Author Interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh

POSTED ON January 24, 2019 BY Austine IN Blog Tour, Interview

Oh. My. Goodness! Today the Penguin Teen blog tour for SONG OF THE DEAD is stopping by the blog and I get to share an exclusive interview with the author herself, Sarah Glenn Marsh!!

(I loved REIGN OF THE FALLEN so I’m low-key fangirling right now)

You can grab a copy of SONG OF THE DEAD, the second book in the series, right now! It came out Tuesday so hop on out to your favorite bookseller of choice and snag a copy! And if you haven’t read the first book, grab it too! This is a YA fantasy series you don’t want to miss!

Okay, I will let you get to the interview. Book info below for the series as well as the blog tour schedule!

About Sarah Glenn Marsh

Sarah Glenn Marsh has been an avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life; she's been making up words and worlds ever since. When she's not writing, Sarah enjoys painting, ghost hunting, traveling, and all things nerdy.

She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and their menagerie: four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep and Reign of the Fallen.

All About Sarah

I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?

I love how you worded this! Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers is the book I currently can’t stop thinking about. It’s like this long, beautiful, quietly profound character study about humans who live very differently than we do. I feel like I’m still carrying around the characters and their hopes and worries weeks later, close to my heart. It’s a story I’ll definitely be revisiting. Give me all the quiet, beautiful books!

Walk us through a day in the life of Sarah Glenn Marsh.

First I wake up to gentle birdsong…oh, wait, no. I wake up to the absolute screeching of my two baby cockatiels, Angelica and Eliza (the Skyler sisters, ha), who are telling me to get my butt downstairs because the sun is shining! I have my coffee, always call my mom, and then handle work emails, and then spend my day alternating between working on writing or revising (whatever my current project entails) until about 5 or 6pm. After that, my husband and I will feed our little zoo as a team, dispense medications to our various denizens, and then we’ll also cook our dinner as a team. I also handle various things for my Type 1 diabetes—it requires some extra steps throughout the day to take care of myself, and that’s okay. Sometimes, (when we actually get free time), we meet up with friends to play Pokemon Go in the evenings, or other times we’ll stay in and marathon our favorite shows and play Fallout 4. Other times in the evening, I work on processing applications for the dog rescue group I volunteer with! Oh, and there’s lots of green tea and dark chocolate consumed throughout a given day.

What is your most embarrassing memory?

Oh, that’s an easy one. In preschool, I had climbed up really high into a tree on the playground, and my friend’s dad came over to take me down. When he tried to grab hold of me, I bit him. My dad’s first ever parent phone call was this man calling our house to say that I’d bitten him deeply, and to ask whether I had rabies. Uh…I think that speaks for itself.

What is your Hogwarts house?

On any given day, the Sorting Hat places me in either Gryffindor or Slytherin. I definitely try to do things even when they scare me, and I have a strong sense of what’s right, so I do get the Gryffindor part. But, I’m a self-identifying Slytherin, as I’ve got an ambitious and viciously competitive streak!

You just won America’s Got Talent. What’s your talent?

Singing. Even though I’m pretty shy about it.

Favorite quote?

It varies, but this has been a tough year personally, and a quote that’s helped me is this one from JK Rowling’s Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?

Adopt a retired racing greyhound! Let love race into your heart. There is no relationship more pure and loyal. Every bit of care you give them is returned to you ten times over. They’re clean, neat, not smelly, and always sleepy—in other words, the chillest companions!

Here’s a bonus one, too: Be kind to yourself. You deserve it. I need this reminder a lot, so I figure others might need to hear it, too.


About the Books

Author Interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh
Reign of the Fallen
by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Series: Reign of the Fallen #1
Published on January 23, 2018 by Razorbill
Pages: 375

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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Author Interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh
Song of the Dead
by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Series: Reign of the Fallen #2
Published on January 22, 2019 by Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom's borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia's waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can't help being mesmerized by the new magic--and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria's mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won't be enough to save their fates.

In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.

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Tour Schedule

January 7 – Bibliobakes
January 8 – Twinning for Books
January 9 – A Court of Binge Reading
January 10 – Anxious Bookoholic
January 11 – Oh Hey! Books

January 14 – The Quirky Book Nerd
January 15 – Dazzled by Books
January 16 – Smadas Books Smack
January 17 – Jena Brown Writes
January 18 – The Book Shire

January 21 – YA Wednesdays
January 22 – Fear Your Ex
January 23 – The Fearless Reader
January 24 – Novel Knight
January 25 – The Book Deviant

January 28 – The Life of a Booknerd
January 29 – The Fandom
January 30 – Holed Up in a Book
January 31 – Upon the pages
February 1 – Pop the butterfly reads


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