2014 must have given Xlibris author Sarah Kennedy a promising literary career boost, as her book Sgarrwrath, Prequel to the Prophecy of Hope won honorable mentions at the Halloween Book Festival, the New England Book Festival, and the London Book Festival competitions in 2013.
Such good news is another self-publishing victory for Xlibris and its growing number of acclaimed talents. Today’s Xlibris Blog features Sarah’s literary journal and an overview of her winning book.
Writing as a form of self-expression
Greetings! My name is Sarah Kennedy and I am the author of the dark, sci-fi/ fantasy entitled “Sgarrwrath, Prequel to the Prophecy of Hope.” To hone my craft, I have taken writing courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature and Long Ridge Writer’s Group; I am a member of the Fantasy Writer’s Group on Facebook and LinkedIn, but from my perspective, I was just born to write. There are stories in me that have wanted to be told for as long as I can remember; I was very shy as a child—and today I remain a private person—so writing has always been my way of expressing myself while still protecting my essential nature. I started writing early. My first “book” was written at the age of four and I have been writing almost nonstop since that day. In my office today, there are still boxes of stories, written in many different genres, dating from this earliest literary attempt all the way to the present. It is no wonder that I have tried writing in different genres as I also read voraciously, yet in my writing and in reading, Fantasy is my favorite.
Early writing influences
I was first introduced to fantasy stories when my mom read such classics as J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” and C.S. Lewis’ “Chornicles of Narnia” to my brother and I when we were still young. By the time I got my hands on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings Trilogy,” I was hooked, but I would say the greatest influence to my writing was not of a literary nature but two-fold. Firstly, I write because doing so is ultimately a vital part of who I am. Secondly, the greatest external influence to the writing of this novel is my brother, Isaac (R.I.P.). Without him, my character Sgarrwrath would have literally never found his voice; my debut novel would have never been written and published nor would it have since won three Honorable Mentions: one in the Fantasy Category of the Halloween Book Festival of October 13, one in the Science Fiction Category of the New England Book Festival Competition of December 2013, and one in the Genre-based Fiction Category of the London Book Festival Competition also in the same year. My journey in writing Sgarrwrath, Prequel to the Prophecy of Hope was an intensely private form of grief. The idea came shortly after my brother’s sudden death, and for a long time it remained just an idea, but the end result became the gateway for an entire saga.