Who are you and where do you call home right now?
Hi! I’m Sarah Madsen. Currently I live in the suburbs north of Atlanta, Georgia, but I work in the city and I’m down there all the time.
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
WEAVER’S FOLLY was the second novel I ever completed. My inspiration came from a game of Shadowrun that I never actually got to play…I created the character and loved her so much I wanted to write about her. Creating the world around her was a ton of fun, as were the supporting characters. I think they’re my favorite part of the book.
I love drafting, so the hardest part for me came in the revising. It’s like unweaving a tapestry a little at a time and then trying to stitch it back together without the whole thing just unraveling in your hands. Not fun.
What are a few of your hobbies?
I love reading, video games, and playing role playing games. I DM a game of Dungeons and Dragons for a group of my friends, and it’s amazingly fun (and a great alternate creative outlet other than my current book project).
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
I guess that depends… am I running it, or eating from it? If I’m in charge of cooking, I think burritos and tacos would be easy and something everyone loves. If the truck is just following me around to serve my culinary craving whims: sushi, Starbucks, gin cocktails, and nachos.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
I’d love to really be able to nail interiority. It’s so so essential to really good storytelling. I think I’m okay at it, but I want to be able to throw emotional right hooks that leave my readers devastated.
You’ve been warned.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I started watching the back episodes of Critical Role about a year ago. I’m still catching up but it’s soooo goood.
What movie do you quote the most?
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Coffee mugs from different cities/ countries. My family travels a lot, so I have some from places I haven’t actually been, like Barcelona and Mexico City.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
Anything in the SFF umbrella. Give me fantastical storylines/creatures/characters/settings or give me death.
What do you like to do on vacation?
My ideal vacation involves a beach, a lounge chair with an umbrella, a fruity alcoholic beverage (also with an umbrella), and a book. Barring that, I like sitting in European cafés, sipping coffee.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
My current work in progress is a military space opera, and I’m having a blast with it. I also have a fantasy swirling in my head. Nothing too far outside the SFF umbrella, though. I like it here. Apparently I have a thing for umbrellas. Who knew.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
I hate bringing anything with me, since it means I have to carry it, but I’m also paranoid about being unprepared AND I’m a mom, so I notoriously overpack. The weirdest thing in my purse right now is… an international outlet converter. In my defense, I was just overseas. Well. Two weeks ago.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
I… don’t even have an answer for this. But now I want a racing pigeon.
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
I watched Murder on the Orient Express and found it absolutely enthralling. Even if it’s not your normal bag, go watch it. You will not be disappointed.
About Weaver’s Folly
Alyssa D’Yaragen is just an elf trying to make ends meet. Thankfully, working as a freelance thief - a runner by the street name Lysistrata — pays more than she would make in a month selling cell phones to retropunks at her antique shop. Though she’s low-tech, she has an advantage over her fellow larcenists. She has magic.
Logan Turner, a techie and fellow runner, offers to bring her in on a high paying run stealing data from megacorporation Americorp. She accepts, partially for the payout, mostly for the challenge. Things get complicated, though, when her ex-boyfriend Tristan McCullough shows up with apologies - and, infuriatingly, the perfect recon opportunity for the Americorp job. Adding more fuel to the bad-decision fire is the mysterious Seraphina Dubhan, and Alyssa finds herself falling hard for the enigmatic elf.
But when Alyssa suddenly becomes the target of mystical attacks, things stop being about the money and become all about survival. With others caught in the crossfire, she needs to find and stop the attacker before the Americorp job is ruined and she - or one of her friends - pays the ultimate price.
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