Hi, guys! V. Joy Palmer here! Since we are all friends here, you guys can call me Joy. ;-) And one of my favorite things to do is talk with my friends at coffee shops then head to the bookstores. Yes, plural. After all, books and yummy drinks are the perfect combination! So consider this our virtual coffee shop. I'll wait a second for you to get your warm drink and a fuzzy blanket before we chat with today's guest. <3
Today we are going to
pry into the private life of CHAT with Sara Davison, author of Driven!
Sara Davison is the author of three romantic suspense series—The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians, and The Rose Tattoo Trilogy. She has been a finalist for ten national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, a Selah, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children. The words on the mug she uses every morning pretty much sum up her life—I just want to sleep, drink coffee, and make stuff up.
This may be the most important question I ask -- no pressure or anything, LOL!
What are you drinking in our virtual coffee house? Coffee? Tea? Hot chocolate? Something else altogether?
Coffee. Always coffee.
YES! One hundred percent! If you could order anything in the world to eat (we can dream, can't we?), what would it be?
Greek food for sure, in particular chicken souvlaki with Greek salad and then baklava for dessert.
Yum! Where is your favorite place to write, and why is that your favorite place?
I have a friend who owns a cottage on a lake, and she and another author friend of mine and I go there 3-4 weeks a year (in non-pandemic times). We leave each other alone to write all day, only taking breaks for lunch, tea, and walks along the water. Then we cook a great dinner and sit around sharing what we wrote that day and getting feedback. Those are by far the most relaxing and productive weeks of the year for me.
That's the dream! Do you have an odd habit that is only explained by your bookish, writer tendencies? Safe space. You're among friends. ;-)
I’m sure I have many, but the most obvious one is my sleep schedule. I tend to stay up until two am or so writing or reading and then not getting up very early in the morning. Which might explain my answer to your first question J
Haha! I can definitely relate! What inspired you to write Driven?
Driven is the third book in The Night Guardians Series, so I wrote this book to answer questions raised in the first two books and to tie up some of the story lines. I say some because the fourth and final book in the series, Forged, which comes out in 2022, will finish up all the story lines. I also wrote Driven as an examination of how relationships—with God, a spouse, family members, or others in our lives—are affected by grief and tragedy. As with all my books, I hope and pray that the theme, that whatever we are going through in our lives, we are never alone, God is always with us and will never forsake us, comes across loud and clear.
Ooo! Sounds great, and I love that message! What led you to write in this genre?
I never made a conscious decision to write romantic suspense, but when God gives me a story idea and I sit down and write, that is always what comes out. I love to read this genre as well, because I always love a good romance, but I also love edge-of-your-seat tension, suspense, and action, so romantic suspense fits that bill for me. I do have a romantic suspense with speculative elements coming out in April, the standalone novel, The Watcher, and I did enjoy adding that aspect to the romantic suspense as well for something different.
I love hearing about the different ways we're inspired with a story! What message do you hope to convey to your readers?
As I mentioned, the hope I always want to leave with my readers is that they are never alone. When the world appears to be spinning out of control, or God seems silent, I want them to know that they can trust that God is still good, He is still on His throne, and He has not and will never abandon them.
Amen! Can you tell us a little about your next project(s)?
Sure. The Watcher comes out on April 15, 2021, and is, as I mentioned, a bit of a departure for me as it combines romantic suspense with speculative elements of spiritual warfare.
Someone or something is watching Kathryn Ellison.
Kathryn thought she had buried memories of That Night for good—until Nick Lawson returns, reigniting her long-suppressed feelings for him. Seeing Nick has always reminded her too much of the horrible night that changed her life. As much as she wants to be with him, she wants even more to forget. When Nick unexpectedly shows up at her family ranch, Kathryn knows it is finally time to let go of the traumatic past that has held her captive for so long.
David Henley is a captive too—of the dark secret involving Kathryn, a secret he’s kept even from his wife. Now the truth is about to be revealed. And when it is, he could be stripped of everything in his life that matters to him.
A storm is brewing in the spiritual realm, and its effects reverberate through the natural world, summoning otherworldly Beings to the ranch. While Kathryn confronts the memories of That Night and struggles to let them go, she is not as alone in her home as she thinks.
As spiritual and temporal forces collide, Kathryn—and everyone she loves—is about to be caught in the crossfire.
My current works in progress include the second book in my Rose Tattoo Trilogy (the sequel to Lost Down Deep) Written in Ink, which releases in August 2021. When that one is done I will be working on the fourth and final book in The Night Guardians Series, Forged. I’m also currently writing the first book of a new series that will tackle the issue of human trafficking, so lots of projects on the go.
So exciting! All of those sound fantastic! Do you have a favorite Bible verse or story that inspires you on a soul level?
I have many, but I think the two most meaningful for me are Psalm 103:13-14, “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.” I love these verses as they speak to the father-heart of God and His grace, compassion, and mercy toward us, which are endless. I also deeply love Revelation 21:3-4, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” These verses remind me that, whatever we face in life, however much we suffer loss, pain, or injustice, one day all will be put to right and we will dwell in God’s presence forever. What an incredible promise!
Love how God's heart is revealed in these verses! What are you currently reading? Inquiring minds -- mine -- want to know! ;-)
I am thrilled and honoured to be a member of The Mosaic Collection, a group of women authors of faith who take turns releasing a novel every month. I am currently reading a book that will release in February with Mosaic, The Third Grace by Deb Elkink. Deb is an incredibly talented writer of deep, intellectual, thought-provoking novels (and a fellow Canadian!), and I am really enjoying this one. I am also reading the second of the Holly novels by C.C. Warrens, which are fabulous. So much great Christian writing out there!
That is awesome! With this newfound knowledge, my TBR is going to topple over in the not-to-distant future!
Thank you so much for hanging with us and for answering all of my prying questions, Sara!