Dec 5, 2014

Author Spotlight: Sarah J. Maas

Last year, I ended 2013 with Susan Dennard. This year, I'm ending 2014 with her BFF, Sarah J. Maas. Now, if you haven't heard of Sarah, you've clearly been living under a rock. Or you don't read, which is just weird. She is the author of The Assassin's Blade [2014], Throne of Glass [2012], Crown of Midnight [2013], Heir of Fire [2014] and her new, upcoming series, A Court of Thorns and Roses [2015] along with the next addition to the Throne of Glass series (currently untitled). As a huge fan of her Throne of Glass series, I must tell you to add ACOTAR to your TBR list. Actually, preorder it. You won't regret it - it's AMAZING.

Sarah is probably one of the coolest authors you'll meet. She's so funny, down-to-earth and chill. Just sitting down with her, you'll hear some of the funniest stories you've ever heard. She's incredibly kind and extremely loving and grateful to every single reader she has; whether it's your first time meeting her or like your fifth, she appreciates you each and every time.

I’m Sarah J. Maas, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). The Assassin’s Blade, a bind-up of all five TOG novellas is out now! Starting in Spring 2015 – my New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well! Hooray! I was born/raised in Manhattan, but traded freezing winters and sweltering summers for No Winter Ever Weather when I followed my then-boyfriend (now husband!) out to California in 2008. After six years in SoCal, I’ve finally returned to the East Coast, and am currently residing in the Philadelphia area. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College with a degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in Religious Studies. I’m represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Biography taken from Sarah's website.

How difficult is it writing two different series at one time? Do you ever have the issue of having a deadline for one but really, really wanting to write for the other because there’s so much of the story already right there in your head, waiting to be put down on paper?

Oh, that totally happens to me all the time! Which is why I think I love working on two series at once: when I get sick of one world, I can just go play in the other. I think it helps keep my love for both series pretty healthy & fresh. I’ve never had trouble keeping the two worlds/characters separate, because both are so vivid to me—which is probably part of why my books are all so damn long.

You and Susan Dennard are writing a free New Adult story online (and I know you’re both taking a break from it because of deadlines) but have you two considered writing a book together for publishing? What do you think it would be about and what genre, if you did?

WELL! We’re actually releasing new Starkillers chapters this month, and all through January AND February! We’re so obsessed with this story that despite various deadlines, we picked up writing it again in November, and we’re so, so, so excited to be sharing more material!

Re: writing a book together for publication: We actually wrote a middle grade fantasy novel, Nautilus (a retelling of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with magic and mecha and mayhem), that got sent around to publishers and never sold. Honestly, I’m kinda glad it didn’t—if it had, we wouldn’t have had the chance to write Starkillers, which is my favorite thing ever, ever, ever (and I think I’m much more inclined to write books with lots of kissing/sexytimes, anyway). But Nautilus still holds a special place in my heart & always will.

Starkillers is a long way off from being finished, but in the future, I think Sooz and I would love to co-write any/all kinds of projects. We have some ideas already on the backburner that we talk about & plan from time to time, so it’d be awesome to one day share those projects, too.

After being a pretty darn successful writer midway through one series and your new series is highly anticipated by most, do you still get nervous and anxious over the fact that it’s a world no one’s been introduced to yet nor characters no one really knows? What kinds of things do you do to prepare yourself for a new book release?

Oh, absolutely. Now that ARCs of A Court of Thorns and Roses are out in the wild, I’m both super-excited and super-nervous to hear what people think! I wrote this book way back in 2009, so it’s absolutely insane to realize that it’s now a Real Book That People Are Reading, and that it’s no longer this fun side-project just for me to read/enjoy.

Though with every new book I publish, I’m always a combination of excitement and nerves. I honestly don’t have a tried-and-true method of coping right before/around release day, though this past year, I was on vacation in Scotland right before Heir of Fire released, and it actually helped me find some much-needed zen before getting on the road for my U.S. tour (having no internet access helped, too).

