Author Interview: Sara Beth Williams

Anchor My Heart released on March 16th. Congratulations on your new release!

Thank you! I’m excited!

Give us a quick one paragraph summary of Anchor My Heart.

Anchor My Heart tells the story of Matt Lawson and Tara Pierce. Matt has lost everything. In the wake of a life-altering tragedy, anxiety from his childhood rears its ugly head, making it difficult to cope with reality. Tara has walked this road before and refuses to let Matt walk alone. Unexpected attraction flares, but Tara senses Matt’s not ready to give himself away again. Can she risk her heart and their friendship and let God step in to heal where she can’t?

Is this book part of a series, or a stand-alone?

This is the third book in my contemporary romance series. The other two books are on Amazon and you can get them FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

How did you get the idea for your book?

After writing When Hearts Collide, I knew Matt needed his own story, as did some of the other characters. From there, a series developed naturally through the writing process. It was so much fun. I love these characters – as I am sure you’ve heard many an author say regarding their own stories.

What does your writing process look like?

I consider myself a hybrid type. I don’t plot everything, but I don’t free-write everything either. My process begins with free writing though and it is the most exhilarating part, for me anyway. When a story idea comes to mind, and it percolates long enough, I sit and write for long blocks of time, as much as I can until I hit road blocks of some kind – usually those road blocks involve research that needs to be done, or further character development. Sometimes, at this point, I will sit and attempt to plot out the second half of my story, in an attempt to help guide my path to the end. Sometimes I stick to that outline – sometimes I don’t, and simply allow the characters to tell their story. But often an outline does helps prevent subplots that might tangent off into the unknown.

Then I repeat this process in multiple drafts!

What’s more important: characters or plot?

I write character driven stories. I envy those who can write plot driven stories that answer a big picture plot question. I wish I could, but the best stories I’ve created begin with a character in mind. Often times I will have that character’s back story already set in mind before I begin writing. Because I write romance, and that requires two MCs, sometimes it’s hard to come up with that second character because the story so often originates with one main character over the other. However, I love a good challenge and part of that involves finding another character who adequately matches the first, taking their stories and weaving them together to form one cohesive plot.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

This title is so special to me. While going through my mom’s old journals, I found a nautical themed journal with bible verses attached to the bottom of each page. I found the verse Hebrew 6:19 and fell in love with this beautiful reminder of God’s strength, love, and everlasting reliability. I knew then, that I wanted the word Anchor in my title. After some brainstorming back and forth with my editor and writing friends, we came up with this title, Anchor My Heart, and I could not be happier.

 Are you working on anything new? Tease us a little bit!

I am currently working on a handful of other projects. The one I am pitching to agents is beachy summer romance set on the California coast, about a pop star who has one summer to pull himself back together or risk ruining his lucrative career—and he’s not about to let his sister’s roommate derail his last chance.

Where can readers find you?

Amazon / Goodreads / Bookbub / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

 Website / MeWe

Anchor My Heart is available now!

Grab the rest of the series on Kindle Unlimited

About the author

Sara Beth Williams is a wife, mother of two daughters, and temporary caretaker of a lovable old lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix. She lives in Northern California. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys music, teaching, reading and spending time with her family. She is all about connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and Bookbub.

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