"When I’m not writing" with Sarah Cross + giveaway!

Jennifer Estep

Today’s guest post comes from Sarah Cross, a YA author. Her latest release is KILL ME SOFTLY, a dark take on fairy tales, available now. It sounds like a fun read and I’m pleased Sarah is able to visit us and tell us a bit about her non-writing life.

Keep reading to find out just what Sarah does when she’s not writing and make sure to stick around for the giveaway!

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Red Shoes Life is unimportantI spend a lot of time writing. I’m one of those people who will choose work over hobbies (almost) every time, and who finds it totally reasonable when Anton Walbrook counsels dancer Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes that “Life is so unimportant.” What can I say? Writing is one of those things that, if it wasn’t more fulfilling than anything else, wouldn’t be worth doing.

But while I may share the mindset of a ruthless (fictional) dance impresario, I don’t write all the time. Sometimes my brain needs to recharge, and that’s why my favorite non-writing activities take almost no effort, and could be accomplished by Hello Kitty or a zombie.

Here’s a rundown of how I spend my non-writing time:

1) Watching TV. There’s no better brainless pastime. Current favorites include Mad Men, Southland, Downton Abbey, The Big Bang Theory, reality shows like Big Brother and The Amazing Race, snow whiteand the Korean TV show My Princess.

2) Taking walks, preferably in woodsy locations where there’s a chance of spotting deer, hawks, interesting birds, chipmunks, rabbits, etc. I love animals, and seeing them in the wild is one of my favorite things.

3) Curating Fairy Tale Mood, my fairy tale art/fashion/etc. tumblr. To be fair to myself, a zombie would probably have trouble with this one. Finding good fairy tale art takes time, and, I’d like to think, a discerning eye. But it’s a fun, almost meditative process, and it feeds my imagination like nothing else.

angry Tom Coughlin4) NFL. This is more of a fall/winter hobby, but during football season, I am obsessed, alternately cheering for my team and raging at them, and trying not to talk to my sports-indifferent friends about football. Because they don’t care about how angry Tom Coughlin looked last week. And I try to respect that.

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Thank you so much for visiting us, Sarah, and sharing your hobbies!

For more information about Sarah and her books, check out her website or Fairy Tale Mood, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Here’s the scoop on KILL ME SOFTLY:

Sarah Cross Kill Me SoftlyTrue love’s kiss just may prove deadly….

Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents’ tragic deaths to her guardians’ half-truths about why she can’t return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren’t pretty things, and they don’t always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy-tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy-tale curses of their own … brothers who share a dark secret. And she’ll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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giveaway

Sarah is generously offering one (1) copy of KILL ME SOFTLY to a lucky reader!

To enter the giveaway, obey the Rafflecopter!

US/Canada only

Ends Monday, MAy 21, 2012

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Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!

Jenn

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144 comments on “"When I’m not writing" with Sarah Cross + giveaway!

  1. What a fun interview with Sarah. I've been wanting to read this for a while, love her writing style! My favorite fairy tale character I think changes depending on the interpretation and my mood. Lately with Once Upon a Time I've really liked Snow White.

  2. What a fun interview with Sarah. I've been wanting to read this for a while, love her writing style! My favorite fairy tale character I think changes depending on the interpretation and my mood. Lately with Once Upon a Time I've really liked Snow White.

  3. This sounds good! I don't know about fairy tale art, but I do collect statues by Nene Thomas. Those are lovely, and could come out of a fairy tale …

  4. This sounds good! I don't know about fairy tale art, but I do collect statues by Nene Thomas. Those are lovely, and could come out of a fairy tale …

  5. My favorite Disney fairytale is either The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast. Although, I have to agree with everyone about Snow White on Once Upon a Time. That's such a great show!

  6. My favorite Disney fairytale is either The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast. Although, I have to agree with everyone about Snow White on Once Upon a Time. That's such a great show!

  7. My favorite fairy tale is by far "Beauty and the Beast!" I'm pretty sure I've watched the Disney cartoon thousands of times and I've seen the off-broadway play. I even bought a dress similar to Belle's gold dress to wear to a ball one year.

  8. My favorite fairy tale is by far "Beauty and the Beast!" I'm pretty sure I've watched the Disney cartoon thousands of times and I've seen the off-broadway play. I even bought a dress similar to Belle's gold dress to wear to a ball one year.

  9. Mine is definitely the Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is also my favorite fairy tale overall. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  10. Mine is definitely the Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is also my favorite fairy tale overall. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  11. My favourite fairy tale character would probably be Belle from Beauty and the Beast – she's brave and strong and learns to love someone beyond what he appears to be. Must love that! (and if I can choose from the Disney versions, a close second would be Chip from Beauty and the Beast haha.)I live in the US 🙂

  12. My favourite fairy tale character would probably be Belle from Beauty and the Beast – she's brave and strong and learns to love someone beyond what he appears to be. Must love that! (and if I can choose from the Disney versions, a close second would be Chip from Beauty and the Beast haha.)I live in the US 🙂

  13. Ooh. Good question. I've always been fond of Ariel, though now that I think of it, she gave up everything just for a dude…How about Gretel, then? I mean, she saved her brother and pushed the evil witch into the fire. That's pretty bad a**

  14. Ooh. Good question. I've always been fond of Ariel, though now that I think of it, she gave up everything just for a dude…How about Gretel, then? I mean, she saved her brother and pushed the evil witch into the fire. That's pretty bad a**

  15. Hi! Hummm I don't have a favorite fairy tale character but I really enjoyed The Little Mermaid: Ariel and Belle from the Beauty and the Best!Thanks for this giveaway!

  16. Hi! Hummm I don't have a favorite fairy tale character but I really enjoyed The Little Mermaid: Ariel and Belle from the Beauty and the Best!Thanks for this giveaway!

  17. I havent read the fairytale but i enjoyed The Princess and the Frog. but for me it would probably be a toss up between belle or ariel

  18. I havent read the fairytale but i enjoyed The Princess and the Frog. but for me it would probably be a toss up between belle or ariel

  19. I'm going with the fairy tale a lot of people went with, but not the character. I like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast because he goes from being a huge jerk to a nice guy.

  20. I'm going with the fairy tale a lot of people went with, but not the character. I like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast because he goes from being a huge jerk to a nice guy.

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