I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HOW TO LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE by Sarah Lynn Scheerger Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book:
Eighteen-year-old Cayenne barely remembers her mother, who died of breast cancer when Cayenne was four. The women in her family have a history of dying young. Cayenne figures she’ll meet the same fate, so she might as well enjoy life now, engaging in death-defying risks like dodging trains and jumping off cliffs with her boyfriend.
When Cayenne receives a series of video messages her mother made for her before dying, she isn’t sure she wants them. Her aunt Tee has been her true mother figure. But then Aunt Tee tests positive for a BRCA gene mutation–the one that doomed Cayenne’s mom–and decides to get a mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing cancer. As Cayenne helps her aunt prepare for the surgery, she finds herself drawn to her mother’s messages, with their musings on life, love, and perseverance. For the first time, Cayenne starts to question what it truly means to live life to the fullest, even when death might be written into her DNA.
- What is on your nightstand?
I read what I love to write—so right now I’m reading middle-grade novels.
Just finished “Everlasting Nora” by Marie Miranda Cruz and “Stand Up Yumi Chung” by Jessica Kim. Both are FABULOUS. I’m also a HUGE fan of “Efren Divided” by Ernesto Cisneros. Up next— “A Good Kind of Trouble” by Lisa Moore Ramee.
And I absolutely have to get my hands on “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”.
- What author would you totally fan?
I have many authors I’d fan. So many that it’s hard to list. I’ve always loved Mo Willems and his use of humor with sparse text. Laurie Halse Anderson is incredibly gifted—“Speak” will always be one my favorites. I love Ernesto Ciscneros and his debut “Efren Divided”. It’s an important and poignant story that needs to be told.
- What makes you cringe?
Nails on a chalkboard.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’ve dreamed of being a “plotter” (it seems much more efficient) but I’m so character driven, that it doesn’t work for me. I get to know my characters first, and they take over the story!
- Is there a word you love to use?
My sister pointed out to me that I repeatedly say “It is what it is”. It’s one of my mantras. There is so much in life we cannot control. It’s wise to accept what we can’t control and put our energy into what we can. In fact, that ties right into the plot of my book, “How to Live on the Edge”. My main character can’t control her genetic predisposition to breast cancer. But she can control how (or if) she chooses to address it! If you want to learn more about the book, I recently recorded a brief interview about the inspiration for the book with Teaching Books. https://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?a=1&id=19076
Check it out, or you can take a look at my website www.sarahlynnbooks.com
I have a dog named Daisy. Here she is snuggling with my daughters stuffed animals.
Sarah Lynn (Scheerger) works as a clinical social worker with at-risk youth, helping them figure out who they are and who they want to be. She also provides counseling to adults and couples. She lives in southern California with her husband and children. Sarah started out writing under her first and middle name (Sarah Lynn) because she thought having a pen name seemed mysterious and cool. However, over time she’s transitioned to writing under her real name as well (both Sarah Scheerger and Sarah Lynn Scheerger). Sarah loves reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of HOW TO LIVE LIFE ON THE EDGE, US Only.
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