Ask the Author: Sarah J. Sover
What is DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE about for those who haven’t read it?
It’s a comedic adult fantasy about a group of baby-eating trolls who take on the most heavily guarded corporation in the cavern city, The Covered Bridge. To pull of the heist of the century, they’ll need impenetrable sun protection, a rock-solid plan, and gallons of grog! And they’ll need to #BewareTheGoats!
What has been your inspiration for writing DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE?
The humorous tones of Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore as well as the success of movies such as Deadpooland Guardians of the Galaxy definitely played into the creation of DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE, but I tend to call it Leverage meets How I Met Your Mother with a cast of trolls. If I could, I’d resurrect Jim Henson so that he could team up with Tim Burton for a film adaptation. I feel like all of my childhood inspirations collided and went through puberty during the writing of this book!
What was your favorite scene or part of DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE to write?
There’s an utterly cringetastic scene where the main character is forced to secure supplies from a creepy human named Shorty. He’s basically a pervy version of Shaggy from Scooby Doo with a troll fetish, and for some reason, I can’t make it through the scene without cracking up. The real-life equivalence is not funny at all, of course, but I think the fact that Granu could eat the little worm if she didn’t need his contraband makes the scene.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
The first book I can remember transforming my life was THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My mother and I read it a chapter at a time after school. When middle school hit, I got into poetry and classic literature, and my dream to become a writer was solidified. But I spent years paralyzed by the desire to create something that would alter lives. Finally, I realized just how impactful genre fiction was in my own life, and I did a 180. I don’t need to write inspirational novels, there are plenty of those out there. I need to write the shit that makes me happy!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Listen to ol’ blue eyes—Do it your way! Whether you write a scene every three months or 2500 words a day, making progress is the important part. If you put words down, you’re a writer. If you write a novel, you’re a novelist. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, including the insidious little voices in your head. They lie.
DOUBLE-CROSSING THE BRIDGE can be purchased wherever books are sold but is currently only available for preorder through the publisher, The Parliament House http://www.parliamenthousepress.com/product-page/double-crossing-the-bridge-by-sarah-j-sover-paperback
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