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On tour: Meet the author Sarah J Maas

Sarah J Maas is the author of the ‘Throne of Glass’ series, including the latest instalment, Queen of Shadows (Bloomsbury, September). She will be touring Melbourne and Sydney, and attending Supanova in Adelaide and Brisbane in November.

What are you reading right now?

The manuscript for the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses for the 100,000th time. I’m in the middle of the revision process with
my editor.

What are you planning to read next?

Oh, man, I have so many books in my to-be-read pile! Depending on my mood, it’ll probably be between Nalini Singh’s latest ‘Guild Hunter’ novel Archangel’s Enigma (Gollancz), Naomi Novik’s Uprooted (Tor) or something by Patricia A McKillip.

Which book do you always recommend?

Anything by Sharon Shinn.

What was the defining book of your childhood?

If we’re going way back to picture books, then The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (Annick Press) basically explains why I turned out the way I did. (Princess defeats the dragon who kidnapped her prince, then realises her prince is a loser, dumps him, and dances off—alone—into the sunset.)

If you were a literary character you’d be …

Mogget from Sabriel (Garth Nix, A&U).

What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?

Either Howl’s Moving Castle or the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

What’s your favourite books website or blog?

The best place for any sort of writing or publishing advice is Susan Dennard’s website: I send every aspiring writer (or anyone curious about publishing) to her site.

Hardback, paperback or digital?

Mass-market paperback.

Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter. Hands down.

In 50 years’ time books will be …

Still being written and loved and championed by readers. Books are eternal, no matter what format they’re printed/published in. 

(Photo credit: Josh Wasserman.)



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