A Gig Harbor author recently had a second novel published in what is anticipated to be a series.
Fiction writer Tiffany Belcher, 28, recently released “Sara Supernatural: Half a World Away,” the second installment in her “Sara Supernatural” fantasy franchise.
The books follow the journey of 15-year-old Sara Richardson, an outwardly normal teen who unexpectedly develops a supernatural ability that allows her to make wishes that change her life. It’s not long, however, before Sara discovers that her wishes come at a price, and that the arrival of a new student at her school might have something to do with Sara’s newfound ability.
In book two, “Sara Supernatural: Half a World Away,” Sara must learn to deal with her gifts without the help of her magical guide, Christopher Patrick, a significant character in Belcher’s first book.
“A lot of the first book was about me creating my characters,” Belcher said. “In the second book, Sara is on her own. She has to learn from her mistakes and find her way out and do the right thing.”
The first book in the series, “Sara Supernatural,” was released in October 2013.
Since then, Belcher has hosted book signings at coffee shops and bookstores, including St. James Espresso in Kirkland and Mockingbird Books in Seattle, with more signing events scheduled for Saturday (April 2) at Marista’s Coffee Shop in Federal Way and a return visit to St. James Espresso in Kirkland on April 23.
Belcher’s books are available for purchase at signing events or online.
In addition to signings, Belcher also gives occasional public talks such as one in March, when she delivered a presentation titled “The Point of Fiction” at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.
During that appearance, Belcher explained the nuanced relationship between writing skill and talent.
“Writing surrounds valuable messages with entertainment so that those stories retain their value,” said Belcher. “I try to give my youth readers messages they can use throughout their lives.”
In book one of the “Sara Supernatural” series, Sara learns what it means to use her strengths to solve conflicts and to try not to force people to change, Belcher said.
“In the second book, Sarah learns to use her hindsight to shape her foresight,” she said. “She uses her past experiences to prepare for her future.”
Belcher began writing the “Sara Supernatural” series in 2008. After submitting manuscripts to several publishers, Belcher was picked up in 2013 by Tate Publishing.
“It can be hard to get published because publishers want to be able to market authors,” she said. “They want them to show up to interviews and represent themselves.”
Her experience so far with Tate Publishing, a Christian-based, family owned, mainline publishing organization headquartered in Oklahoma, has been great, said Belcher.
“I like to call it the full-meal deal,” she said. “I have a contract with them for life, which means they’ll keep publishing my books.”
Belcher, who said more “Sara Supernatural” books are in the works, envisions a total of four or five books in the series, which she eventually sees coming to a natural close. The young author also has an adult novel due out in May titled “The Linens,” a hospital murder mystery.
While “The Linens” is realistic fiction, Belcher said she particularly enjoys the freedom that comes with writing fantasy.
“With fantasy, I can make it a little more fun,” she said. “I can make up a lot of things.”
Belcher, who holds a day job as a medical assistant, lives in Gig Harbor with her three young daughters.
For Belcher, who uses public transit to get to work, her writing time takes place during her commutes. On weekends, she spends time promoting her books.
From a young age, Belcher grew up telling stories, mostly about ghosts and aliens.
“I always wanted to be a writer,” she said, “and my dream came true.”
Allison Needles, a Covington-based freelance writer and member of MediaLab at Pacific Lutheran University, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.