Summer of Series: Sarah Fine Interview & Giveaway!

Sarah Fine has been a long time author friend of mine, so I am super excited to be able to have her on the blog today!

Of Dreams and Rust
second in the Of Metal and Wishes series
To be published August 4, 2015 by Margaret K McElderry Books
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War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to "Of Metal and Wishes", inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?
What has been your favorite part of writing this series?
Probably writing Bo. He is NOT a typical romantic lead. He is more or less a genius psychopath with a history of deep trauma, and he acts that way. I think it’s easy to want him to behave in a more predictable, healthy manner, but knowing his background, I just couldn’t do it. So I’ve seen reviewers describe him as creepy, and scary, and unlikeable, and I’m thinking … yup. What else would you expect? The trick was to present glimmers of goodness and selflessness while still honoring all his emotional wounds—to really show the struggle of a seriously damaged soul clawing his way toward a bit of light, and to show readers why Wen feels about him as she does.

What was your inspiration behind this story? It’s so dark and wonderfully enticing with its Phantom of the Opera comparisons. It didn’t start out as Phantom. It started with my macabre fascination with The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which was reawakened when I watched Food, Inc. So the idea of writing a book set in a slaughterhouse was actually the jumping off point! It only became Phantom later, as I realized the parallels, and at that point, I embraced them. I mean … Phantom of the Opera set in a slaughterhouse. Every single time I say that, I get some type of reaction. At least it’s memorable?

I know that book two is the official end of the story and it’s coming out in less than 3 weeks, but can you tell us if you’ll be exploring more of this world in the future?
Nope. I’m done with the world. That’s just my preference—once I feel like I’ve told a story, I don’t usually want to linger in a world. I want to invent a NEW world with NEW characters and create a NEW story! I get bored easily, and readers deserve to have tales told by energized, thrilled writers. So I always want to move on before anyone gets bored.

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research? For Of Dreams and Rust, I did a lot of research on engineering models of the movements of spider legs. If you read the book, you’ll see the results.

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
ONE series? Um … sorry. I just can’t. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer, The Control series by Lydia Kang, the Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi, and the Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee. TO NAME BUT A FEW.

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
Captain America. I’m a sucker for wholesome good guys with a touch of darkness or melancholy, but just a touch.



Sarah being the amazing person that she is is offering a duology set of both of the titles in this series to one lucky entrant.

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is to the US only.

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  1. thanks for the fun interview and giveaway! This is the first I've come across this author and book and it's definitely going on the top of my want list :) thanks for sharing and congrats to Sarah on her newest release!

  2. After coming over Of Metal and Wishes in late 2014, it has become one of my FAVORITE books of ALL time, and I hound the internet for posts about it. I've even began fangirling and ranting about it to all my friends, who all probably think I'm crazy, but now I have 2 new Sarah Fine converts! I love the racial ethnicity, which used to be really hard to find in books. I loved reading the interview because it allowed me deeper insight into it, and I learned a lot of new things I didn't know before, like where she got her inspiration. I really appreciate you taking the time to share this with us, and that's really awesome! :D

  3. I loved that Sarah loved writing Bo because he is such an interested character! And I love how this didn't start out as a Phantom retelling because it just works so perfectly. And I love this duology! :)

  4. Thanks for the awesome interview! I've definitely been really intrigued by the idea of a YA retelling about Phantom of the Opera, especially in such a unique setting Of Metal and Wishes presents. My favorite part of the interview was Sarah's answer to the first question! I often see characters Have traumatic pasts, but sometimes they don't earnestly feel like they've gone through much tradegy. I love that Sarah doesn't do that with Bo!

  5. I don't think I could have read anything on spiders! Too creepy, I hate them! Sarah must be very brave! ;) I'm so excited to read this book but also a little saddened that it will be the last! :(
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  6. I loved the interview, especially reading about researching spider leg movements.