Featured Interview With Sara F. Hathaway
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
As a child, I grew up in rural Michigan. I fished the Great Lakes with my family, gardened and canned with my mother, shot rifles and shotguns with my grandfather, and learned to bow hunt, skin and gut animals with my neighbor. I also had a horse that was my best buddy and we spent many days in the woods together.
I moved to California at the age of sixteen and still live here today. I graduated from The California State
University of Sacramento with a business degree but realized my heart was not in business. It rested in my love for nature and the ideas my imagination could create. So I started extensively researching and practicing survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past. This inspired my first novel, Day After Disaster.
My family is comprised of my wonderful husband and two sons. My animal family includes my beloved dog, Sawyer, three cats and three chickens.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have always loved to read. Some of the books that influenced me the most at a young age were C.S. Lewis’s series, including The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Also, Mary Stewart’s Hallow Hills Series. I love the King Author Stories.
When I started writing my own material it was mostly poems and journals. Writing was a way for me to express my feelings. I never actually intended to publish my work. I wrote my first novel, Day After Disaster, simply because I had the story in my head and it needed to become reality.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite books to read are books that have a fascinating story but also have information to be learned from them at the same time. As an adult, the books that have influenced me the most in my personal writing are Jean M. Auel’s books from The Children of the Earth Series. These book have historical references, anthropological information, survival information, herbal healing information and an awesome storyline to tie it all together. After I read those books I knew I had to write my own.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.
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