Author Interview : Sara Raasch author of Snow like ashes

Published February 3, 2015 by mrsjennyreads

Who is Sara Raasch?

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, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.
SLA Summary:
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.

My interview with Sara

1. What inspired you to write Snow like ashes?
I get this question a lot, and I never cease to feel super lame for answering it . . . because I don’t remember! I started writing SLA when I was twelve, so all I remember is that I wanted to write a book where “winter” was perceived as the “good guys.”
 2. What is your favorite part of the book?
The action scenes! I love writing action scenes of every kind: one-on-one fights, battles, even practice sessions. The more heart-pumping, the better!
3. If there a author you would like to meet dead or alive who would it be?
My all time favorite author is Sharon Shinn — she’s an adult fantasy author and I adore her works!
4.What are your favorite books or authors?
Well, I kind of answered this above, but I’ll expand: my favorite of Sharon Shinn’s books is the Twelve Houses series. Her fantasy world is so immersive!
5.What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I get asked a lot of really awesome questions — bloggers always do a great job of being unique and fun. No regrets!
Thank you so much for having me!
Thank you Sara again! 🙂

About her book:

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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.
Look for the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, coming October 13, 2015!
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