Happy Saturday and welcome to my stop on the Coral blog tour!! Today I have an interview with Sara Ella to share with you! Read on to discover Sara’s favorite quote from her book, which YA characters Coral and Brooke would hang out with if they could, plus follow the rest of the tour and enter to win a print copy of Coral!
Coral by Sara Ella
Published by Thomas Nelson on November 12, 2019
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retellings
There is more than one way to drown.
Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?
Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?
Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?
When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?
Taking a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved—yet tragic—fairy tale, Coral explores mental health from multiple perspectives, questioning what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.
Do you have a favorite scene, quote, or moment from Coral?
I still get goosebumps when I read the end of Chapter 8. “You’re not nothing” is probably my favorite line of the entire book.
If Coral and Brooke were to hang out with characters from other YA books, who would they be and why?
I would definitely pair them with Kahlen and Akinli from The Siren by Kiera Cass. They all love being near the ocean, so they’d get along swimmingly. I also feel like they could use a little Ebony in their lives. She’s from my Unblemished trilogy and I miss her every day. Her snark and sass balance out my personality!
What would you do if you spent the day with Coral and Brooke? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
We would hang out at Carmel by the Sea in California. We’d head to the Tuck Box tea shop for lunch where we’d eat scones with marmalade and cream. Then we’d walk down to the sand in our bare feet and splash in the waves. We might head to a nearby bookstore later and chat about our favorite novels.
If you could tell your younger self anything about writing, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to start over if it’s what’s best for the story. The courage to rewrite is a sign you’re growing as an author.
Do you write to music? If so, what were you listening to while you wrote Coral?
I write to instrumental music, mostly to epic and moving soundtrack playlists I find on YouTube. I pause and listen to songs with lyrics for mood and inspiration. Some songs that weighed in on this story are “How to Save a Life” by The Fray, “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth, “Life is Worth Living” by Justin Bieber, and “You’re Worth It” by Cimorelli.
Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney castle. Today, she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings. Oh, and her husband is definitely more swoon-worthy than any Prince Charming.
Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy has received high praise and multiple awards, but none as rewarding as the love and support she receives from her readers every day. Her new story CORAL, a reimagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID, releases in the fall of 2019.
When she’s not on deadline, Sara Ella can most often be found fangirling on Twitter, Instagram, or her YouTube channel. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, and she has a serious condition known as “Coffee Snob-itis.” She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”