Introducing Sarah, Susan, and Vanessa!

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas was born and raised in New York City, but after graduating from Hamilton College in 2008, she moved to Southern California. She’s always been just a *tad* obsessed with fairy-tales and folklore, though she’d MUCH rather be the one slaying the dragon (instead of the damsel in distress). When she was sixteen, she discovered FictionPress.com, and shared a (very rough) draft of Throne of Glass, a YA epic fantasy retelling of Cinderella. For the six years Throne of Glass was on FictionPress (then titled Queen of Glass), it developed a massive fanbase—which later gave her the confidence to attempt getting it published.

Many rewrites and revisions later, Throne of Glass is less a Cinderella retelling and more of an original epic fantasy, and it will be published by Bloomsbury Children’s on August 7th, 2012. Over the years, she’s written several other novels (most of them fairy-tale retellings), and when she’s not busy writing, she can be found geeking out over things like Han Solo, gaudy nail polish, and ballet. You can visit her website here, add her on Facebook and Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter.

THRONE OF GLASS

An infamous young assassin who is more than she seems must battle her way to freedom in a corrupt kingdom where magic has been outlawed. (From Publishers Marketplace)

THE ASSASSIN & THE PIRATE LORD

A Throne of Glass Novella

Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. Sent by the Assassin’s Guild to a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena is supposed to be to collecting on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when she learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes–and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

Want to hear more about the novella? Or SQUEE with Sarah over her latest exciting news? Head here!

Sooz & Vanessa: When you started writing THRONE OF GLASS, what was the inspiration behind it?  A dream? A musical clip? Plain, old-fashioned brainstorming?

Sarah: I was a sophomore in high school when I got the idea for THRONE OF GLASS (which was longer ago than I like to admit). I’m a huge fan of movie scores, and one afternoon, I was listening to the soundtrack to Disney’s CINDERELLA. The music that plays when Cinderella flees the ball began playing, and I was immediately struck by how oddly dark it was. So, my imagination went crazy, and I thought the music would be WAY more fitting if Cinderella was a thief and had stolen something from the palace…OR–even better: if Cinderella was an assassin and was fleeing after she’d tried to kill the Prince.

From there, I wanted to know who this Cinderella-assassin was: who had sent her to kill the prince, why was she working for them, HOW had she become an assassin…And thus, Celaena Sardothien (and THRONE OF GLASS) was born. In the years that I’ve been working on ToG, it’s become more of an original epic fantasy and less of a Cinderella retelling, but there are still touches of Cinderella to be found here and there.

Sooz & Vanessa: Which one of your characters would you most want to kiss?

Sarah: Captain Chaol Westfall. Hands down. Of course, he’d probably object to it, since I’m married, but…I’d find a way. Even if Celaena would KILL me for it 😉

Sooz & Vanessa: There’s a creeper at the pub! What book are you reading to avoid him?

Sarah: Probably THE LAST UNICORN by Peter S. Beagle—I weep every time I read that book, and I’m pretty sure my hysterical sobbing would turn any creeper away….I hope. Unless they’re turned on by that kind of thing. Which is just…ick.

Susan Dennard

Susan is a reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. She used to be a marine biologist, but now she writes novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (she really likes swoon-worthy rogues). She lives in Germany with my French husband and Irish setter, and you can learn more about her crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on twitterfacebook, or Goodreads. Her debut, Something Strange and Deadly, will be available from HarperCollins in July of 2012, and you will never believe how happy this makes her!

SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Want to read Sooz’s book? Head here for a chance to win an ARC of Something Strange & Deadly.

Sarah & Vanessa: Okay Sooz, be honest. What’s a typical writing day for you?

Sooz: Usually, I wake up at 6:30, have breakfast with my hubby, get showered/dressed, and then at around 7:30, I sit at my desk. I spend 30 minutes checking emails, and then I start working.

I take a 15-20 minute break for lunch, and I like to read while I’m eating. Usually, I take my dog for a 20-30 minute walk after chowing down. 🙂

Then I get back to work until about 3 PM. If I haven’t reached my minimum goal (or I’m just “in the zone), I force myself to keep going. If I did reach my goal, I shift gears and start writing blogs, answering comments, checking emails, etc. I spend a solid 2-3 hours doing all that “administrative” stuff.

After all that, I usually go back to writing/revising until my husband get homes (7-8 PM). Then we have dinner, spend some time together, and read in bed. 😀

All in all, my days are pretty dull! I rarely, rarely leave the house (not that I mind), and I sit on my butt entirely too much. 😉

 Sarah & Vanessa: What was the biggest challenge in writing Something Strange & Deadly?

