Sarah J. Maas

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: August 07, 2012

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Current Release: Throne of Glass

Describe your current release in two sentences?

An infamous young assassin must battle her way to freedom in a corrupt kingdom where magic has been outlawed.

Please describe your writing environment.

Well, I have a home office, which is where I do all of my writing. I wish that my office was super-interesting and author-ly, but it mostly consists of a desk, three bookshelves, a couch (for reading and/or staring at the ceiling as I brainstorm ideas), and a bunch of knick-knacks from my various travels and adventures. The walls are covered in framed posters (my favorite is a 1927 movie poster from Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS), as well as quotes that inspire me, fan-art, and ballet photos (I'm a big ballet fan). I guess the most striking feature of my office is that I have a mirror hanging behind my desk. I have ALWAYS needed to have a mirror hanging behind my desk (even in college dorm rooms), so I can act out the scenes in my books and study my facial expressions/body language. Totally crazy, but I can't live without it.

What are you working on?

I'm currently working on edits for Book Two of the THRONE OF GLASS series! And I have a few other/non-TOG projects that I'm fiddling with. ;)

What do you feel blessed with?

Oh, goodness. Everything. My whole life feels blessed these days. I'm immensely grateful to have been given the chance to publish THRONE OF GLASS, and this whole journey has been so incredible that I can't even begin to describe it. But I'm especially grateful for all the people in my life--my family, my friends, and the wonderful readers who have fallen in love with THRONE OF GLASS. I feel like the luckiest author in the world.

What was your childhood ambition?

Well, I've always loved telling stories, BUT for a while I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could study great white sharks. I was obsessed with white sharks--seriously, OBSESSED. I read/watched/learned everything I could about them. That dream ended in high school biology, when I barely passed the class thanks to my abysmal math/science skills. Though I still dream of going down to South Africa and getting into a shark cage. ;)

What is your favorite TV show?

Agh. Just one? I am a TV fanatic, so...picking one is nearly impossible for me, and it changes all the time. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is probably my favorite, but I also adore Avatar: The Last Airbender, Battlestar Galactica, Psych, Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, and Friday Night Lights.

What career fields have you worked in?

Well, after college, it took me around 18 months before I could get an actual job. I then spent about a year and a half working as a college study abroad recruiter for The American University in Cairo (it involved me traveling around the West Coast and Southwest). That was my only "real" job before I became a full-time writer. During high school and college, though, I had a number of cool summer jobs that included doing storyboards for a movie production company, working at an antiquities gallery, interning at a graphic design company, and working for a non-profit organization.

What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?

Working on Book Two of THRONE OF GLASS and celebrating THRONE OF GLASS's release! As for what books I'm looking forward to...Oh, man. So many. I can't wait for Nalini Singh's next GUILD HUNTER novel (ARCHANGEL'S STORM), Alex Bracken's THE DARKEST MINDS, Thea Harrison's LORD'S FALL, and J. R. Ward's LOVER AT LAST.

How was your road to publication?

Long. Long, and hard, and utterly amazing. I've been working on the THRONE OF GLASS series for just over ten years now. Long story short, I began writing the series in early 2002, wrote it for six years, then began querying in December 2008. January 2009, I signed with my agent, and we spent several months (including her maternity leave) revising the novel. We went on submission in late summer 2009, then sold to Bloomsbury in March 2010. So, finally getting to release day is pretty surreal--and wonderful.

If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?

Oooh, hard question! It's so easy to romanticize the past, and I worry that the reality would be utterly horrifying (the smells! the garbage! the way women were treated!). BUT, I'd love to go to ancient Egypt around the time of Cleopatra VII--before the Library of Alexandria was destroyed (though that date is still debated). Agh, that'd be so amazing to see.

Thank you so much for having me here today! I had an absolute blast! :)