I am super excited to have Sarah Prineas by for the first Fantasy Five Friday Interview of the year!
Sarah Prineas is the author of The Magic Thief Series and Winterling. Her latest book Winterling came out on January 3. She has a Ph.D in English literature and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. You can find her on the web at her website, twitter, Goodreads, and blog.
TBC: Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
SP: In Winterling, a girl named Fer follows a tricksy puck-boy through a Way into a world of magic and danger, where she must set right a terrible evil.
SP: Here is a picture of my own mighty fantastical creature, a dragon.
TBC: Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
SP: As a huge Lord of the Rings geek, I reread the books fairly often (I’m reading them aloud to my kids now), and as a New Year’s Eve tradition, my family watches all three of the extended-edition movies. This year we’re watching the movies and having a LotR-themed feast, including hobbit beer, mushrooms, and lembas.
TBC: That is the coolest thing ever! My cousin and I always try to have an extended edition marathon on New Years as well, but your house sounds much cooler! Now generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
SP: It’s all fairly organic for me. Plot usually arises out of what drives the characters, and the world takes shape around that. I never plot out the story ahead of time, which I call “writing as discovery.” It’s a very fun way to write.
TBC: They are always coming out with new editions of board games. If your book could be a special edition of any board game, which would you choose?
SP: I’m a huge word nerd and have lots of neologisms in my books, so I’d have to say Scrabble.
Thank you so much Sarah for stopping by! You can find Sarah’s books on the web at:
And check out Winterling’s book trailer:
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