If you could go on a tour to five cities with four other authors, where would you go and who would you take with you?

Easy: Susan Dennard, Alex Bracken, Christina Lauren (aka Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) and Jennifer L. Armentrout, because I’m obsessed with them as human beings and as authors (seriously, READ THEIR BOOKS. THEY’RE AMAZING). I’d want to hit up some crazy-awesome & fun US cities, like New Orleans, Charleston, Vegas, New York, and Miami… THOUGH, if we’re talking European Dream Tour, we’d totally go to London, Paris, Prague, Rome, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and Barcelona.

…..Can someone please make this happen?

What’s the next book you want to read when you get some free time to do so?

Jennifer L. Armentrout’s White Hot Kiss. I’ve heard such amazing things about it, and it’s been sitting on my nightstand forever. Also, I still need to read the latest from J.R. Ward, Thea Harrison, and Nalini Singh.

And random question time: If you could eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A tie between sushi (I’m talking, like, Jiro-Dreams-of-Sushi quality), and dumplings from Din Tai Fung.

Cupcakes or cookies? Cupcakes! (Especially those made by Jen/Jenuine Cupcakes.)

Hardcover or paperback? Paperback (though I like owning first edition hardcovers of my favorite books, too.)

Series or Standalone? (to read) Series! (Big surprise.)

Writing in the morning or the evening? Afternoon!

Coffee or tea? Tea! (English Breakfast, to be exact.)

Werewolf or vampire? Oh God. Hardest question ever. I’ll say vampire, because I’m obsessed with J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Bad boy or boy next door? Bad boy. Totally. (Though I totally married a boy-next-door type.)

Summer or winter? Fall!

Ebook or physical book? Physical books, please! (Though I do love my e-reader.)

Group tour or individual tour? (for yourself) Group tour with my best friends (see above)!

One lucky winner will win a book of their choice. Not only will you win a book but you will have the option to get it personalized by Sarah, herself. I was going to offer the first three books of the series but then I realized their heavy and the shipping for overseas would've been insane so I decided with one book.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 25, 2014. The winner will have to wait until March since the next scheduled time I will be seeing Sarah is at ApollyCon in February 2015. I will send out a reminder email in 2015 so you know I didn't forget! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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  1. I haven't read Pushing the Limits. :O

    It would be awesome to see Stephanie Perkins or Rainbow Rowell featured. :)

  2. Amanda P. @ Of Specs and BooksDecember 6, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    AN AWESOME POST!!!! I love SJM sooooo much!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on ACOTAR! Thanks for the giveaway and hosting this awesome interview, seriously! I loved reading what she had to say about her writing process and ACOTAR and Starkillers.
    I think I would really like to see Erika Johansen on here sometime. She wrote The Queen of the Tearling. It was one of my favorite reads of the year!

  3. I've loved Celaena and Chaol since book 1, after reading Heir of Fire Manon has climbed high up there to my favourite characters list quite unexpectedly!!

    I don't know if you've spotlighted either Sara Raasch, Claire Legrand or Sharon Biggs Waller, but I love those ladies!

  4. Well, i loveee Celaena, but Sam owns my heart!!! and its so sad cause he's dead :'( but he was the one to know Celaena and loved her first and he did it SO much ... it's so sad :(

    And i will love to see the twins here : Krista and Becca Ritchie, they have the amazing ADDICTED series <3 <3 they are awesomeee!!! <3

  5. I don't have a favorite yet, but I soon will! My feature co-host and one of our followers made sure I knew anout the ebook specials that were running on the novella compilation and the first book during the release week of HoF, so I am all set to get started right after my last review books of the year. An author I would love to see featured is A. Lynden Rolland because she wrote a marvelous book titled Of Breakable Things and really hasn't been getting much notice. The ebook was dropped to 99¢ to stir up more intetest because the sequel comes out in the spring. I hate comparing books to other books, but other reviewers have also felt that it has a Harry Potter vibe without being much like HP, other than being set in a school, a school for new ghosts. I was in a reading slump of over a month when I picked it up, and it hooked me in the first couple of pages. It pains me when wonderful books like this go overlooked. Sorry for being long winded. Lol!! Anyway, thanks for this stellar giveaway and spotlight. :)

  6. My favorite character...well, in Throne of Glass, it was a tie between Celaena and Nox (who I'm still waiting to hear about again). In Crown of Midnight, It was Celaena and Chaol. In Heir of Fire, it was Rowan, Celaena, and Manon.

