Today I am so pleased to welcome Sara Codair to Joyfully Jay. Sara has come to talk to us about their latest release, Power Inversion. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Sara a big welcome!


Sara has written some questions and answers to share today! 


Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured in your book?

Yes! Many of my books feature nonbinary and trans characters. Recently, there have been more  books published with these types of characters, but there could always be more, especiall with nonbinary characters.

Several of my books also feature characters with AHDH, depression, and/or anxiety.


If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

There are two things I wish I could tell my younger self.

  1. Your main characters are queer and so are you. You’re trans. You’re nonbinary. So is Erin. You don’t need to add gay side characters purely to make the story queer. Just let the main characters be out.
  2. Just because someone else published a book with a similar concept doesn’t mean you can’t also publish yours. Yes, City of Bones is also about a redheaded teen who finds out they are a demon hunter, but that book is nothing like yours. Your novel is unique. It deserves to be published too.


Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read my reviews, though I really wish I didn’t. The good reviews are extremely uplifting and the bad ones get under my skin, especially when the review doesn’t like my characters. I’m trying to focus more on the good reviews and only skimming the bad ones.

I don’t think authors should publicly respond to reviews, but I do find it helpful to write about the negative ones in a private journal. It lets me vent my frustration and process the review in a safe way.


How long on average does it take you to write a book?

The first draft will take anywhere from three weeks to three months. However, I go through several revisions after the first draft is complete. It usually takes about a year from when I start the first draft to when I submit the polished to my publisher or query agents with it.


Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I am a part-time writer during the academic year, full-time writing during the summer. I can manage drafting new things during the school year, but I save the more indepth revisions for the summer when I have time to really focus on them.


What do you do if you get a brilliant idea at a bad time?

I have a file on my computer dedicated to these. I usually write a few paragraphs describing the idea, make some notes about the characters, and allow myself to write a few short snippets. If the story is really clear in my head, I sketch out a rough outline. Granted, I’m a pantster at heart and I rarely stick to my outlines.


Are you a plotter or a pantster?

I started out as a panster, but I’ve been trying to plot a little more. I make outlines, sometimes, but I don’t always follow them. But just because I don’t follow the outline doesn’t mean it isn’t worth writing. I like to think that by making those mistakes in the outline, I won’t make them in the draft.




Do you have to be a monster to fight one?

Erin Evanstar is a demon hunter, a protector of humanity from nightmarish predators that feed on people’s fears and flesh. They are settling into their dual life of being a teen and hunting demons.

When a tentacled horror abducts Erin’s partner, José, Erin and their family go on the hunt to get him back. But Erin gets an ultimatum: help the Fallen Angels bring on the apocalypse or watch José die. Erin will do anything to save José, but fighting monsters comes with a grim price–becoming one themselves.

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Sara Codair is an author of short stories and novels, which are packed with action, adventure, magic, and the bizarre. They partially owe their success to their faithful feline writing partner, Goose the Meowditor-In-Chief, who likes to “edit” their work by deleting entire pages.

If Sara isn’t writing, they’re probably teaching, swimming in the lake, reading fantasy, or walking their dog.


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