Sarah Beth Durst

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of young adult novels Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, and Ice, as well as middle grade novels Into the Wild and Out of the Wild. She has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times, for Vessel, Ice, and Into the Wild. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. The Lost, The Missing, and The Found are Sarah's first novels for adults.

Visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

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Sarah Beth Durst
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be prepared. Be happy. Watch out for skunks.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Abraham Lincoln. "Perhaps, Mr. President, you might skip the theatre tonight..." Or simply, "Duck!" Except that I don't believe you can change the past even if you could time travel, so he'd probably dismiss me as a lunatic and then the Secret Service would later lock me up as an accomplice because how else could I have known... Okay, maybe I should just tell Shakespeare that he did a good job on Hamlet.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I can't parallel park.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow (though it always makes me cry). Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo from Cinderella (because it always makes me smile), also When a Hippo Can Dance by Sandra Boynton (same reason). Caribbean Blue by Enya (because it's pretty, though I have no idea what the lyrics are). Just a Little Girl by Amy Studt (because it makes me feel like conquering the world).

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Perseverance. I think that's an essential quality for a writer (or anyone with an impossible dream) to have. I also love being an optimist. It's easier to persevere if you toss in a little bit of rose-tinted-glasses-style self-delusion.

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September 26, 2011

Last week I celebrated the book birthday for my latest YA novel, DRINK, SLAY, LOVE, so I thought I'd take a moment to tell the story of how this book came to be.  Here's a rough transcript:

MY BRAIN: So, what are we writing about next?

ME: I really like unicorns.

MY BRAIN: What are you, four years old?

ME: What's wrong with unicorns?

MY BRAIN: Unicorns are not cool. Unicorns are sparkly.

ME: My unicorns would be cool!

MY BRAIN: You just miss your Lisa Frank sticker collection from your Trapper Keeper.

ME: I loved those stickers.

MY BRAIN: Think of something else.
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November 04, 2009

In ICE, Cassie journeys over the sea ice, across the tundra, and through the boreal forest. And today she has crossed the Atlantic Ocean! Today, ICE is coming out in the UK! I have very fond memories of the UK. After college, I lived for a year in Cambridge, England. My boyfriend (now husband) had a fellowship there, and I trailed along because, hey, England! Castles! Stonehenge! King Arthur! It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. That year in England, my husband and I got engaged. Also that year in England, I really became a writer. I'd known I wanted to be a writer pretty much since I was a cute little blastula. But despite my... see more

October 07, 2009

Book birthdays are a bit like real birthdays. You can't help but look back at how you got here. My mom is the one who hooked me on books. We used to visit the library constantly and come back with these mountains of books that nearly required a U-Haul to drag home. My mom finally imposed a rule that I was only allowed to take out as many books as I could carry. And so I got really good at stretching my arms out as far as I could and balancing an enormous stack of books between my fingertips and my chin. She was the one who encouraged me to read fantasy. She introduced me to Lloyd Alexander and Anne McCaffrey and David Eddings, and I introduced her to... see more

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