Wednesday, September 28, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Sarah Forgrave!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or  best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming…Sarah Forgrave!!

In a roundabout way, Sarah and I met through one of my critique partners. Sarah's name kept coming up, so I thought I'd better check her out, and I'm glad I did! Sarah is one of those writers I can't wait to meet in person--we write the same genre, belong to the same agency, and we're both writer moms. Sarah writes contemporary romance for the inspirational market.

Let's get to it!

1. Beverage of choice?

Water! Lots of it. With lots of ice. I'm also hooked on my daily cup of coffee, which usually comes in some form of latte. But really, I'm nondiscriminatory when it comes to java.

2. Any pets?

Do the cicadas in our woods count? They're very noisy at night, which I hear isn't much different than a new puppy. Seriously, though, our only real pet is a fish named Finny. That's about as high-maintenance as we can handle in my house. I let my kids get their fur fix with our neighbors' cats and dogs.

3. Dream vacation?

It's impossible for me to narrow this down because my bucket list includes wanting to visit all seven continents. I've made it to two, so I guess my dream vacation would involve visiting the other five. Hmm, it sounds like a sabbatical is in order.

4. What are you listening to right now?

Silence. Beautiful silence. (My kids are napping.)

5. What's for dinner?

Grilled tuna steaks with a brush of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a sprinkling of herbs (My favorites are basil and lemon-pepper seasoning). I'll probably serve it with steamed veggies and homemade fries. And if my sweet tooth wins out (Is it really a matter of 'if'?), I'll finish it all off with some ice cream.


Sarah, I love ice water and coffee. I'm trying to drink more water to replace my soda habit. It's working! And, yes, the cicadas count. I would totally use that if the kids start begging for a dog. "But we have the cicadas--we don't have room for another pet..." 

All seven continents? Ambitious! I'll visit Australia with you, but you're on your own when it comes to Antarctica! I'm so glad you were able to have some quiet time, and your dinner sounds healthy and mouth-watering. Mm-mm! Thanks so much for being my guest today!


Sarah Forgrave writes contemporary romance for the inspirational market. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and won runner-up in the 2010 Genesis contest. She's also a regular contributor to the webzine Ungrind and her group blog The Writers Alley. When she's not writing, she enjoys all forms of exercise (or most of them anyway) and stays busy chasing the bundles of energy that live in her house--her husband and her two young children.

To learn more about Sarah's writing, head to her website, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


Do you decorate your house for fall each year?
Enjoy your Wednesday!


  1. Loved the answers, Sarah! I need to drink more water.

    I do decorate each year for fall because it's my favorite season. In fact, I need to get started. :)

  2. This is so cute and fun!!! I love it. You really learn a lot within the the questions too!

    My old answer would have been Dr. Pepper for drink, but it changed to water over a month ago when the hubs and I decided to get healthier!

    Best of luck with the five other continents!

  3. When we lived in the US I loved decorating for Fall. But here in Australia it isn't really something we do. Maybe because we really only have to seasons- Super hot and Mega wet!

  4. Good morning!

    Jessica P: It's mine too, Jessica. I'm hit or miss with the decorating, and this year feels like a miss--we'll see!!

    Jen: I love Dr. Pepper! I still sneak a Diet Dr. P. most afternoons!

    Tabitha: Ha! They should change the calendar, don't you think? :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. Loved getting to hang out with Sarah and take pictures near the arch.

    I don't drink near enough water. I need to learn to cook tuna steaks and cicadas are very cool pets to list. :D

    ~ Wendy

  6. I enjoyed Sarah's answers. Yes, I love to decorate for fall.

  7. Always fun to see what's in an author's glass. But is it half full or half empty.

  8. Lovely to meet Sarah last week in person, and to get to know her better here on your blog, Jill.

    Do I decorate for fall? My living room has a fall theme year round with autumn leaves and pumpkins and the like. :)

  9. I love Sarah. You can tell by her smile that she's for real.

    Finny, huh? Now that's clever!

    Yes, I have put out my three fall decorations already. I do better for Christmas...

  10. Nice to meet you Sarah! I have to agree with you Jill, I'll join you for Australia but I think Antarctica you're on your own. :-)

  11. Hi Sarah! Hi Jill!

    Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself here, Sarah.

