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Author Q&A ft Sara F. Hathaway | The Changing Earth Series Book Tour | Dystopian

The Changing Earth Series by Sara F. Hathaway is on virtual book tour.  The dystopian stops at Readeropolis with an author ...

The Changing Earth Series by Sara F. Hathaway is on virtual book tour. 

The dystopian stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. 

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a Changing Earth T-shirt and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What are you passionate about these days?
My writing is my absolute, number one passion. Crafting stories and experiencing the feelings of others as they go on the journey with my characters is the most rewarding feeling I can imagine. The second passion that I have is for fighting and training self-defense. The idea that I could become a victim is absolutely unacceptable to me. For the last seventeen years I have been training in various disciplines of martial arts. Currently I am a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and an instructor as well. I also train jujitsu as well as participate in sports jujitsu. When I am not writing and training, I am studying and teaching natural disaster preparedness. Living in the rural foothills of Northern California I get lots of practice on the forty acres we live on. Whether it’s taking care of chickens or hiking through the woods, the property always keeps us busy.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
I don’t really know that I ever do unwind and relax. My inner drive is very strong and I am usually pushing myself to accomplish more. On a rainy day, if I am completely drained, I may bust out the Lord of the Rings or the Avatar the Last Air Bender series and watch them with my boys. There are often times in the evening that I put my writing aside to play some video games or a board game with my husband and sons. Honestly though, writing my stories is how I unwind. It is my favorite thing to do and it is a sedentary task so my body gets a chance to chill.  

How to find time to write as a parent?
The main bulk of my writing is done at night when everyone else has fallen asleep. Mornings are oftentimes not my best time of day but at night I can write until the sun comes up. Producing my podcast and marketing for clients along with my novels keeps most of my days filled. I relish the precious hours when I have all of my other tasks complete and I can devote some actual time to writing. Another place that I get a lot of writing done is when I have an appointment where I will be waiting a while. I just take my computer and pass the time easily.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Tenacious, strong, organized, protective, loyal

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Even though I have been writing poetry since I was young, I never really considered myself a writer. My first book was a hobby project that I dabbled with on and off over a period of about eight years. When I was pregnant with my second son, I had to go on bed rest and I finished the book. My mom was so impressed that I wrote an entire novel, she encouraged me to find a way to publish it. I did and then I decided to write another book to continue the story. Honestly, I don’t think it was until I wrote my third book and designed the cover for it, that I really decided, I’m an author and I want to do this for the rest of my life.

Do you have a favorite movie?
My favorite movie is a martials-superhero movie called Silverhawk. Staring Michelle Yeoh, the movie presents a strong female heroine. She is an extremely good martial artist that learns that she cannot take on every challenge alone. She must give up her rigidity and use fluidity to ensure both her survival and that of the world.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
In my mind I can see the entire Changing Earth series as a television series. The story would start out with Erika in Day After Disaster and each book would represent a season with a riveting resolution that is carried out in the next season. In a best-case scenario, there would also be a non-fictional piece that accompanies the television show to showcase the survival lessons taught in the chapter and the realities of how they work so that viewers can learn the facts behind the fiction.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Often my family and I rent a RV to drive to Texas and visit with my husband’s family. Driving across the country gives you a unique perspective of the landscape, the people and the plants in an area. During one of these trips we drove the northern route to Colorado and down through Oklahoma to expand the geographic research. Since then my husband and I have also done the central route to Colorado so I could see what the Rockies and centeral Utah were like.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
The red-tailed hawk would be my spirit animal. It is so majestic and free, yet it mates for life. It is an adept hunter yet takes time to dutifully raise its chicks. They have patience when stalking prey yet move with an extreme agility.

Day After Disaster
The Changing Earth Series Book 1
by Sara F. Hathaway
Genre: Dystopian

How fragile everything had been. People walked through life everyday taking it all for granted, their cars, their cell phones, their lattes, their dramatic social issues and their medical problems.

She started her day at her home in the mountains just like any other. There was nothing unusual about making the familiar drive down to Sacramento to go to work. Then in a flash Mother Nature decided it was time to create a new landscape. Follow the journey of a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, as she is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Alone in a mutilated city, she must navigate the path home, back to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead, Erika calls upon all of her survival instincts to traverse this broken environment. Will she make it home? Will her family still be alive? What will Mother Nature dish out next?

