What’s that excited screaming you hear in the distance?
Oh! That’s me! 😉
I am SOOOOOOOO excited to be interviewing the incredible Sarah Delena White, whose books I devour with baited breath, swooning, and roller coaster worthy feels.
Buckle up and join the ride, friends, as I chat with Sarah all about her latest release, Shadow Light (including how she would “sell” her book based on chocolate recommendations and what latte design her book would be *winks*)!
About the Book
Night lived in a tower at the end of the world.
Her name was Layla, and the world did not know her.
Day had no tower.
His name was Aeric, and the world held no refuge for him.
Yet with the evil Coroc and his army of shadowfiends terrorizing the lands, Layla and Aeric must work together to restore light and hope before all is lost.
Night and Day must unite to save all peoples from eternal, terrifying evil in this lyrical tale that combines the wonder of George MacDonald’s fairy tales with the beauty of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.
– Hi Sarah! I’m SO excited to be chatting with you! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Hi Laura! Thanks for having me on your blog today! Three words… hmmm… I was drawing a blank at this one, so I asked Janeen Ippolito because she was sitting next to me, and she said “delicate anvil flower.” Apparently I’m delicate and also smash things.
– LOL! I can’t unsee this now! Sounds very epic! 😀 And speaking of epic, ever since you shared the theme song of Halayda with me, I have almost exclusively listened to instrumental. (I love it so much!) Do you have a theme song for Shadow Light? If so, would you be willing to share it? (I MUST listen to it!)
I don’t have a very long playlist for Shadow Light, since I wrote it in a very short period of time (less than a week). Here are a few songs that remind me of the story and characters, though!
– I’m starting to listen to it now!! EEEEPPP! Since you work at a coffee shop and make such beautiful latte designs, what kind of latte design would you do or try to do in honor of Shadow Light releasing?
Probably a star! I’ve never tried to make that kind of design but it would be a fun challenge.
– That would be so much fun! I could imagine it being equally pretty as the designs you do now! 😀 If you took Layla and Aeric out to your local coffee shop, what kind of drink would you order them?
Straight espresso for Aeric, because it’s strong with a rich flavor profile and has plenty of caffeine. For Layla, probably a lavender latte with cool latte art, because she needs more nice, floofy things in her life.
– Those sound delicious! And I second that Layla needs nicer, floofy things in her life! I’ve heard you can be bribed with chocolate. 😉 If you had to “sell” your book based off giving a chocolate recommendation that reflects your story, what chocolate would you recommend? And what chocolate can I get you to bribe you concerning future stories?
Hmmm, I’d say Shadow Light is salted caramel dark chocolate. This is also a good choice for bribes, although I still make no promises regarding Taylan. Keep that bubble wrap on hand just in case. 😉
– I have no idea what you’re talking about! *nervous laughter while pushing a basket of chocolate behind my back* None at all. 😉 But maybe next time I can just happen to send you some salted caramel dark chocolate! 😉 There are so many elements I love love love about Shadow Light! What did you enjoy most about writing or editing this story?
I wrote this story in a different style than usual. I’ve always loved the writing style of Tolkien and George MacDonald, but that sort of classic fairy tale voice doesn’t suit most of my novel-length stories. It was fun to have a chance to write something reminded me of the tales that first made me fall in love with fantasy.
– I absolutely LOVED it! Both for the style and the story itself. It was SO beautiful, Sarah! <3 For my last question, what do you hope readers will “leave with” after finishing this powerful and beautiful book?
I hope readers take away a sense of beauty and a feeling of hope and encouragement in facing their own challenges.
– *gets excited* I felt that, I felt that! Eeeeeepppp!! Thank you so much for chatting with me, Sarah! I can’t wait to see what you will share with us readers next! <3
About the Author
Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing, she can be found making elegant designer bead jewelry, traveling to festivals as a professional ballad singer, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.