8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Sacrifices We Make: A Guest Post by Sophie Bonaste
Hello everyone! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am the author of The Sacrifices We Make This novel is my first venture into the world of publication and I am very proud of it. The YA M/M book was released by Harmony Ink Press on October 3rd. But before I keep talking about me and my book, I want to thank Jamie for allowing me to be here today.
So my book has been out for a little while now, which means some of you may have heard of it or even read it. I think that means it’s time for some fun facts about my book.
8 things you didn’t know about The Sacrifices We Make
- This book was written in 50 days. In that time, I wrote the entire novel and went through three rounds of edits before submitting it to the publisher for consideration.
- This is the first novel I’ve ever completed. Before this, I tried to write a few different novels including an adult M/M romance, but my muse died before the works were finished.
- The book was accepted for publication on my first attempt! I was very excited and spent many days in shocked bliss.
- All of the people in Adam’s family and community have Biblical first names, while all of the people outside of that circle have secular first names. I did this to help show a clear divide between the worlds. The only exception is Mickey. His real name is Michael, which is the name of an angel. Although, he goes by a secular nickname, showcasing his place outside the religious community.
- Adam’s last name Jameson is based on the name James, one of Jesus’ Disciples. The reason behind this harkens back to why I used the first names in that family.
- The park in the book originally never had a name. When I decided to give it a proper name, I couldn’t think of one. I finally picked a name after going over the details of the 2013 NFL draft. The name of one rookie caught my eye and the rest is history.
- A lot of the scenes regarding Adam’s school and the fear over Camp Revelation was partially inspired by the movie Saved!
- This story, not counting the epilogue, takes place over the course of 82 days. The epilogue, for those of you who haven’t read the book, takes place nine months after Chapter 19.
So there you have it. I hope you have learned some new things about my novel. If you already read it, hopefully, you will have gained some new insight. And if you haven’t read it, now you have some things to think about when you do.
Thanks again to Boys on the Brink for letting me talk with everyone today. I will be back on Friday to share an excerpt from the book. Until then, I’ll leave you all the information about myself and my debut novel.
The Sacrifices We Make
Adam Jameson has always felt like an outsider in his own home, where his parents’ constant efforts to instill religious fervor have instead filled him with fear. Most of the time, he just wants to stay out of everybody’s way. But when Adam is forced to volunteer at a homeless shelter his senior year in high school, everything changes. He’s introduced to people who care about more than religion and, as a result, he starts to come out of his shell. For the first time in his life, Adam finds people that he wants to be around.
Mickey Stafford lives on the streets, a teen kicked out by his parents for being gay. He comes to the shelter for food and medical care, and after they literally run into each other, the two boys strike up a friendship. As Mickey introduces his new friend to the world he lives in, Adam starts to question everything: his parents, their religion, even his own beliefs . Once Mickey kisses him, Adam starts soul-searching and finds his heart, which is full of love for Mickey. But these two young men will have their love put to the test, as they face a future of uncertainty and fear.
Sophie Bonaste is a novelist who never set out to be a novelist. As a child, she wanted to be a Broadway actress and spent her childhood in numerous productions. But when adulthood set in and reality took over, Sophie chose to give up the theatre for a steady paycheck and instead turned to writing as a creative outlet. She stumbled into the M/M genre through fanfiction and never looked back. Sophie is quite happy with her change in artistic expression and doesn’t plan to stop writing for a long time.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Sophie is an avid fan of all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. (Sophie is a member of the Slytherin house, for those who were wondering.) Sophie also spends many hours watching and re-watching nerdy television shows. When she is not obsessing over the latest and greatest in nerdy entertainment, Sophie can be found screaming at her television during American football games. (Go Pack Go!) Sophie currently lives in Pennsylvania, about twenty minutes from her childhood town of The Middle of Nowhere.