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Author Interview with Audra Sanlyn & a Giveaway

By Deena Adams

This week I have the privilege of introducing you to Audra Sanlyn, an author friend I met through the American Christian Fiction Writers online critique group.

Audra is a passionate pro-life advocate, and her novel, Impact, follows her main character’s life through two opposite scenarios, each depicting what might happen if she keeps her baby or has an abortion.

Enjoy meeting Audra!

Welcome to the blog, Audra! Let’s start with learning a little about you and your family. 

Hello, everyone! I live in Virginia with my husband and two kids, ages eight and three. We were a homeschooling family pre-Covid, so we’ve been blessed with the ability to continue education as we have in years past. 

My husband and I are youth leaders at our church and I enjoy volunteering as Webinar Coordinator for Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. When we’re not in school (AKA, my office) or church, we love to take walks outside, read, and sing karaoke.

Sounds like you have a wonderful family. I’m curious why you decided to write contemporary novels. And what unique challenges does writing about today’s culture present? 

I enjoy the relatable aspects of contemporary fiction and the familiarity of the here and now. 

This can be a challenge to write sometimes because you have to get your facts straight. It’s not like you’re in a dystopian universe where your reader won’t realize the zombies weren’t supposed to be on planet Zoon. If you’re going to make a pop culture reference, it has to be on point.

Good point! How do you incorporate Christ and hope into your writing? 

Impact is the first Christian novel I’ve written, so I faced some challenges incorporating the biblical worldview without sounding preachy. I tried to weave it gradually into the character’s thoughts and dialogue. 

Impact has a pro-life theme, so the message of hope shines throughout the story—not only for moms who choose life, but for those who choose death and are able to find forgiveness and peace in Christ.

I love that you’re an advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves. Are any of your stories inspired by true events or personal history? 

Impact is not. A previous family project entitled Through the Eyes of a Veteran: A History of Winchester is a biography/local history based on the life of my husband’s grandfather.

It must have been fascinating researching your husband’s grandfather and his history. Speaking of research, how long do you spend on research before you begin writing the book? 

Because of the sensitive nature of Impact, I spent three months on research before I wrote a single word and continued heavily throughout the writing process.

Writing about such a heavy topic requires some fun down time, right? Do you have other hobbies you enjoy? What do you do for fun? 

I love to sing and play guitar. I love all art forms, but am especially addicted to woodburning. And I love to hike and spend time outdoors.

Woodburning is such a unique hobby. I bet that’s fun. Share with us what your writing space looks like. 

I’m using the same desk I had in high school. What can I say, we’ve become attached. On the walls, I have lots of encouraging quotes, along with the Writing Manifesto. And there’s a big cork board I use for storyboarding. The office where my desk is located is also our school room, so once you take one step from the chair, you’re wincing from a Lego or tripping over books.

I love that you’re productive in the space you share with your children. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

It changed a lot throughout my tween and teen years. For a while I wanted to own my own bakery. Then I wanted to be an optometrist. But the first thing I wanted to be as a young child? A writer. God is Good.

Amen! What did God teach you through the writing of Impact?

While writing Impact, I learned a lot about abortion and the negative affects it can have on a woman both physically and mentally. I also learned a good bit about Oregon and was blessed to be able to visit the beautiful Pacific Northwest in early 2019.

I lived in Washington State for about six months. It’s gorgeous! What do you hope your readers take away from the book? 

I hope it reveals, even in a small way, how much our choices define our future and the lives of those around us. 

So true. Which character in Impact was easiest for you to write and why? 

Oddly enough, the antagonist in Impact was the easiest to write. She’s a horribly mean person. I tend to be pretty sarcastic sometimes, so I took that sarcasm and added cynicism and a heavy dose of selfishness. 

Sounds intriguing. Which character presented the biggest challenge? 

The most challenging character was the super sweet guy my main character falls in love with. I absolutely adore him, but I had a hard time making his character believable because I just wanted him to be perfect.

I can relate! How do you balance writing with your other life and family obligations? 

I get up early to write before they wake up and then write again during nap time. If I have to, I’ll write on evenings and weekends, but I try not to. My kids won’t be young long.

