Friday, December 16, 2016

Interview with Sarah Remy, author of The Bone Cave


Inside the Book:

Title: The Bone Cave
Author: Sarah Remy
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

Past Stonehill Downs, beyond unforgiving scrubland and perilous mountain peaks, militant tribes gather on white sand . . .

With the Red Worm plague vanquished, and Malachi and Liam safely returned from Roue, Avani expects life in Wilhaiim to return to normal. But Mal has been changed by his journey across the long sea, and now walks dangerously close to the edge of madness, while the horrors of war in a foreign land have transformed Liam from a naïve lad to a young man seeking his place as sidhe among mortals.

And the plague has left chaos in its wake: Wilhaiim’s priests are rising against King Renault, a serial killer is taking vengeance on His Majesty's unwary subjects, and someone is using forbidden bone magic to kindle the Automata—mechanized monsters born of ancient necromancy.

As Avani works to contain unrest and expose a murderer, she is unaware that a far greater threat is rolling in from the east: a bloodthirsty desert army intent on destruction. Magic will be tested and friendship tried as Avani and Mal battle new peril and old temptation in this stunning follow up to Across the Long Sea.



What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Being true to myself. I've had a lot of adventures in lie, but I've always been true to the core of who I am. I think that's an accomplishment, and I'm proud of it.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I'm obsessed with spirituality, and I think that shows in everything I right. My mother was terminally ill through most of my childhood, so I think life and death and the Bigger Questions were often on my mind.
When and why did you begin writing?
I read The Hobbit when I was in third grade and began writing my own Middle Earth stories soon after that.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I want to live in other worlds. If I couldn't live in them, I wanted to write them.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
I've answered this question in a couple of different places and it always baffles me. It's not hard to be a writer. Put words on paper - voila, you're a writer. I'm not the sort who believe publication or financial success, or even putting your words out in public makes you a writer. Write. You're a writer. It's not something one 'becomes'.
What inspires you to write and why?
The people in my head. I have a lot of people in my head. If I write about them, they stay out of my every day life and things runs smoothly. Also, I just really like words.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Fantasy. Romance. Mystery. Soft science fiction.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I don't honestly remember, but I'm sure it was one of those things where I wanted to see if I could stretch a story to book length and wrap it up coherently.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Everything I read influences my writing. And to some extend, the media I watch. I'm not as immersed in television or movies as I am when reading, so it's easier to look at the mechanics of a script and think: "I would have written that differently" or "Man, I wish I could write like that."
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Deadlines. Deadlines and I are enemies.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
I'll write because I love writing. The rest of it will come or not.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Fantasy-wise, it's gritty. Romance-wise, it's about the angst. I need to practice more fluff and sunshine writing. Maybe in my YA magic-realism. Puppies and kittens and smiles.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
I can usually see how words best fit together. I do a lot of beta-reading, and query polishing.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I'm always kind.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I can be lazy.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
That changes. But today:
“We are big and vast and diverse; a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories, but bound by our shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny.” - President Barack Obama


In 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm, managed a boutique bookstore, read television scripts for a small production company, and, more recently, worked playground duty at the local elementary school.

When she’s not taking the service industry by storm, she’s writing fantasy and science fiction. Sarah likes her fantasy worlds gritty, her characters diverse and fallible, and she doesn’t believe every protagonist deserves a happy ending.

Before joining the Harper Voyager family, she published with EDGE, Reuts, and Madison Place Press.

Sarah lives in Washington State with plenty of animals and people, both. In her limited spare time she rides horses, rehabs her old home, and supervises a chaotic household. She can talk to you endlessly about Sherlock Holmes, World of Warcraft, and backyard chicken husbandry, and she’s been a member of one of Robin Hobb’s longest-running online fan clubs since 2002.

Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahremywrites, and on Tumblr at huntpeck.

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