Author Sariah Wilson
Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Doughnuts. But since I can’t eat my favorite thing for breakfast, I usually have scrambled egg whites, tomatoes and whole grain, low-carb toast.
I have so very many. I’m like a crotchety old man. But my two worst are kids talking back to me (and my oldest has Oppositional Defiance Disorder, so this is something I have to deal with on a daily basis not only from him, but from my younger kids who watch and imitate), and people on the road who drive like they’re more special/important than everyone else.
I’ve found that I’m different than most of my other author friends in that I didn’t want to be a writer when I grew up. I always did really well in my English classes, and I’d always loved to read, but I’d never felt that pull. When my oldest son was diagnosed with autism at three years old, I spent a lot of time on my knees because the therapies that he would need were not covered by insurance and were literally out of our reach financially. I asked what I could be doing to help him, and the impression I got was that I should write. Totally out of left field. A few days later a local reporter was at our house doing a story on my son (we had a fundraiser), and I had sent them a press release about it. She asked me if I was a writer, because she thought the release was well done. I remember thinking, “Okay, I got it. Message received.” And that’s when I started writing.
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Given my answer to the time travel question – Pride & Prejudice. But only if I got to be Elizabeth.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Lauren Graham. Just because we have almost the same coloring (different eye color) and I adore her as an actress. Gilmore Girls, up until they jumped the shark, was one of my all-time favorite shows.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I should probably say something interesting like a white tiger or purple kangaroo, but unfortunately, I would put in a sprinkler system and grass at my house. My HOA is running out of patience.
What is this free time you speak of? 😉 When I do get a moment, I love to read, watch TV and movies, I love to cross-stitch and I really enjoy baking, although I’m not very good at the decorating part of it yet.
”This Is Harder Than It Looks.”
I’m always amazed by those writers who just write the whole book out and then go back five, ten, twenty times through the entire thing and keep revising over and over and over again. I guess I do the same thing, but on a smaller scale. I write a chapter out, and then I go back over the chapter multiple times until it’s perfect. So when I’m done writing my book, I’m done writing my book. My “first draft” is the version I give to my editor and beta readers, and it’s pretty much just like the final copy with some tweaking here and there.
Fanfiction – Love it or Hate it? Have your ever written it?There was a time when I devoured it. I loved alternate timelines and reading about things that happened offstage. I don’t read much of it these days, though. I did write it myself, a very elaborate and long fanfic that I loved and other people seemed to enjoy – and it definitely helped me believe that I really could be a writer.
Heck yes. I’m constantly thinking, “That’s going in a book.” Some of Mattie’s funnier lines are from my youngest sister (who just turned 21). And there’s nothing quite like writing out a villain based on someone awful in real life and them getting their just desserts in your story.
They don’t talk to me or with so much as at me. I don’t carry on conversations with them, but I have certainly heard their dialogue and the scene descriptions in my head, and it is literally all I can do to put pen to paper fast enough to try and capture everything they’re saying. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does, it is pure magic.
One hundred percent for. I love watching the movies – although I had to learn my lesson with Jurassic Park, which was soooo different from the book that I found myself upset most of the movie, especially when they missed what I thought were some of the most important plot points. So now I just try to enjoy the movie for what it is – but I have noticed a shift in Hollywood to make sure that the movie follows the book very, very closely. Although sometimes the deviation is nice – I absolutely adore the movie version of Possession by A.S. Byatt, but could only get through a fourth of the novel before I had to put it down because it was so boring to me (same with The Notebook.)
Hot or Cold?
Black or White?
Print or Ebook?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Regular or Diet?
Coke or Pepsi?
Horror or Romance?
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
Skittles or M&Ms?
Sweet or Salty?
Summer or Winter?
City or Country?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Gum or Breath Mints?
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
PC or Mac?
Beach or Pool?
Shoes or Sandals?
Cats or Dog?
Apples or Oranges?
Cause or Effect?
Heads or Tails?
Facebook or Twitter?
Truth or Dare?
Text or Talk?
The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson
Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.
But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?
Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.
Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.
Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.
And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.
“My top pick of 2012 YA… This book is just. plain. fun.”
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