Sooz: Believing in myself and persevering.

Forcing my imagination to spin its wheels without ever knowing if it would pay off…well, it was daunting. There were many, many, many days I wondered what the heck I was doing, I wondered if I had what it took…and I just wanted to give up.

But then I’d imagine myself as a published author… I’d remember why I love storytelling, why I wanted to do this in the first place, and then I’d promise to do whatever it takes to get there. After that, I’d dive back in for another round of revisions (I revised Something Strange & Deadly at least ten times before I even got an agent!).

Believe you can do it, and never EVER give up. I promise: you can do it.

 Sarah & Vanessa: After a wild night at Pub(lishing) Crawl, what is your ideal place to recover (anywhere in the world!)?

Sooz: In my bed with a great book on my lap and a cup of coffee on my nightstand. 😀 I LOVE reading (duh!), and my favorite spot is cozied up under my blanket with the yellow glow of a lamp.

Vanessa Di Gregorio

Vanessa Di Gregorio works in publishing as an account manager/sales rep at Ampersand, a book and gift sales agency. A former literary agency intern with a penchant for picture books and YA fantasy, Vanessa knew she would end up working in the book biz, one way or another. When she isn’t driving around visiting bookstores (or working on the company website), she can be found reading, playing video games, watching T.V., or writing. She also may or may not be working on a YA fantasy. A social media addict, Tumblr enthusiast, carbivore, Instagram junkie, and supporter of the serial comma, Vanessa leads a wonderfully nerdy life in Toronto with her husband. You can find Vanessa geeking out at Something GeekyGoodreads, or on Twitter.

Sooz & Sarah: What are you reading now, Vanessa?

Vanessa: *takes a deep breath* The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making. Talk about a title, right? It’s an absolutely lovely book, and reminds me very much of the days when authors would write with these fantastic narrating voices a la Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. And it also has one of my new favourite lines ever: “It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.” Isn’t that just music to the ears?

Sooz & Sarah: Ack!!! Pub Brawl!!! What weapon are you wielding?

Vanessa: A bow and arrow, of course!! I’d be up there in the rafters, taking my sweet time aiming. Though to be honest, I’ve only ever shot a bow and arrow once in my life – but one can dream of being amazing!

Sooz & Sarah: Be honest…Got any good (preferably literary) pickup lines?

Vanessa: We would make such a beautiful library together. ;P

Today we’re giving away a packet of lectures from Sarah & Sooz’s YA Writing Workshop! The packet includes lectures on world-building, characterization, and plotting/pacing!

When Sarah & Sooz offered the workshop in Summer 2011, all of the spots filled up within seconds. In the 2 minutes that applications were open, over 70 people applied—and only 6 got in. With no set date for the next workshop, this is a giveaway you DON’T want to miss!


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Make sure to check back tomorrow for interviews with returning members Kat Zhang, Julie Eshbaugh, and Vahini Naidoo and another giveaway! 

                    

141 Responses to Introducing Sarah, Susan, and Vanessa!

  1. Amie Kaufman
    Amie Kaufman Jan 17 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Yaaaaaaaaaay, can’t wait to see what you girls have in store this year.

    Sarah, there is NOTHING wrong with a little sobbing in public. I only had a lady check I was okay on the train. I showed her the cover of the book and she just gave me a tissue.

    Sooz, I so admire your willpower! My writing day starts with a couple of hours of doing all the housework I hate, just to avoid getting my butt in the chair… I always say that my best writing hours are 8pm – 11pm, but maybe I just take too long to get going!

    Vanessa, I’m about to start TGWNFIASOHOM (oh gosh, the acronym’s longer than most titles!), which I bought after I saw Cat Valente speak and realised she’s awesome. And I am surprisingly good with a bow and arrow for a girl with no coordination, so I will hang out in the rafters with you and give you a lesson, uh, on the fly…

    • Sooz Jan 17 2012 at 7:03 am #

      Um, you can use a bow and arrow?!?!? THIS IS AWESOME!!!!! You are totally welcome in at any and all Pub Brawls. In fact, we might have a bouncer position opening up soon–interested? 😉

      • Amie Kaufman
        Amie Kaufman Jan 18 2012 at 5:13 am #

        You know I am! About time there was a girl on the door, don’t you think? I’ll scan the line and let the handsome boys in!

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Amie, you’ve just become my archery BFF!

      And I’ve never actually tried shortening the title to an acronym – that is so ridiculously long! But seriously, the writing in it makes my heart ACHE, it’s just THAT good! You definitely need to let me know what you think after you finish reading it!

