Interview with 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).
Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
I’m a weird combination. I am a complete and total introvert – and it’s getting worse as I’m getting older. Like I’m totally antisocial at this point. BUT…I love the spotlight. I love giving speeches or teaching and being in front of a large group of people and talking. You’d think I’d hate it, but I don’t.
How many books are in your TRB pile?
Too many to count. I love books and reading.
What is next on your to read list?
I’ve just started Rachael Anderson’s “The Reluctant Bachelorette.”
What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?
Steak. But my life wouldn’t probably last for very long if all I ever ate was steak.
What is the last thing you bought?
Today I bought snacks for my kids to have at church tomorrow, and peanut butter M&Ms for my husband because I am an awesome wife like that. ;)
Kids talking back to me is pretty high up there (and since my oldest has a fun condition called Oppositional Defiance Disorder, I get to experience this one several times a day) and people driving on the road who think they’re more important/special than everyone else.
Pizza or Pasta?
I love both, but I’ll have to go with pizza. Although I order it really weird. I can’t stand thick cheese, so I have them put very light cheese on it with pepperoni and extra sauce. At that point it’s basically pizza crust with sauce on it. But I love it.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That for a while I was an avid World of Warcraft player and was a raid tank.
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
I’d probably make a salon visit, and then spend my time either watching stuff on the DVR, or reading. And sleeping. A quiet house would be nice.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
There’s so many people I would want to meet and have a conversation with. I’m not sure I could pick just one.
What do you do in your free time?
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.
Can you share a little about the current title you are working on?
Currently I’m working on a YA time travel that is the book of my heart. It’s scary because I’ve loved the idea of it for so long (several years!) that I’m afraid of messing it up and that it won’t be as good on paper as it is on my head. But I’m determined to press on.
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.”
~Jordan McCollum, author of Saints & Spies and I, Spy
“Sariah Wilson's new book, The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, is hilarious…What follows is a story of fun and romance with some good non-preachy life lessons thrown in. The voice in the main character, Mattie, makes the whole thing. I thought it was definitely a book I'd recommend to anyone with teenagers or who just want to read a good teen romance.”
~Julie Coulter Bellon, author of All Fall Down and All’s Fair
“Sariah [Wilson] has written one of the funniest stories I've read in such a long, long time. I literally couldn't put it down. Yes, my poor Kindle's battery died and I was attached to a short power cord, contorted in a very uncomfortable position while I read to the end…. Sariah Wilson captured the back-biting, insecure, hormone-driven, clique-riddled high school atmosphere so perfectly you'd think she never grew up. I dare you not to laugh as you read this witty and oh, so, romantic story.”
~Debra Erfert of Windows into Writing
“Sariah Wilson writes like the best of/most popular YA teen fiction/teen romance authors - Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Echols, Susanne Collins, Cassandra Clare. She sucks you in and never lets you go. I finished the ~194 novel in one night because I just couldn't go to sleep without knowing the ending! I hope that Sariah comes out with more novels, I know I'll be re-reading this one all the time! She's extremely talented and needs to be talked about. I highly recommend The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back! to anyone (over the age of 12) who wants a YA novel that's a real modern-day fairy tale.”
~Hilary at Novel d’Tales
“This was such an entertaining story! I shouldn't have started reading it so late in the evening, because I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep…This is a book I can see myself reading several times. It's a fast, clean read with great characters, and I highly recommend it.”
~Andrea of Literary Time Out
The book is wonderful. It’s quirky and fun. The story makes you laugh and you fall in love with the characters right from the beginning…This is a well-written book. It is one that will make you smile and sigh as you remember your first love. And it has a moral…be yourself, believe in yourself and maybe, just maybe, your fairytale will come true. Pick up this book.”
~Ana of The Book Hookup
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