Without Land
The Changing Earth Series Book 2

I thought I was entering a brave new world of freedom but I walked right into the arms of soldiers I thought were there to protect me... They told us we were going to live at this ‘happy’ camp where we would be cared for until the country was stabilized.”

Erika thought America would let freedom reign forever but nine years after the Great Quake the reaction by the American Government was quite different. The Day after Disaster brought hardships to the world. The American citizens fought valiantly to bring back some sense of normalcy in a world that was shaken to bits. Many people were left landless and those still in possession of land had many obligation to fulfill for the citizens left fighting for their lives. Erika and her family are just another group left landless and forced to find their way in this new government construct. They are caught between a yearning for the freedoms they used to take for granted and a will to fit in and excel in this new landscape. However, Mother Nature will always have the last word and she isn’t done yet.

The Walls of Freedom
The Changing Earth Series Book 3

"I just hope I...Have the spirit to go on fighting. Have the power to take on forces that are so much bigger than me."

On the run, Erika, her husband, Vince, and their children flee the government forces in search of a new life. The Great Quake ten years ago left the United States devastated. FEMA camps sprouted up in Regional Districts to control the chaos and separate the landowners from the refugees. Erika and her family spent nine years as refugees in the camp before they found out that Vince's parents were still alive and they were searching for them. The Las Vegas FEMA Director, realizing his mistake, attempted to have the family eliminated to save his career. Vince and Erika take their family's future into their own hands and flee the camp in a cross country action packed adventure. Will they find Vince's parents? Will society accept them again? Can they accept this new government system?

Battle For the South
The Changing Earth Series Book 4

I’ve come to realize that staying true to your values and loyal to the people you love can make you into a legend…We must fight the hatred and fear that is crippling the spirit of our country.”

Unsure of the loyalty of her mentor, Erika and Vince take drastic measures to ensure the safety of their loved ones. After trying to merge back into an American society severely altered by the repercussions of the first Great Quake ten years before, Erika and Vince are unsure whom to trust. Time has spread the people they love out across the country and another Great Quake is imminent. One thing is for sure: they will not let their loved ones be annihilated by disaster. As the Federal Government takes steps to eliminate any signs of resistance among its citizens, Erika and Vince seek refuge in the free south where they can find help to rescue their friends and family from the Las Vegas FEMA camp. Can they make it in time? Are their loved ones still alive? Who is loyal to a freedom that was once provided under the Constitution?

Dark Days in Denver
The Changing Earth Series Book 5

 “I wanted to give up so many times. Take my family and find a hole to crawl into, but I believe in a country that once stood for something beautiful. A supreme message that gave all its citizens equal rights to exist.”

As the Earth continues to unleash a series of natural disasters at the surviving inhabitants, Erika finds herself hiding from the federal forces aiming to eliminate her. Rapidly trying to adjust to new circumstances, the refugees from the Earth’s fury spread out into new geographic regions, searching for someplace safe to live. The Federal Government’s grip on its lands tightens, as food becomes scarce and overpopulation intensifies. Fighting for control of the West, the world is turned upside down as the unthinkable happens to the planet and Erika’s family. Is this the end of life as they know it? Who will survive to continue the fight for the freedom of the American people?

Author Sara F. Hathaway is an individual with an insatiable urge for learning. She grew up in the woods of Michigan, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning, and horseback- riding with her family. She loved to learn about the stories of times past from her great-grandparents and grandparents. After moving to the rural mountain landscape of California, she attended the California State University of Sacramento and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Management. She managed many businesses, all while working on the manuscript for her first novel, Day After Disaster. Eventually, she realized that her passion for the outdoors and learning about survival techniques outweighed her passion for the business world. Sara still lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons, where she is at work on the next installment of The Changing Earth series.

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  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

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  3. Thanks so much for featuring my novels, enjoy the adventure!!

  4. That has to be exciting to do a book tour. Looks like the book and you will do well. Congrats!

  5. I think the book cover is great!


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