Lit IT Girl: Debut Author Sarah Jio

Girl Crush Alert!  We’re so excited that our latest Lit IT Girl pub day is finally here!  Because we read an ARC of Sarah Jio’s fantastic debut a few months ago and have been crushin’ on her bigtime ever since.  And Sarah is also a successful freelance writer-she is the health and fitness blogger at! We’re thrilled she’s accepted out Lit IT Girl crown, and we have a feeling she’s going to rock it better than Kate Middleton!

Already in it’s THIRD printing before it’s release, The Violets of March(out tomorrow, Tuesday April 26th) is women’s fiction at it’s best: a fun escape with a dash of mystery and a spoonful of romance.  We raced through this enchanting novel and think that you will too!

In The Violets of March, A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.

In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.  Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.

Trust us on this one-you will enjoy this book!  And we have FIVE copies to give away!  You know the drill-just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win!  We’ll choose the winners on Wednesday night after 6pm PST.


1. How many agents did you query before you found “the one”? My agent story is an unusual one. I had been working with a great, established NYC agency, but after my agent left to pursue another career outside of publishing, I decided to take the leap and find a new agent, rather that work with her replacement, who had little experience with women’s fiction. I’m so glad I decided to take that scary risk and look for new representation, because it led me to Elisabeth Weed, my agent extraordinaire, who I believe has a bit of magic in her fingertips. And, I got lucky and didn’t have to do a big search. A magazine writer friend of mine, Allison Winn Scotch, kindly introduced me to Elisabeth, and I knew she was a great fit for me. We worked together to make THE VIOLETS OF MARCH sing, and then she sold it in less than a week at auction. I know writers who are uncertain about and unhappy with their agents, and I just feel so fortunate to work with someone who is so talented, hardworking and genuinely fun and enjoyable to collaborate with.

2. What was your rock bottom moment during the process? Every writer will tell you that editing a book can be painful and grueling. After I began working with my agent, she provided detailed edit notes and suggestions about how to improve my novel. The work I had to do was substantial and required a lot of rethinking of characters, plot and execution. There were a few times that, honestly, I stared at my computer screen and thought ‘how the heck am I going to do this? I better just throw in the towel right now.’ But I kept at it because I believed in the story and in my dream of publishing a book. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on myself!

3. How long did it take to write your book? Initially, I wrote the first draft very quickly—as in a few months. But the editing process took close to a year.

4. What did you do to celebrate your book deal? Nothing special, which sounds really lame, I know. But I had two young children at the time (I have three now), and going out and doing something big wasn’t an option. But, I do have a funny story about my German book deal (VIOLETS will be coming out this fall from Heyne, a division of Random House in Germany). I got an email on my Blackberry from my agent while I was on the cereal aisle at Trader Joes. I had a 3 year old in the back of the shopping cart, and a 1 year old in the front, and I scrolled through the email on my phone frantically to read the details of the deal. I nearly passed out with excitement right in front of the instant oatmeal. I think I threw a bottle of good wine in the cart to take home for that night (but you know Trader Joes—nothing too fancy!).

5. Knowing what you know now about publishing your first novel, what would you have done differently? Yikes, I don’t know. I’m still learning so much, and I feel so fortunate that—so far—things have gone very well. I adore my editor, my agent, my book’s cover, and I’m proud of the story inside the cover. There’s so much about publishing that is out of the author’s control, however, and I’m learning to roll with the punches.

6. What’s your biggest distraction or vice while writing? Facebook, Twitter, repeat.

7. Who is your writer crush? Camille Noe Pagan, who, coincidentally, is also a debut author! Her book, The Art of Forgetting, is out in June from Dutton. Funny thing, Camille and I share an agent and an editor. We’re also the same age, write for the same magazines, and were just pregnant at the same time. Clearly, she’s my East Coast twin. And I adore her for encouraging me and supporting me through the pre-publication process. I also happen to think she’s a phenomenal writer.

8. GNO drink of choice? Dirty martini. Extra dirty. Extra olives.

9. Favorite trashy TV show? The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. It’s a shameless Monday night ritual—the one night I do not write.

10. What celeb would you love to have a Twitter war with? Hilarious question. A Twitter war with any celeb would scare my pants off, I’m afraid. I’m a little shy. But I’ll just say that a back-and-forth with Charlie Sheen would sure be interesting, wouldn’t it? I’d stop short of calling myself a rock star from Venus, though.

Want to read more about the fabulous Sarah Jio?  Head on over to her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks Sarah! xoxo, L&L

63 Responses to “Lit IT Girl: Debut Author Sarah Jio”

  1. Sandi Taraschi

    This book sounds great ! Thank you for the chance to win

  2. Janet Merrill

    love the premise of the novel and the connection with the old diary. Sounds like a enthralling read. I am always excited about finding a new author to sink into and its even more fun when you get a little insight into them from a Q &A such as this. I’ve put it on my wish list.

