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Guest Author - Sarah J Maas

Hi Sarah,

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Jeez. I’m so bad at this stuff. I suppose I could tell you that I’m twenty-eight years old, a New York City native, and that I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series. Or I could tell you about how I’m a total homebody who loves nothing more than marathoning tv shows on Netflix with my dog for hours on end, or baking ungodly amounts of sweets, or that when I’m on deadline for a book, I live in old t-shirts and yoga pants (and shower very, very rarely). Or I could tell you that I’ve been writing since I was twelve, working on TOG since I was sixteen, and that the fact that I’m a full-time, published author still blows my mind.


Heir of Fire is the third book in the series to be published could you tell us a little bit about this book, which has been described as heart-pounding and will get you on the edge of your seat!

Well, it’s hard to talk about Heir of Fire without spoiling the first few books in the series, BUT I will say that it’s a direct continuation of the events in Crown of Midnight (and focuses a great deal on the aftermath of some of those events), that it introduces some new characters, and is my favorite book so far.


Throne of Glass has been immensely popular, it has sold in more than 17 languages, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Teen Book of the Year and was one of the top three YA debuts of 2012. As that 16 year old did you ever imagine it would be this successful?

God, no. Like, never. My wildest dream was to get published and see my book on a shelf—that was all I ever wanted for myself. All the rest…it’s just beyond anything I ever imaged or hoped for. I still have days when I feel like I need to pinch myself.


You’re a big fan of Disney, what is your all time favourite movie and why?

This is literally the most impossible question to answer. Emotionally, I’d say The Little Mermaid: my earliest memory is seeing it in theaters, so I’ll always have a deep attachment to it as a film. But based on storytelling, animation, songs…Beauty and the Beast. It’s still Disney’s crowning achievement, and I still can’t watch it without sobbing at the end. It’s one of the most lovely and perfect films ever made (animated or otherwise).

Being crowned a New York Times bestselling author is a brilliant achievement, is there anything else in your career as a writer you would like to achieve?

Honestly, if I get to publish books for the rest of my life, I’ll consider myself blessed. Regardless of any level of success, if I can still have my books published in the decades to come, I’ll be thrilled.


Lots of our young writers are huge fans of the Throne of Glass series, are there any top tips or advice you could give to a young budding author?

Don’t listen to the haters. Plenty of people are gonna tell you that you can’t do it, that what you’re writing isn’t “real” literature, that you should be realistic about your dreams: don’t listen to them. Write what you love, work hard, and the rest will fall into place. The only person who can ever get you to stop writing is you.


You have had a great career so far, what are your hopes and plans for the next five years?

Well, I’ll be finishing up the Throne of Glass series in the same year (2017) that I finish my new trilogy, A Court of Thorns and Roses (out starting May 2015), so…I suppose one of my plans is to eventually figure out what I’ll write next! But seriously, I suppose my biggest hope is to just keep doing what I love: writing and sharing my stories with wonderful readers.

You can find out more about Sarah on her website