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Chatting Live with Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass)

Chatting Live with Sarah J. Maas
Author of “Throne of Glass”

Sarah J. Maas, author of the young adult fantasy novel “Throne of Glass,” hosted a LIVE CHAT on Facebook on Saturday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).

Fans from all over the world could ask her questions and hear her talk about her book. Below are some highlights of the many, many questions asked.

Where did you get the idea for your book?

A longer explanation is on Maas’ website, but the short version is… She was 16 years old and was listening to the Cinderella soundtrack, and there was a scene in there that made her think, “How cool would it be if Cinderella was an assassin?”

Which is your favorite cover?

Maas said each cover represents a different side of Celeana. The US version represents a softer side of her, while the UK version represents a deadly side of her.

Maas said both of them are “pretty bad ass,” but she would not reveal with one was her favorite.

What is your ideal cast?

Maas had an image of Sam Worthington in her head when she originally wrote Chaol’s character, and she actually has a magazine from April 2010 on her desk with a spread on him.

Celeana – Jennifer Laurens

Chaol – Sam Worthington (although he’s older now)

Dorian – Drew Roy (from Falling Skies)

I heard the original version did not have a triangle. If so, why did you decide to introduce one?

Maas said that wasn’t really true and that she never really thought of it as a love triangle. In the original version, the relationship was there, and there were other guys too, so if anything, there was a love octagon or something.

Maas said she never really thought she had to have a certain thing (like a love triangle) for the book and that was just how the relationship with the two guys ended up being.

Do you have a set writing schedule?

Maas would initially get an idea from a song or a movie, and she would begin daydreaming. Once she gets sense of it as a story, she would make a playlist. When she has enough music and a big sense of how the story would  pan out, she would begin drafting.

Maas said she she doesn’t like outlining, although as an author, she is required to submit outlines. She doesn’t like to jump around so she writes the manuscript from start to finish. So it could take her anywhere between four to five weeks to write a manuscript to two or three months.

Regarding questions about what is going to happen next? (i.e. Who is Celeana is going to choose? Will Celeana have a happily ever after? What’s down the line for Dorian and Celeana? etc.)

Maas was reluctant to reveal anything about spoiling the story. Hopefully, the title for Book 2 will be revealed soon.

She did say, however, is if everything goes well with the publishing, she is hoping the series will have six or seven books.

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  1. October 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Thank you for sharing!
    Sounds interesting. i have to say, though that thinking of a 6 or 7books series sort of put me off… i read the prequels, which sort of was abit of TOG OD, so put the main book aside… think they should have somehow been a book on its own.
    i do like her writing style. and am sure i will end up reading TOG and further books

  2. Katy
    October 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

    She said the fictionpress version had a lot more background information, and the books do not have a lot of that, so that’s why the novellas. She’s already published I think four books or something with the fictionpress version.

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