Author Interview: Sara Jane Jacobs



Author Interview with Sara Jane Jacobs

Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?

I believe it was inside of me when I was younger but it wasn’t until later in life that I realized it was there. Looking back to my childhood, I signs of it throughout the years.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?


Some of the inspiration came from summers visiting my grandparents in Franklin, North Carolina. I have so many wonderful memories from those visits that made their way into the book. I began writing the story in the early ‘90s. It was a few years later, when we took a family vacation to Nantahala, that I created the imaginary Nathan’s Mountain and chose to place it just outside of Bryson City. I believe a lot of the inspiration for the scenes at the cabin in book two came from that trip.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

I think a combination of bits and pieces of real people coming together to create the character.

What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?

So far, researching the Navy SEALS has been the most interesting and impactful. I could sit and talk about everything I learned for hours.

Must have been very interesting research! Where do you go to do your research?

Google mostly. Although, I’m about to start book three and I’m considering going to a local airfield to do some research.

How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?


The idea starts as a single thought. It just sort of simmers off and on. That seems to be the process. For this book, I wrote the original story, and after an editor suggested that I write some additional scenes, I just sort of ran with it until I had another book. Most of book one became book two and most of those additional scenes became book one. Haha, have I confused you. As a hobby writer, it took me about ten years to write book one (now book two). When I started getting serious, I wrote the second book (now book one) in about five months.

Are you currently working on any new book projects?

Yes. There are a few characters from book two that will get to tell their story in book three. And after that, I’m planning on turning that first screenplay I wrote into a series.

Thanks so much for chatting with me today. I enjoyed learning more about you, your writing journey, and your books.

About Season of Hope

When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn't upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl.


Tyler turns out to be the best friend anyone could ever hope to have by their side. But as the years pass, this perfect friendship will meet obstacles that Tyler and Amanda could have never imagined. Unrevealed love, different career paths and a controlling aunt could change everything between them. Will they both find out the truth before Tyler is deployed? ​ ​

Find Season of Hope on Amazon


Meet the Author


Sara Jane lives along the Emerald Coast of Florida with her cat, Selah. She enjoys being with family and pretty much anything that involves the great outdoors. One of her favorite ways to relax is spending the day with her grandsons, Noah and Elias. She also loves short, spontaneous trips to the beach any time of the day for a short walk or swim.

Connect with Sara at her website and on Twitter.

Thanks again to Sara for guesting and for everyone who stopped by to read her interview! We love connecting with authors and readers at Pandora's Box Gazette!


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