We’re so excited to welcome debut author Sara Raasch to the blog today! She wrote the incredibly imaginative Snow Like Ashes, where countries and people are divided by Seasons. In this series, Winter isn’t coming, Winter has been conquered by evil Spring and the dictator Angra’s ensalved the Winterians.
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, came 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.
First off, CONGRATULATIONS on Snow Like Ashes! It must be amazing to see your book baby out in the wild. Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re working on right now?
Thank you! Right now I’m in glorious, glorious limbo. Book 2 (SNOW LIKE ASHES’ sequel) just went to copy edits, and I’m going to dive back in to Book 3 in December. But I gave myself November off after the craziness of October, and that plus some additional traveling has put my writing time on hold. But I’m actually excited to get back into Book 3 now, which is excellent!
Describe Snow Like Ashes’ main characters in three words–using only nouns.
Those are good ones! Theron is my favorite character. Would you rather your books be made into a movie or a TV show? Why?
TV show! With TV shows, there’s more of an opportunity to really delve into the world, the characters, and the plot in a more expansive way. Not that movies aren’t also great — they offer broad, epic venues for story telling, which would also be awesome. Honestly, if a TV or movie producer wanted SLA, I’d just scream “TAKE IT!!”
Haha, I feel you. I love books-turned-TV shows because they can be so long! Seasons and seasons of your favorite characters. What is your definition of a “bad writing day” and how do you deal with them?
We know what you like to write but what do you like to read? Describe how your bookshelves are populated.
My husband and I are planning on moving again next year, so my bookshelves are horribly unorganized. But I do love to read YA fantasy too! And adult fantasy, and YA in general, and adult in general — pretty much anything that sounds interesting! I try to have an open mind about books.
What’s one book you’re looking forward to being released?