Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Sarah J. Schmitt


It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!

Today we have with us Sarah J. Schmitt author of It’s A Wonderful Death (see my review here). It currently has a 4.3 star rating on Amazon and you can check it out on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Sarah is giving away an Audible download of It’s A Wonderful Death. So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, March 7, 2016.

Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.

My name’s Sarah J. Schmitt and my debut YA novel It’s A Wonderful Death came out in October. IAWD is about a girl who’s accidentally gets her soul collected by a grim reaper and goes kicking and screaming into the afterlife. It’s actually my National Novel Writing Month project from 2012 and took me 23 day to write. (Let’s not talk about the MONTHS it took to revise.)

1) Why should people read your book?

If a reader is looking for a laugh out loud in public read that has heart, It’s A Wonderful Death is a perfect read. It’s got snark, sarcasm, and a whole lot of feels.

2) Where is your favorite place to write?

I’m an extrovert so I really need to be in public to write. I wrote almost all of IAWD sitting in the same spot in Starbucks. Two points to the reader who finds two moments in the book that take place in a Starbucks.

3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?

I am working on a new book. It’s a bit different than IAWD but still has quite a bit of sass. (And my house is always under construction.)

4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Next to Harry Potter, which is really a classic in our house, it’s hands down my favorite book. I read it at least once a year and listen to the audiobook every couple months. I still laugh when I re-read it. It’s awesome!

5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?

I’m getting ready to start prepping my school’s Battle of the Books team so next up is Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. (If you can keep a secret, I’ll tell you that I have a little side action in the form of The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore.)

6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?

Shut Up and Dance with Me by Walk the Moon. *Pauses for a three six-minute dance party.* Sorry. That was a little longer than I had planned. Sugar by Maroon 5 came on after that.

7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?

Only one? I swear, I am a wealth of random talents, but I guess I’ll go with cupcake decorating. I love doing cute cupcakes and cakes, or I did when I had more time. Fun fact about me: I don’t actually like to eat cake, and I can’t stand frosting. Unless it’s whipped icing and then maybe.

8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?

Great question. I think I would like to know how they find books like It’s A Wonderful Death when there isn’t a big media campaign behind it.

Laura – I tend to spend way to much time clicking through “If you like X, you will like Y” on Goodreads and Amazon. I also go through Edelweiss (where I found It’s A Wonderful Death) and Netgalley once a week and go through all of the newly added books, not just those in my selected categories. I also am on the list for a bunch (10 or more) of book tour promoters. I don’t end to do a lot of tours, but I hear about some great books that way.  If a title or cover (yes, I am a cover judger) catches my attention I will dig a little deeper and see if it is something that strikes my fancy. Since I read a wide genre of books and read pretty quickly, I’m always looking for something new.


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Twitter: @SJSchmitt
Instagram: SarahJSchmitt

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Posted March 1, 2016 by Laura in Author Tuesday, Giveaway / 3 Comments

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