I’m so excited to be spotlighting the third special guest for The Twelve Writers of Christmas Facebook Party!
Sara Baysinger grew up in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her childhood exploring uncharted lands and reading all things magical. She now lives among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two young children. Sara enjoys writing and reading anything out of the ordinary, and has a bad habit of zoning out at the most inopportune moments. She is currently considering seeking medical attention for her potentially life-threatening coffee addiction. Visit sarabaysinger.com to learn more about her.
– For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Introvert. Impulsive. Indecisive.
– What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Creating your own story! Seriously, the whole reason I wanted to write in the first place was because my favorite genres were romance, dystopian, and science fiction, and I wanted to read a book that encompassed all three things. So I wrote one. 🙂 (That book is currently on the back burner though.) One of my favorite things to do is daydream. I love creating stories in my head and seeing where they take me. Writing is just taking those daydreams and putting them down on paper to share with the world. Writing is like reading those “choose your own adventure” books.
– What a cool way to describe writing, Sara! How has your spiritual walk influenced your writing?
I seriously cannot write a book and not have some spiritual thread in it. I feel like even agnostics or atheists have questioned the divine at some point or other (whether or not they end up believing in something). It seems inorganic to write a story where the characters don’t at least question something bigger being at work in the universe. Trust me, I’ve tried. My debut novel, Black Tiger, wasn’t supposed to have any spiritual thread, but now it’s considered Christian dystopian. The thing is, all my characters have a little piece of myself built into them. So I take the questions I ask in real life and incorporate them into my stories, making them my character’s questions. Sometimes an answer forms. Most times it doesn’t. But I don’t think anyone can figure out God completely. When we think we know everything we need to know, He goes out and surprises us again. It’s all a part of our spiritual growth. God is the mystery that will never be discovered.
– Amen, and what a beautiful mystery He is! For my last question, if you had the ability to jump into any story and live there for a week, what book would you choose?
Peter Pan!! I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Neverland and sword fight with pirates and swim with the mermaids and fly through the starlit sky without the fear of growing up hounding me. 🙂
– I have to admit, that does sound enticing! Thanks for chatting with me today, Sara! So excited to have you as one of the special guest’s for the event!
Sara will be chatting from 7:30-7:45 EST. Wonder what she is going to talk about?
You’ll have to stop by the party on December 12th to find out!