(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
I truly am so thankful for this little corner of space of the internet, where I can chat with y’all about books and bookish things – like author interviews. It seriously is so fun and I love that so many authors are willing to share so much of their lives with us readers! And how fun is it when it is one of my favorite authors – like today?!
If you’ve been around the blog, you know I’m a fan of Sarah’s books and so excited she joined in 4 Questions!
Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014 through Bethany House and won both the Selah and the INSPY Award for best debut novel. Book #2–Until the Harvest–released May 2015 with a third set to release in August 2016. Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
I DID imagine being a published author (although the imaginings might have been a bit more grandiose!), so that’s not it. Honestly, what I never imagined was needing to help take care of my dad while he’s still in his mid-70s. He’s back home in WV and has Parkinson’s. He’s in an assisted living home and the staff takes really good care of him (some even read my books!). But there are a lot of details to take care of—bills, property maintenance, doctor’s appointments—all the things I assumed he’d be more than capable of handling for a long time yet. My dad and his stories are a big part of the inspiration for my novels so this shift in his health has really made me aware of how important it is to ask him questions and encourage him to retell those favorite stories. You just never know how long someone you love will be around.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
Wear sunscreen. There are a lot of things I can look back on and recognize as less than stellar decisions, but I figure those have played a significant role in shaping the person I am, so I’ll go with sunscreen. Having better skin probably wouldn’t change who I am today!
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
My wedding was the happiest moment for years—I’m grinning madly in all the pictures. But more recently it was the launch for my first book. We had it at my church and SO many friends and my family came out that afternoon. We had a bean supper with square dancing following a reading from Miracle in a Dry Season in the sanctuary. My husband introduced me with such love, admiration, and dare I even say adoration, that it made me cry and filled my heart as full as it would go!
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
You should wear sunscreen EVERY DAY. Also, most of what seems so achingly important to you right now won’t mean doodly-squat in twenty years. Only two things matter: loving God and loving other people. In that order. I try to write books that honor God and whisper, “I love you just the way you are,” to readers. If you can find work that lets you worship God while loving people, you’ll have it made. Let all the other stuff go.
Thank you so so much Sarah for joining in! I 100% second the sunscreen advice. I hope y’all enjoyed hearing from Sarah!