Sarah J. Maas is a New York Times best selling YA author with not only a movie adaptation, but also a TV series in the works. She’s currently working on a novel for DC, as well as the final installment of what will be her seventh book in her Throne of Glass series. The people. They love Sarah. So here are eleven fascinating facts about the beloved fantasy queen.
1. She’s a New Yorker.
Sarah J. Maas is a native of New York, but currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and their dog.
2. She studied Creative Writing.
In 2008, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College where she studied Creative Writing with a minor in Religious Studies.
4. Her Throne of Glass series is internationally adored.
The books are currently available in fifteen countries and twenty-three languages, with Maas is set to write seven books in the series.
5. Maas began writing the first book in the series when she was just sixteen-years-old.
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She published the first several chapters on FictionPress.com where it became one of the most popular stories on the site, however she later removed it when she decided to attempt to publish the book.
6. She’s a huge Harry Potter fangirl.
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Maas told Mashable, “I think of myself as a reader and fangirl first and then a writer. I grew up the biggest Harry Potter fangirl, so I remember what it’s like to wait for the books to come out, to be that into a book. I try to remember what it feels like to be on the other side of that table.”
7. She writes in a ‘Gollum cave.’
Maas told Mashable, “I write my books in this cocoon, this Gollum cave basically, and when they finally come out in the world I want my readers to love it as much as I do. I think every writer probably feels that way.”
8. She has written a novel about Catwoman.
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As part of DC Icons, a new series in which is a new series in which YA writers take on classic superheroes, Maas wrote a book about Catwoman. According to Mashable:
Catwoman: Soulstealer imagines Selina Kyle returning to Gotham City as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees, two years after she escaped the slums. Meanwhile, Gotham City is vulnerable with Batman off on a vital mission, and Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. Selina’s left to balance a threat from her past, her growing connection to Luke, and the heist she still hopes to pull off.
9. Her books have gotten so popular that people have begun naming their children after her characters!
“People have named their babies after my characters! Aelin, Celaena, Nehemia, Elentiya. No boy names yet. I’m holding out for a Manon, like Manon Blackbeak, but I don’t think anyone is going to name their sweet innocent baby after a hundred-year-old witch.”
10. Her character-naming process is intense but often a little nonsensical.
“I’m pretty sure Tolkien thrashes in his grave at least once a day over my fantasy naming methods. I’ll go on baby name websites and I’ll have a vague idea of the culture I want it to sound like, like an Ancient Greece or Persian type name, so I’ll go and look up huge charts until something connects in my brain… I don’t even know where Galathynius came from. Again, I started writing this when I was so young, some of the creation process early on was completely lost in the black hole of my mind … [Or] I’ll do little inside jokes like… Dorian Havilliard. In earlier drafts it was De Havillard, which I think came about because I liked Olivia De Havilland. I‘m a huge Gone with the Wind fan and I liked the way her name looked, so I just swapped the n for an r. This is my really creative process.”
11. She was genuinely upset when, on her sixteenth birthday, no fantastical creature appeared to tell her she was magic too.
“On my 16th birthday I was really actually depressed because no magical cat showed up to say ‘you’re actually the moon princess’ or ‘you’re a secret witch, and all these real things you felt your whole life, they’re true.’ I was literally depressed the whole day because I wasn’t magical and special. So now I write about magical and special girls.”
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