Interview – Sarah Dalton


Name: Sarah

Born: Derbyshire,

Lives in: South
Yorkshire, UK

Jobs: Author

Books: The
Blemished series, The Fractured, Mary Hades series, White Hart series.

The Blemished synopsis:

A beautiful world comes at a price…

In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is
Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to
an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she
could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude’s School. But
their friendship is soon complicated by Angela’s adoptive brother Daniel. Mina
finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there
is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to…

The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future
where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will
take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.


Which authors inspire
you to write?

It’s a bit of a vague answer, but good writers inspire me to
write. Or rather, good writing. When i read a great descriptive sentence or a
plot twist that surprised me, it makes me want to be a better writer. It also
makes me feel a bit depressed I didn’t think of it myself. 🙂

The fun thing is that those amazing sentences can come from
anywhere. I have a few favourite authors (I’ll always read a Donna Tartt book)
but inspiration comes from all over.

Some people prefer
writing in notebooks, whilst other go for typing on laptops. What do you write
on or in?

I prefer to write on my computer (a PC, not a laptop)
because I need to be comfortable. I have an ergonomic mouse and an ergonomic
keyboard which helps me when I sit and type for long periods of time. It’s
kinda romantic to go sit in a cafe with a pen and a notebook, but when it comes
to drafting a novel, I need to be realistic. There’s no way I could write
80,000 words long hand. I think it would drop off!

Can you recommend any
dystopian novels our readers may not have heard of?

JG Ballard has written some dystopian novels that are a
little weird and wonderful.

How important is it
to use personal experience in writing? Do you think it has an impact on the
voice of the book?

I think every writer is different. The ‘write what you know’
advice is to be taken with a big pinch of salt. It’s not literal at all. It
means different things to different writers, and it depends on what kind of
novel you are writing. I think it helps to imagine real situations or real
people when you craft the book, but I don’t often draw on personal experience.
It’s a little difficult to do that when your main character is living in a
futuristic world, or a medieval fantasy world.  
Do you think that
human rights are an important element to explore in fiction aimed at young

I think human rights are always important, and I don’t see
why they shouldn’t be explored in YA fiction. Young people develop their moral
core from their environment, and books make up a part of their environment. To
me, there is very little difference between an adult and a YA book, so there
are few topics that are off the table. The Blemished goes into more detail
about ethics than any of my other novels. As someone with a background in
psychology, I have always been interested in scientific ethics, and I enjoy to
think about the ‘what-ifs’ of the future. The Blemished was my way of thinking
about that in more detail. I hope it generates similar questions from the
people who read the book. 

Look out later this month for the chance to win one of two signed copies of The Blemished by Sarah Dalton.


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