Today on Thoughtful Thursday
I’m pleased to bring you Sara Beth Williams for today’s edition of Thoughtful Thursday. In addition to her interview, she’s also provided an excerpt from her newest novel, A Worthy Heart. I first came to know Sara Beth Willams last year when her first novel, When Hearts Collide, was one of the few books I gave a five-star reviews. By now, she’s pretty much one of my auto-buy authors. Give a big round of applause and I hope you enjoy your time here today. And don’t you love this cover? I do!
What’s the most emotional book you’ve ever read?
I don’t cry often when reading books. There has to be a ton of build up, OR none at all and it slams into me. For me, the most shocking, emotional read was My Girl by Patricia Hermes. I sobbed afterward. I haven’t even seen the movie because I know I’ll cry. (Ironically, I am MUCH more likely to cry in a movie) I honestly don’t even know where I got the book.
If you could invite any five authors over for a book discussion, who would you invite?
Hallee Bridgeman, Becky Wade, Kara Isaac, Lurlene McDaniel, Lynn Austin
What is your favorite aspect of writing?
I love the beginning process of free-writing a new story idea. Although I don’t have as much time as I used to, but I love to set aside long blocks of time (4 hours is best).
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I am a hybrid. When I develop a new story idea, I love to free-write to get everything out of my head and onto paper, regardless of chronological order. Of course, under deadlines, this may not be practical, but it is fun. After I free-write several times, and I feel there’s enough to develop a story, then I sit down and create an outline that finishes the story out. This can take different forms. Paragraphs, or shorter outlines, or a synopsis type outline.
What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year?
I have not read many books this year because things have been stressful at home, and also my kindle broke. Ah!! which is my primary source of reading material. This year, so far, I have really enjoyed almost every book I’ve read. Best ones so far… probably a tie between Sarah Sundin’s The Sea Before Us and Connilyn Cossette’s Shelter of the Most High.
Who is your favorite character from the books you’ve written, and why?
I really am falling in love with Matt Lawson. Those of you who’ve read When Hearts Collide and A Worthy Heart know him as the spiritual mentor o f Jay and Joel, who works as a college worship pastor at their local church. The more I write his story (book 3, not out yet!!) the more I just love this guy. Maybe because he’s a musician. Maybe because of the things he’s going through. ‘shrugs’. While working on books 2 and 3 simultaneously, I just fell in love with book 3 and almost swapped them. It is my favorite 🙂 Y’all don’t know yet what he’s about to go through. Someday soon, hopefully you will.
Here’s an excerpt from A Worthy Heart for your enjoyment!
“Joel gently tagged Serena’s wrist, without actually holding her hand. Part of her wondered why he hadn’t tried to hold her hand yet tonight. Did she actually want him to? Yes! No. Maybe? No, not yet.
Would that be crossing a line? She’d left Chris only two weeks ago.
Get it together. This is a group event. He’s not here for you. You’re not here for him.
She glanced up at Joel as he pocketed his phone before speaking. “Got a text from Matt. Time to go, if we want to make it down to the Tower Bridge for the fireworks.”
Once they removed and returned their skates, they retrieved their belongings from the lockers and met the rest of their group just outside the gates of the rink.
On all the local radio stations, DJs had warned that several roads in the area, including Capitol Avenue, were closed to vehicle traffic in anticipation of the large crowds planning to attend the fireworks display. Though the group of twenty or so college students attempted to stay together while they trekked toward the Tower Bridge, it was near impossible to keep everyone together in the crush of people moving like a school of fish down the center of the road. Voices all around them rose over the dull roar of rock music coming from somewhere in the distance.
Lacey melded into the crowd ahead of them, fingers entwined with Jay’s. Tara disappeared, strolling alongside Matt and a few others. That left Serena walking shoulder to shoulder with Joel.
For the first time in several weeks, she felt none of the awkward tension in her stomach or jittery nerves at being alone with him. Being alone with him felt…safe and peaceful. Natural.”Tweet
About A Worthy Heart
When Serena Hayes finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship, she fears leaving will jeopardize her chances of graduating college. With the support and encouragement of best friends Lacey and Joel Bennett, she takes the leap of faith and leaves her relationship. On her journey toward regaining confidence, self-worth and independence, Joel falls in beside her and encourages her every step of the way. Attraction sizzles between them, but both recognize the importance of taking things slow. Or so she thought. When their friendship crosses lines she’s not ready to cross, and her ex threatens to undo the fragile progress her heart has made, Serena must turn to a new, eternal source for the hope and satisfaction she’s spent her entire life seeking.
ABOUT SARA BETH WILLIAMS
Sara Beth Williams is a wife, mother of two daughters, and temporary caretaker of a loveable old lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian. She lives in Northern California. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys music, teaching, reading and spending time with her family. She is all about connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Bookbub.
Thank you for joining us today for another Thoughtful Thursday. I am incredibly grateful for authors like Sara Beth Williams who are willing to tackle tough topics in their writing while keeping a hand on the true pulse that should be Christian Fiction. Her stories are told with grace and a deep feeling of true Christianity.