      • Amie Kaufman
        Amie Kaufman Jan 18 2012 at 5:17 am #

        Oh, I can’t wait to get started now. Won’t be long, I’m racing through an advance copy of a faaaaabulous book by someone in this very comment thread!

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Um, YOU ARE SO BADASS, AMIE. When the 2012 apocalypse happens, I totally want you at my side. 😉

      • Amie Kaufman
        Amie Kaufman Jan 18 2012 at 5:23 am #

        WE WILL BUILD A NEW EMPIRE AND RULE AND… um, yes. >.> Excellent.

  2. Beka Jan 17 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Love these interviews! And all your books sound fantastic! Lol, why do they have to release the year I leave for university and have no money? Guess that’s what libraries and Christmas is for… ;P

    • Caitlin Vanasse Jan 17 2012 at 6:38 am #

      also convincing friends to buy them so they can lend them to you.

      • Sooz Jan 17 2012 at 7:04 am #

        HAHAHA! Yes, convincing friend (or siblings) with more $$–always a good plan. 😉

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Hehehe, ditto on what Caitlin & Sooz said–convincing OTHER people to buy them for you is a totally acceptable plan. >:D

  3. Caitlin Vanasse Jan 17 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Given that it has proven success in scaring away men I’d probably be reading one of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation books or, you know, anything with hot pink on its cover (Mandy Hubbard’s You Wish anyone?)

    I love getting to know you girls again, the questions you ask are such fun! (although I keep waiting to hear someone bring a frying pan to the pub fight) Sarah, all of your news lately has been spectacular; Susan, I don’t know how you stand so much time at home but if SS&D is what we get out of it, keep doing it; and Vanessa firstly can I say your picture is awesome and secondly, it’s so nice to hear from you always! I think you bring a unique perspective to the blog (and not just ’cause you’re from the great white north.)

    • Sooz Jan 17 2012 at 7:06 am #

      Well, the whole “staying at home all day” is helped by the fact that I’m not allowed to drive in Germany. 😉 And we live in the middle of NOWHERE. My only neighbors are cows.

      That said, I’d probably still stay at home all the time–I’m such an introvert and so painfully shy. I’m more comfortable with my pets and my books. 🙂

      And YES to hot pink covers! Or even my own cover–that glamour dress and pinkish background? I think peeps’ll leave us alone. 😉

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Awww, thanks Caitlin! I’m glad you think I bring a different perspective – I know I find my job and my industry fascinating, but I sometimes worry that I might be the only one 😛 Hopefully I’ll be able to share interesting insights!

      And I’VE been waiting for someone to bring in a rolling pin as a weapon! Or a butcher’s knife!

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Thanks, Caitlin!! lol, in hindsight, I’d totally want to bring a frying pan into the mix (Um, TANGLED is one of my all-time favorite movies and just writing about frying pans is making me want to go watch it)!! 🙂

  4. Brandon Scott Jan 17 2012 at 6:53 am #

    Under the Never Sky… I’m very excited for this giveaway… Hope I win!

    • Sooz Jan 17 2012 at 7:08 am #

      Under the Never Sky is in my TBR pile–and I’ve heard GREAT things! (Plus, Veronica Rossi is a total sweetheart! Stay tuned because we *might* just have an interview/giveaway with her coming up…but you didn’t hear it from me!)

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      I recently started UNDER THE NEVER SKY and I think it’s fabulous so far!!! I hope you win, too! 🙂

  5. Armith-Greenleaf Jan 17 2012 at 7:24 am #

    OOOHHH!! I promised to spam the new blog with comments once I was done with exams (which are this week), but I couldn’t wait to sign up for this, could I? I tried for the workshop and was so disappointed I couldn’t get it, because you guys said you might do it again another time but then I got in my master, so that would make it really difficult. *sob* Thank you for this second chance! 😀 And I hope you all had über happy holidays. <3

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      Awwww, thanks!! I hope your exams aren’t too brutal and that you totally rock them! 🙂 I don’t know if Sooz and I are hosting another YA writing workshop anytime soon, BUT I certainly hope that you win the lecture packet! 🙂

      Good luck on your exams!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:26 am #

      <3 <3 We'll let you know the instant we're teaching it again!! It was a lot of fun last year, but a lot of work--meaning, we've got to find a time when our schedules coincide.

      Good luck with your exams!

  6. Erin Bowman
    Erin Bowman Jan 17 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Hi Ladies!! *waves*

    Sarah — I would totally kiss Chaol, too. You’ll have to fight me over him. But of course, if Celaena gets involved, we’re bound to both lose.

    Sooz — Your writing rituals sound a lot like mine; very little time spent in public, and lots of hours sitting. The glamorous life of a writer!

