Friday, April 20, 2007

Party Post Number 20

Sara Hantz started writing young adult fiction after she ran out of degrees to study. She decided it was much more fun to make things up than comment on the theoretical musings of dry academics. Born in England, she moved to New Zealand a few years ago, in search of sun, sand and surf (not that she's ever been on a surfboard). THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN (Flux, September 2007) is Sara's first novel.


It’s wonderful to see how many authors from New Zealand and Australia are selling books across the world. And how these places as settings are now so popular. My book landed on the editor’s desk just at the time when he wanted to branch out and give his readers a taste of a different culture. Though, at the time he didn’t realize I was a Brit, living in New Zealand with a book set in Australia!

In my book, THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN, Suzy goes through many changes and her mantra for helping deal with them is:
New state.
New school.
New start.
I’d love to hear about any life changes you made, and how you dealt with them. A souvenir of New Zealand will wing its way to the winner.

THE SECOND VIRGINITY OF SUZY GREEN (Flux, September 2007) www.sarahantz.com


Blogger Anna Campbell said...

Sara, congratulations on your book coming out in September. You're right about it having been a bumper 12 months for Aussie and NZ authors.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Sara, welcome!

I love the bit about being English, living in NZ and the book being set in Australia!

Great topic. New Starts is certainly especially relevant to young adults. My son (my baby, not a young adult*g*) just started college and over the summer holidays he seemed to re-invent himself. The clothes. The look. The music. The attitude.

It's been fascinating to watch.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Kimberly L said...

Hi Sara, congrats on your book. I have taken the leap of going back to school. I decided to do so while my kids were still in school that way we could still be together in the evenings.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Christina Phillips said...

Hey Sara!

I guess the biggest life change my family made was when we moved to Australia from the UK. It was hard to leave behind our friends and relatives for the great unknown, but i really think if we hadn't we'd have forever wondered *what if* and driven ourselves crazy!

2:18 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Hi Sara!

Right now it's our daughter who's graduating from high school and starting her new life in college, figuring out what she wants to do.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Sara, big congrats on your upcoming book :)

One life change I made was coming back to Texas after living in Colorado for three years. I was born and raised an Army brat, so living anywhere for three years or less was normal. Now, since my father is retired, and I decided to move back in with him and my step-mother, we've been here for about seven years. For both me and my father that was a big adjustment. And, truly, it is hard knowing that in three years you won't be moving again... you just get this itch to pack up and leave sometimes, lol. We take things one day at a time, and realize that it can be nice staying in one place :)

6:19 AM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Congrats on your book! So happy for you! As I mentioned on one of my previous posts, one of my major changes just took place 6 months ago. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Even though I have done this once before, over 3 1/2 years ago, with our son it was still hard to go back to the world of late night feedings, breastfeeding and diaper changing. I was used to my routine with my toddler so it was tough starting over again but I will tell you that my baby girl is worth it. My kids are my priceless treasures. I will be 40 in October and I did not want to be having babies in my 40's so this was basically it for me. I have no regrets. I know that if I had not tried having my baby years down the road I would have regretted it and wondered what it would have been like to have a girl. I have my girl and I have my boy and I feel richly blessed.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Dylan said...

One change I've recently done is having self-imposed rules (i'm a happy-go-lucky person so this was pretty hard for me). It helps steer me towards what's useful, profitable, and important in my life and it also helps me focus on my goals and dreams in life.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Minna said...

Congrats on your book!
I certainly had to make some changes when I moved to another place to study.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Maureen McGowan said...

I moved to another country for about 9 years... And while Canada to the US doesn't sounds like that much of a difference to most people, I found it more different than I expected and eventually moved home.
Not long after, I gave up a career as a Chartered Accountant to become a writer. How's that for a change?

9:01 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

congrats on your book!!!
After dh kicked me out of the house I decided to move one province away and get a new job and start over. So I quit my job, left my family behind and moved. It was hard to say the least but a great experience and it helped me forget and forgive. I didn't want to be running into him-it hurt too much.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

Well, I've mention that one of these days when we move to wherever I'll actually be going through a change, but one that was in the past was during my first school I kept going to different deparments and subsequently getting three associates degrees from that. Didn't think I'd get one of them. LOL


1:20 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

The only life changes I had were marriage and work related ones. Even though at times the fear of changing jobs was a bit much, it worked out. The marriage, after 21 years, I'd remarry my husband again in a heartbeat.

4:29 PM  
Blogger anne said...

After living in one area my entire life and having known no other areas, we reached a decision to move to a completely different country and then to a most unique area of that country. Needless to say it was culture shock for a short time, but we all adjusted in under a year and are extremely happy with this life change. We are resilient creatures.

6:24 PM  
Blogger diane said...

After working for several years and not being satisfied with this career, I decided to go back to school and recharge my batteries. I am now doing work which I love and feel good about. This took time but was worth the effort and am better off for it in many ways.

6:27 PM  
Blogger sharon said...

Congrats on your book. All the best.

I made a conscious decision as I became older to travel more and to explore and broaden my horizons. I was always wary of travel and had never been able to just take off and go. Now I realize all that I missed out on and whenever there is an opportunity to travel somewhere special I am ready and willing.

6:30 PM  
Blogger diane said...

After being in the same job for so long I was offered the option to join a colleague in a business venture. This was risky but I thought it was now or never. So I took the plunge and have never regretted it since. I work hard but it is an enjoyable endeavor.

6:33 PM  
Blogger pearl said...

I had not worked for many years but sheer necessity dictated that I take a temporary job. Not knowing what I was in for, this position was unique and taught me a great deal about life and people. It was an extremely unforgettable time in my life which I laugh about now.

6:49 PM  
Blogger principessa said...

Congratulations on your new release.
When my job was terminated it was a relief and I knew then and there that I had to make a big decision. I would move and start over. That is what I did. It has been the most momentous decision of my life since I am basically a place it safe individual. I am more than pleased with this new home, new friends and a wonderful job as well. Change is worthwhile.

7:11 PM  
Blogger ellie said...

My husband had been dreaming about moving to a better climate and starting fresh in a business venture. This decision was a shock to most people but it was a vital force within us so we moved away to begin a new life. Our lives have changed dramatically and improved greatly. We are grateful for this renewal even though we both work hard.

8:28 PM  
Blogger joelle said...

When a friend suggested that we travel together now that we were both free and able to take time off I jumped at the idea. I had never been a traveler and wanted so badly to experience the joy and adventure. It was the right time to grab hold since we never had the chanceto do this when we were young. A memorable time which we appreciate greatly.

5:52 PM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

Getting married and buying a house were big changes for me. Also, changing jobs in the place I work for was a big change.

6:05 AM  

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