Summer of Series: Sara Raasch Interview

I loved Sara's debut, so I am so excited to have her on the blog today!

Ice like Fire
second in the Snow Like Ashes series
Published October 14, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world. 
Describe the Snow Like Ashes trilogy in a tweet! 140 characters or less. No cheating or the Twitter Gods are going to get you.
I can do you one better: five words! Badass soldier girl seeking freedom.

What has been your favorite part of writing Snow Like Ashes?
Meeting readers! Getting to share SLA with readers has been incredible, and it's by far my favorite part -- every fan has been so great!

Did you always plan for Snow Like Ashes to be a series? How did it take shape in your mind? What was your inspiration?
Yes! SLA has always been a trilogy. I started writing it when I was a preteen, and while a LOT of it has changed since then, the overall story arch and world has stayed mostly the same. The inspiration for SLA was that I wanted to write a book where winter was perceived as the good guys -- the Season Kingdoms unfolded from there!

I know you started writing this book when you were younger, so how has it changed from start to finish?
Haha, I kind of answered this above! But most of it has changed, or at least been tweaked a bit. The overall feel has stayed the same though, of a world based on Season Kingdoms and non-season kingdoms that cycle through the normal "rhythms" of nature, or Rhythms.

Book two, Ice Like Fire, (you seriously have the coolest titles!) comes out in October. Can you tell us anything about it? ;)
Thank you! Hmm...I can tell you that, while drafting/editing ILF, I started calling it "The Book Where Everyone Dies" because so many people end up, well, dying. *evil cackle*

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
At the moment, I'm working on a new project that involves different types of plants, so lots of my Google searches have been re: poisonous plants and those sorts of fun things.

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
Sharon Shinn's The Twelve Houses. It's an adult fantasy series, and AMAZING in terms of world building, story, characters, EVERYTHING.

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
Iron Man! Sense of humor + brains? Yes please!

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  1. Her covers are so eye catching.

  2. I do not like the sound of lots of people dying :( But yay! I can't wait to read Ice Like Fire, particularly after loving Snow Like Ashes last year :)