I am excited to have Sarah Zettel by the blog for another Fantasy Five Friday! Welcome Sarah!
Sarah Zettel is the author of many books, including her young adult debut, Dust Girl. She practices tai chi, married a rocket scientist, and is one of the founding members of Book View Cafe. You can find her on the web at her website.
Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
Fairies in the Dust Bowl.
Since you have a fantasy novel coming out, the next question I obviously have to ask is: If you were a fantastical creature, which would you be?
I’d be that odd little old lady in the fairy tale, the one you meet on the road who asks for help or for a share of your lunch, and you refuse at your peril.
Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
Yes. But it changes on a regular basis. This week it’s a toss up between Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
Generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
Yes. VBG. I’ll get a scene, or a bit of dialogue, or a face in my head, and questions start swirling. Who is this? Where are they? Why was this said and by who? What happened before this? What happened after? If those questions morph into a complete scene or idea, I start writing.
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?
The Game of Life.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Sarah’s book Dust Girl came out this Tuesday and boy does it look good! Here’s a bit about it:
Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she’s never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in “the golden hills of the west”: California.
Along the way she meets Jack, a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company — there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there’s also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very much aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.