today I have the pleasure to spend some time with my friend and author Sage MacGowan.
She’s revealing the cover for her debut novel, Through Fire, and we’ll chat a little about her so you can see how amazing she is.
Here’s a bit more about her:
Tucked away in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Sage lives with her daughter, a dog, a cat, and a bearded dragon. Growing up, and for quite some time after, she was a reader and a dreamer, but didn’t often put pen to paper. Then late one night, listening to music, story ideas dancing through her head, she was overcome with an inescapable urge to actually write. She is a nature-worshiper and spends a fair amount of time hiking and camping (real camping, not the wussy RV kind), when she’s not playing Sudoku. She also rides horses as often as she can (which isn’t often) and gets her horse fix by volunteering at the local therapeutic riding center.
Hi Sage, and thank you so much for coming by! Let’s talk about your story. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
You could say it came in a vision, almost. The opening scene, where Cass first sees Bryan, just came to me one day while I was sitting in my car on lunch break at work. Except, Cass’s name was Rochelle at the time.
What sort of research did you do to write this book?
A whole heck of a lot, I’ll tell you. Most of it for the medical and technical sides of the story. Such as the technology of prosthetic limbs, the nerve enervation of the various muscles of the arm, the top brands of mountain bikes, how to remove a car stereo, and the stages of peritonitis. I had the help of a dear friend for the stereo bit (dubbed Operation Polka), and now if I need to boost people’s stereos, I can! *Laughs*
Ah, the thing we learn because of our craft! If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
Well, I don’t know who would play Cass, but I think she would resemble a young Molly Ringwald. For Bryan… *wistful sigh* Garrett Hedlund, definitely.
Did you always have the reins of the story, or did the people in it try to take over?
I hung onto the reins pretty tightly, more than I should have. I ended up rewriting most of it multiple times because what I was coming up with just wasn’t right. In the original versions of the library rooftop scene… Well, maybe I shouldn’t give anything away, but suffice it to say, I had Bryan acting VERY much out of character. Finally he took me aside, gave me a figurative slap upside the head, and told me a much better scenario.
What do your friends and family think about your being a writer?
I thought most of them would disapprove, think that it was a waste of time, and tell me to get a “real” job. But they have all been supportive (although I haven’t told my dad yet). When I announced on my Facebook page that I had been writing, and even had an offer to publish, they came out of the woodwork and congratulated me.
Do you outline books ahead of time, or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
For Through Fire, I was a complete pantster. Which I’m sure was a big contributor to how long it took from start to finish (an amount I’m too embarrassed to reveal). So, for my current WIP, I’ve done a lot of outlining. Has it helped the process? Not that I can tell! *Laughs*
Pen or computer?
Computer all the way. With the number of times I change the storyline in general and scenes in particular, going the “old-fashioned route” would soon be illegible.
Music or silence?
Alone or in public?
Alone; otherwise there are way too many distractions. Plus, I’m somewhat antisocial.
Routine or when inspiration strikes?
The latter. But since inspiration strikes me fairly rarely, I really need to make a routine.
If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, which would it be?
Ireland. I feel a deep connection to my Celtic roots and I love the sound of an Irish accent.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
I have tons of scars, albeit minor, from my days as a veterinary technician. Everyone thinks we just cuddle with the patients all day, but in reality, these animals are hurt and scared and they lash out. Quite forcibly. So my arms and hands are covered with them. I even have one on the side of my neck from a dog who flailed strongly while having his nails trimmed.
Is marriage outdated?
No, I don’t believe it is. I think so many people take their vows lightly, and aren’t willing to put in the work a good marriage requires. And I have nothing against two people “shacking up” as long as they don’t have children together. But marriage still has an important place in society. On the other hand, I’m not in a relationship, much less married, so what do I know? *Laughs*
Thank you for coming by, Sage, I can’t wait for your story to be out mostly because I know how good it is!
Thank you, Vivi, for having me!
Now, if you want to get in touch with Sage, and I know she’d love it, here’s where you can find her.
Through Fire will release on November 6th, and here’s the blurb.
Confidence. Faith. Redemption.
All her life Cass has been the wallflower, quietly content to make her mark from behind the scenes. As a cognitive psychologist in the research field, she will use her intellect and tenacity to heal the “broken” brain. Because she learned long ago she isn’t capable of fixing broken minds; maybe not even broken hearts.
Possibility. Strength. Acceptance.
Bryan doesn’t want to even think about his present. To escape his past, he had always looked to the future. As a materials engineer he will use his ingenuity and talent to develop state-of-the-art products and devices. But now an accident has drastically broad-sided his life — and the hits keep coming.
Force of will. Daring. Absolution.
They give each other the motive to step beyond self-consciousness — to reach outside themselves to touch the other. They discover the courage to pull one another close. To love. To be loved. From one another they draw the power and fortitude to move beyond mistakes.