Welcome to Sarah Beard, author of Beyond the Rising Tide.
I read Sarah’s first novel, Porcelain Keys a couple of years ago and loved it. If you get the chance to read it, I highly recommend it.
Sarah stopped by to talk about her newest novel, Beyond the Rising Tide, which released on June 14. Enjoy!
Interview with Sarah Beard
What inspired you to write this story?
The premise of this story was inspired by a lot of different experiences, but it all started a few years ago as I was going through cancer treatments and spending a lot of time thinking about death—examining my own beliefs, but also thinking about all the people who had died before me and crossed over to the other side. Their unseen world felt as real to me as the one I was living in. I think that’s when the seed for this story was planted, but it didn’t actually sprout until a couple years later. I was in my bedroom one afternoon, and the sun was shining through the windows and turning a white blanket on my bed radiant. A scene came into my mind in that moment of a girl and a ghost-like boy, and it was so powerful to me that it brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t know at the time who these people were, but I set out writing a story about them to find out. They turned out to be Avery and Kai, and that particular scene ended up somewhere in the middle of my book.
Your first book, Porcelain Keys, was quite time consuming to write. How did Beyond the Rising Tide compare?
Porcelain Keys took me five years to write, and Beyond the Rising Tide took me a little less than two. Which was still longer than I expected. I thought it would be so much easier to write my second book than my first, and in some ways it was, but in other ways it was harder. For example, my first book was fully contemporary, but this book had a whole supernatural world I had to figure out, and that took some time and a lot of trial and error. But I feel like I finally got it right and I’m so happy with the finished story.
Who is your favorite character in Beyond the Rising Tide?
Far and away, my favorite character is Kai. He’s far from perfect, but his flaws are ones that make him endearing. He’s loyal and a bit sarcastic and feels emotion with uncommon depth. He’s impulsive and reacts to things in the extreme sometimes, but he’s also noble, selfless, and willing to sacrifice anything for the people he loves.
What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite is contemporary YA romance, especially if there’s a lot of drama and some darkness. I like characters who are hurting in some way, but end up healed and happy. Some of my favorites are Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett, Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, and Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
Other than your own, what is your favorite book of 2016 so far?
I have a love-hate relationship with my so-far favorite book of 2016. It’s When We Collided by Emery Lord, a YA romance about a girl who has bipolar disorder and a boy who’s grieving over the loss of his father. The book has gorgeous prose, authentic characters, and all the feels. But some of those feels will tear your heart to pieces.
About Beyond the Rising Tide:
I open my hand slowly, terrified that I’m not really solid. And then I feel the rain. Not falling through my hand, but hitting it. Gathering in my palm. It’s cold and wet and heavy. My hands are now stained with a crime, but they also hold the power to help Avery.
Kai Turner was always a rebel while he was alive. Since his death, not much has changed. Now he’s been instructed to forget about his old life and focus on using his new powers to heal people. But all he can focus on is Avery Ambrose, the stranger he died saving. For the past six months, her life has slowly been unraveled by his death. Dangerously blurring the barriers between life and death, Kai breaks all the rules in order to help her. Little does he know just how much Avery is willing to sacrifice for him in return.
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