Sarah J Maas is best known for her young adult trilogy A Court of Thorns and Roses and the Throne of Glass series. She’s now stepping out of the YA genre and transporting adult readers into a new fantastical and mythical world.
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Maas’ upcoming novel, Crescent City, will be the first in a new adult fantasy series. The novel is set in a universe where humans struggle for survival among the hierarchy of magical creatures. The novel will focus on Sidhe Bryce Quinlan as she seeks to avenge the death of her murdered best friend.
After trying to expand their reach into the young adult reader market, DC Entertainment has recruited four popular YA novelists, including Throne of Glass author Sarah J. Maas, to write books surrounding their superhero characters. Leigh Bardugo kicked off the new series with her novel, Wonder Woman: Warbringer.
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Maas, who is working on Catwoman: Soul Stealer, will embrace the narrative of Good vs. Evil in a coming-of-age setting. The story surrounds Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman who must protect Gotham City from the evil team of Luke Fox, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn while Batman is away.
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive excerpt from the soon-to-be bestseller along with the official cover.
Catwoman: Soul Stealer is set to hit shelves August 7, 2018.
Both of Sarah J. Mass’s bestselling young adult fantasy series, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, are set to hit the small and silver screens.
The Throne of Glass series, slated for streaming on Hulu, follows Celaena Sardothien as she competes to be the king’s assassin, but finds herself fighting for her freedom from a tyrannical ruler. The series will be penned by Kira Snyder (The Handmaid’s Tale, Pacific Rim) and the pilot episode directed by Anna Foerster (Outlander, Criminal Minds). There is no cast as of yet.
The A Court of Thorns and Roses film series will follow huntress Feyre who is dragged into a fairytale-like world that of which she must protect from a wicked fairy. Rising British writer Rachel Hirons is set to write the script with no director attached to the project yet.
We’ve often heard about our favourite authors’ overnight success with their debut novel. But what we often forget to mention while reciting their tales of success are the years hard work and dedication needed to achieve the success that appears to come overnight. In so many cases, years, if not decades, of effort and hard work led up to overnight success for the most famous authors out there.
These authors are an inspiration to those struggling to get their break, and to aspiring authors who have forgotten that after every night, a day rises. The longer and darker the night, the brighter the day.
1. J.K. Rowling
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J.K. Rowling’s story starts in Manchester. Waiting for a delayed train, she imagines the character of her first book, which, years later, would break many records. The death of her mother, six months after she began writing Harry Potter, effected her deeply. She moved to Portugal, hoping for a fresh start, but did not feel better there. She married a man named Jorge Arantes and had a child, but the rocky marriage lasted merely thirteen months.
She returned to England with her daughter, rendered penniless. She wrote in cafes with her daughter behind her in a pram. But her days of misery did not end when she finished her book. She faced much rejection before her manuscript was finally accepted by Bloomsbury. And merely three days after the novel was first published in the UK, Scholastic bid an exuberant amount of $100,000 for the American publishing rights. The long night ended on a bright day and today, she is the most recognized author in the world, with over 500 million copies of her work sold.
2. Veronica Roth
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On the face of things, Veronica Roth’s story begins and ends with the fact that she wrote her debut novel Divergent during her college break and became a bestselling author. But just as there is a day after every night, there is a night before every day. Roth’s story, in fact, begins way back when she was twelve-years-old. She was very focused on her craft. The instant success of her first book was actually the result of years of studying the art of creative writing and taking creative writing classes. Her initial manuscript was rejected and even after it was accepted, she had to rewrite major portions of the book.
3. Sarah J. Maas
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Maas began writing what was to become her debut bestselling novel, Throne of Glass, at the age of sixteen. Her initial story, titled Queen of Glass was based on Cinderella. Its premise was “What if Cinderella was not a servant, but an assassin? And what if she didn’t attend the ball to meet the prince, but to kill him, instead?” The first few chapters of her novel were posted on FictionPress.com where it was one of the most popular stories until she decided to remove them to from the site in order to publish it. She started sending out queries to agents in 2008 until she found one in 2009. Her book was finally purchased by Bloomsbury in 2010 and published in 2012. Her night was indeed very long and dark but the brightness of her day made up for it!
4. Stephen King
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King did a variety of odd jobs to support his family, who lived in a small trailer. He was a janitor, gas pump attendant, and worker at an industrial laundry. He wrote just two pages of his debut bestseller Carrie and threw it away in anger and disappointment as it wasn’t any ‘good’. Lucky for him, his wife picked it up and read it. She inspired her husband to continue writing as she wanted to know what happened next. But just finishing the novel didn’t deliver him from his long night. He was rejected by no less that thirty different publishers, but his wife encouraged him not to give up until he found one. It wasn’t long before he became King of Horror.
These are merely few examples. But they help us remind that after a night, however long and dark it may be, comes a brighter day (hopefully in the form of huge success!)