Today, I have a super fun lady facing-off with me! The author of more than two dozen novels, Sarah Price brings twenty-five years of experience of living among the Amish to her books, many of which have been Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers. In 2013, she signed with Realms, a division of Charisma House, to publish the Amish Classics series. Initially focusing on the retelling of Jane Austen’s timeless classics from within an Amish setting, her first traditionally published book, First Impressions, A Retelling of Pride & Prejudice, debuted on the ECPA bestseller list.
She intends to continue retelling classics, including the Bronte sisters and Victor Hugo, as she enjoys “raising the bar” on her own intellectual stimulation as well as that of her expansive base of loyal readers.
In 2014, she signed with Waterfall Press and published An Amish Buggy Ride which became a #1 bestseller in Religious Romance.
Let’s have some fun!!!!
The rules are simple. I ask Sarah some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.
It’s my blog.
Here we go!
1. What is the WORST Jane Austen adaptation kiss scene?
Sarah – I’m not really a movie watcher sooooooo I’m a bad person to ask. I’m a reader. I will tell you the BEST Jane Austen kiss scene (of the few that I’ve watched): Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy at the end of the movie.
Matthew Macfadyen is just the perfect Mr. Darcy. I’m not certain I could have held out from his first proposal like Elizabeth did. Not if Matthew Macfadyen proposed to me. His dark, broody nature is just…*sigh* (she writes as she raises her hand to her forehead and swoons onto her bedroom’s lounge chair).
Charity – Well, I won’t go into THAT because I am not a Kiera Knightley fan. Matthew Macfadyen was a great Darcy though. I just like the 1995 version. *Sigh*
Now, onto the grossest, wettest, slobbery-est kiss of all time? Persuasion 2007 wins.
— I asked for worst…
Charity 1 / Sarah 0
2. If you were going to have as many kids as the Duggers and name them all with one letter, what letter would you choose? Sampling of names?
Sarah – Z. And I’ll tell you why. How much fun in would be to come up with amazing Z names???? Just make them up if you have to. And I am fairly certain that not too many people would have them! Zebediah, Zara, Zinga, Zorse, Zarry, Zia, Zephron, Zate. Plus, Z’s are fun to draw. Did you ever try it?
Charity – Oh, wow. I haven’t given it as much thought as you have…clearly! I do like the “Z” idea. Here’s the thing. If I was going to have as many kids as the Duggars, you could just shoot me now. I mean, I love my kids. I especially love them when they are teenagers! No. More. Babies!!!
How about “P” though? Peter. Piper… Oh, wait.
— You get that one!
Charity 1 / Sarah 1
3. Who would be your dream cast for Persuasion?
Sarah – Oh boy. This totally depends if I’m on set or not.
Robert Pattinson has the sulky “I’m miserable” look that would be picture perfect for Frederick. But I wouldn’t do that to Frederick. So, I’m going to have to select Ben Affleck. He’s still broody-looking but not so miserable. If, however, I get to be on set, I’m going for Colin Farrell (but only if he plucks his eyebrows a bit and doesn’t slick back his hair).
Hey, if I have to lounge around on set, I’d like to enjoy myself a bit.
Anne: A brunette Scarlett Johansson unless I get to be on set. Then I’m voting for Lindsay Lohan, just so I can be privy to her antics. Between Lindsay and Colin, something interesting is BOUND to happen.
Sir Walter Elliott: Morgan Freeman. You have to love his voice! I can see him pulling off a wicked awesome Walter, fretting and mumbling all over the set.
Elizabeth Elliott: Angelina Jolie. Just because I don’t care for her. I doubt that it would be a stretch for her to play a vain Elizabeth.
William Elliott: Jim Carrey. How much fun would THAT be? Let’s kick it up a notch and have some outrageous humor!
Musgrove Sisters: Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. They are both lively and fun, both on and off the screen!
Mary Musgrove: Rebel Wilson. Hands down, she will win over every viewer and steal the show as Mary.
