Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome Fantasy author, S.T. Sanchez. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thanks so much for having me!
I was born in Dallas, TX. I love Texas. The weather is crazy, but the people are friendly. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Spanish. Mexico is my second home. My husband is from there, and I have family down there. I love the culture, the people and of course the food. I have three wonderful children and I love hiking and spending time outdoors when I am not writing.
Fantasy is my preferred genre to write in. There are no limits in fantasy beyond my own imagination. Anything can happen. Sunwalker is my debut novel. It is a YA vampire novel. The first in a trilogy. Nightwalker, book 2, is set to be released in Spring 2018. I also just released a MG fantasy novel entitled The Portal Keeper, in December 2017.
I love fantasy too. So tell me when did you first start writing?
I really didn’t start writing until college. I am terrible at grammar and never really thought about becoming a writer. But I decided to try my hand at it. It was horrible and childish, but I wrote something longer than I ever had. It gave me some confidence and I decided that I could always find a good editor to polish up my grammar. That first novel is hidden in a dark abyss and well never see the light of day. But I kept at it and got better.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Brandon Mull. He is a fantasy author. I love reading his stories out loud to my children. They are just so much fun and very imaginative.
So awesome to read aloud to your kids. I have very fond memories of my father reading to me when I was a child and have done the same with my own children. So on to writing now. What inspires you to write?
Everything. Sometimes questions that I don’t see answers too will spark an idea.
Tell us a little bit about your YA fantasy Sunwalker.
Sunwalker is the first in a trilogy. It has action, romance, and you won’t know what’s coming. I try not to be predictable. I hate books that I can predict the entire storyline after only reading the first couple of chapters.
It is a story about a vampire named Lilly. She is an unusual kind of vampire, one born from human parents due to a rare genetic disorder. The world she lives in is aware of her kind, and hunts them down. She lives her life pretending to be a human, wishing to one day meet another one of her species. When Tread, another vampire, shows up, it turns her world upside down. Lilly has to decide which world she belongs in, the human or the vampire, or risk tearing them both apart.
It was fun to write because Tread and Lilly are complete opposites. Lilly knows and loves the human world, and knows practically nothing about her own species. Tread was raised loathing humans, and thinking of them as nothing more than food. He is fascinated that someone would choose to live as one and subject themselves to their rules.
Nightwalker is the second book in the trilogy and should be coming out Spring 2018.
What attracts to writing YA?
In YA novels the characters are just starting to figure out who they are or who they want to be. I like being able to watch them and discover that as the stories unfold.
What are you currently working on?
I have a few different projects at the moment. I tend to get bored and I like to jump around a bit. I have a new children’s series I am working on, it is currently in the hands of four 7 year old beta readers. Nightwalker is with the editor. I have just started Darkwalker the third and final installment of the Sunwalker trilogy. I have a short non-fiction book with beta readers about getting out of debt and finally the last item on my list is to start the outline for book two in my MG series entitled the Keeper Chronicles.
What do you like to do to relax?
I play games with my kids, read and watch movies. The Greatest Showman was a great film if you haven’t seen it.
Definitely going to have to check that one out. So how about a fun question now? If you could have any superpower what would choose?
This one is easy. I would love to speak every language. I speak English and can get by with my broken Spanish. Knowing two languages even to the poor extent of my Spanish speaking skills has taught me one thing. Some things can’t be translated. They just lose their beauty.
Thank you so much for taking your time to answer my questions. So how can readers connect with you?