Today, we bring you part 2 of our exclusive Q&A with Sarah Beth Durst, author of The Lost and several other amazing novels. If you missed it, catch part 1 of our Q&A here.
This is your first non-YA book — and it’s the first in a trilogy, while most of your other books are standalones. Was there anything you did differently in approaching the story?
Not really, but in retrospect, I probably should have. With one book, by the time you’re at the end of working on it, you can pretty much hold all the details in your head at the same time. With three… it was much harder. Next time I write a trilogy, I’m going to make myself a lovely list of all the details as I go along so I don’t have to reread a hundred pages to figure out if I gave someone an eye color or not.
You also have a new YA coming out later this year, CHASING POWER. Tell us a bit about that book.
CHASING POWER is coming out in October from Bloomsbury, and it’s an Indiana Jones style adventure about a girl with telekinesis and a boy who can teleport (and who lies as easily as he travels).
And most importantly (to me, anyway, right now), when can we expect to get our hands on the sequel to THE LOST, THE MISSING?
THE MISSING will be out in December, and it will be followed by THE FOUND in April. 🙂
Now. (We have the best medicine of any decade to date. Also, indoor plumbing.)
Favorite writing snack?
Favorite Disney movie?
Ooh, tough one. I’d have to go with Beauty & the Beast, for the ballroom scene and for that amazing library.
The beach or the mountains?
I love beaches in the spring or fall. Not a fan in the summer. I love mountains all the time. I am a big fan of views.
Song that can always get you dancing?
“When a Hippo Can Dance” from Blue Moo (by Sandra Boynton). Also, “I Like to Move It” from Madagascar — my husband recently gave me a singing card that plays that song, and I dance every time someone opens it.
Name five things on your desk (or in your writing space) right now.
1. the latest print-out of THE MISSING
2. a glass of water (I always keep one near me as I write)
3. a bag of Raisinets (my muse)
4. a polar bear (stuffed)
5. my Aslan (my Mythopoeic Award for VESSEL), which I’ve dressed in a dapper bow tie.
Thanks again for stopping by, Sarah!
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