Thinking in Threes: Sara B. Larson

We are thrilled to welcome our Thinking in Three’s  Sara B. Larson, whose final book in her Defy series is out TODAY!!!

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY, and the sequels IGNITE and ENDURE. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction. She’s online at

TTOF: Which three authors (alive or dead) would you most like to meet? 

C.S. Lewis
J.K. Rowling
Jane Austen

TTOF: Planner, Pantser or Hybrid? Give us three insights into your drafting process.

I’m a hybrid—I usually know the beginning and the end of my book, and some of the major events along the way when I start. I start with a document where I keep all of my character information, world building notes, and a loose outline of the book, and then I start writing. I keep the document open so that if I think of anything while I’m writing (any scene ideas, plot arc stuff, character insights, etc.) I can quickly switch over, jot it down, and then go back to the manuscript and keep going. I do this until I’m about 1/3 – 1/2 through and then I usually have enough threads going that I have to actually write out a synopsis of how I’m going to write the rest of the book, scene by scene. It helps me make sure I’m keeping it all together and know where I’m going so I can keep drafting as quickly as possible.

TTOF: What are your three recent favorite reads? 

Sometimes I get to read books early, so some are early 2016 releases, but I loved them all!

BURNING GLASS by Kathryn Purdie
TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

Thanks Sara!