Guest Post: RRBC “Spotlight Author” SARA HATHAWAY on Day After Disaster

Today I am honored to have Sara Hathaway, author of The Day After Disaster and fellow RRBC member, as a guest on my blog. Sara is here to tell us a bit about the philosophy behind her book.


Day After Disaster Philosophy
One day, as a teenager, I was hanging out at the Middle Fork of the American River. I asked my girlfriends that I was with, what would happen if we lost all power tomorrow? I was absolutely horrified when they replied, “we wouldn’t have our curling irons or blow dryers.”

I have never been your typical “girl”. I just wasn’t raised that way. My mother was the middle child in a group of five girls and quickly became my grandfather’s masculine counterpart. She helped him with all the chores a boy would have and eventually became a very skilled upholsterer, working with her hands. She was as big a “tom boy” as her daughter turned out to be.

Book CoverI grew up in Michigan. My family would go out fishing on the Great Lakes with my grandparents in huge fishing boats with all the latest depth finders, downriggers and planer boards (that’s fishing jargon). We had picnics at the gun club where we had .22 rifle competitions for back to school supplies. Eventually, I was only allowed to use the oldest guns without sites because I was winning too much gear. I learned how to fillet fish and gut animals. Not exactly doing my nails and following the latest fashion (camouflage wasn’t really a fashion back then).

Guess I should have known how differently my future girlfriends would have thought about a power outage. My first thoughts had been on computer networks, food refrigeration, and public safety. I pondered the question I had asked and their response for many years and honestly I have never stopped.

I still live in the country, side by side with nature, but I have watched the world closely. I have watched our society become more and more dependent upon electricity. Our global communications are made possible by satellites orbiting the world, dependent upon solar power. Computers weave into every facet of life. They control our vehicles. They control our homes. Our social life is conducted via Facebook and Twitter. Everyday life is made easy with the assistance of a machine. TVs flip on and technology allows us to fast forward through commercials (just like we always dreamed of). Food is ready in seconds with the handy, dandy microwave and what about coffee? Have you ever had to use a percolator? Would you know how to make a cup without power or a single serving bag?

Life hasn’t been this way for long but unfortunately we are forgetting many life-preserving skills rapidly. Just a couple of generations ago they knew not only how to grow a garden but what to do with the food to make it last all year. They knew how to flush a carburetor to get your engine running. They knew exactly where the meat they were eating came from because chances are it wasn’t living too far away, even if you lived in the city. They understood death in a world without modern medicine and grew to accept it. They were survivors.

Have we, as an American Society, learned enough to survive in their world, one void of computers and modern technology? I don’t think so. Most of the parents I know in recent generations have always wanted their children to have an “easier” life. One better and less laborious than the one they lived. People have grown up sheltered from a natural reality and instead had it substituted with technology. This is crippling the American Society and the problem is just getting worse.

It’s time to wake up and remember. It’s time to ease the pain of the grocery bill by growing your own food and preserving the food you grow or buy from other neighborhood farmers. It’s time to learn how to survive without the precious electric meter running. It’s time to learn how to walk through a forest and know what is available for you to eat there. There may never come a day when these skills are necessary for everyday life but what if they were? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to learn sooner rather than later and by all means pass these essential skills down to your children?

About the Author:

Author PhotoSara F. Hathaway is an individual with an insatiable urge for learning. She grew up in the woods of Michigan, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning, and horseback riding with her family. She loved to learn about the stories of times past from her great grandparents and grandparents. She learned about a time much different from our own when a trip to the grocery store was not all it took to make sure your family was fed. She delighted in the outdoors and learning how to survive there without the trappings of modern life.  She has extensively researched and practiced survival techniques and utilized forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past.

After moving to the rural mountain landscape of California, she attended The California State University of Sacramento and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Management. She managed many businesses, all while working on the manuscript for her novel, Day After Disaster. Eventually she realized that her passion for the outdoors and learning about survival techniques outweighed her passion for the business world. She took her marketing skills and applied them to launching a successful platform for her first novel.

Sara still lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons where she is at work on the sequel to her first novel. She delights in helping other authors find the same marketing success and enjoys her time that she gets to spend honing her survival skills while teaching these skills to her sons.

She is currently  at work on the sequel to her first novel and helping other authors skyrocket their careers to the next level. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit:

Book Description:

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.

Book Links:!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

Follow Sara online!

