Honorary Crew Mate Interview: Meet Sarah Chafin!

We're celebrating our two-year anniversary this month, and we thought it would be fun to celebrate YOU—the readers, writers, bloggers, and overall wonderful people who've supported us during this time! We've selected a few of our favorite people, interviewed them, and bestowed upon them the fancy title of "Honorary YA Buccaneer Crew Mate" (which also gets them 10 extra entries into our July Anniversary Giveaway!). We've already interviewed AlexaSteph, Adrianne, and Jennifer!

Meet Sarah Chafin, another one of our most active readers and commenters. Sarah is a hopeless book addict who uses coffee for fuel while homeschooling her three children and wandering the beach. Oh, and she writes a lot...but that's implied. :) You can follow her on Twitter, visit her on Goodreads, or stop by her blog

Bonny Kitty Cutlass (aka Kathryn Holmes): What genres do you write, and what are you working on right now? 

Sarah Chafin: I generally write whatever story is echoing in my head, begging to come out. Usually these stories are YA fantasy, but not always. My current project is YA gothic fantasy. It came to me while my daughter and I were listening to The Phantom of the Opera. I'm loving the ominous setting and my main character, who isn't entirely certain if she is a person or a ghost. 

BKC: Oooh, sounds deliciously spooky! So tell us, how did you get started writing? Did you always want to be a writer? 

SC: I think I fell in love with writing about the time I fell in love with reading. It's like I was born craving a good story. The first story I remember writing was a jungle adventure about a girl and her best friend. I'm pretty sure I was eight. Even then I loved creating my own worlds. I started writing seriously (obsessively) about four years ago. 

BKC: A jungle adventure! I'd read that. Can you share your top reads for 2015 so far? 

SC: Oh no. Um, you could look at my Goodreads to see my Top 40 if you want. I've read so many awesome books so far this year! I think my three favorites would be: 

  • This Shattered World by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman. It's the second book in the Starbound series. I was amazed at how different it was from the first book, but it was different in a good way. It has romance, mystery, and a war-torn, swampy planet. 
  • The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier (that totally counts as one, right?). Time travel, quirky characters, witty dialogue—need I say more?!?
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I loved the world-building in this book and the fact that it was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Honorable mentions (and the first word that comes to mind when I think of them) are:

  • Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah—unpredictable. 
  • Jackaby by William Ritter—Sherlock/Whovian/mystery (yup, I consider that one word). 
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly—epic. 
  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes—quirky. 
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West—sweet. 
  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley—mind-blowing. 
  • Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund—uplifting. 

BKC: Wow, so many amazing books there! I totally agree about The Wrath and the Dawn, and there are others here I've definitely been meaning to read. While I update my TBR list, what upcoming reads are you most looking forward to? 

SC: I absolutely cannot wait for Winter by Marissa Meyer. The entire series is perfect. Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) is a close second. 

BKC: What do you like best about the YA Buccaneers? Is there anything you'd like to see added in the future? 

SC: I love Reading Mutiny. I seriously stalk my e-mail waiting for your most recent reading suggestions. The Summer Reading Challenge is wonderful (I look forward to the updates every Friday!) but the very best thing is when you guys have a themed list of books to pick from. So fun! I have found some amazing books that I wouldn't have heard about otherwise. Having a community to fangirl about books with makes for the perfect retreat when life and writing threaten to take over my brain.

I would love to see more nonfiction/writing-related recommendations.  

BKC: Duly noted! And I love Reading Mutiny too. It's one of the reasons I joined the YA Buccaneers crew. :) Thanks so much, Sarah, for stopping by the ship today to help us get to know you better!