Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

The Story She Had to Tell by Sarah Tauber ~ Presented by Christine

Please welcome Sarah Tauber author of The Story She Had to Tell.

Sarah Tauber will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a copy of The Story She Had to Tell plus a $25 gift card to Target to a randomly drawn host.


The Story She Had to Tell

by Sarah Tauber


GENRE: Romance



Interview Questions

1. What or who inspired you to start writing?
2. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
What expertise did you bring to your writing?
3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?
4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
5. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?
6. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?
7. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?
8. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
9. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)
10. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
11. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?
12. Do you have an all time favorite book?
13. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
14. Who is your favorite actor and actress?
15. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?
16. What is your favorite reality show?
17. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.
18. Anything else you might want to add?


  1. An old friend of mine kept telling me about a memoir she was writing, over the course of one year. Each time she talked about it, I found myself having no interest in such a project. And then one day in January 2013 when she talked about it again I was suddenly struck by the intense desire to write my own memoir! I took an online memoir writing class and began my story about half way through the class.
  2. A memoir is a section of your life, unlike a biography. I tried to think about things that might be interesting for my readers. In class, I learned that a memoir needs to cover a time in your life that brings up great emotion for you. It has to be something dramatic or traumatic or at least so life altering that anyone who reads the book will not want to put it down. I did have a two year time period in my life that fit that criteria. And so that is what I wrote about. The book is titled, “For Dear Life”. My second book is a novel, “The Story She Had to Tell”. I woke up one morning with the working title in my head, “A life lived well.” I came up with the idea of an old woman who has a story she wants to share with the world before she dies. She hires a ghost writer who lives with her, interviews her and creates the book. My book tells her story.
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  4. I write a blog for my website every week and have been doing so for almost two years. I recently started writing travelogues which is a new area for me but very enjoyable. There will be at least one more book I am sure. I just don’t know when.
  5. I was the main character in my memoir, of course. For my novel, it would definitely be the leading lady, Madeleine, as a young woman who travels to Cuba with a girlfriend, in search of adventure. There was a lot of her that was very much like me at her age. It’s always fun to put yourself into a character in your book. It makes the experience more real.
  6. Let’s talk about my novel. I think for the old woman I would want Judy Dench. She is one of my favorite actresses. For Madeleine the young woman, perhaps Amanda Seyfried.
  7. While I was writing my novel, I joined a writing group. It was very helpful. You would read a scene in front of other writers and then they would give you their feedback. They came up with ideas and comments I never would have thought of. It’s difficult when you are the only one reading your manuscript. Impossible to be objective.
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  9. Best advice – write! Don’t try to put down perfect sentences with perfect words. Just write. You’re going to edit for days so just get it down on paper! Worst advice – It wasn’t really advice but the culture shock you get when you have finished your book, published it and now you have to promote it! That is truly the hardest part. Writing is easy!
  10. Sometimes I write down ideas for scenes and then figure out what order I want them in. Then I write them. For some reason outlining doesn’t appeal to me. I usually just sit down and start writing. But I have to feel it. If I know nothing is going to come out of my brain on a particular day, I won’t write. Other days I can’t type fast enough, there are so many ideas flowing.
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  12. “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
  13. Not working on a book right now. Using my writing skills in other areas. Just keeping up with my weekly blog.
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  15. Not sure what you mean by this question but I will take a guess. In the novel, there are some sad events. It was hard to write them but I knew they had to be in there. Life is not perfect. I was not writing a fairy tale. I wanted my story to be believable. I wanted my readers to feel like these people could exist and their story could have happened.
  16. I watch “Fixer Upper” because I love before and after stories. I also like competition shows like “The Voice” because I enjoy watching people step out of their comfort zones and go for their dreams.
  17. I didn’t write a series.
  18. I think just about anyone can write. We all have stories to tell. Sharing them is a wonderful gift. Take classes and read. Read everything you can get your hands on. It will quickly show you what you like and dislike and help you find your voice, which ultimately will become your writing style. Don’t be a person who says “I want to write a book someday.” Those people rarely do. Give yourself goals, like so many words every time you sit down to write. That’s what I did. But I didn’t write on certain days when my brain felt empty. Figure out what works best for you and stick to it! A completed book is something to be proud of and celebrate!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a guest on your website! It is truly my pleasure.


