A Conversation with Sara Ella

Today, the INSPY Awards warmly welcomes author, Sara Ella. Her novel, Unblemished (Thomas Nelson) is on the 2017 shortlist in the Literature for Young Adults category. Please join us in welcoming Sara.

Sara shares about spending a day in the life of her characters (Ebony or Ky), Unblemished’s creation – plus more!


Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself? – Goodreads


INSPYs: If you had to walk one day in the life of one of your characters, who would it be and why? I think I’d like to see what it’s like to be Ebony or Ky. They are both so confident and don’t seem to care what others think of them. I relate to El’s insecurities a lot. It might be nice to be the opposite for a change.

Sara’s workspace! [this is where the magic happens, readers!]

What inspired Unblemished? It was partly my love for Beauty & the Beast (true beauty lies within), but mostly stemmed from my own experience as a teen. I remember what it was like to feel ugly because of acne. To never want to look in the mirror because of mean things people said. And nowadays with filtered selfies and so much on social media telling us who to be and how many likes define us, I wanted to write something that showed teens they can and should be exactly who they are.

  1. What are you watching?The Handmaid’s Tale (which is totally addicting by the way).
  2. What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber (and its AMAZING!)

Faceoff Questions:
  1. Print or Ebook? Print! My Kindle just doesn’t smell the same 😉
  2. Early Bird or Night Owl? Used to be a night owl but morphed into an early bird. Don’t ask me why, LOL.
  3. Call or Text? Depends on who you are and what’s going on. I love long convos with my besties, but most of the time texting is the quicker, easier route.


Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney-style castle. Today, she is a winner of the ECPA Christian Book Award for her debut novel Unblemished, which released to magical applause: “a stunning journey into a fascinating new world of reflections” (RT Book Reviews). Sara spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After Is Never Far Away.” Connect with Sara online at SaraElla.com, Facebook: WritingHisTruth, Twitter: @SaraEllaWrites, Instagram: SaraEllaWrites, and YouTube: Sara Ella.

Thanks so much for joining us on the INSPYs blog today, Sara. It was a pleasure to host you and spotlight, Unblemished.