Today we're excited to hear from Sara Crawford, author of We Own the Sky. Read on for more about Sara and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Sara Crawford!
Sara Crawford is an author, playwright, and musician from Kennesaw, Georgia. She has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of New Orleans and a BA in English from Kennesaw State University. She lives with her husband, Peter, and her two cats.
Meet We Own the Sky!
16-year-old musician, Sylvia Baker, has always been different. She's the only one who can see the "flickering people." When she sees a gorgeous flickering man named Vincent, she learns that they are Muses.
With his help, she finds herself creating exquisite songs that she loves almost as much as songs by her favorite bands--Radiohead, M83, and The Black Keys--and she is falling in love in a way she never knew was possible. While trying to maintain her newfound friendships and her band, she falls deeper into the world of the Muses.
When the original Greek Muses wake to find a world in which the internet has given everyone the tools to be an artist, a battle between traditional and new methods of creation ensues. As Sylvia discovers how she is connected to the world of the Muses, she learns that this war may put her music, her love, her very life at stake.
A Chat with Sara Crawford:
Everyone Deserves to Fall in Love with the Muse
This week, I released my debut young adult novel, We Own the Sky. This is the book of my heart, and I’ve been on quite the publishing journey with it. After it landed me a literary agent, it was on submission with traditional publishers off and on for a little over two years. While we got a lot of positive feedback, it was having a hard time making that last step. I had been reading a lot about indie publishing, and earlier this year, I decided I would release the book on my own. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how fitting this decision was, and now I can’t imagine that the book be published any other way.
The book is about Muses, inspiration, and the creation of art. It’s about a girl who falls in love with her Muse. I’ve always been someone who was absolutely in love with art -- music, literature, theatre, and film, especially -- and the idea of representing that with a story about a musician who falls in love with art personified (in the form of the Muse) was an idea that I couldn’t get out of my head.
In the book, there is a battle between some of the traditional Greek Muses who feel that the creation of art should only be for an elite group of people and the modern Earthly Muses who love the fact that the internet has given everyone the ability to create and share art with the world. This is a debate that I see every day. I see it in the way some traditionally published authors and literary critics turn their noses up at indie publishing. I see it in the way some musicians are so resistant to giving everyone access to their music on Spotify and YouTube. I see it in the way some professional actors scoff at community theatre.
I think it’s important that we remember, though, that art belongs to all of us… and none of us. We all have the right to create and share art with the world, and I believe this act of creation is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. What does that mean? For some people, it might be writing The Great American Novel. For others, it might be playing punk rock on a cheap guitar in the garage. For others, it might just be crocheting a scarf, singing karaoke, or coloring in a mindfulness coloring book.
Why do we decide that the art created by Taylor Swift or Stephen King is worth more than the free e-books written by indie authors or the songs played by bands in our local dive bars? We can talk about how Taylor Swift may be more talented than the local band, but that’s mostly subjective. I firmly believe that all art has value. All art deserves to be in the world. You should never let anyone deter you from creating anything for any reason. And that was one of the main things I wanted to say with this book.
So of course a book that argues that everyone should be able to create and share art should be published independently. And my wish for readers is that this book will inspire you to tell your own stories, sing your own songs, and create your own works of art. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do that because art soothes the soul. And everyone deserves that.
We Own the Sky
By: Sara Crawford
Release Date: August 15, 2017