Madeleine had a secret, a story that happened over fifty years ago in Havana, Cuba. Before she died, she wanted to share her story with the world.

After growing up on a farm in Maine and graduating college, this intelligent but naive young woman traveled to Havana with a girlfriend, looking for adventure. What happened there changed Madeleine’s life forever. From the moment she laid eyes on Carlos, she was turning over her fate to a man she barely knew.

This is a heart-wrenching love story that promises to stay with you long after the book is finished.




We continued to dance, and I continued to breathe him in. What are you doing, Madeleine? What do you expect out of this? You have had only one real boyfriend, a guy back home who wanted to marry you, but you felt nothing but friendship for him. And here is this amazingly handsome man with a Spanish accent who has swept you off your feet, but is it real, or am I going to discover later that I’ve made a terrible mistake? I’ll discuss this with Georgiana tonight when we’re back at the hotel and see what she says. She’s more worldly than I am. She’s probably had lots of boyfriends. She’ll help me decide what to do. I’m only twenty-three. He must be at least ten years older than I am. Maybe he’s a masher! Oh dear, now I am worried!

He walked me back to the table, kissed my hand and said he would see me tomorrow. I watched him leave the club. I sighed heavily.

I came back down to earth long enough to tell her that Carlos had invited both of us to go sightseeing tomorrow. “He said he would pick us up at 11:00 a.m. That will give us time to sleep in and have a late breakfast. Please say you’ll join us. I don’t really know him and don’t want to risk going alone.”

“Of course I’ll go with you, if only to chaperone!”




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sarah Tauber is a world traveler who retired three years ago from a corporate job to pursue her passions of dressage riding and writing. Her first book, “For Dear Life”, is a memoir covering two years she lived in Tehran, Iran in the 1970’s. It is available on, and   “The Story She had to Tell” is her first novel. Sarah lives in San Diego County with her husband of ten years.

Her blog and website can be found at She can also be reached on Facebook and LinkedIn.




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Sarah Tauber will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a copy of The Story She Had to Tell plus a $25 gift card to Target to a randomly drawn host.



17 comments on “The Story She Had to Tell by Sarah Tauber ~ Presented by Christine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    October 12, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    October 12, 2015

    Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

    • Sarah Tauber
      October 13, 2015

      It has always been easier for me to express myself in writing. A few years ago I was having lunch with a friend who was writing a memoir. It suddenly hit me that I wanted to write my own memoir. I took an online memoir writing class and about half-way through it I began my book. This became “For Dear Life”, the story of two years I lived in Tehran, Iran in the 1970s.

  3. achristay
    October 12, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • Sarah Tauber
      October 12, 2015

      Thank you so much! This is a great opportunity and I appreciate it. :))

    • Sarah Tauber
      October 13, 2015

      Thank you so much. I am thrilled to be on here!

  4. Eva Millien
    October 12, 2015

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing and good luck with your book.

    • Sarah Tauber
      October 12, 2015

      Thank you! I really enjoyed answering all the questions. It makes you think!

  5. momjane
    October 12, 2015

    I really enjoyed your comments. This book sounds really interesting.

  6. Sarah Tauber
    October 12, 2015

    Thank you so much! Hope you get the chance to read it. :))

  7. Victoria
    October 12, 2015

    Great interview, thanks for sharing.

  8. Betty W
    October 12, 2015

    I really enjoyed the excerpt, thank you! The cover is lovely!

    • Sarah Tauber
      October 13, 2015

      Thank you so much! My son the artist created it. Hope you get a chance to read the book. :))

  9. Ree Dee
    October 12, 2015

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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