I am thrilled to be hosting Sarah Glenn Marsh for the Meet The Newbies Event! FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP sounds absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to read it! I have a Q&A to share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway below!
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
Now on to the interview!
Hi Sarah! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! I am so happy to be hosting you for A Perfection Called Books Meet The Newbies Event! I am dying to read FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP and I can’t wait for my readers to read it!
For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP and the characters?
FEAR tells the story of sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill, who’s living on the Isle of Man in 1913. She’s hated the ocean ever since she was a little girl, when she saw her grandfather leap from the cliffs and drown with a smile on his face. As the story begins, Bridey sees a body washed up on the shores of Port Coire, her small town, and it isn’t long before her friends and neighbors start disappearing in the night. It’s up to Bridey to convince everyone of the danger in the water before she loses the people she loves most…
Here are a few things this story contains that I love: a handsome boy with a mysterious past (Fynn!), kissing, an old woman who might be a witch (Morag!), lots of Manx culture and mythology, small-town gossips, sea monsters you may not have heard of, and Bridey’s several sisters (Grayse, Mally, and Liss!).
Is it a standalone? If not do you have a title for book 2 yet and if so what are you working on now?
FEAR is indeed a standalone, but I have more YA fantasy projects in the works that I can’t wait to share more about as soon as possible! I like to describe my most recent project as SABRIEL meets GRACELING; it’s a dark, diverse epic fantasy.
Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
Not exactly! However, I have a younger sister, which made me want to write a sister book—and that’s how Bridey wound up with three awesome sisters!
Then there’s Morag, the elderly witch in the book. She’s quite a strong person in some ways (certainly not in all!), but her inner strength was inspired by my maternal grandmother, who’s a badass in her own right and who helped to raise me because we’ve always lived close by.
Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
One character I loved writing was Morag, the island’s witch. She lives in a crumbling cottage deep in the forest above Bridey’s (the MC’s) village. She’s feared by the town, but there’s so much more to her than meets the eye. And the things that come out of her mouth are sometimes cutting, something hilarious, and always wise. I adore her!
The toughest character to write (though by NO means my least favorite character in the story—in fact, I adore him!) was Lugh, one of Bridey’s two best friends. He experiences a lot of loss in the book, and he’s in such a dark head space sometimes that I found it painful to have to go there with him! Poor Lugh. I’m such a mean author!
What is your favorite passage/scene in FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP?
Great question! There’s a scene I love where Bridey goes to her village market and sees something that the fishermen pulled out of the sea…I won’t spoil what it is, though!
I also love basically every part where Bridey and Morag (the witch) have an interaction, because her dialogue amuses me :)
What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
There’s definitely a lot of research involved in any historical (even one with fantasy elements!). But with FEAR, my research process was a bit unusual. First, I found some great books from the 1800s on Manx mythology (mainly dealing with fairies and the Islanders’ customs and lore surrounding them), and took notes on those! I also ordered some Manx history books directly from the Isle–I don’t recommend this though, unless you want to spend a TON on shipping!
I also went to YouTube to look up videos of the Isle of Man TT. This is a famous motorcycle race (for those who aren’t as enthralled by motorcycles as I am!) and my awesome biker dad had mentioned it to me several times growing up. Bikers from around the world flock to the Isle of Man for this big race around the island each year; it’s actually been happening since the early 1900s! I watched videos of the TT to get a sense for the Manx landscape and the accents of the Manx people reporting on the race!
What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
One of my recent reads was Kali Wallace’s SHALLOW GRAVES, and Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s FIRSTS, both of which I loved! Up next on my TBR is THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos, and after that, I can’t wait to read more books by my fellow debuts!
Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?
A young Sirius Black from Harry Potter!
What inspired you to write YA?
I write YA because I love to read YA. There’s something irresistible about the emotions in YA, and the ability to explore a variety of relationships (not just romantic ones, but friendships and changing relationships with peers and family!). I think that’s a big part of the appeal. Too, there’s nothing quite like the intensity of first love, or that time in your life when there are so many options laid out before you, so many paths you could take. Another great thing about YA (as opposed to adult) is the ability to blend genres. In short, YA is where the fun is! :)
Lightning Round Questions
If you were to be sorted by the Sorting Hat, which Hogwarts House would you be sorted into?
Twitter or Facebook?
Favorite TV show?
This is a dangerous question ;) Ahem:
Firefly; Grimm; Castle; Killjoys; Dark Matter; 12 Monkeys; Haven (Basically if it’s on SyFy, I love it)
…And a guilty addiction to the Bachelor.
Sweet or Salty?
I like them together! Chocolate-covered pretzels = bliss!
Robots (no, really, I don’t trust them). Also, bugs are my arch nemesis!
Song you can’t get enough of right now?
Since I can’t give just one answer when it comes to music:
Hands to Myself- Selena Gomez
Stressed Out- twenty one pilots
Halsey’s entire Badlands album
Upcoming Movie you’re most looking forward to?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m so ready!
Thanks so much Sarah for answering my questions!
And thank you so much for having me, Jaime! J
Author Most Likely to Fill Her Car With Stray Animals Before Making It Home From School!
First Day of School: September 2016 (no specific day yet--will update you when I know it later this month!)
Homeroom: Sky Pony Press
Grade: Historical Fantasy
Extracurricular Activities: Captain, Slytherin Quidditch Team, Cheer, Dance, Choir, Horseback Riding
Favorite Class: Care of Magical Creatures
Favorite Quote: "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." --J.R.R. Tolkien
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.
When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.
Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, four rescued greyhounds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen duology, and several picture books.
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