Do you remember my review of VESSEL? No? Read it. NOW.
Ahem. Moving forward. Today, I have the author of VESSEL, Sarah Beth Durst, who was kind enough to stop by for an interview and a giveaway of her gorgeous book that released just this month.
IceyBooks: Where did you find the inspiration for VESSEL?
Sarah Beth Durst: I had a dream one night about a girl dancing barefoot on the desert sand. She was dancing joyfully, yet she knew at the end of the dance, she would die. I woke up thinking about that girl, wondering why she was dancing and why she was going to die. VESSEL grew out of that single image.
IceyBooks: When you began VESSEL, did you set out to write a standalone?
Sarah Beth Durst: Yes. I wanted to write a sweeping epic that was a single novel — a complete journey in one reading experience. I think books are magical. They have the power to transport you into other lives and other worlds and other adventures. And that is what I really wanted with VESSEL: to sweep someone away on an adventure.
IceyBooks: Did you have any say in the beautiful cover?
Sarah Beth Durst: My say: “I love it! I love it! I love it!”
The cover was designed by Jaime Ibarra and the Simon & Schuster art department, and I think it captures the tone of the book perfectly.
IceyBooks: If you could go back in time and speak to anyone, who would it be, and what would you say?
Sarah Beth Durst: I’d talk to my grandmother. She passed away when I was a toddler, and I have no memories of her. But I’m told she was the artistic one in the family. And I know she painted pretty much everything that held still… plates, trays, chairs, etc.
IceyBooks: If you could dye your hair any color, what would it be? Why?
Sarah Beth Durst: Blue. I love the color blue (specifically azure, the color of the evening sky as the first star appears). But given my insane curls, I’d probably just turn out looking like a clown. A very curly and very blue clown.
Sarah Beth Durst is the author of Vessel, Drink, Slay, Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice from Simon & Schuster, as well as Into the Wild and its sequel Out of the Wild from Penguin Young Readers. She has been writing fantasy stories since she was ten years old and holds an English degree from Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children.
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Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.
Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.
The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate—or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.
Now for the giveaway! Thanks to Sarah Beth Durst, one lucky US reader will receive a signed copy of VESSEL! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!