Verna: For anyone interested in reading Solo and Duo, they can be purchased from most online retailers. Listed below are some links. Solo is also available in paperback and Duo will be in paperback soon.
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