Interview with Sage Sask, author of The Circle: Taken
15 Apr 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, The Circle: Taken?
After finding success as a USA Today & Washington Post bestselling author I decided to embark on a journey with a team of young adult writers to write an exhilarating new YA series. The result is a spell-binding adventure of friendship, love and unforeseen twists where the hero learns that our most dangerous enemies are often the people we trust the most. A captivating novel filled with forbidden romance and shocking betrayals that demands – Can One Decision Determine Your Destiny?
What or who inspired you to become an author?
Reading and writing have always been my favorite things to do. Books are an amazing escape. I love the idea of superheroes and believe that every one of us has a hero within us. In The Circle Taken, Alexia has to overcome multiple physical and personal obstacles to discover that she is a hero.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
1. Harry Potter 2. Hunger Games 3. Outliers 4. To Kill A Mockingbird 5. Marvel Comics
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Definitely J.K. Rowling. I would ask her how it feels to have had such a profound influence on the imagination and reading habits of countless children and adults around the world.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating a new world and characters with a mix of fascinating personalities. They then come together to overcome impossible obstacles while building friendships, finding love and learning about themselves. I love creating unexpected twists and turns that leave readers guessing and on the edge of their seats.
What is a typical day like for you?
I write for about 10 hours a day. Right now I’m working on a screenplay, TV pilot, and the second book in The Circle Taken series. I try to run at least four miles a day for stress relief and to get creative ideas. On evenings and weekends I work with my team of young adult writers on story concepts and media marketing. We love to connect with readers via social media. More info about our team can be found at sagesask.com.
What scene in The Circle: Taken was your favorite to write?
Without giving away any spoilers, I loved the catalyst near the end where the main character, Alexia, has to decide which path to take. She has to choose between what’s best for her and what’s best for her team. Her decision changes everything and forces her to realize who really matters.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
The destination is so much more rewarding because of our team’s journey together.
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