  3. Lacey Niford

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL book to read on my back deck while sipping wine … ; ) It’s on my list!

  4. TarynCR

    the book sounds interesting and her Q&A was a great way to learn more about her.

  5. Nina

    Sounds like a great premise! Excited to see on her website an announcement for a second book! I wonder if she was in Trader Joe’s when that deal went through too?! :)

  6. Emily F

    Thanks for the great Q & A and new book to add to my wish list! It sounds wonderful!

  7. Elisa Abner-Taschwer

    Can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the intro to Sarah! Oh, and I like my martini’s filthy dirty with lots of olives too!!!

  8. Jen B

    This book has been on my wishlist for a long time! Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Shannon J.

    Oh what a great interview!! I have to read this book going on the tbr list now!! Thanks for sharing another great one with us!!!

  10. Rachel

    This sounds really interesting. I’m going to have to go out and find it now.

  11. Colleen Turner

    I have had my eye on this book since I saw talk of it on Goodreads months ago! I have had it on my wishlist since then and cannot wait to read it! Thank you for the insightful and fun interview.

  12. Lisa

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  13. Nancy H

    This has been on my to-read list since I first heard about it! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  14. Mina

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Also, this is such a FABULOUS site for book readers. Women supporting women — love that!

  15. nova c.

    this book sounds really good. the sea is good for healing; and finding an old diary would be a great way to concentrate on something else, too: curious to know what unfolds from that!

  16. Amy

    I’ve been waiting for this to come out! I’ve heard so many good things about it.

  17. Jeannette P

    Loved the Q and A’s! Sounds like a really great read ~ hope I win!

  18. Mary

    What a unique concept for a novel ! I’d love to check out this author.

  19. Jenny Ryan

    I love when writers include diaries or letters in their novels. Any time a writer can include a story-within-a-story successfully definitely enhances the experience for the reader, not to mention the characters!

  20. Kimmi

    That’s why I’m not a wildly popular author: I’m too distracted by Facebook. :)

  21. Nicole T.

    I would love to win this book. I haven’t heard of it until now, and I’m adding it to my wish list. It sounds good!

  22. Heidi Milton

    I love the idea behind the story and Elizabeth Weed ROCKS, so I know this one will be a home run! Congratualtions, Sarah, and thanks for sharing, L & L! I’ve already started my summer TBR list and this one is a shoo-in. :)

  23. karenk

    i have read many favourable reviews…thanks for the chance to read this novel ;)

  24. Sally

    I have been reading Sarah’s Vitamin G blog since it started and I seriously cannot wait to devour this book! I heart the cover too. Fingers crossed that I win. xoxo

  25. Marcia Albrecht

    Sounds like a fantastic read….love the twist of the diary…cannot wait to read!

  26. Suzebomb

    I love these kind of stories where a person in the present somehow connects to a person from the past and is able to learn from what that person went thru in the past to make things better in their world, here in the present. Sounds like a great read!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Susan S.

    I would love to read the book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Tiffany

    Don’t enter me, I have read it and totally agree! Sarah is awesome! She has secured her spot on my MUST READ author list and might have replaced my favorite author. All she has to do is keep writing like she did for Violets and I’m hooked! Everyone should read this book. I loved it!

  29. Michele

    Sounds like a fantastic book. I look forward to reading it!

  30. ErinB

    winner or not I will read this book- sounds awesome!! Wishing her the very best of luck on pub day! :-}

  31. Marie

    I cannot wait to read this book! What a gorgeous cover, and Sarah sounds like such a great, down-to-earth woman. Hooray for new writers and new books! :-)

  32. Catherine

    Adding this one to my wish list….looks like my kind of book!

  33. Kara Mitchell

    Sounds like get a book published is alot of work, so happy for her. I always wanted to be write but not very good at it.

  34. Kate

    Bainbridge Island is one of my favorite places in the Puget Sound. I would love a chance to win this novel. Thanks for the great interview. Best wishes for your Pub Date!

  35. Kathy

    Sounds like such an interesting read! Love finding new authors!

  36. Rebecca R.

    I can’t wait to read this story! She sounds like a new writer that will be around for a long time!

  37. Jerriann Graff

    Can’t wait to read this, I love finding new authors…

  38. Jennifer C

    I’m so excited to check out this book! It has everything I love! I can’t wait to devour it! Thanks CLIND!

  39. Nancy Roessner

    Very good interview! Now I want to read this book and also to try a dirty martini. Although, I can see myself sipping tea while being engrossed in the story.

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