    Vanessa — FAIRYLAND!!!! I loved that book so much. And yes, that quote you pulled is fantastic. I’m also rather fond of this one: “Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.” I actually sticky-noted about 20 quotes or so while reading that book. So much awesome.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 9:55 am #

      That is such a GREAT quote!

      I have a notebook FULL of fave quotes from books, and I feel like every other line from FAIRYLAND is ending up in there! I’m trying to take my time reading it, because I don’t want to finish it!

      • Erin Bowman
        Erin Bowman Jan 17 2012 at 10:20 am #

        Oh my gosh, I was the same way. It pained me to finish the book. I wanted to live in the world forever. Everything about it is so beautiful. And magical. Like you, I used The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland as references when I reviewed it. Let’s gush more when you’re done, k? 😀

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      LOL! If Celaena gets involved, I think we’re both dead. 😉

      <3 you, Erin!!!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:28 am #

      We DO have similar schedules, Erin…and now we must BOTH remember to bring more balance to our lives. 😉

      And jeez, the love for FAIRYLAND is so big–I’ve GOT to check this book out!

  7. Rae Jan 17 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I’d probably read something I haven’t before, so I could keep ignoring the guy and enjoy the book XD (Although, preferably The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I really need to check if it’s available in bookstores here, haha!)

    I can’t wait for ToG and SSaD!~<3

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks, Rae!!! (Also, I’ve heard SUCH great things about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS…Let me know if you wind up reading it & what you think!)

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:30 am #

      I’ve heard great things about FAULT too! Like, sob-your-heart-out, change-your-life things! Definitely good to keep creepers away. 😉

  8. Gina Rinelli Jan 17 2012 at 9:14 am #

    You’d be surprised how many guys are turned off by a sci-fi or fantasy cover. That’s okay by me though, they’re not my type! I’m about to start Archon by Sabrina Benulis (so excited!), though without the sleeve it’s just a red hardcover.

    In the week since this site opened, I think I’ve added 20 books to my TBR pile. There’s not enough time in the world for all my reading…

    Sooz, I’m quite jealous of your writing days. I’ll get there someday! =]

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Hehehe, my TBR pile is pretty out of control these days, too–mostly because the girls in Pub Crawl keep giving such awesome recommendations! So many books, so little time…*sigh*

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      You should see MY TBR pile – it’s MASSIVE! It doesn’t help that I have a slew of books and ARCs from the publishers I rep (of which there are over 50) to read! Then there are the books everyone keeps recommending…

      If only I could spend all my time reading *sighs dreamily*

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:32 am #

      Yeah, why is it that people are so “turned off” by sci-fi/fantasy? The cheese-factor of the covers? >( BOO!

      And Gina, those writing days are great…but sometimes I miss having another job (weird, I know!). It’s hard to stay 100% focused on writing 100% of the time–sometimes it can suck the joy out of it. :-/ All the same, I’m super grateful to be where I am. 😀

  9. Chele Jan 17 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Wahooo, welcome back girls! ‘Cause, y’know, it ain’t official ’til a blog post comes out ;]

    Love your story about what inspired TOG (QOG? TOG! YAY!), Sarah! I’ve read it a few times before now, but I think it makes for such an awesome background. And you gotta admit Disney’s soundtracks are <3

    Sooz, I think I gaped at your schedule for a good minute there! 630AM, really? I work in a BANK and getting up at 8AM is a struggle. That's what I call discipline, like woaaah.

    And Vanessa, totally joining you in the rafters too! Not that I can shoot arrows to save a life, but hey, they do say I've got pretty good aim when it comes to throwing food at people… ;P

    And c'mon, best book to shake a creeper off? TWILIGHT. Unless said creeper has a thing for watching girls sleep, in which case I'll take The Hunger Games and read out loud the parts where Katniss is all badass and killing stuff ;D

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 9:57 am #

      Ahahaha! YES! FOOD FIGHT!!!

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Thanks, Chele!! And YES! I <3 Disney soundtracks so, so much. Not just the songs, but also the MUSIC. Aghhh. So good. Now I totally want to go on a Disney music binge. *opens up iTunes* 😛

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:33 am #

      Hahaha, 6:30 ain’t so bad. 😉 Though, I’m SURE I wouldn’t do it if it weren’t for that darn husband waking up then…

  10. Kat Zhang
    Kat Zhang Jan 17 2012 at 10:12 am #

    HUZZAH!! Two more days of intros to go, guys, and then we launch for reals. <3 <3 you all so much 😀

  11. ellen levy-sarnoff Jan 17 2012 at 10:35 am #

    You wonderful young women are such an inspiration! I’m rooting big things for all of you!

