About the Book
Book: Vestige of Hope
Author: Sara Blackard
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: December, 2019
Thrown out of his element into a time not his own, he must overcome his doubts to save the life he never knew he wanted.
Soldier, Hunter Bennet, is always in control…
Hunter must reach through the shadows of doubt to save his future but in doing so will he fail in the most important mission of all?
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About the Author
Between school and my launch into authorship, I’ve been busy having and homeschooling five children, moving to the wilderness of Tok, Alaska, serving in different ministries, building a house ourselves, and purchasing multiple businesses.
More from Sara
I’ve always had a fascination with speculating on how I would react if I suddenly ended up in another time. Growing up, I’d daydream about finding myself in a field of heather in medieval Scotland, waking in the back of a wagon traveling across the prairie, or walking through the wilderness with the colonials. I loved reading and wanted desperately to jump into the scenes I experienced while turning the page of a cherished novel. Of course, there’s no real way a person can time travel, so my dreaming was just that, dreaming … or was it?
A few years ago, I was doing a Kid’s Club Bible lesson at the local school about Philip and the Ethiopian and had my mind blown. In that event, God transported Philip to a town about twenty miles away. It was like Scotty beaming Kirk up and placing him where he was needed. I’d read that story before, but for some reason skipped right over that little nugget of information. Now here’s the part that got my mind spinning, if God could move someone in the blink of an eye across miles, why couldn’t He move someone through time? Time travel was now not only feasible, but God revealed a greater depth of Himself to me.
My mind started exploding with a story of a family in the middle of Colorado at the cusp of its statehood. What would cause God to throw a person in the middle of the wilderness? What would it reveal about the journey each person had to take to find their identities in who God created them to be? Hours, months, and years passed as the characters and story grew until they spilled upon the computer screen in a river of words.
One small sentence tucked within the middle of Acts opened my heart to a new dimension of God’s magnitude and released the dream of writing I had buried within me. I love how God does that, opens the well deep in us, nurturing the desires hidden there to reveal bit by bit who we are in Him. With Him nudging me along, my childhood fantasy of becoming a writer and transporting people to another time and place has become a reality with my debut novel Vestige of Hope, the first book in the three-book series Vestige in Time. My prayer is that my writing shows the traces of hope God leaves in my reader’s own hearts and lives. I pray God will ignite passions as He reveals himself one small sentence at a time through His word.
Author Interview with Sara Blackard
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I loved Prairie by Chatouna Havig. I adored the imagery and emotions she pulled from her characters. It was such an intriguing concept that I’ve been waiting for ages (not so patiently, I might add) for the rest of the series not be published.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Some of the characters I name from family or friends. The siblings in my series last name Thomas is my grandma’s maiden name. Others, I either research names for meaning or use a character generator if I’m really stuck.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
In college, I settled on creative writing as a degree because I had a ton of writing credits and needed to graduate. If I could do something different, I would actually believe that I could write for a living instead of just tucking it away for so many years.
Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
It’s a tie between Karen Witemeyer and Mary Connealy. I have loved both of their writing for years, reading their books over and over again. I hope to be able to balance adventure, romance, and humor like they do.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I have five kids between 2 and 13 that I homeschool … so when I’m not writing, I’m surviving. There is a lot of fun happening in each day, between playing games, helping the kids write poetry, cooking meals, and keeping up on the clutter. From the time I wake up at 5:30 to write before everyone gets up to bedtime, life is crazy busy!
Thank you Sara for your time in letting us get to know you better!
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To celebrate her tour. Sara is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon Gift Card and a paperback copy of Vestige of Hope & Vestige of Legacy!!
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