Interview with Sarah Monzon
About the Author
Sarah Monzon is a pastor's wife and a stay at home mom of two small children. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southern Adventist University. Sarah is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). The Isaac Project is her debut novel.
1. How long does it typically take you to write a book?
Well, my first manuscript (which will never see the light of day) took me 5 years to write. I started it when I was 21 and a student missionary in China. I kept writing while finishing my degree in elementary education, through graduation, getting married, my first teaching position, and, finally, my first child. You could say life happened during those pages! The Isaac Project didn't take quite so long--about 2 years--although morning sickness and taking care of a toddler kept me busy. I've been working on my current work-in-progress for about a year and hope to finish in a few months. My family comes first, but I do try to spend about an hour a day writing. My goal is to be able to write and publish a book a year.
2.When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started it when I was 21 and finished when I was 26. And that was only the first--and only--draft.
3. What suggestions would you give potential author to help them become a better writer?
Read! Read! Read! It's my favorite way to learn the craft of writing. I just love to soak up a good book. Another thing that really helped my was joining ACFW and participating in their critique program. Getting feedback from other authors really helped to point out my weaknesses and things I could do to polish and tighten my manuscript.
4. How frequently do you hear from your fans?
I love to hear from readers! It's so fun to talk books and characters. I've been able to connect with some readers of Facebook and hope to hear from even more.
5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming a writer ever cross your mind?
I'm a pretty practical person, more logical than dreamer, so I never thought of becoming a writer because, well, you know, starving artist and all. I did always love to read and write and spent a great deal of time doing both. As far as a career goes, though, I always wanted to be a teacher. I'm a stay-at-home mom now and have the tow cutest "students" ever.
6. What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?
Reading of course! In the summer time I really like going camping and hiking with the family. I'd love to be able to travel more as well. There's a great big world out there, and I want to see it all
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THE ISAAC PROJECT
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