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Awww, thanks, Ellen!!! That’s so kind of you to say! 🙂

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      Thank you, Ellen! <3

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:34 am #

      ::blushes:: Thanks so much, Ellen. What a sweet thing to say.

  12. Caitlin Jan 17 2012 at 10:43 am #

    This new blog is awesome so far, guys!! 😀

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks, Caitlin!!! <3

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:34 am #

      Yay!! Thanks, Caitlin! I’m so glad you think so. 😀

  13. Alexa Y. Jan 17 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I am EXTREMELY excited about this new blog and meeting all these fabulous people behind it. I absolutely loved reading the mini-interviews with everyone today – made me smile AND I found more books that I want to read!

    If I were trying to block out a creeper, I’d probably be reading Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, simply because I get so absorbed when I read a classic novel and this one is one of my favorites 🙂

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks, Alexa! I’m so glad to hear that!!!

      And P&P…*sigh* Oh, how I love that book so, so much. And all of its various film/tv incarnations.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      Woohoo! Thanks Alexa! The mini-interviews were super fun to do! 🙂

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:35 am #

      Oooh, nice choice. P&P or anything by Austen would work well for me too! Have you read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell? It’s very Austen-esque–and so long, creepers would lose patience waiting for me to finish. 😉

  14. Jasmine Stairs Jan 17 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Let’s see, reading to avoid a creeper…. Cat Valente’s Deathless. Because people keep saying it’s good, I want to read it, and the cover is imposing enough it wouldn’t invite conversation starters like “still reading kids books?”

    Seriously, why does anyone ever think that one will work.

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      lol, people have actually SAID that to you?? *shakes head* How ridiculous! 😛

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:33 am #

      My co-worker was once told (at a BOOK show of all things!) that she doesn’t look like the type of girl that reads. And he told her this while she had a book open on her lap (the show was pretty dead). Needless to say, she was SUPER insulted.

      People say the most ridiculous stuff sometimes! So what if I have bookshelves devoted to picture books and MG and YA? I LOVE EM!

      • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:37 am #

        Erm…I guess if people are gonna say insulting stuff like this, then we know IMMEDIATELY that they’re creepers. 🙂

        MG & YA FTW!

  15. Alyssa Jan 17 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Ahhh, there are so many awesome people behind this blog! I can’t wait to read everything you guys have to offer. 🙂

    If I were trying to avoid a creeper, I’d read something with a badass heroine like The Hunger Games or Graceling to help put me in kick-butt mode. 😉

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Awwww! Thank you, Alyssa!!!

      And I totally agree–every time I read THE HUNGER GAMES, it makes me want to go out and kick some ass. Creepers beware! >:)

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      YES! Graceling! That should hopefully keep them creepers away! Maybe even wear two different coloured contact lenses, while you’re reading. Then you can look up and glare at them!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Niiiiice choice! Anything with a kick-booty heroine should get you pumped up for some Pub Brawling and creeper-head-smashing. 🙂

  16. June Jan 17 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I really love the newer version of LTWF! 🙂 I’ve been following since the beginning, and I can’t wait to see what other wonderful things you’ve got in store for us readers!

    And hmm…what to read to keep away that creeper…preferably something thick and heavy enough to deter anyone from wanting to talk to me. Like 1Q84 or…Mists of Avalon. Probably the latter 😛

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      Thanks a bunch, June!!! We have a LOT of super-awesome stuff planned for you guys! 🙂

      MISTS OF AVALON. Ohhhh, man. I love that book so, so much. I read it when I was 12 or 13 and it’s remained one of my all-time favorite books. <3 <3

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Awww, thank you June! Gotta admit – I love the newer version of LTWF too! 😛

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:38 am #

      Hahaha–yes. THICK AND HEAVY AND IMPOSING. That’ll keep ’em away.

  17. Zoe Jan 17 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Reading to avoid a creeper? Definitely something I can get lost in, and I’ve just started reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns (at least the free sample for the Kindle while I’m waiting for the results of the giveaway) and I’m LOVING it.

    Loving the new format! I’m super excited for when you start getting into the nitty gritty 🙂

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      Isn’t TGOFAT sooooo good?! I gobbled that book down. I cannot WAIT for the sequel!!!!

      And thanks, Zoe! So glad you like the new layout! 🙂

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:39 am #

      Thanks, Zoe! We’ve got some great content a-comin’!

