I am reminding myself to breathe as I write these words, because GUYS!
Today I’m chatting with Sara Ella, the author of The Unblemished Trilogy and Coral!
It’s amazing to see her release a new book because we became friends sometime before Unblemished released and have deeply loved her stories since. (Any #TeamKyForever fans?) Seeing her share these powerful and impactful stories moves my heart so much, but as much as I love her stories, I love Sara more!
She is such an inspiration and love her caring, joyful heart.
And I feel her latest release captures all she is so beautifully. <3
Come join me for my awesome chat with the lovely Sara Ella, but be sure to check out all the details about Coral below first!
About the Book
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved—yet tragic—fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” Coral explores mental health and what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.
Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease said to be carried by humans—emotions. Her sister had the Disease, and Red Tide took her away. Will it come for Coral next?
Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at a new group-therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?
Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?
When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?
– Hi Sara! I’m SO excited to be chatting with you!
I’m happy to be here with you!
– SQUEALS! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
This is always such a tough question. Hmmm… how about Disney, INFJ (does that count as a word?), and Jesus-lovin’-mama (that counts as one word because of the dashes). That pretty much encompasses everything, I think. 😉
– This is perfect! 😀 Way to get creative! 😉 I heard you like dance parties! If you had to pick three to five songs to celebrate the release of Coral, which would you choose? Oh, and what dance are we doing again? Cha-Cha slide anyone? 😉
You know me so well! I absolutely adore the Cha-Cha-Slide. I also love the Cupid Shuffle and I will never turn down a Macarena!
As far as celebratory dance music, I’d have to go with “You’re Worth It” by Cimorelli, “Under the Sea” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”
– Ahh yes! I love a good Macarena too! 😀 I have to confess that I still haven’t watched The Greatest Showman to know the song “This is Me” though! *nervous laugher* I noticed in your bio you mentioned you “may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram.” Your photos are always SO gorgeous! What’s one of your favorite things about being part of this community?
Wow! What a fabulous question! I am always thrilled to talk about #Bookstagram. This community is incredibly supportive and welcoming. It never feels like a competition to gain more followers or take different or better photos. I am always encouraged by everyone in the community. Even the big name Bookstagrammers are the most genuine and authentic souls. No one is judgmental. Everyone shows love and kindness. 🙂
– I love that SO much! What an encouraging thing to hear! Sooooo many congrats on the release of your latest novel, Coral! Are you able to share any insight from your writing experience with this story? It was one of the hardest stories I’ve personally read, but one that shook me (in a good way!) where I am viewing mental illness in a new light. I shared in my review that this was a book I needed and so glad you wrote it. <3
You always have the best things to say about my books, Laura. I am incredibly humbled and honored by your continued support and encouragement.
As hard as this story was for you to read, it was just as difficult to write. I poured my heart and soul into this novel. I’m sure you’ve heard that writing takes a lot of “blood, sweat, and tears?” That’s what CORAL was for me. I drew from my personal experience as well as from the experiences of others who were willing to share. In the end, if this story impacts just one person in a positive way, I’ll be a grateful author.
Also, big congrats to YOU on your new book! I can’t wait to read “Dear, Author: Letters From a Bookish Fangirl!”
– I can tell you that this “one person” was deeply moved, friend! <3 And it’s such a blessing to support you! Your stories are so impactful! Also, thank you! *tears up* I could imagine there are a lot of things you would want readers to take away from this story, but what are two to three things you hope will impact the reader? I know “You are not nothing. And neither am I.” has DEEPLY resonated with me!
You have the first one already! I definitely want them to know they are not nothing. They are not alone. And there is hope even amidst darkness and tragedy. Reach out to someone. If you don’t have someone in your life who will listen, there are some amazing resources such as “Project Semicolon” and “To Write Love on Her Arms.” There are people who are dedicated to helping and listening. All you have to do is take that step and start talking. You are so loved, friends. (Okay, that’s more than 3, but I won’t apologize. 😉
– Definitely no apologies necessary! There are many parts of this story that I loved and so so so grateful this story is out in the world! <3 I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with? What would you guys do?
I would hang with Grim, of course! He’s just the kind of guy I’d love to have as an adopted big brother for the day. We’d go to the beach and get Hawaiian Ice, then he’d show me around town and everyone would know his name.
– Grim is totally awesome! That day sounds like it would be so much fun and wouldn’t mind joining min myself! Hehe! For my last question, I’ve realized recently that your writing has been instrumental in me realizing the stories I would like to write! I did not know portal fantasy or magical realism was a thing until you shared your books were these. Do you have any writing advice for this newbie as I embark in this genre too? <3
Wow. I am honored and a bit floored. Now I’m in tears. Thank you so much!
And my advice is to always be consistent. Keep writing, even if you think it’s not any good. The more you write, the more you grow as a writer. Someone out there needs the story only you can tell. So write. And keep on writing!
– *cries* That advice was so timely for me right now! I’m really really encouraged to hear that! Thank you SO much for chatting with me, Sara! It is always such a joy to chat with you! *hugs*
– Thank YOU! You have been such a wonderful friend to me over the years and I am truly thankful!
About the Author
Sara Ella is the award-winning author of the Unblemished series and Coral, the upcoming reimagining of The Little Mermaid. She spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings with her swoony husband by her side. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, which feeds her current addiction to bookish tea and candles. A lover of fairy tales, she believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.” Connect with Sara online at SaraElla.com; Facebook: WritingHisTruth; Twitter: @SaraEllaWrites; Instagram: SaraEllaWrites; and YouTube: Sara Ella.