Charles Musgrove: Ansel Elgort. OK, so I just totally heard my thirteen-year old scream in my head. Sorry, Cat, I know you love him but Mommy finds him completely dull and blah in interviews. He could just stand there and not act and he’d nail Charles’ role as the hen-pecked husband of Rebel Wilson.
Captain Benwick: Seth Rogen from Neighbors or Zach Galifianakis from the Hangover movies. Hands-down. Again, really fun people that, presuming I haven’t been kicked off set yet, I want to hang with these guys for a while.
Charity – Oh, wow! Now to try to follow that… Here we go:
Frederick – Jake Gyllenhaal is pretty brooding. I thought that Rupert Penry-Jones was a fabulous choice though. too hard. Ok, I am going to go with Gerard Butler! hahaha. He would be fabulous!
Anne – Emmy Rossum
Sir Walter Elliott – Anthony Hopkins
Elizabeth Elliott – Kate Winslet
William Elliott – How about…Ben Affleck for that one! The ladies man.
Musgrove Sisters – The Fanning Sisters! (Elle and Dakota)
Mary Musgrove – I LOVE your Rebel Wilson idea! hahahaha
Charles Musgrove – Ansel is a great one for him too!!!! Or Robert Pattinson…
Captain Benwick – Paul Rudd would be fun!!
Charity 1 / Sarah 1
4. Would you ever consider a life as a unicyclist?
Sarah – I would not.
My balance ability is ZERO (see the Z?). But, when I was eighteen, I did run away with the circus. I helped with tigers and elephants. I also did a little “clowning” around (pun totally intended). I was “in love” and wanted to marry an acrobat who juggled his brother on his feet. Luckily I bounced back to reality (pun intended).
Obviously, I didn’t marry him. However, I’m still in touch with him. He gave my daughter her dog, Peekaboo (Pica, for short). Apparently Pica was a circus reject, probably because she runs away all of the time.
Charity – Oh my word!! Best Story Ever! I can’t believe you ran away with the circus for an acrobatic, human juggler! HAHAHA! That’s amazing.
— You get that FOR SURE!!!
Charity 1 / Sarah 2
5. Who is the dumbest Disney princess? haha
Frankly, all of them are basically stupid from an intelligence perspective.
Cinderella…her best friend is a mouse and she wears glass slippers. Seriously? How do you walk without breaking them and cutting up your feet?
Snow White: Someone is trying to kill you, Girl! And you take food from an old yucky witch? That’s just plan ignorant.
Alice: I cannot imagine her surviving the real world. She’d be the dream consumer for advertisers, buying everything and anything just because the companies put a little “Buy Me” sign on the product.
Aurora: The fairies warned her not to touch anything and she touches the spindle anyway? (rolls eyes).
Ariel: Seriously, who gives away their voice box? And to Ursula of all people? That was dumb. But Daddy to the rescue, right?
I like Belle. She’s my fav. Her sacrifice for her father is admirable. Plus, I love animals so Beast is right up my alley. I’m not grooving on the yellow gown, though. Mango orange, perhaps.
Charity – Oh my gosh! I am rolling right now. This is amazing. haha! I can’t compete with that…
— I concede!
Charity 1 / Sarah 3
6. Favorite recipe?
Sarah – 1-800-GrubHub.
On Mother’s Day, I was informed by my seventeen-year-old son that I am a “not a great cook” to which my daughter and husband nodded their heads.
I can’t argue with them. I get distracted and burn things all the time. Or I don’t have all of the ingredients so I substitute something and it turns out horrendous. However, to be fair, my husband and daughter do not show up until late (he’s working at the barn and she’s at the barn riding her horses). So I do NOT take responsibility for dried out food.
Charity – No! NO! Not on Mother’s Day!!! HAHA! That’s amazing!!!!
I, uh…., love food. SO, I have way too many. I do love this one though!!:
Link in the pic
— I am taking it!
