Aug 28, 2012
Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.
She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
She currently lives in NYC.
SARAH CROSSAN IS A TOTAL ROCKSTAR!
Want to know why!?!
Sarah Crossan grew up in Ireland AND England!
Two beautiful countries that I’ve always wanted to visit!
How’s that for being awesome!?
I have always been an avid reader. I love how transformative literature can be and I simply wanted to try to do this myself. It began at school where I wrote short stories and poems, and although I didn’t have the confidence to study creative writing at university until after I completed my first degree, I was always secretly writing.
I sometimes have a hard time speaking. I worked for many years as a teacher, so that probably sounds silly, but I find that when I have something important to say, I muddle my words and can never quite express myself clearly. When I write, I can edit my ideas and I’ve always liked that. Twitter and Facebook are a little scary to me because reactions are so immediate there’s little time for reflection before ‘publication’.
It all depends on the type of story one is trying to tell, but generally speaking I’d say that the emotional landscape must be convincing. People like exciting stories, but we read to know ourselves through other characters and ultimately this is what readers remember.
When I have any spare time, I like to spend it with friends or family. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing so long as we’re together. In terms of hobbies, I practice yoga and I love to travel. I am also a big fan of tea!
The people I love. Great books. A decent night’s sleep.
Of course. It’s the first step to getting published. I have a strong belief in the power of positive energy. That doesn’t mean that when I found an agent I wasn’t gobsmacked though!
Every time I am asked this question, I give a different answer depending on how I am feeling on a particular day. Today I feel I can relate to Bea because I’ve been feeling a lot of love for my parents recently.
I don’t think novels should be preachy, but I suppose the environmentalist aspect of the novel is blatant. I hope it will make people think about the way we consume and how the planet is suffering as a consequence.
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.
has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?
I've decided to offer 1 pre-order copy of BREATHE
to one lucky commenter!
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