They definitely grow up in the blink of an eye. Besides posting comments on your website, how can your readers and fans support you? 

Leave reviews for Impact on Amazon and Goodreads, subscribe to my email list, and follow me on social media. Subscribers will receive a collection of short stories based on characters in Impact . You can find my other short stories in this series here.

Any last words for your readers? 

As humans, we tend to weave very tangled webs, but God will make our lives beautiful if we hand over the chaos. 

I’ve enjoyed getting to know more about you, Audra! Thanks so much for joining me on the blog this week. May God bless your writing and publishing journey and use Impact for His glory.

Join the conversation. Do you enjoy fiction that tackles tough topics like abortion? Have you ever lived in or visited the Pacific Northwest? Do you have any questions for Audra?

Book Cover

Impact by Audra Sanlyn

Click the book cover for purchase link.

Can we fully fathom how much difference one life can make? Can our decisions today have a dramatic impact years from now?

These are questions we dive deep to answer in Impact, a women’s fiction novel that explores interwoven relationships, sacrifice, and the healing power of truth.

She sat in the midst of fear and desperation, facing the biggest decision of her life. 

So, what would have happened if . . .?

All Amy Morrison wants is to get out of Sabetha. From her rural hometown in Oregon, she dreams of owning a high-end fashion company, but a painful decision hinders her ambition.

Amy’s life now follows two alternative paths based on how she made her choice. She enters unique challenges and romantic relationships as her two lives unfold. Along both, Amy experiences success and failure, joy and heartache. One of the most difficult consequences of her decision reveals itself years later when she receives heart-wrenching news.

Audra Sanlyn Head Shot

Audra Sanlyn is a member of ACFW and ACFW Virginia Chapter and serves as Webinar Coordinator for Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Audra writes a monthly encouragement blog and uses her platform to advocate for the rights of the unborn. 

When she’s not homeschooling her crazy kids, she enjoys music and woodburning and leads the youth ministry with her husband at their home church.

Connect with Audra: Website / Blog / Facebook / MeWe / Instagram / Goodreads / Amazon

Please share this interview on social media using the icons provided below to support Audra and spread the word about her book!

If you missed last week’s post, Five Must-Read Christian Suspense Novels, find it here.

As a Jesus girl for more than thirty years, Deena Adams understands how important hope is to daily life, which fuels her passion to inspire others through hope-filled fiction based on true to life stories. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and is a multi-award-winning writer, an active ACFW member, and ACFW Virginia president. Connect with Deena through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Deena Adams

    Congratulations to Ronda Wells! You’re the winner of Audra’s book. Be looking for an email from Audra. Thanks to all who joined the conversation. Keep on commenting on the posts for more opportunities to win in the future.

  • Katie Powner

    I’m a homeschooling mama who has spent years doing youth ministry with my husbaghnd too, Audra! And I had to laugh when you mentioned writing during nap time…I’m right there with you!

    • Deena Adams

      Hi Katie! Thanks so much for reading and joining the conversation. I admire all you home school mamas, especially those of you writing and publishing books in your free time, which I know is so limited. I’m reading The Sowing Season now and I’m almost finished. It’s so good!

  • Teresa+Moyer

    Thanks for introducing me to another “new to me” author 🙂 Sounds like a great book!

  • Ronda Wells

    Interesting juxtaposition about abortion. Love this idea. Abortion advocates never show you the dark side or even admit it exists. Bravo for tackling this!

  • Lynn Moore

    Whoops…..I forgot to mention I travel to the beautiful Pacific North West 1-2 times each year. My son & his beautiful little family live about 20 minutes from Seattle. The scenery is beyond gorgeous and for year round outdoor enthusiasts…..there’s always an adventure waiting! And the summers there…
    average temperature around 75, no humidity & still daylight after 9pm…..L♥️VE IT!

  • Lynn Moore

    Audra…loved your interview with Deena! Sounds like you have a busy & fun lov’n family! I love that you are mindful of how quickly kids grow up and you’re grabbing all those moments while you can!
    Abortion…..a hard & divided topic for sure. Thank you for writing “Impact”……I pray many lives are changed…and saved because of it!

    Lynn Moore