Indies Supporting Indies Featuring

Santana Saunders

Indie Author. Super Mom. DIY Enthusiast.

One thing I love about engaging with other writers online is the tremendous indie community, and #writingcommunity that supports each other and their work–it really is one of the magical things about the internet! 

Santana Saunders is just such a writer, and I have gotten to know her through Instagram and doing some writing #FollowLoops as well as we are both participating in #NaNoWriMo2020 and using it as a vehicle to get a draft for our sequel books going!

I did a virtual interview with Santana to get more info on her debut novel The Pearl in the Darkness which launches November 10th!

Tell me a little about your book? I’ve seen that it’s a dystopian fantasy. Is it YA or NA?

Due to some graphic detail, this one is for an adult audience. 

Leora Smith, a witty, thirty-year-old medical transcriptionist, lives a quiet life due to a debilitating disorder and unwavering faith that must be kept hidden.  Her world is turned upside down when a celestial being informs her of the forthcoming apocalypse and assigns her to recruit experts imperative to the subsistence of the society that will remain when the dust settles.

Each recruit has a story that can only be seen behind closed doors.  Leora’s childhood friend and numerous enlightened allies band together in an effort to persuade the best and brightest.  

As nature bends in accordance to the plan, Leora’s preconceived notions of everything good and evil are about to be tested.

What’s your writing process like? How long did it take you to finish The Pearl in the Darkness?

I am an early morning writer.  I like to get up at 5:30am and write for a couple hours each day before my husband starts work and I go into mom mode. I like to put together a brief outline, but most of my prep work is done in character development before I start pounding the keys. It took me about 10 months to finish the first draft of The Pearl in the Darkness. 

Any news on Book 2?

Yes, I have 8 chapters of book 2 written and I plan to release in the Summer of 2021!

What are you up to when you’re not writing?

I am reading or spending time with my family and friends. In 2019, my family and I relocated to Florida from rural North Dakota. We like to go the beach a lot!

Check out Santana’s website and watch for her debut novel The Pearl in the Darkness launching on November 10th!

In the meantime vote for her cover in this Allauthor contest!

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