Everyone please welcome Sarah J. Maas to Dark Faerie Tales today! Sarah was able to sit down with her heroine of the Throne of Glass novel Celaena Sardothien for a quick and funny interview. Throne of Glass is Sarah J. Maas’ debut novel and is available now. Want to know our thoughts on this title? Read my review below.
I’m a 25 year-old YA fantasy author living in the desert in Southern California. My debut novel, Throne of Glass, will be published by Bloomsbury Children’s on August 7th, 2012.
I was born/raised in Manhattan, but traded freezing winters and sweltering summers for No Winter Ever Weather when I followed my then-boyfriend (now husband!) out to California in 2008. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College with a degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in Religious Studies. I’m represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.
Me (Sarah J. Maas): Honestly, I’m not sure where to start this interview with you.
Celaena Sardothien: Ten years together, and that’s how you begin? By saying you DON’T know where to begin?
SJM: …How would you LIKE me to begin?
CS: ‘Hello’ would have done the trick. Or perhaps thanking me for sticking with you for so long. I mean, I’m the reason you’re here today, right?
SJM: …This is going to go REALLY well, isn’t it?
SJM: SO. You want to tell me a little about yourself?
CS: You already know everything about me.
SJM: Stop being a smart-ass. That question was for the people reading this interview.
CS: *leans back in her chair* What’s there to tell? I’m the world’s best assassin. That’s all they need to know.
SJM: Of course it is. …So you don’t want to tell them anything else?
CS: *sighs* Fine, fine. I’m eighteen. I like reading, music, traveling, and eating. Especially eating. I spent a year as a slave in the Salt Mines of Endovier, and got out only because the Crown Prince offered me a deal.
SJM: …Which is?
CS: …My freedom in exchange for winning a ridiculous competition to become the King’s Champion. You’d think the royals would find better ways to amuse themselves, but apparently they have nothing better to do. Except conquer the rest of the world and torment everyone.
SJM: You seem pretty hateful toward the royal court…Does that resentment apply to the Crown Prince as well?
CS: *narrows her eyes* Why are you asking me questions that you already know the answer to? And beside, my relationship with Dorian—
SJM: Dorian, is it?
CS: …It’s none of your business, that’s what it is!
SJM: And what about Chaol—the Captain of the Guard?
CS: What about him?
SJM: *knowing smile*
CS: I’m really going to torment you when you write Book Two. You know that, right?
SJM: Believe me, I know. *clears throat* SO…Let’s talk about the competition to be the King’s Champion. How’s it—
CS: Let’s talk about me some more. Aren’t you going to ask how I became so notorious at such a young age? Or ask about my favorite weapons? Or my greatest adventure? I’ve had quite a few adventures before this stupid competition. You should ask about them instead.
CS: Then this won’t be a very interesting interview, will it?
SJM: YOU are making this interview a disaster. I could decide to ship you off to the salt mines in Book 2 just to spite you.
CS: But you won’t, will you? Because where would the fun be in that?
SJM: *flat stare*
CS: *smiles again*
SJM: Okay. One final question, then you can go back to reading or eating or whatever it is that you were doing before this interview.
CS: As the WRITER, shouldn’t you know what I was doing before this interview?
CS: I was eating, by the way. A whole chocolate cake that I swiped from the kitchens.
SJM: I thought you had servants to fetch those things for you now that you’re a guest in the glass castle.
CS: Yes, but Philippa would have scolded me if she learned I was eating a whole cake by myself, so I had to steal it. Good way to keep my skills sharp, too. Have you seen how big the Head Cook is in the kitchens? That woman terrifies me. It’s a miracle I escaped alive—and with the cake intact.
SJM: One last question. PLEASE—just answer one last question.
CS: Fine, fine.
SJM: If readers could take away one message from the book, what would it be?
CS: Easy. You don’t need a prince to save you.
SJM: But a prince did—
CS: You don’t need a prince to save you.
SJM: …I think I can get behind that.
CS: You’d better. Or else.
SJM: *sighs…again* Okay. Go back binge-eating your whole cake. Tell Chaol and Dorian I say hello.
CS: And that you send your love? Or how about… a kiss?
SJM: Bye, Celaena.
CS: *grins wickedly*
Available August 7, 2012 from Bloomsbury USA Children’s
About this Book:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
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