Interview with Sarah Robinson, Author of Saving a Legend

15 Jun 2016

What can you tell us about your new release, Saving a Legend?

Saving a Legend is a story about family, romance, and redemption. Both of the main characters feel lost, adrift in unfulfilling lives with no idea how to get back to finding their passions. Coming together, they better one another and build a new path along the way that neither of them could ever have imagined. One of the things I loved most about writing this book was its theme of second chances and forgiveness because of how applicable that is to almost everyone. We’ve all made wrong choices and we’ve all had to start back at square one. The other thing I loved about this novel was incorporating a character with a mental disorder—the main female character is the guardian for her special needs little sister. I loved the research that went into this, and being able to portray her as accurately and honestly as possible.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

My favorite book of all time was actually from my childhood, and it’s called The Cay by Theodore Taylor. That was the first book I ever read that really made me feel, completely breaking open my heart. My other top choices (although this is always changing and being added to!) is You by Carolines Kepnes, Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn, The Kids Are All Right by the Welch siblings, and all of the Hunger Games books!

You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?

Oooh, this is a tough one! If I had to choose, I’d pick Nora Roberts, Rachel van Dyken, and James Patterson. I feel like that would be a super eclectic, fun bunch of people and I’d spend the entire night asking them questions and trying to soak up all their knowledge and experience!

If you had to pick one place to vacation for the rest of your life, where would you choose?

I’d want to be on one of those really cool villas that’s on the water (with a fully stocked library of course!). I don’t know exactly where they are, or how insanely priced it is, but how fun would it be to have to walk down a dock to get to your house, or jump out of your bedroom into the crystal clear ocean? It would definitely need to have a glass bottom floor too, because I want to look down and see fish swimming under me! That’d be my dream.

What’s your spirit animal?

Kevin, from the television sitcom, The Office. Does that count as a spirit animal? Because there’s one scene where he spills a huge pot of chili and just gets stuck rolling around in it as he’s trying to get up, making a much larger mess… pretty accurate depiction of my life

What is the one movie that you can quote the most?

For movies… it’s probably The Notebook. Seen it dozens of times and love it so much that I even start crying before the sad scenes just because I know what’s coming. However, I can pretty much verbatim recite every line of the play (which has been adapted into a movie) The Phantom of the Opera. I love, love, love that play and am borderline obsessed. I’ve seen it several times on Broadway, been backstage, and even have a signed playbill from the entire cast from like 20 years ago. I seriously adore everything about that story!

What scene in Saving a Legend was your favorite to write?

The epilogue! I can’t go into too much detail without giving spoilers, but that just made me so happy and emotional, I was grinning ear to ear.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Do what’s right, not what’s easy.

Sarah Robinson is the author of the new book Saving a Legend.

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