Charity 2 / Sarah 3
7. How do you strive to bring the most glory to God in your life?
Sarah – Do good, be good. John Adams used to tell that to his children before he left on long journeys. Growing up, my mother always told me that I should never do something that would hinder me from looking at myself in the mirror.
God gave us a user’s manual: the Bible. I read it almost daily and try to behave as God wants and instructs us. I’m not perfect; none of us are. But He gave me a gift and that was breast cancer. That gift was a game changer. So many horrible things happened since May 31, 2013 when I was diagnosed that I couldn’t even begin to describe them. I maintained a positive, healthy attitude throughout, but as Heraclitus said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Doing good and being good in this world has to maintain a balance with those who view ‘doing good’ as a home-court advantage from them. Especially when you are successful. People want to latch their dreams on your hard work. I write my novels because I love writing. It’s my passion. I believe God tells me what to write. And I’m not going to write to make other people “famous.”
I’ve found that the more good you do for others, the more those people expect from you. And when you put your foot down, feathers get ruffled. Well, feathers can get ruffled. I don’t have to be taken advantage of in order to bring glory to God, as long as I can look myself in the mirror each morning. And I do.
Charity – Wow! Thank you for sharing that, Sarah. I had no idea! God definitely uses those things to grow us.
— God wins!!
8. Have you ever done Regency re-enacting? If so, have you been to the Jane Austen Festival or stayed at the cottage from Sense and Sensibility? (you can totally rent it!!!) ❤
Sarah – I have not!
But I do have Regency Days in my house. I pretend I’m Elizabeth Bennet and my family goes bananas. They HATE Regency days. My husband is French and he can’t always understand me when I’m speaking regular. When I try to talk like a high society woman from the early 1800s? Forget it. I might as well be speaking Pig Latin to him.
However, even better…Soap Opera Hour! I respond to everyone as if I’m an actress on a soap opera. Sometimes I can get my son and daughter to play along. My son is actually really good, although I doubt he has ever watched a soap opera. Try this in public. It’s hilarious to see people’s reactions, especially when your family plays along.
Charity – HA! How fun!! We sometimes will act like we are in a musical. My husband and I will sing everything to the kids. They hate it!! They are like, “STOPPPP!!!! Please! I can’t stand it!!!”
Oh, and: That’s me with the blue top on. Woot Woot!
Charity 2 / Sarah 3
9. What is the funniest viral video you have ever seen?
Sarah – Tie!
Brian Regan’s Me Monster
Dane Cook’s Burger King
My son gets soooooo irritated because whenever we go to a drive-thru, I do the Dane Cook’s drive-thru Pickle Person Voice. My daughter rolls with laughter in the back of the car. We usually wind up not getting anything because the drive-thru attendant ignores us after the first thirty seconds. But a great belly laugh builds character (and muscles!)
Charity – So fun to torture our children with those antics. *Sigh*. Life is good…
I have so many that I like. This one is at the top:
Charity 2 / Sarah 3
10. If you had to quote a speech from one of our founding fathers, could you?
Sarah – It depends how many words you want. “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union…” That’s it. That’s all I got. And I’m not even sure that’s right. Is it?
Charity – haha. Oh man. No, I don’t think I could and I have no idea if that is correct…”I regret that I have but one life to give for my country”?? Nathan Hale’s speech (That he may, or may not, have given…).
Charity 2 / Sarah 3
Thank you, Sarah! This was great getting to know you 🙂 Check out her books below! Links are in the pics:
3 responses to “Face-Off with Sarah Price!!”
I haven’t read Ms. Price’s books but I’m intrigued by her re-telling of Austen books in the Amish genre. I’d be particularly interested in how she will retell Jane Eyre since that is a favorite of mine. AND I totally agree with your Persuasion 2007 kiss comment. I cannot watch that movie at the end b/c of that kiss. Why didn’t they just re-film it? It totally messes up the ending for me. Love your face-off interviews!
Lol. Thanks, Lis!! Nice to “meet” you 🙂
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