  18. Tim Jan 17 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Ahh Let the Words Flow peeps.
    Oh I tried to join an archery club at my college and I had to pay three euro (dodgy deals) and they never emailed me to tell me when it was on:O Damn archery fiends:O
    “I weep every time I read that book, and I’m pretty sure my hysterical sobbing would turn any creeper away….I hope.”
    LOL

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 17 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      Yep – we’re baaaaaaaaack 😛

      And how cool that your college has an archery club! Too bad they’re not very organized…

      My one and only bow and arrow experience was with my uncle – he was an archery FIEND back in the day, and still has all of his old bows and arrows. They’re pretty badass! My little cousins are there so often they are practically pros at archery now – he has a whole archery course set up in his backyard!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:40 am #

      BOO on archery mess-ups. BUT, at least you can try to use your bow in the Pub Brawl, no? 😉

  19. Angelica Jan 17 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I absolutely love the re-introductions. And I know that I’ve said it before but I am so psyched for Throne of Glass!

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 6:36 pm #

      Awww, thanks, Angelica!!!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:40 am #

      Yay!! Throne of Glass FTW!

  20. Emily S. Jan 17 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Ooh, hard question! Graceling and Fire are two of my favorites to escape the real world. Those are my top choices for avoiding a creeper. 😀 I’ve recently read A Girl of Fire and Thorns, too. That had me captured very fast. I could easily lose myself in that world.

    I am so excited for Throne of Glass! I was telling a friend about it and she’s excited as well! We’ve both started stalking following all of your blogs/twitters so we can keep up with more excited news! <3

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Hehehe, thanks, Emily!!! I can’t wait for you to read ToG!

  21. Nhi Jan 17 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I’drobably have whatever novel I’m reading disguised underneath some Hardcover cover (is that the term used for it? You know, like those paper flisy flappy ones that you can remove from the actual book which normally has no actual front ncover to it or something). Maybe something like Twilight or anything by Nicholas Sparks? My votes go for either Dear John or The Last Song. That should get them running for the hills.

    And it is great to know that after all this time, we get an actual date on when Queen – sorry, Thrones of Glass is published and released in bookstores. Least it gives me some time frame on when I should be camping and stalking the nearest one to me. And that goes for Something Strange and Deadly too, son don’t feel too left out in my erm, devoted behavior?

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      Thanks, Nhi!! I’m so, so glad to finally have a release date! 202 days until August 7th!! Woohoo!!! And you are going to LOVE SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY. It is BEYONDDDD fabulous.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:29 am #

      Jacket covers! Brilliant! Slip one of those jackets on whatever you’re reading (Nicholas Sparks is a good bet, I think!), and it can scare away that creepy creeper!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:41 am #

      Ooooh, nice trick! Fake book jackets! I’ve GOT to do something like that…

  22. Sophia Chang Jan 17 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    lolol oh man that question

    On the subway I was reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book called Anger and some annoying guy STILL bothered me – by snapping in front of my face to talk to me. That’s NYC for ya.

    So I’m not sure ANY book is going to deter a true creeper. lol

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 6:45 pm #

      lol, a true creeper is deterred by NOTHING! 😛

      But ick for that guy getting all up in your face (but LOL about the irony of you reading ANGER at the time)! I was born/raised in NYC, so I don’t have anyyy trouble at all imagining what it must have been like.

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:42 am #

      Yes, true creepers are RELENTLESS. I just feign ignorance of the language…though not even THAT works a lot of the times.

  23. Hannah Jan 17 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I can’t wait to read these books!
    As for the pub, I’d probably bring a hardcover of Anna Karenina or some other huge book. Just in case I had to take things into my own hands.

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 6:45 pm #

      LOL! Book as a weapon! NICE. <3

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:43 am #

      Oh heck yeah–book weaponry=awesome idea!

  24. Yahong Jan 17 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Oh lord, I just cracked up at Vanessa’s pick-up line. That’s win. 😀 Sarah, The Last Unicorn is the awesomest pick ever. Creepers are definitely going to avoid sentimentally sobbing gals for sure. And it’s Susan’s perseverance that’s always set such an amazing example. <3

    For avoiding creepers, hmm, let me think… Remote Control by Jack Heath. That one’s a futuristic thriller, so I’d be WAY too caught up in the book to worry about the creeper. 😀

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      Isn’t THE LAST UNICORN so lovely? Agh, I adore that book so, so much. And the movie, however 80’s-esque it might be.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 18 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      AHAHAHAHAHA! I’m glad you enjoyed my pick-up line! There’s actually a funny tumblr called CanLitIsSexy: http://canlitissexy.tumblr.com/ and it has some HILARIOUS pick up lines taken from Canadian authors. It’s probably my new favourite thing ever!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:45 am #

      And maybe the futuristic thriller would give you some nice fight-back ideas in case that creeper gets a little to…well, creepy. 😉

  25. Rika Ashton Jan 17 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi! I don’t know if I said this already but the new blog looks amazing!

