You might remember Sage Adderley-Knox as the person who coached me through writing my first novel. In addition to being a badass writing coach, Sage is also an author on her own! Her Triple Goddess series follows Laura and Maggie, mother and daughter, as they explore their magical abilities. The second book in the series, Sisters in the Craft, just came out - you can add it on Goodreads and purchase it through Amazon now! Sage was sweet enough to share some info about her process with me - read on, then go to her website to learn more!
Shelley: Your Triple Goddess series is about witchcraft, but it feels very real. How did you create the magic system in your story?
Sage: I wanted the characters to practice nature-based magic and show how that is done in our modern times. The spells are simplistic but hold powerful intentions. I did enjoy adding spirits, and in book two, we cross over just a tiny bit into the fae realm.
Shelley: Sisters of the Craft is narrated by multiple different characters. Who was your favorite to write, and why?
Sage: I really enjoy writing in Laura's voice. In book one, she comes off as rigid and not fully present, but as her story unfolds, you find out how much she has been through that has caused her to shut down. Writing Laura's transformation is an incredible feeling.
Shelley: Sisters of the Craft takes place in 1977 and 1993. What do you like best about writing stories that take place in the past, and what are your biggest challenges?
Sage: As a 90s teenager, I absolutely love going back to that time to reflect on its awesomeness - to talk about bands, fashion, and movies. It's a lot of fun for me. Writing in periods that I wasn't alive in can be challenging at times, but I make sure to research things and be as thorough as possible.
Shelley: Do you have the rest of the series planned out already, or is it still up in the air?
Sage: It's mostly planned out in my head, so the next step is to get the outline down on paper and get back to writing!
Shelley: You're both a writer and a book coach, in addition to being a mom. How do you balance your time and make sure you have time to focus on your own projects?
Sage: Finding balance has been a struggle for me, which is why it took me years to release Sisters in the Craft, but this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would stop putting my creative work on the backburner. It's vital for me as a creative person to stay tapped into that part of myself and have a consistent practice. It also allows me to relate to my clients on a deeper level when I'm doing the same work. I get to be vulnerable and show up for myself, which in turn means I show up for my family and writers.
As far as the mechanics of how I find balance, it's all about the schedule. I plan most of my days. I do leave spots open to be spontaneous, but find the structure of the schedule to be the anchor that keeps me focused and moving towards my goals.
Shelley: How has your life changed since we've been quarantined? What have you been doing for self-care?
Sage: Since the quarantine, all three of my kids have been home, so that is a big difference. Creating a school schedule and more meal times throughout the day has been a shift for us. My kids are 10, 16, and 19, so I feel fortunate that they are self-sufficient in a lot of ways.
For self-care, I make sure that I'm moving my body every day. Sometimes that's going for a walk around the neighborhood, doing a yoga video, working in my garden, or having a dance party in my house. I get plenty of sleep, take naps when my body is tired, and make sure I'm doing things that help my body and mind feel restful. I also don't watch the news, which I think does wonders for my mental health.
Sisters in the Craft is a journey of friendships that strengthen and break, budding love, and the mystical thread that connects three generations. Add it on Goodreads, buy it on Amazon, and follow Sage on Instagram now.
I like cats, feminism, queers, making things and writing, apparently.