  7. I don't have a favorite yet... but I will...soon!

  8. I'd love to see Lisa Kessler or Terry Spear featured!

  9. I've only read the first two books in the series (bulk read though) and am currently on Crown of Midnight but even over all the fabulous boys so far, I will say Celaena, hands down. She is probably my favorite character, EVER, in a book. She is awesome!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway and hosting Sarah J. Maas on your blog :) Since I've only just started reading the series, I've recently become obsessed with it but I don't really know much about the author!

    I would like to see ... gosh I don't know (and I know you didn't mean that as a trick question haha). I really like seeing anyone featured, even when I don't read their books. I just find it interesting reading author's interviews!!

  10. Wooow amazing giveawayyy !! I hope this is international eheheh

  11. Definitely Celaena!! I would LOVE to see Alexandra Bracken on here. Love her!

  12. Celaena! She's a real kick ass girl ;)

  13. Celaena! She's a real kick ass girl ;)
    I'd love if you feature Marissa Meyer. I'm in love with her Lunar Chronicles series

  14. I haven't read the series yet but I really want to. EVERYONE talks about it and I want to be one of the many. :)

  15. I don't have,because I haven't read this series :D but sounds awesome,and in near future I plan to read :)
    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway :)

  16. I have to read Queen of the Tearling still - once I do, maybe we'll see!

    I adore SJM so I was super excited when she agreed for this. Simply made my day. And YES, ACOTAR will be worth the wait. It was BRILLIANT

  17. You know, I really didn't like Manon or her story line for at least half the book. When I came across her in the book, I wanted to skip it BUT I'm really glad I didn't. She was definitely a highlight by the end. OH MAN, I am such a fangirl when it comes to Chaol & Celaena. Obsessed doesn't even begin to cover it LOL

    Sara, I am hoping to have her next year. She's a local author for me and I absolutely loved Snow Like Ashes. I've never read any of Claire or Sharon's books...

  18. Thank you!

    I've never heard of this author but I'll look in to her books! I'm always about finding out about new books :D

  19. Rowan was my favorite in Heir of Fire. I adore him and I can't wait for more of him in the next book!

  20. YES! I'm going to finish her series and see about making this happen, for sure! :D

  21. YES, I love the Lunar Chronciles. I'm gonna try & make this work this year so *crosses fingers*

  22. Well I'm so glad you're interested in this series. It's one of my all-time favorites! :D

  23. YAY! New readers - this series is AMAZING. One of my favorites, for sure!

  24. Agreed! I'm very nervous for him, because SJM is not always kind to her characters. =P

  25. I haven't read any of these books yet, but I'd love to - I've heard amazing things :-D
    Thanks so much for the giveaway and author spotlight! I love getting to know authors a little better!

  26. I still haven' started the series
    waiting till there are more books so I can marathon them

    I would love to see Laini Taylor or Marissa Meyer featured here


    I love pretty much EVERYONE! Well, unless the obvious ones, like the king and all but I LOVE Celaena, Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia, Rowan. :D <3

  28. My favorite character is Celaena and Chaol of course!
    I would love to see maybe Marie Lu?
    Thank you for this amazing chance! :)

  29. My favorite character is definitely Celaena, she's such an amazing, badass character. love her! Of course, I have to mention Chaol for obvious reasons (♥). :)
    I would love to see Joy N. Hensley, Lynne Matson or Pierce Brown featured here.
    Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays! :)


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