2016 Debut Authors Bash: Sarah Glenn Marsh


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 Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. When she’s not writing, she’s most often engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls.

Website: http://www.sarahglennmarsh.com/

Twitter: @SG_Marsh


What inspired you to write a novel?

The inspiration for Fear the Drowning Deep came from something I read in the news: an article about a rare shark that had been spotted by fishermen (near Japan, if I recall) and it got me thinking about all the strange creatures in the ocean. It seems to me that people spend more time wondering about space, looking up, than they do wondering about what’s in the waters below us–way deep down, in the places we can’t see or touch…and thus, the idea for Fear was born!


How long did it take you to write Fear the Drowning Deep?

FEAR took about four months from initial idea & researching time to finished first draft (pre-revision).


I absolutely adore the cover of Fear the Drowning Deep, how did you feel when you first saw the cover?

First of all—thank you so much! Second, I was elated! I’ll admit, when I first opened the email with the cover file attached, I was so nervous that I had to peek at it through my fingers…but then I saw the gorgeous teals and deep blues. Basically, it was love at first sight!


Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what was one song that really stood out to you when writing Fear the Drowning Deep?

I actually need silence when I write! But I like to listen to music before sitting down to write—to establish a certain mood for a scene. If I listen to music while I’m writing, I get too distracted and just want to dance or sing along! While writing this book in particular, I listened to a lot of Méav Ní Mhaolchatha’s album Silver Sea, which is partly in Gaelic, partly in English, and a little French in the mix, too; it helped establish a perfect mood for windswept, mysterious island town where my characters live.

The one song from that album that really stands out as representing Fear is called, “You Brought Me Up.” It’s beautiful; I recommend giving it a listen!


Why did you choose to set your novel in 1913?

This particular year felt right to me for Bridey’s story for a number of reasons. First, it was a year after the sinking of the Titanic, an event which confirmed my character’s worst fears about the ocean. Second, this was a time in which there was very little technology on the Isle (relative to other places in the UK, which were quicker to adopt new tech). This was also a time when many on the Isle still upheld rich old traditions, and some still believed in the existence of fairies. All these things combined made 1913 on the Isle of Man feel like a distinctly magical time in which to set my story!


Where is your favourite place to write?

I have two favorite writing spots, actually! I sometimes write in my office upstairs, surrounded by my favorite books, signed posters, and random nerdy things like my Lord of the Rings and Sailor Moon action figures; other times, I write in our sunny living room while sharing the sofa with a couple of cuddly greyhounds and enjoying the sweet little songs of our baby bird!


In one sentence, how would describe your book?

A girl who’s afraid of the ocean must face her fears and find her inner warrior in order to protect her loved ones from mysterious beasts of the deep.


Thank you so much for hosting me, Pavan! This was really fun!


Thanks for all your wonderful answers Sarah!!


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  1. This sounds intriguing. I love the ocean aspect. The only thing that makes me iffy is the time period. I struggle with stuff like that. I might have to check it out anyway. Lol. Thanks for sharing!

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