31 thoughts on “Guest Post: RRBC “Spotlight Author” SARA HATHAWAY on Day After Disaster

  1. This post makes me think back to the Y2K bug that had everyone scrambling. I remember the long days spent at work trying to ensure all our old computers were compliant… and then holding our breaths as the clock passed the midnight mark into New Year’s Day, wondering what disasters would await us.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Rebecca I thought Y2K was the biggest farce that ever happened. If someone can create that kind of hysteria, what could happen next? I wondered about that too.


  2. Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Excellent thoughts from the author. Reblogging on Archer’s Aim – would love to have Sara do a guest post on my site soon about writing survival for fictional characters!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. I think I would be able to cope. I have my sourdough starter, a pickling crock, know how to garden, and can my own food. I also know how to hunt, fish, and forage. I’ve often considered writing such a story myself, but other plots call me off.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Wow, what an intriguing title. I wondered about this but put it out of my mind. The closest we came to catastrophe was in 2003 when we had a blackout that affected parts of Canada. We live right next to Windsor in downtown Detroit. We purchased a GE Generator and it has served us well ever since. We’ve had more power outages than I can count and yet we were not personally affected. Our generator kicked in each time. I thought I was living in a third world country because our power utility doesn’t seem to be able to keep up with the demand…something I always thought needs to be looked at carefully. I joined the Sierra Club because of my concern for mindless, over-development. Sarah I think your book is an idea whose time has come. I don’t get this total dependency on power. Thank you for writing this story. I’m from Michigan by the way, bred in the projects and city where you are never taught survival skills.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thanks for the great comment Shirley. I have used my story to get people thinking and appreciating the conveniences we take for granted. Good to see you have been thinking about it as well. Better to learn and never need it than to need the knowledge and never have learned it.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Thank you for the great, thought-provoking post. Could I survive without modern technology? Probably. But it would definitely be hard. Yes, I can use a non-powered peculator for coffee. But my husband asked me, “Can you build a fire?” No, I couldn’t, at least not without matches, a lighter, or something like that. I told him that would be his job. I remember we had an ice storm many years ago and were without power for over a week. Well, this has actually happened to me twice. The last time there was a blizzard. The first time I was in the 7th grade and the second time I was an adult. When I was younger, I kind of enjoyed the cooking and staying warm by a kerosene heater (the old kind, not the newer types of today. The second time I was about to pull my hair out by the end of the week when the power came back on and we stayed in a hotel anyway. I can fish and can food. But would we have the essential materials to do it with although between us and our neighbors we could. I used to pick at my husband that if catching a fish was necessary to our survival that we would starve to death. I can shoot a gun if need be and used to be pretty good at it.

    We do have non-powered heating equipment in our home. We have a wood stove and propane heaters. Living in the rural mountains, you never know when the power might go out, especially in the winter months. We used to have a small generator but it’s broke right now. I always wanted one of those that would operate the whole house.

    Lots to think about.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. I am so flattered by all of your comments and so appreciative for the energy you took to do that! I am proud to get this conversation started because it could really make a difference one day. Plus it gets us thinking about local food, supporting our local food growers so they can do what they do and we can eat better food.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Hi Sara, just the title of your book is food for thought. Depending on what a person has to work with after a disaster, every skill learned could prove worthwhile. With the way the weather has been behaving lately, storing up supplies and learning some survival skills feels much like an imperative.

    Thanks, Cassidy, for hosting Sara on your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sorry Sara, I’m only joining the wagon now. Sometimes we just lose count. I empathize completely with you about not being very girly. I was a tom boy too when I was growing up. Good luck on your tour. Thank you Cassidy for hosting her.


  9. This is a very fascinating post, Sarah. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of urban dwellers in the developed world would be hard put to survive without electrical power! Thanks for hosting, Cassidy!


  10. I’m a couple days late, but had to comment on this post. I totally agree with you, Sara. Your post was quite thought-provoking. I have to admit, although I’m a country girl, and believe I could survive a little while without all the luxuries technology has provided, I wouldn’t want to for very long. My feeling is why make things harder than they have to be? But I appreciate your sentiments on this subject. These days it’s just easier said than done.

    Enjoy the rest of your Spotlight Week! Thanks for hosting, Cassidy!


  11. What a great post, Sarah! Best of luck with all that you do. Congrats on being Spotlight Author! 🙂

    Cassidy, thanks for hosting Sarah on your fabulous blog 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s