Interview with Sara Raasch, author of Snow like Ashes

Thursday, 13 March 2014 20:25
So, as I was doing my daily superhero work (scrounging for books), I stumbled upon this book called 'Snow Like Ashes' and it spoke to me. How weird is that! It said, "Come Hershey, come to me." I realized I had my whole face smashed against the computer screen but the book continued to speak so I tried not to bother too much about it, "Go Hershey, go do an interview with this author. She's super fun and your burning need to get this book might be quelled. A little." 

And that's how folks, I ended up doing a fantastic interview with Sara!

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: Blazer + Bray

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making. 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 her kingdom rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom 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

Tell us about your experience with Snow like Ashes. How will it be different from the other fantasy novels?

One of my favorite aspects of SNOW LIKE ASHES is one I think (hope!) will make it stand out -- the Season Kingdoms. Usually Season Kingdoms accompany fairy realms, but in SLA, it's an entirely human world. And each Season comes with its own unique traits and cultures and struggles, along with stressful and oftentimes deadly relations with the four non-Season kingdoms, called Rhythms. The Rhythms cycle through all seasons instead of being stuck in one, and this difference creates a rift that spurs a lot of prejudice and political strain between the Seasons and the Rhythms. 

If you had to describe the series in one sentence, what would it be?

Badass soldier girl fighting to free her people.

Which authors and/or books inspired you to write?

I grew up loving Sharon Shinn -- her Twelve Houses series is still one of my favorites!

The Readiculous Round:

Fantasy or Science fiction?

Fantasy, for sure!

Time travelling machine or Idea giving machine?

I feel like a time machine would double as an idea giving machine in its own way, so definitely time machine!

Action or romance?

Action! I have the hardest time writing/reading romance scenes. I always think "This is boring -- no one's getting stabbed!"

Winter or Summer?

This should come as no surprise, but winter. Summer is just too dang HOT. Give me sweaters any day!

Ebook or physical copy?

Physical copy! I don't actually own an ereader. Yet.

A huge thank you to Sara Raasch for the interview! Do check out her book 'Snow like Ashes' coming out this fall and mark your calenders already!

About 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, the first in a trilogy, comes out Fall 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.