Author Interview with Sarah Fine + Giveaway

Our third author for the week will be…. *drum roll* SARAH FINE. I’ve almost read everything she has put out and I have never regretted the decision. I will continue to push her books at everyone I know and really I don’t know what to tell you if you haven’t taken the time to pick up one of her books. She is not just talented though, she is also very amusing…. sometimes… when she isn’t busy trying to stomp on my feels. Thank you so much for joining us today, Sarah!

What’s your favorite thing about being an author?

Hands down, interacting with people who have read and enjoyed my books. I’m always irrationally joyful when I get to talk with someone who’s actually read something I wrote. So apart from the actual crafting of a story, and the privilege of having that as my occupation, meeting readers is the best.

If you had to choose, what do you think your favorite genre would be?

I like fantasy! I deal in hard realities at my day job, so losing myself in a different world is fabulous.

I know you have a new Adult Urban Fantasy coming out in Jan next year (!!!!!!). Could you tell us more about it? :D

YES! MARKED is about Cacy Ferry, a paramedic in post-eco-disaster Boston who moonlights in the family business of transporting souls to the afterlife. She has to solve her CEO father’s murder and prevent the business from falling into the hands of the mischievous, evil Kere before her handsome new partner, Eli, becomes one of the casualties.

This book was so much fun to write. It’s a modern twist on Greek mythology set in this chaotic, futuristic canal city of Boston. It’s violent and sexy (if I do say so myself). And the sequel—CLAIMED–comes out March 24th, 2015!

Both Sanctum and Of Metal and Wishes deal with heavy issues, which one was harder for YOU to write?

Well, Sanctum was the second book I ever wrote, so from the perspective of story structure and such, it was definitely harder. I wrote OMAW much more quickly. In terms of issues, honestly, these things are not usually hard for me to write about, perhaps because I spend most of my time thinking and talking about them in my job as a psychologist. My biggest concern with Sanctum, though, was to respectfully portray people struggling with past trauma and depression while still being badass and resilient when possible, and relatable and understandable when not possible. And when it’s not possible—those are the scenes that make me cry.

This is going to be a tough question, what’s the book that affected/inspired you the most?

Book that affected me the most: Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis. It’s the one book I’ve read where I identified with the main character so closely that I couldn’t get it out of my head.

There are so many books that inspire me, though, and many that make me want to be a better writer. So that’s a long list that I won’t get into here!

 

Time for a round of THIS OR THAT

Vanilla or chocolate?

Vanilla

Netflix or Hulu?

Hulu

Music or no Music?

Music!

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE.

YA or Adult?

Ummmm. These days I read more YA, but I have to say, writing adult is preeeeetty fun ;)

 

Sarah Fine

I’m the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust (coming in August 2015), and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing). I’m also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/Penguin: Scanand its sequel Burn (which will be published in 2015). My first adult urban fantasy romance novel, Marked, will be published in January 2015 by 47North/Amazon Publishing, with the sequel, Claimed, coming in March 2015. When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing. Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

 

 Find her on:

Twitter | WebsiteGoodreads

Sarah has also very graciously offered up a copy of Of Metal and Wishes (her latest) to our readers! 

Giveaway Rules

  • You must be 13 or above in order to join
  • The Social Potato and Sarah Fine will not be responsible for any damaged/lost goods
  • Once a winner is announced, an email will be sent. If we don’t receive a reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be picked
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  1. says

    I did not know that Claimed comes out so soon after Marked but that has me even excited, Rashika! You know how much I love Sarah Fine and how much I fangirl over her in my DMs to you. :D She is the one author whose books I’ve all given 5 stars to!!
    Also, that was interesting learning that she wrote Of Metal and Wishes before Sanctum! I can see why she was worried about not offending people suffering from depression. She did a fabulous job I think!
    Thanks for sharing, Rashika! :)
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  2. says

    I read Of Metal and Wishes a few months ago and absolutely adored it, but had no idea that she had another YA novel published! I am definitely going to have to get my hands on Sanctum ASAP though because it sounds absolutely pheonominal. :D Thank you for the awesome interview and generous giveaway Rashika! <3
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  3. says

    Retellings and romance, I’m sold. The reviews I’ve seen from bloggers are really great, too! I do plan on checking out or buying this book in the near future. I’m completely sold.

  4. says

    Awesome interview, I haven’t read any books by Sarah Fine yet but I really like the sound of Sanctum! I am dying to read of Metal and Wishes though, so thanks for the giveaway. I find it fascinating that she’s a psychologist as her day job because no doubt she’d write some well thought out characters. Great interview lovelies!

  5. says

    I have heard a lot of good things about her books but I have yet to read one myself! I have this book on my TBR as well, so I would love to be in for winning this. ^^ The cover to the books is amazing.