#SS – Interview with Sara Wilson Etienne – Author of HARBINGER

If you missed my introductory post on the Standalone Spotlight feature, go here.
For those of who have already read the post – you’ll know that HARBINGER is my Standalone Spotlight for the month of February! And today, I’ve invited Sara Wilson Eitenne over to the blog!

Sara Wilson EtienneIceyBooks: Describe HARBINGER in 7 words.

Sara Wilson Etienne: Crazy girl, cute boy, save world. Maybe.

IceyBooks: Is there any resemblance between you and your main character, Faye?

Sara Wilson Etienne: Definitely. It’s hard to create any character that doesn’t have some of you in it. Faye’s hallucinations evolved from migraines I was experiencing when I first started writing this book. Her sense of isolation echoed the isolation I was feeling as I moved away from college, to the opposite coast, and tried to find my way as a writer. Her need to draw comes, not from any artistic skill on my part, but from my complete admiration of those who can create visual art. So Faye has pieces of me, but is not really like me.

IceyBooks: What was the last YA novel you read? What did you think?

Sara Wilson Etienne: Ooooo! Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! It doesn’t come out till June, but wowzers! It’s stunning! If you can get your hands on an ARC do so! It’s delicious and rich and pure joy to read.

IceyBooks: You just got an email you’ve been DYING for, what does it say?

Sara Wilson Etienne: Hmmm… that J.K. Rowling loved Harbinger and wants to meet me? Selling movie rights for Harbinger? Nah…I’m going for my editor loving the draft of my new book!

IceyBooks: If you could say anything to anyone, in the past, present, or future, what would you say?
HarbingerSara Wilson Etienne: I’m a big sci-fi buff, so I’m well aware of the whole time paradox danger. So maybe I’d just go back a few years and see if Diana Wynne Jones wanted to get coffee. She’s one of my favorite writers and I’m sad that I never got to meet her.

IceyBooks: Now that Harbinger is out in the world, what’s next for you in regards to writing?
Sara Wilson Etienne: I’m revising a new book with the same editor, Stacey Barney at Putnam. She’s brilliant and I feel lucky to by working with her again The new book’s not related to Harbinger at all and though I love Faye and Holbrook, I’m having a great time playing around in a new world with new characters.

IceyBooks: Where did you find the inspiration for Harbinger?

Sara Wilson Etienne: Well, when I first thought of the idea for Harbinger, I’d just graduated from College of the Atlantic in Maine. I moved out to California, but I was still haunted by the rocky coastline and these castlelike old buildings on my college campus. Harbinger started out as a longing for a place and a time I no longer had, but it became a new world where I wanted to live.

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    February 14, 2012

    Really interesting interview! I haven't read Harbinger yet, but now I want to!


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    February 14, 2012

    Ee I can't wait to read this I just got it last week! Great post!

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    February 15, 2012

    thanks for the interview. i got the book recently at a book signing and can't wait to start it.

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    February 15, 2012

    The JK Rowling email's a fabulous dream–would that it will come true! Have heard really good things about Harbinger; looking forward to reading it myself.

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    February 15, 2012

    Great interview. Have heard great things about Harbinger. Look forward to reading it.