Giselle Marks

Regency Romance and Fantasy Author

A Mile Apart by Sarah Jae Foster

on June 9, 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Jae Foster has a desire to portray a raw brand of inspirational stories. While she believes there is a purpose for guidelines of inspirational works, she also believes in portraying the reality of life, as it is today.

Sarah Jae is a Christian, a wife, and a mother, wholeheartedly yet imperfectly, loving God since she was a child. She wants to share stories about characters with faith who mess up big time due to the seductions in society. In doing so, she’s willing to take a risk and be on the cutting edge of writing for the inspirational market, sharing what’s in her heart and in the world today.Image

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Only one thing stands between her and the man she loves…gold

Eden Montgomery arrived in the lawless territory of Whistle Creek as a newlywed, but she quickly lost her husband to his mistress…gold, and the claim he called The Golden Angel. When a premature blast at the cave killed her husband, and took the life of her unborn baby, Eden closed the mine…for good. Now she runs the local supply store, and in her bitterness, looks down on the men who shirk familial responsibilities in pursuit of something as meaningless as gold.

Joseph Benton knows the crime, filth and disease of a mining camp is no place for a child. So when his young son Christopher suddenly arrives at his tent, he turns to Eden Montgomery to care for the boy. But the uppity and righteous Eden refuses. Joseph is shocked at what he thinks is her lack of maternal instinct. Now he’s torn between his need to strike gold…and his desire to be a father.

When a ruthless speculator encroaches on the camp, threatening Joseph and the other miners, Eden knows she must do the one thing she vowed never to do…for the one man she vowed never to love.

BOOK EXCERPT

A Mile Apart - Sarah Jae Foster - eBook (1)It took several moments for Joseph to comprehend not only a female’s voice in the camp, but one calling out a Mr. Benton. By the time he got his bearings on the notion, his name had been called three times. Intrigued, he turned toward the whimsical voice and said with caution and curiosity, “I’m Joseph.”

In an instant, his heart fell like a stone as his eyes went from the shopkeeper to the little person at her side. Surely, his mind was playing with him and being cruel. It wouldn’t be the first time lack of nutrition did things to his head. But the apparition continued to move toward him. Then he heard a frightful word come from the boy.

“Pa!”

He nearly choked and staggered backward. Questions assaulted him. Where was Katherine? Francis? Why is the storeowner frowning at him like she wanted to hurt him? And definitely, the man with her looked like he would carry out the deed.

“Christopher?”

The woman gave his son a small nudge forward.

Christopher ran, promptly wrapping his arms around his thighs. Joseph threw a confused glance at the woman, while planting his palm on top of his son’s familiar head. Before he could help it, he flung himself down and held on tight, likely to never let go. “I don’t understand, son. I was going to come home to you—why did you come?”

The woman emitted a sound of pity and Joseph looked up to see her turn away. Was she crying? Alarm shot through him. “Christopher, where’s your ma?”

“She’s gone and died, Pa. Her and Baby Nell.”

Baby Nell? Who was Baby Nell? He sat hunched on his heels, unable to speak, and buried his face into his hands. What had he done?

He became aware that the rest of the camp was now at a standstill—a woman and child coming into their midst was highly unnatural. Now all attention was on him and he didn’t like it. Imploringly, he pierced the woman with a look as she began walking away with the man.

He found his voice and choked out, “Wait!”

Interview Questions:

1)  Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Sarah Jae Foster. I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandma and every Friday and Saturday night, we watched all of the old, classic westerns on TV until about 2 in the morning—it was the best time!

2)  Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I never thought about being a writer when I was “growing up”, but I read about two books a week beginning at age 9 or 10, so I’ve always loved literature. What do you think contributed to that decision? The moment I decided I wanted to read stories that I could no longer find in the Christian market. That and, I’ve always researched history, I can’t think of a better opportunity to put my years of research to use—to entertain! I have a passion for reading and researching American history.

3)  What led you to write in the Christian genre?

It’s the genre I know best and all I read growing up.. I’ve since broadened my horizons and have found many more extremely talented authors.

4)  Why don’t you tell us a little about the book you are currently promoting?

Why are you passionate about it? I’m so excited to share about A Mile Apart! I began researching mining in the 1800’s years ago, it’s always intrigued me…that pull, that addiction to find the next gold strike. Last year I finally sat down and the story began. I LOVE Eden! And Joseph, well, he’s a very unlikely hero, but I kept it raw and real to the time period.

5)  Do you have any other titles already available or coming soon?

I would like to share about The Heart of a Soiled Dove, as it’s my first Amazon top 100 best-seller in all categories. It is a historical piece dealing with an ex-prostitute and her attempts to rescue other soiled doves from their surroundings. It is packed with evil sheriffs, pimps and soiled doves—the topic was definitely a challenge to keep true to the guidelines of the CBA.

6)  How did you develop your writing?

Going to conferences, utilizing and knowing the importance of a professional editor. Feedback from mentors and industry professionals.

7)  How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

I text ideas to myself – because naturally, they tend to come at night when I’m trying to sleep. I write everywhere, in bed, coffee shops, airports…

8)  Tell us about your new book?

What’s it about and why did you write it? I am beginning to write the second book in the Soiled Dove series. Women in the west are my heroes. The things they went through and their tough skin, is something to honor. Book #2 is about another former soiled dove, overcoming life as it was handed to her.

 9)  When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

I LOVE going to the spa and am grateful to be able to do that. I also read and enjoy watching thought-provoking, edgy films or TV series.

10)  How often do you write? And when do you write?

At least 5 days a week. Afternoon and evening. NOT a morning person.

11)  What do you hope people will take away from your writing?

How will your words make them feel? From the reviews, I’m gathering that readers appreciate the overcoming and restoration that happens in my novels.

12)  Do you intend to make writing a career?

I was able to quit my day job Nov. 2013, so, yes!

13)  What is your greatest strength as a writer?

Keeping Christian fiction clean, yet real, raw and edgy.

14)  Will you write others in this same genre?

I will always write about the wild west. I have one contemporary out and plan on writing two more, but they are challenging for me. Writing a western comes natural.

15)  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I don’t try for any messages. I want a reader to enjoy my writing, first and foremost, it’s entertainment.

16)  Where can we purchase your books and how can we stay connected with you?

http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Identity-ebook/dp/B009BZFP9Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349756913&sr=8-1&keywords=broken+identity

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Soiled-Dove-Series-ebook/dp/B009YK1UCE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351634948&sr=8-2&keywords=the+heart+of+a+soiled+dove

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