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Today I'd like to introduce you to Sara R Turnquist. Sara is originally from Clarksville, TN where she currently resides with her family. Graduating with a B.S. in Biology, she first pursued a career in the field of Zoo Education. She also enjoyed a short stint working in the field of Sleep Medicine.

Your work sounds fascinating,  Sara.

However, her great love of the written word drew her to write. She is an avid reader and enjoys reading and writing Historical Fiction. Her travels have also served to inspire her writing. In particular, her multiple trips to the Czech Republic have greatly influenced her work on her debut historical novel,The Lady Bornekova. 


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I asked Sara to tell us a bit about herself.

How did you get started writing?

I have always enjoyed writing. As early as I could write sentences and paragraphs, I would begin constructing short stories. My first novel (yet unpublished) came from a fascination with a particular period in history, the Ptolemaic Period. The story and characters seemed to flow out of me as I researched more and more into this time period.

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?

My family and I travel to central Florida for me to work every 3-4 months. (I work seasonally for a zoo facility there, teaching about animals.) There’s a place we enjoy visiting that has a small side lobby with large leather rocking chairs in front of a fireplace. My absolute favourite thing to do while in Central Florida is to spend as much time as possible there reading and/or writing. I have logged many hours doing both.

What’s your top writing tip for new writers?

Have determination - determination that you are going to sit down and write even when you don’t feel like it. On those days, you may need to journal or start writing something to get the creative juices flowing, but you have to start somewhere. If you don’t have the determination to sit down and write, no one will do it for you.

Great tip!

What piece of writing/work are you most proud of?

The novel I just finished writing a novel about the Cherokee Indians spanning from the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830 to the forcible removal of their people from their homes and their walk down the Trail of Tears in 1838. It has been the hardest of my five completed novels to write. I wanted so very much to do justice to what these people went through and struggled with the darkness of their journey.

A sad story, Sara. I'm sure that will be a really moving read.

What do you like to read?

In the last several years, I have fallen in love with reading Historical Fiction. Before that, I was an avid Science Fiction girl. I also enjoy a good (clean) meaningful romance and love a mystery that I can’t put down.


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Karin, a strong-willed and determined young woman, is sequestered to a royal summer palace. She tries to keep her true nature a secret to avoid being deemed a traitor by those loyal to the king. Unbeknownst to her, Karin soon becomes the target of an individual with murderous intent. Her heart also becomes entangled though her father intends to wed her to another. The turmoil inside Karin deepens and reflects the turmoil of her homeland on the brink of the Hussite Wars.



Karin sighed as she leaned on Pavel's strong shoulder in blissful sleep. They had not been underway for long, but the movement of the carriage had rocked her to sleep in no time. Pavel's nerves worked double-time, having her so close to him. But he dare not move away, lest he wake her. So, he sat still, enjoying the same kind of closeness he had earlier that evening. The contact, while they danced, had been exciting. This was peaceful but, due to his nervousness, elating all the same. As she rested, he listened to the rhythmic clip-clop of the carriage. Just then, Pavel was startled by a crunching sound, followed by a loud crack! The carriage pitched to the side. He grabbed Karin and held her tight to his body. Karin awoke with a start, eyes wide.

"Don't move!" he commanded, wrapping his arms tighter around her as the carriage landed hard, jolting them both. It continued to roll, slamming them into the side, threatening to throw them out of the carriage window into an even more dangerous position. Pavel kept his body stiff and held on to Karin. He could barely breathe. It was his body that had slammed into the wall and cushioned Karin's hit. The car had not stopped moving, and it threatened to roll onto the roof, teetering precariously between the roof and side. How much longer could he hold onto her? How much longer could they endure?

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Thanks for dropping by, Sara. Good luck with your novel.

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  1. Clay Cormany

    Yes, good luck. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about your writing. As an aside to your remark about the Trail of Tears, I've heard it said that many Native Americans avoid taking $20 bills due to the bill's image of Andrew Jackson, the man they hold responsible for that sad event.

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  2. Sara Turnquist

    Thanks for having me on your blog today, Karen!

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