Sarah Renée fell in love with writing at a young age. She penned ‘The Tiger Princess’, the first book in her Saderia Series, at the age of 12. Since then, she has released four additional books in this series: ‘Dash’, ‘Hunted Home’, ‘Enchanted Home’, and ‘Rock Bottom’. Now 17, Sarah enjoys reading, drawing, and playing violin.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 17 years old and the author of a fantasy adventure series of books called the Saderia Series, which is geared toward ages 8-12. I’m also a huge cat-lover, the exact opposite of a neat-freak, and a reader constantly on the search for good books!
What made you first decide to become a writer?
Actually, I think that choice was made for me. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. When I was 10 years old, I just loved writing and telling stories, and even though I only treated it as a hobby back then, I loved nothing more than writing. That was when I came up with the idea for The Tiger Princess, my first published novel. Back then, I just wanted to write a story that I and other kids my age would enjoy reading.
Over the next two years, my dedication to writing grew more serious and I fell even more in love with the storyline of The Tiger Princess and the next books I had planned in the series. Eventually, my love of telling stories — and The Tiger Princess in particular — made me decide to become more serious about writing. When I started writing the final draft of The Tiger Princess at age 12, that’s when I knew I wanted to be a professional, published author, which is how I later went on to publish The Tiger Princess at age 13. So more than anything, it was a love of my story that made me decide to become a writer!
Can you tell us about your latest book?
My latest book, Rock Bottom, is actually the fifth book in the Saderia Series. It would be impossible to describe it without talking about the other ones, though, so I’ll start with the first book.
In The Tiger Princess, a young, sassy tiger Princess named Saderia goes on an exciting adventure to solve a decade-old mystery surrounding the eerie disappearance of her parents, the King and Queen. Along the way, Saderia finds strange clues, ancient secrets, and even discovers some incredible magic powers that guide her through her journey.
The second book, Dash, tells the story of a dark lion named Dash who is hiding a dark secret from the new student in school — Princess Saderia herself. Book 3, Hunted Home, is about a canine named Dingo, who lives with a brutal pack out in the desert and who wants nothing more than to save Saderia when she ends up lost — no matter what the cost. Enchanted Home, the fourth book, introduces Jeb, a young animal who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit and who must seek out Saderia’s help and magic in uncovering the truth. And finally the fifth book, Rock Bottom, tells the story of Saderia’s journey to save a lost family member — and the dark secrets she uncovers along the way.
When I came up with the idea for The Tiger Princess, I was obsessed with tigers, and I also had a deep fascination with royalty. I also loved a good adventure story with plenty of magic and a dash of mystery. I basically combined all of my favorite things, which inspired me to start writing and keep writing. More than that, though, it was simply a love of telling a story that I and other kids my age would enjoy reading that inspired me to write The Tiger Princess.
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
Inspiration. I hope readers will love the story, but I also hope it inspires them. After reading my story, a lot of young writers have contacted me saying they were inspired by the fact that I wrote The Tiger Princess so young and they had started to write their own stories. I hope my own personal story will inspire these kids to write their books and become awesome authors with amazing books (hopefully, books that I’ll someday be able to read myself)!