Welcome everyone! It's the Myth Master here and this month we talk to
author you know from previous submissions to "The World of Myth" and
is celebrating the release of her new novel, 'Blood Atonement.' So
say "Hello" to Sarah Wilson.
M.M.: Sarah, welcome to "The World of Myth" interview booth and
congratulations on the recent publication of your novel, "Blood
Atonement." Before we get into anything else, can you tell our readers
something about your book?
S.W.: Thanks, Myth Master. I’m excited to be here. "Blood Atonement"
a story of good vs. evil, and the healing power of love. It’s about
happens when a person is granted his greatest desire at the worst
possible time. The book is set in Hungary and Vienna in the year 1815.
It encompasses vampirism, divination, Satanism, theology, suicide,
addiction, God’s love, and the love between a man and a woman.
M.M.: Sounds intriguing. Was there any special reason you chose to
this book using the pen name, Sara Saint John?
S.W.: At the time I started "BA," I was a pastor’s wife. I don’t
censorship. I chose a pen name to allow the story freedom to go where
needed to go, without risking my then husband’s career.
M.M.: I see. You have contributed stories to "The World of Myth"
fact you have a story in this issue. How is it that most of your
seem to deal with a 'Horror' theme?
S.W.: I love Horror. It makes a perfect venue to deal with the themes
life. Good, evil, justice, injustice, well, you get the idea. Horror
provides a wonderful way to deal with my fears. And a good catharsis
my emotional baggage. Besides, it’s fun to create worlds, control
game, and inhabit the bodies of my characters. I can be a noble hero
an evil villain. I can do really nasty
things. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I figure it’s better to
out justice in print instead of real life. Or at least it’s more
M.M.: True. Is Horror your favorite genre?
S.W.: I do love Horror, but my favorite books seem to mix genres,
crossing lines and defying categorization. Recently, I read a book of
short stories that placed Holmes and Watson in a Lovecraftian world.
Great fun! And I’m a romantic. I believe in love. So if something
reading has a love story in it, so much the better.
M.M.: Well, you certainly do not 'look' like someone who thinks about
vampires and other kinds of diabolical creatures all the time. Where do
your ideas come from for such stories?
S.W.: Sigh, I know. I look like somebody’s mom. Wait, I am
mom. But looks can be deceiving. “Lucifer was said to be one of
most beautiful angels…”—Blood Atonement. You’ve heard the old
“You can’t judge a book by its cover,” well… As for ideas,
they can come
from anywhere. My first story for TWoM came from seeing an actual Old
Testament bound in human skin. “Long in the Tooth” came from
teenagers who were embracing the darkness.
M.M.: So, are your characters modeled after people you know or do they
spring forth entirely from your imagination?
S.W.: Both. (Imagine stock disclaimer here.) I like using
people as characters. When I decided to write "BA," I wanted a really
bad villain. Vampires…okay, Dracula came to mind. So I researched
and the idea for "BA" fell into my lap. History told me, because of
letters forged by the Saxons, Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus kept
Dracula prisoner for 12 long years. Wouldn’t Dracula have wanted
revenge? Now tie real life to myth. The vampire legend. What better
vengeance than to make Matthias Corvinus, a just man with a true
reverence for God, a vampire? He’d have all eternity to regret
imprisoning Vlad. But what if Vlad forgot one thing: Matthias was a
king. He would glory in the power.
M.M.: When did you first begin to write fiction?
S.W.: In grade school I wrote a play. It was a comedy featuring 30’s
style gangsters--something about lost loot, that sort of thing. In
school I had a wonderful writing teacher named Mrs. Stanfield. I wrote
story where a man finds out his son is the Antichrist. She wanted to
include it in the high school anthology, but it had religious themes so
they couldn’t. I didn’t keep a copy. Too bad, my kids would’ve
a kick out of it.
M.M.: A stock question, here; what authors if any have influenced your
writing and which authors do you enjoy reading, today?
S.W.: Oh, man, I could write a book…Stephen King, of course. He says
“tell the truth” in his book On Writing. If your character would
his nose, have him pick his nose. What a hoot! Dean Koontz, Robert R.
McCammon, F. Paul Wilson (great hero that Repairman Jack), Jim
Harry Dresden series, J.K. Rowling is my hero, Poe, Lovecraft, J.K.
writing Eve Dallas, her futuristic homicide detective. Right now I’m
reading Dan Simmons’ 'The Terror' about an Arctic expedition gone
M.M.: Aside from reading, how do you spend whatever spare time you
S.W.: I work full time and have two teenagers, so spending time with
loved ones is a priority. Other than that, I watch tons of movies.
Besides the enjoyment factor, I find them great tools to teach me
characterization, theme, plot, and all the necessities of writing.
M.M.: Writing can be a lonely profession. How has your family reacted to
your work and now, to your success?
S.W.: I’m very fortunate to have the people I have in my life. My
parents think I’m weird, but they’re proud of me. My kids
well, if I may boast—so they’re behind me 100%. I haven’t been
I seek out other writers. My writing group Romance Ink is the best
source of friendship, criticism, support, and encouragement a person
could want. The man I’m dating wants to set me up with a book
What more could a woman want?
M.M.: Might we look forward to another book from you anytime soon?
S.W.: Yes, hopefully within a year. I’m doing final edits and will
submit Trust the Night to my publisher. "Trust the Night" is a
contemporary novel set in Oklahoma City. My heroine is a homicide
detective, my hero a criminal profiler and a vampire, and my villain is
Jack the Ripper. Oh, yes, he’s a vampire, too.
M.M.: That sounds like fun. And where might our readers obtain
information about your ongoing work and your book?
S.W.: My web site: www.myspace.com/sara_saint_john and www.samhainpublishing.com under “S” in the author category. My
be found at www.mybookstoreandmore.com under ISBN #1-59998-227-7.
M.M.: Would you have some words of wisdom or encouragement for any
fledgling writers out there who may be considering writing as a career?
S.W.: Have fun! Write what you love to read. Doesn’t matter
popular in the market. That changes as fast as the Oklahoma weather.
Write what inspires you. All this will show in your work. Other than
that, hone your craft. Study, listen and learn. A person never knows
everything there is to know about anything.
M.M.: Is there anything we didn't cover that you would like to share
with our readers?
S.W.: Never burn your bridges. The publishing world is liquid and one
day’s agent might be the next day’s editor. Always be polite and
professional. It is a business. And did I mention having fun?
M.M.: Well, we really want to thank you, Sarah, for spending time with
us today. Best of luck with your book and we hope to see even more of
your stories here at "The World of Myth."
S.W.: Count on it. TWoM has been very good to me. I’m happy to be
part of the family.
M.M.: And we are very happy to have you here. All right, gang, that's
for the time being. I'll see you back here next time. Peace!