I had the absolute pleasure of being able to read Sanguine Mountain by Jennifer Foxcroft and right now I am so overcome with so many emotions about how I feel about Sanguine Mountain that I may not know how to start.
Here’s the synopsis:
An anonymous letter shatters the world Connie thought she knew and trusted. The news that her parents aren’t really her own leaves her angry, devastated and alone. The search for the truth leads her down a dark, desolate forest road where she meets a boy in the shadows who has secrets of his own.
Rockland’s life has been ruled by an ancient curse since the day he was born. Forever labeled a misfit and a rebel, he is desperate to convince his leaders that integration with the modern world will be the salvation of their kind—not their demise.
After their worlds collide in the middle of a dark forest, Connie and Rocks strike a deal to help each other find the answers they both need—away from her lying parents and the judgmental sneers of his colony. But, can they find love on their journey to discover who they are and where they belong in the world?
Seriously, doesn’t this book just scream to be read? Haven’t convinced you yet? Well how about a little insight for you. I literally just finished the book and I can tell you that I could not put it down. It was a great read. I have said before that I normally don’t like YA fiction because of ridiculous main characters or stupid love triangles or lacking plot lines, but this book had me hooked. The characters were well thought out and loveable. The storyline was well thought out with very few holes and it wasn’t overly detailed or lacking details. I was able to picture everything perfectly. The “love triangle” wasn’t really a love triangle and it didn’t make me want to pull my hair out of my head and scream in a pillow. The respect that Connie and Rocks have for each other is cute and it works. I was able to connect really well with Connie because I love nail art as much as Rocks loves brownies. This is one of the best reads I have read for 2015 and you should read it too.
I also had the honor of being able to interview Jennifer and hopefully her answers inspire others, not just to read her book, but to go out and do something they’ve always wanted to do but were too scared to start.
Why did you want to be a writer?
To be honest, I have never known what I really wanted to be. After high school, I was so lost and confused—who really knows what they want to be at seventeen?!? I worked in several different industries, but the thing that always made me happy was writing. As a teenager, I wrote every single day. For many years I stopped writing, but I always entertained myself by telling myself stories in my head. I would plot them out with all the tiny details from start to finish. So next time you see someone sitting on a bus or train smiling to themself for no apparent reason, they might be a storyteller like me.
Or what inspired you to start writing?
There was a very small online writing contest for first time writers. I had wanted to start writing again for a while, but this contest gave me a deadline and made me open that word doc and begin writing again. It was the best decision I made because I haven’t looked back since.
What advice would you give to a new writer?
Firstly, write every day. This is hard to achieve sometimes, but I think it makes you a better writer in the long run. It also keeps your muse talking to you, and without that, your story will be a very short one. 😉
Secondly, be brave. Writing is a very personal journey, and publishing a novel can be scary. You’re putting a piece of you out into the world for criticism, so just be brave. You can’t worry about the readers that won’t connect to your characters. It took me a long time to deal with this because I want everyone to love them—it’s only natural. I have read some very popular books and not really enjoyed them. The fact is that every reader is different. It’s impossible to write something to please every single person that will pick up your book. Don’t focus on that. Focus on writing the best story you are capable of. Be brave. Share your work. And, celebrate the readers that do love your characters.
What are you hoping the outcome of your book to be?
I would like to share Connie and Rocks with as many readers as possible. In the long term, a movie deal or TV show would be my ultimate dream come true, but I think most writers share this goal. Let the dream casting begin. 😉
Is there someone or something that inspires you to keep writing?
I simply love to write. It’s my happy place, and I can spend hours sitting at my computer writing chapter after chapter and it feels like no time has passed at all. So many amazing authors inspire me to try to write the best book I possibly can. So often when I read other books I find myself saying “Oh, I wish I wrote that character.” “I wish I had invented that world.” “What a fantastic scene!” That’s a great feeling and keeps me going.
Where do you write most (coffee shop, in bed, beach etc.)?
I mostly write in the living room during the day. It just depends what part of the book I’m writing. If it’s the beginning, then it’s mostly daytime writing. Once I get to the climax, then I just can’t stop writing, and I’ll write at 2a.m. if the words are still flowing. I have a really comfy chair and a foot stool so I can sit there for hours happily.
Has anything changed since you finished your book?
Not really. I guess if anything, I want more reading time. There are so many books out there to read, but just not enough time to do it. I’m working on book two of the Camazotz Trilogy now, but I wish I could be snuggled up on the couch reading as well. I like to read totally different genres from what I write while I’m writing. I’ll avoid YA and read a historical romance or a fantasy—just something totally different. This seems to keep my muse happy.
What is your favorite part of Sanguine Mountain?
That is such a hard question to answer. I love all the scenes that involve Rocks. His colony have banned the use of any kind of technology, so when he starts hanging out with Connie, I love how he reacts to modern devices—like the first time he gets hold of the TV remote control. I also have a soft spot for the scenes at the market that involve his younger siblings. The Camazotz were a lot of fun to write with their goth clothing and love of tattoos. So that was a great part of it for me.
The only thing I regret not asking was “WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT??? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!” But on a slightly more serious note (I’m still serious about needing to know what happens) definitely check Sanguine Mountain and support Jennifer Foxcroft and her goal to get more readers to discover Connie and Rocks. I want to send out my immense thanks to Jennifer for sending me a beautiful copy of her book and allowing me to ask her some questions. It was an incredible experience and I am still in shock I was able to correspond with you.
Some links you should click on:
GoodReads: Sanguine Mountain
Amazon: Sanguine Mountain Book