Name - Sara Bennett Wealer
Debut - Rival ( Click HERE )
Genre - Contemporary Realistic
Website - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Sara grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (the “Little Apple”), where she sang in choir, wrote for the MHS “Mentor,” and had a couple of leads in the high school musical. In college, she majored in voice performance before deciding she had no business trying to make a career as an opera singer. Sara then transferred to journalism school, where nobody cares if you can hit a high C or convincingly portray a Valkyrie. She now live in Cincinnati with her husband, daughters, and more cats than any family reasonably needs. When not writing novels, she write ad copy, live presentations and articles for newspapers and magazines. Sara even helped design theme parks! And when her schedule allows, Sara still likes to sing—most recently you may have heard her in the May Festival Chorus, the official chorus of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Dream Debutante Dress -
|Sara's dream dress :)|
Author's Own Message ( ie when they talk about themselves :P)
Hi! I’m Sara Bennett Wealer—the debutante in red. I’ve always enjoyed shocking people a bit, plus red matches the cover of my novel, RIVAL, so I’ve chosen a debutante gown that is shamelessly scarlet!
Are you shocked yet? :)
For this event, I’ve been asked to write a bit about myself. What inspires me? Well, this, for one thing.
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Seriously, how can you hear that and not be inspired? If you think it’s wonderful to listen to, imagine how incredible it is to sing!
I grew up singing in choruses like this. My high school had a great music program, filled with talented singers, so I had the privilege of performing incredible repertoire at a very high level. I went on to major in opera performance in college for awhile, and then to sing with symphony choruses before babies and novel writing forced me to put music on hold.
But I couldn’t quit entirely; I wrote a book that is set in a highly competitive high school music department. See, I remember how wonderful it was to sing every day, and I also remember how weird things could get with friends when everybody felt like they were in a pressure cooker, wanting to get into the top choruses, snag the lead in the school musical, earn a top score at contests, etc.
Add layers of stuff that had nothing to do with music—boys, social hierarchies, secrets, envy—and relationships could feel pretty complicated sometimes.
I wanted to try and untangle that a little bit—to show things from both sides and explore how the people we sometimes think are our enemies can end up being our best allies. In the end, are we really fighting the other person, or are we battling something inside ourselves?
Whether you’re a musician, an athlete or in another pursuit that includes having rivals or whether you just like to watch others perform and compete, I hope you’ll enjoy RIVAL. I put a ton of stuff in there that’s not about singing at all—romance, shopping, parties, a big Homecoming dance. And maybe you’ll be inspired to check out some amazing music, too.
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Sara, your debutante dress is beautiful! The best part is I think your are the only debutante in red! If I was you I would pick a bold dress too ( you have to stand out :P) I disappointed that I don't get to pick a dress myself! I would totally pick Lady Gaga's meat dress...kidding :) Anyway, thank -you Sara faithful reader, make sure you come back tomorrow for the second part of Sara's feature!
Badass Bookie xx