Interview with Sara Raasch

Author Interview

Hello my lovely readers! I have a special surprise for everyone today. After taking a chance I was able to conduct a email interview with NYT bestselling author Sara Raasch *high pitched squeal*

So in honor of Frost like Night’s release day, I’m posting my interview with her. Yay!

Meet Sara Raasch.

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Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.

Is there a certain type of scene in your trilogy that you found difficult to write?

“I tend to enjoy writing action scenes more than romance scenes, so the romance ones are always the scenes I go back over a hundred times, tweaking, deleting, adjusting, improving, until I’m sick to death of them!”

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment in Snow Like Ashes?

“I’ve had so many people tell me that hearing my publication story (having started writing SLA when I was twelve and seeing it published 12+ years later) inspired them to keep writing. That has been by far the best thing!”

 

On Harper Collins, your bio states you used to try and sell picture books at your friends’ lemonade stand. How then did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

“I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first knew what books were! It’s always been a part of my identity. It’s in my blood, I suppose!”

 

What do you think makes a good lead character?

“Anyone can be a good lead character, but the thing I always try to hone in on is a character’s ability to be relatable. Even beyond just lead characters—the characters that stick with you, be them villains or random side characters, are the ones you see a bit of yourself in, even for a moment. So finding those traits, quirks, or beliefs that give readers a sense of familiarity can make all the difference!”

 

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Buy SNOW LIKE ASHES, ICE LIKE FIRE, and FROST LIKE NIGHT now!

 

Stay tuned for my review of A Snow Like Ashes coming out later today.

Snow Like Ashes Summary

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one’s destiny.

Thanks Sara for taking the time to interview with me. Also congrats on the new book!

May Author’s Gallery Interview

Author Interview, Writer's Feature

Good morning everyone! Today I’m suffering from a extreme fangirl moment! I got a chance to interview a NYT bestselling author and a new favorite YA author of mine who I found by complete mistake.

This is how it works, each month I will post a two part feature. The first part will be an interview with the month’s author and include a short bio. The second part of the feature is a sample of the writer’s work. Sounds pretty cool right?

Everyone give a big welcome to May’s writer. *claps*

 

Meet Wendy Higgins.

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Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University. 

Now onto the interview…

Tell us your latest news.

“Well, my latest book, The Great Hunt, published on March 8th. It’s the first in a brand new 2-book duology. The sequel is finished and in edits. And I’m working on my first New Adult book now! I plan to self-publish it.”

 

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?

“Hm…I’ve wracked my brain to think of something, but I can’t presume to know anything that others don’t know, or to say that anyone is wrong about what they think. My genres are paranormal/urban fantasy, high fantasy, and romance. Within those genres are subgenres. I can only really talk about the writing process, and for me high fantasy was the absolute hardest thing to write. Ever.”

 

Were there alternate endings to any of the books you’ve written?

“When I first wrote Sweet Evil it was actually one standalone book, not a trilogy. It focused solely on Anna and Kaidan without any of the secondary characters. It wasn’t until after I finished it that I started wishing I could extend it somehow, and that’s when I got the idea to break it into a trilogy. So yes, that story had not only a different ending, but also a different middle!”

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

“Both positive and negative reviews are necessary. There are all types of readers, and books are subjective. What one person might love another person will hate. The way I see it, reviews are for other readers, not for the author. The book is published. I cannot make changes. But readers can guide one another with their reviews. A good review garners more interest from likeminded readers. A bad review will help to steer away readers who would not enjoy certain aspects of your story. I do not read reviews of my books.”

 

For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional hardcover books?

“I actually like both. I like to get hardback books when I can have them signed by the author.”

 

Give us an insight into one of your main characters. What does he/she do that is so special?

“From The Great Hunt: Princess Aerity Lochson is smart—she’s well versed in languages—and she learned the art of silk acrobatics from her mother. Paxton Seabolt is a commoner, a hunter and fisherman, who joins the hunt to kill the great beast.”

 

 

 

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Check back tomorrow to see a excerpt of Wendy’s new YA novel entitled The Great Hunt!