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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. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. I judge people primarily on whether or not they say hello to me, so I'd have to say niceness. Also sense of humor (because how can you face life without that?). And third... Really, so long as someone is kind and willing to smile, I can overlook pretty much anything else.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I have curly hair. No, you don't understand. It’s really, really curly. See my author photo? That's me with about a bottle of gel dumped on my head to encourage the curls to respect the laws of gravity. If you tried to blow dry my hair, I'd have a cloud of fuzz around my head so big that I'd be a hazard to birds.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Death. Pain. Skunks. And Frisbees. Specifically, Frisbees flying through the air at high speed near my face. I am proud to say that I can face a stationary Frisbee without any feeling of horror.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'd like to be a marine biologist. Except that I hate boats, am not very good at swimming, and am terrified of scuba diving. Hmm, maybe I should stick to writing.

Author Voices

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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