    LOl, Vanessa your pick-up line is swoon-worthy!

    Anyways, if I were reading to avoid a creeper it would have to be THE NECRONOMICON by H. P. Lovecraft. I doubt anyone would want to get close to the girl reading about how to summon demons.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 18 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      Awww, thanks Rika!

      And my line is swoon-worthy? YES! Perfect! Now I can go out and start using it, ahaha ;P

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:46 am #

      Demons might actually ATTRACT creepers (at least certain ones…), but now you can just summon a demon and banish the creeper away. 😉

  26. SarahJMaas
    SarahJMaas Jan 17 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Thanks so much, Rika!!! (Your icon is GORGEOUS, by the way!)

  27. Marina Jan 17 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Hey, guys! It’s nice to see you all back and posting!

    Is the book’s only purpose to scare away the creeper? Hmm… How about the Bible? (I am a religious person) Lol…. It would make me seem super-religious. I’m fairly certain no one would talk to me, not just the creepers.

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:46 am #

      WOWZERS, that might just do it, Marina. Hahahaha. Scare creepers away or invite the other super-religious over…:P

  28. Fiendish Jan 17 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    What book would I be reading to scare away a creeper?

    Probably something with a title like “Making Your Own Home Explosives”.

    Actually, I would probably read that anyway.

  29. Meredith Anderson Jan 17 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    GAH! So much amazing-ness in this post! First off, CHAOL’S LAST NAME IS DIFFERENT!!!! When did that happen and why did lovely-other-boyfriend not inform me! Woa. That’s going to take some getting used to! And I’ll fight you for him, Sarah. You know I will!

    Sooz, you’re writing day sounds fantastic. I think of all the sitting and watching I do at work and daydream about sitting and WRITING during those hours. I am sufficiently jealous!

    Vanessa, that line is downright INCREDIBLE. I think I’m going to have to add that to my wall of quotes. Most definitely. And I’m going to have to pick up that book!

    Good to hear from you all again. I missed you!

    Mer
    <3

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 18 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      *does a victory dance* YES! That’s ALL I needed to know! Time to hit the pubs with it! 😛 Hahaha!

      And FAIRYLAND is AMAZING. It’s probably one of the most beautifully written things I’ve read in a long time. The language is just pure joy in it! Honestly – every sentence is just gorgeous!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:48 am #

      Yay! We’re all so happy to be baaaaack!

      And yeah…it sounds romantic to write all day, but…man, it requires so much self-discipline (srsly, the urge to daydream constantly is SO HUGE) and I don’t always rise to the task. 😛 BUT I TRY! BICHOK FTW!

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      lol, well, one of the things I did in revisions was change some of the names, and since “Chaol” is kinda weird/fantasy-ish, I thought giving him a more normal last name (“Westfall” instead of “Wydrael”) would help balance it out a bit! 🙂

  30. Adeeti Jan 18 2012 at 1:28 am #

    A super embarrassing romance book cover is the most man repelling thing I can think. That way they think I have really high expectations of any man who dares approach me/many crazy bones in my body. Love you girls, these daily doses have been my saving grace!!

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 18 2012 at 5:51 pm #

      Oh God, I get such a kick out of romance book covers! I’d totally either have a Highlander one – that way guys stay FAR away. I mean, what guy can compete with a muscled and hairless man in a kilt, wielding a SWORD? (The chances of running into a guy who looks like that is also pretty slim to none!)

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:50 am #

      They’ll think that, Adeeti, or think you’re the (unfairly) stereotyped woman whose just desperate for any man.

      Then again, if he’s wearing a kilt and wielding a sword, it might just work. 😉

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      LOL, just the image of you reading a romance novel with a super-embarrassing cover in a BAR is making me giggle. 🙂

      And we love you, too!!! <3

  31. Erin Jan 18 2012 at 2:18 am #

    I just picked up The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and it will not leave my purse until I manage to find the time to finish it. If Mr. Creeper knows what’s good for him, he won’t interrupt a girl mid-fiction induced emotional breakdown!

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:26 am #

      AH I want to pick up THE FAULT IN OUR STARS soooooo bad! It definitely looks like the kind of book that could induce an emotional breakdown – I think hysterical sobs can definitely scare away Mr. Creeper!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:52 am #

      Yes, hysterical sobs = winner.

