Happy Friday and welcome to the first edition of The Writer’s Reading Corner! Today, B.B. Morgan tells us how Sarah J. Maas inspired her to write a new fantasy series. I’ve had this book in my TBR for a looong time – after reading this, I’m thinking I need to bump it up the list.
I started reading Throne of Glass on a Thursday afternoon. I finished it on Friday. Too impatient to wait to get to the library for the second, I bought the ebook of Crown of Midnight. I finished it on Saturday night. I proceeded to read the next three books (Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms) within a week and a half. I have never been so captivated by a book that I couldn’t sleep.
I loved everything about the series – the writing, the characters, the setting, the plot, the story. At first, I felt jealous because Sarah J. Maas had written a much better fantasy novel that I will ever write, but the series inspired me to revise a rough outline for a fantasy novel I’ve been tossing around for a while. I’ve since written the first book, and I’m again in love. To think, if I hadn’t picked up Throne of Glass, I wouldn’t have written it.
Maas reminded me of what I love about fantasy. The exciting new worlds, fantastic characters, magic, exploration, adventure, romance, thieves, and assassins – I love it all. I also love how she folded such an enthralling sense of romance throughout a series. Because of Throne of Glass, I’ll read anything Sarah J. Mass writers. My current read is a book she provided a blurb for, and I’m loving it.
While my fantasy series that Throne of Glass inspired won’t be out for a while, I’m gearing up for the release of the third installment in my Devil’s Blood series, The Fancy House. While it’s not as cool as Throne of Glass (what is?) I am proud of the book that I produced. It’s due out March 16, 2018. My working summary is:
On the upper east city of Belle City, the Fancy house sits empty. Locals claim it’s haunted. When a call takes Malone inside the house, she finds the ghost of a dead girl, and something else – something much worse. While sorting through the mysteries of the Fancy house, Malone is tasked with finding Sylvester, by infiltrating the thieves’ guild under a false identity. Ghosts, thieves, and sounds underneath old floorboards – one wrong step, and it’s over.