Remember that epic YA high fantasy book I was talking about? Snow Like Ashes. Yeah, that’s the one. The one that I gave 5 stars and had the kick ass female heroine Miera. Well I got the privilege to do my segment 5 Quick Questions with the author Sara Raasch.
Head just exploded and I’m have a complete fangirl moment. Back in 5.
Okay, sorry about that but can’t you tell that I’m super excited. I got to freaking ask questions and you know what she answered them. Woohoo! Freaking amazeballs. Think my head might explode again just thinking about this wonderful opportunity that I had so I’m going to stop rambling now and let you the reader see what all the fuss is about. Enjoy 🙂
1)I must thank you for taking the time out of you busy schedule to this for Creatyvebooks. My Followers and I are truly excited. So how are you? Your book Snow Like Ashes (SLA) is the most talked about book going around the interweb. That must make you excited and nervous at the same time. So much pressure for the second book to be just as great.
My pleasure! Aw, shucks 🙂
I am so excited! It’s been a whirlwind of excitement and fear, hehe. Lots of pressure, but at the same time, lots of joy!
2)Speaking of the second book. When can we Winterians expect the second book of this phenomenal series to be out? Yes, Snow Like Ashes just came out but I and others are just excited to keep on reading. So we need to know…lol
Book 2 will be out next fall! No exact date yet, but Fall 2015 is the slot. Book 3 will be out Fall 2016!
3)Since Snow Like Ashes is already a hit do you think it will be turned into a movie? I hope it does. How awesome would that be to see your character Meira kicking ass on the big scene?
No movie news yet, but it’d certainly be fun! I always love fan casting though, and the actress Ksenia Solo would be PERFECT for Meira! She’s in one of my favorite shows, Lost Girl. OBSESSED WITH THIS SHOW.
4)Keeping to the kick-assery of this interview, Meira is one fierce Heroine. Not too many of those in the YA genre. Is Meira based on someone in your life? Or are the qualities she possess something you pictured and wanted your main character to display? Nothing like having a strong female who can handle her own when the time comes.
Meira is who I wanted to be as a teen. Strong, confident, and sure of what she wants. Writing her in my teen years helped me have something to hold onto — if Meira could get through a world torn by war, I could survive high school!
5)Can I say thank you for making Theron different from your typical male love interest and character. He is a lover of poetry and the arts and he is proud of it. Not only does he accept Meira for who she is (a Soldier, Warrior, Winterian) but he doesn’t try to change her. He knows that she is quite capable of taking care of herself. What made you decide to go in that direction with Theron? Frankly there are enough “Me Tarzan, You Jane. Only I can protect you because I’m the male” type characters.
The thing that truly defines Meira and Theron’s relationship is equality. They share a common struggle — being used — and thus they team up based on this similar issue. Theron knows what it’s like to have someone in his life dominating him, so he would never inflict that kind of lifestyle on someone else. He wants freedom from his father — and therefore, where he has the power, he will help Meira achieve freedom.
6)I know this is supposed to be 5 quick question but I have to ask–what is one of your all-time favorite read from childhood? The book that you could never get sick of?
Sharon Shinn’s the Twelve Houses series. I reread it to this day and still adore it — the world, the characters, the story. It’s all absolutely fantastic, if you like adult fantasy!
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, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.
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.
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