Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

Hosted BySarah Dickinson

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Bookshelves will talk with her guest about:


I’m getting real about all things books and serving you up a bit of snark on the side.

Ep. 36: Claire Gibson (Author of Beyond the Point)

In Episode 36, Claire Gibson, author of Beyond the Point (my review), talks about the inspiration behind the novel, what it was like growing up on the West Point campus, two editorial choices she made, and…of course, shares her book recommendations!

This post contains affiliate links (plus: here’s your Amazon Smile-specific affiliate link), through which I make a small commission when you make a purchase (at no cost to you!).


  • What it was like to grow up on the West Point campus.
  • A story about one of the women she interviewed as research for the book that didn’t make it into the book.
  • Which of the three main characters is most like Claire herself.
  • How Claire decided to more or less reveal the crux of the ending in the Prologue.
  • Why Claire decided to make her three main characters competitive athletes (they all played basketball for West Point).
  • A glimpse into Claire’s second novel (which she’s currently working on).
  • Claire’s favorite book of all-time.

Claire’s Book Recommendations

Two OLD Books She Loves 

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T Love

One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Claire

Website | Instagram | Twitter

When people ask Claire where she’s from, she doesn’t have a good answer. Just like millions of other Army Brats around the world, she moved somewhere new every few years, so she has plenty of answers to choose from: I grew up at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where her father was a professor. She attended Furman University in South Carolina. She studied in Asia as a young adult. And sometime in 2009, she put down roots in Nashville. 

She writes about anything that strikes her as interesting, which means she’s written about the military, travel, faith, food and education. 

Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entrepreneur Magazine, among many other publications. Her debut novel, Beyond the Point, was published April 2, 2019 by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins. 

Support the Podcast

  • Support on Patreon – When you support the podcast on Patreon for $5/month, get bonus podcast episodes and other goodies!
  • Share – If you like the podcast, I’d love for you to share it with your reader friends…in real life and on social media (there’s easy share buttons at the bottom of this post!).
  • Subscribe…wherever you listen to podcasts, so new episodes will appear in your feed as soon as they’re released.
  • Rate and Review – Search for “Sarah’s Book Shelves” in Apple Podcasts…or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Subscribe to Our Newsletter