    I'll join you in Australia too.

  12. I was blessed to spend some one-on-one time with Sarah at the ACFW conference. I love her! She's such a sweetheart.

    I'm drinking more water these days--with lots of ice and a short squirt of lemon juice. Refreshing.

  13. Love the answers. I am also a big fan of water. I don't even need the ice.

  14. I'm a water drinker too! Your dinner sounds gourmet quality so I'm a little intimidated there.

    No decorating here.... too lazy I guess and sad that summer has ended. :O)

  15. Jill, I love decorating for the fall! It gets my kids excited for the change of seasons, too. Halloween is one of their favorite holidays.

  16. No, I don't decorate much.
    Love the interview and I loved seeing Sarah at the conference, though I didn't really get to talk to her.

  17. Jill, Thanks for the warm welcome and nice comments. I'm so happy to be visiting!

    Jessica - Funny, I need to drink more water too. I go through kicks where I can't get enough, but today doesn't seem to be one of those days. :)

    Jen - Good for you, dropping the Dr. Pepper (although it is an excellent beverage choice)! :) Thanks for stopping by!

    Tabitha - Oohhh, You're from Australia? Now I know who to visit if I ever make it there. :)

  18. Wendy - You're so fun. Loved hanging out with you too. And tuna steaks are super easy. Just put the combo I mentioned and then broil or grill for about 12 minutes (flip over halfway through). Super healthy too, by the way. ;)

    Nancy - Thanks for swinging by! :)

    Em-Musing - Half-full, for sure! Thanks for saying hello. :)

    Erica - It was nice to see you last week, too! And your house and my house would get along. I've got fall colors all over my walls. :)

  19. Jeanette - What a sweet comment! Thank you! And yes, Finny was my brainchild as he sloshed in his cup on the way home from the pet store. :)

    PW - Awww, no takers on Antarctica? We wouldn't have to stay long. Bundle up in billions of layers and touch the snow. I'm not talking a two-week vacation. :)

    Loree - Sweet! Another friend to take to Australia. I'm ready to start packing! :)

    Keli - You know I love you too. I'm tipping my water glass your way. :)

  20. Susan - Wow, now that's ice. I'm a bit of a fair-weather fan if there isn't ice in my water. :)

    Diane - It really isn't gourmet...promise. The fries are just potatoes that get sliced or cut into wedges, tossed with some olive oil, and sprinkled with a little sea salt on top. Then I bake at 400 for 40 minutes. Easy-peasy (and way healthier than the McDonald's variety). :)

    K.B. - Halloween already? Oh dear, you just reminded me I need to figure out costumes for my kiddos. :)

    Jessica - It was nice to see you too, even if it was waving from a distance! Maybe I'll see you again next year?

  21. Yay for water! Double yay for coffee!

    So fun hooking up with you at conference, Sarah! Blessed to have you as an agent-mate!

    And Jill, you were missed! When I see you in Dallas next year, I'm going to hug your neck quite soundly. :)

  22. Cynthia - LOL! It was great to see you too! And Jill, you've been forewarned. Cynthia is a great hugger. :)

  23. Sarah- can you please come to my house and make dinner? :)

    Jill- thanks for having this girl. She's one amazing lady!

  24. Jenny - Any time, girl, any time. I might just need some help with airfare and lodging. :)

  25. Loving all these comments!! Especially since I've been on the couch all day with a headache. Boo! Thank you all for stopping by and welcoming Sarah! I appreciate you!!

  26. What a fun interview! Sarah sounds like an amazing person. And smart, since she only has the fish for a pet :D

  27. i love this interview....made me miss you after spending so much time with you at conference! and what's with the coffee? thought you were on the tea kick now? you!

    and jill, great to "see"'s been forever, but i rarely get time to check blogs anymore! but i'll try to stop by more. :)

    the character therapist

  28. Lisa - Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Julie - Smart because I have a fish for a pet? I like the way you think. :)

    Jeannie - LOL, When I answered these questions, I was addicted to coffee. But during my detox, I switched over to tea. Coffee is slowly making its way back into my life in my post-detox state. :)

  29. Great interview, ladies!

    I try to drink water, but it hasn't reached habit stage yet. :)


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