      And hey, if someone DOES come talk to you, then you know he’s probably NOT a creeper, but just a genuinely nice guys who’s worried about your bawling… 😀

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Ahhhh, I want to read it SO BADLY. Though everyone I know who’s read it has said that it will make you WEEP. So…I’m kinda scared to read it because I cry SO easily that I think I’ll just be a GIANT emotional mess. 😛

  32. Leslie Le Jan 18 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Welcome back ladies! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for PubCrawl 😀

  33. Cassie Jan 18 2012 at 7:00 am #

    So excited for your novel Sarah! DSAKLFJASLKFJ! Like, SERIOUSLY excited. Same for Susan! So many awesome books coming out in 2012. Not sure if I’ll be able to read fast enough! haha

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:52 am #

      Hahaha, no KIDDING, Cassie! I’m still so behind from 2011 books… 😛

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      Awww, thank you, Cassie! I can’t WAIT for you to read ToG!!!!

  34. Hannah Jan 18 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Welcome back!

    Creeper in a pub: I’m readying Bossypants by Tina Fey. Because: a) it’s really funny b) I like Tina Fey c) she is well known and cute guy could comment on it to talk to me d) it is safe book choice to read in public (nothing embarrassing here)

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:24 am #

      Thanks Hannah!

      I started reading a friend’s copy on a plane a few months back, and couldn’t stop from bursting into laughter!

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:53 am #

      Plus, the title BOSSYPANTS would probably deter any jerks from showing an interest (woman with a mind of her own? That’ll scare ’em away!).

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      Thanks, Hannah!!!!

      Oooh, I really, really want to read BOSSYPANTS!

  35. Amber Jan 18 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Yay!!! I’m getting more and more excited as all the introductions keep pouring in and to see what each person will be posting on the site!

    I still think the Throne of Glass is an excellent title switch – and Whoo-rah!! to the novella coming out shortly!

    • Amber Jan 18 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      Oops forgot to put – This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen because Remy could deliver me all the snarky comments I would need to make him leave me alone….unless his name is Dexter then I’m screwed.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:34 am #

      Thanks Amber! Just wait till we’re DONE the intros – then we get into the fun stuff! 😀

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:54 am #

      Yes! We’re so excited for all the great upcoming content! 😀

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you so much, Amber! I’m so glad you like the new title!! 😀

  36. Trinity Jan 18 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Oh Mr Creeper, I’m currently reading If I Stay – Gayle Forman, I might just cry all over you.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:23 am #

      LOL!! I think crying would definitely work against the majority of creepers 😛

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:55 am #

      HAhahaha, yes to the tears! I think that might just be the best creep-deterrent out there. 😀

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      LOL! Hehehehe.

  37. Esther Jan 18 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Oh, Chaol… *swoons* You always were my absolute favourite and I can only hope you still will be come 7th August! *hops up and down with excitement*

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 19 2012 at 6:34 am #

      I feel like there might be a fight happening in the pub over Chaol!! 😛

    • Sooz Jan 19 2012 at 6:56 am #

      LOLOLOLOL!!! Yes, we’ll all be battling over Chaol…but Celaena would win in the end. ::sigh::

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      lol!! I have to agree with Sooz–I think Celaena would probably kill us all in a brawl to win Chaol’s hand. 😛

  38. Rachel Jan 19 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Chaol!!! His last name changed! I’d fight Celaena for Dorian. personally

    The book I’d use to scare a creeper away… Game of Thrones or Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – both long enough and fat enough to scare some guy away. “You’re reading a book THAT big?” lol

    • SarahJMaas
      SarahJMaas Jan 19 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Yep! Goodness, I didn’t think people would notice the last name change THAT much! 😉

      (And hooray for a Dorian fan!)

  39. katherine S Jan 19 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I’m currently read Cinder. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  40. Julie Jan 19 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I’m currently reading Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I love it. I think it’s even better than Delirium. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Kaye M. Jan 20 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Eeesh! I’m so late to the party this time! 🙁

    Susan, if there was any doubt that you were my author-hero(ine) before now, it’s dispelled. Especially for the “believing in yourself and knowing you can do it” part. Because that is totally me right now. Just letting you know.

    And I am so looking forward to Sarah’s Throne of Glass now. Even got my sister interested with the premise, and she’s tough to please.

    And I love Vanessa’s pick-up line. 🙂

    Okay, what I would read to chase away a creeper at a pub – hm. Probably The Art of War. Or some martial arts treatise. If that doesn’t scare him off, I don’t know what will.

    • Vanessa Di Gregorio
      Vanessa Di Gregorio Jan 20 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Better late than never, Kaye! 😛 And thanks – I like to think I’m pretty smooth, hahaha!

      The Art of War sounds like the perfect book to scare away a creeper!

  42. Nell Jan 21 2012 at 5:27 am #

    The fault in our stars would scare off a creeper, I’d be crying.

    I am so excited for Throne of Glass and Something Strange and Deadly. 🙂

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