elcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing Sarah Henning , YABC's Author of the Week!!
Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.
Meet Sea Witch!
Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
After reading the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, I was intrigued—the sea witch in his version isn’t a villain at all. She’s a more of a neutral character who questions the little mermaid’s motives for wanting to become human. Like, do you really want to leave your family, friends and everything you know for a boy you’ve never met? It’s a valid question, even if the answer is love (which is a darn good reason). I wanted to know who would have very good reservations for helping the little mermaid but then do it anyway (because love).
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Nik. He’s a romantic, plus he’s generous, kind, and thoughtful. He’s been called a “cinnamon roll” and yes, yes, he is. He was a joy to write and I’d prefer to hang out with him every day if I could.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the pacing toward the end and that’s all I’ll say because I don’t want to give anything away.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
The breaking things apart is okay. Many times while working on this book I felt as if I was taking a wedding cake and turning it into a smash cake and then taking the obliterated bits and forming it into a perfect wedding cake again. For someone who revises as I go, this was not easy for me, but it was a very important part of the process and resulted in a better book.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love, love, love my cover—both the original (on the ARC) and the revised final version. In both, my favorite part has to be her eyes. My artist, Anna Dittmann, is so talented at getting feeling across in her art and the look in the character’s eyes is utterly perfect.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The prologue. I don’t want to say much for those who haven’t read it but I can just say that as a mother, it’s a powerful statement about the things we’ll do for our children.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Maybe Iker. He is just so big and boisterous—very much like Chris Hemsworth’s Thor—and balancing his personality in such a way to avoid making him too much was a challenge.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting! Revising is when everything really shines, but I love the feeling of a story falling out of my brain through my fingertips and onto the page.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Honestly, I joke that it’s getting salad stuck in my teeth. I eat a lot of salad so you’d think I would’ve figured out a way to avoid this. But no. Adulting fail.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
In 2019, I have a YA contemporary called Throw Like a Girl. It’s about a down-spiraling softball phenom who has to prove she’s a team player by playing quarterback on her ex-boyfriend’s football team. It’s very Friday Night Lights meets A League of Their Own—different than Sea Witch, obviously, but still very fun!
By: Sarah Henning
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: July 31st, 2018
One winner will receive a SIGNED copy of Sea Witch (Sarah Henning) ~ (US Only)
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