It’s been almost a year since Abby Shepard’s once-perfect life crumbled into little more than a nightmare. Dumped, bullied and abused, the seventeen-year-old has all but given up hope. Little does she know that her father died protecting a family secret; a secret that has the forces of good and evil battling to claim the power lurking just beneath her skin.
You can check out my review of Guardian HERE
Now I get to intro an interview that I really enjoyed doing! I've never interviewed two authors at once, so this was really interesting and fun for me. I hope you enjoy reading it, and I encourage you to go out and get the book - I loved it. If you are into angels and demons, then you will love it too!
Hi Ladies! Very nice to meet you, and thank you for taking the time to interview with me today.
First, let me introduce you. You are Sara and Becky Rodgers, two people – not one! Can you tell us a bit how you manage to write a book with two authors? I can only imagine what kind of challenges that can present!
Actually, for us, working as a team is easier than going it alone. It's incredibly efficient to have someone there at all times to bouce ideas off of. It's even better still when that person is equally as invested in the project as you are. It's weird, but our strengths and weaknesses perfectly balance each other out, and as sisters we can get away with a level of honesty that other writing teams may not.
Our projects are all 100% collaborative, from drafting the story line right through to editing the final version. That said, each project has us working on different elements. We find that having two people writing the final versions of the chapters makes for a messy and uneven reading experience, as each writer has their own style. So with Guardian, Sara was the writer of the final chapters, but Becky wrote all of the rough drafts in detail beforehand.
And the reason we are here today is to celebrate the release of your book, Guardian. Can you tell the readers a bit about this book?
Guardian is the first book in a trilogy of YA paranormal romances. It is at its core an angels vs. demons story, but we wanted to explore the shades of grey that lie between good and evil. It is a fast paced novel and our first book. We like to refer to it as our twisted little Cinderella story.
Now this book hosts a whole slew of angels and demons. Some we’ve heard of some we haven’t. How did you go about building this world for them to live in?
It sounds really weird, but it just kind of happened! Shortly after Abby showed up the flood gates burst open and this incredibly vivid and twisted world became available to us to do with as we pleased. It quickly filled with characters and back stories that slid into place perfectly to form the Guardian trilogy.
Something I found really terrific and fascinating, Satan is a woman. How did that come to be?
Originally the big twist was going to be that Satan was a woman! But as the story unfolded it became clear that far more was going on, and heaven and hell had politics all their own. This created room for Lucifer and Satan's sexy love/hate relationship.
There are a lot of shades of grey in this book. Namely in the form of Raph. He is such a fascinating character, and I just loved him. If your book was made into a movie, do you have anyone in mind to play him?
DARREN FREAKING CRISS!
We are Starkids through and through and just love this guy. When we saw A Very Potter Musical for the first time we were dumbstruck and we had this simultaneous moment that went kind of like..."Oh. Hi Raph! Funny meeting you here."
So ladies, I have to say it… like cliffhangers much?? J
This question's a cliffhanger! This interview is over!!! (Jokes! ;P)
Hahaha! We really tried not to leave the cliffhanger but as this story is threefold, it was the only way to end the first segment. All we can say is prepare for the very fast paced sequel, Thief!
Sara, Becky, can you give us any hints of what is to come for Abby, Gabe, and their story?
Nope!! Just strap yourself in and get ready for the roller coaster of their lives! :) ( If we say anything, it will give away something else. That's the one thing about this book--so many interconnected story lines!)
And do you have any other projects you are working on that we can expect in the coming year?
Tons! I think our last count was about fifteen different series. But this summer we hope to release the sequel to Guardian, Thief; Aurora, our YA sci-fi; Legacy, our YA, New Adult superhero story, and possibly a top-secret project involving zombies in Canada.
Your book, Guardian, is published digitally. I’m assuming that means you approve of ereaders. How do you feel about ereaders vs print books?
We love, LOVE Our iPad! But there is still nothing like cuddling up with a print book. I'd say we spend our money equally between the two.
And lastly, back to your book, if there is one thing a reader can take from reading this story, what would you want that to be?
Don't bully anyone EVER! It's not cool, it's not okay and eventually you will regret doing it!
Thank you, Sara and Becky, for taking the time with me today. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future!
No thank you :) These questions were so much fun to answer!
S.B. Rodgers is a pen name that stands for Sara & Becky Rodgers. Becky argued extensively that in the name of humour, the letters should be listed alphabetically, but lost out to her arch nemesis common sense. Sara and Becky met at the young ages of twenty-two months and zero days, thrust into each other’s lives by fate and situations beyond either of their control. They are sisters, frenemies and most importantly co-authors. It’s theorised that they were identical twin in a past life…not really but it’d be pretty cool. Their parents taught them that a person’s imagination is a precious gift and stories should be cherished. As a team the siblings bring very different skills to the table, each one’s strength perfectly complimenting the others weakness. They try not to take themselves very seriously and strive to look for the humour in life. Their partnership is one of extreme love and respect for each other, both as family and literary artists.
Sara is the younger of the two. She lives with one cat, five dolls and her potato head man collection in an orange room. Regrettably she is not Spiderman or Batman, but she is a card holding Pokémon master and that’s good enough for now. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She collects graphic novels and manga as well as all things written by the fantastic Neil Gaiman. When she is not reading or writing she is needle felting and posting her work on her popu-lish tumblr account: The Land of Fluff and Needles.
Becky is the classic girly-girl. Her blond hair and pink nails served as the perfect camouflage during school years were teachers undoubtedly took her day dreaming for air-headedness. To the contrary, she spent that time drifting in and out of imaginary worlds filled with fantastical creatures and memorable characters. Today she divides her time between working with animals as a certified pet stylist and typing away at new manuscripts. Among other things she describes herself as a Gleek, sci-fi nerd, smustle expert extraordinaire and above all she just “wants to believe.” She lives with her two German Shepherds-Abby and Odin-and is driven by delusions of grandeur.