Monday, April 16, 2012
What do you hope readers take away with them after reading your work?
S&S: We hope they take away a sense of joy and adventure that comes from the adventure of appreciating the gift of each day; a sense of escape into a different world, and, most of all, the reality of the difference faith in Christ makes in an individual’s relationships, decisions, and confidence.
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
Sadie: It's not really a comment, more of an experience. When our first book came out (YA), the original had a series of pages printed in there twice, so the first printing was donated to the Salvation Army. At a book signing two boys came in with their books. They knew all the characters and treated the story as if it was a real life adventure they had lived. I’ll always remember how they just yapped to me as if we were old friends. I don’t remember their exact words, but their genuine excitement and their total connection were such a gift and something we strive for in reaching our readers. Those boys got their books from the Salvation Army. We want to make a difference like that every time we write.
Do your fans comments or questions influence you in any way?
Sophie: We love hearing from readers, especially their take on our books. We're so close to the stories, we sometimes forget that not everyone is as intimately connected to them, or to country life, as we are. For example, one reader said she thought Stellars Ford was a car dealership (it's the name of a town). Another one made reference to fog horns not existing on farms, but if you live near the ocean near a lighthouse, the fog horn is a very real part of everyday life. We write what we know and try to convey small-town life the way it really is, not the stereotypical scenes portrayed on TV or in the movies.