Me: What instrument, if any, do you play?
Sarah: My nose, and not very well. I used to play the flute, but, boy, was that one heck of a mistake. I love music, and I love music more when I’m not the one making it.
Victoria: No one should ever ask me to play any instrument.
Me: If you were stuck on a deserted island, would you rather have with you a book, a banjo, a pineapple or a cinnamon scented candle with you? How would you use it?
Sarah: Cinnamon either repels or attracts bugs…Huh, I can’t remember. But can you imagine the bugs on a deserted island? I’d probably get eaten alive, so I’ll have to go with book – I can at least crush bugs at night when I can’t read.
Victoria: Probably the cinnamon candle, so that when things got really weird, I could hallucinate and try to eat it. Plus, I freaking love that smell.
Sarah: I have no idea why she would want to hallucinate and eat a candle. Kinda weird.
Me: How did the idea of Dance in Shadow and Whisper come to be?
Sarah: It came to me in a dramatic flash of light—okay, not really. I had been sitting in my high school English class, trying with all my might not to pay attention, when I decided I wanted to mix the lore of fantasy with a modern day city and an emo boy and a sheltered girl and make them really uncomfortable. I suppose the conception is a tiny bit unromantic.
Victoria: DiSaW is Sarah’s, I’m just along for the ride—for now.
Sarah: Oh yes, for now.
Me: What is a book that you secretly adore?
Sarah: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth is the book I adore most because it arrived in my hands when I had decided to quit trying to be a writer. Reading this book told me I’d better reconsider that decision.
Victoria: Textbooks. You’re not supposed to like textbooks, are you? I love the heck out of those guys.
Me: What is one book that for you, just didn’t live up to the hype?
Sarah: This is a difficult question, because after “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, all I ever wanted to read was their brilliance reincarnated, so when books were recommended to me as “Just like THG!”, I was always let down!
Victoria: This is going to be strange, but when I was in elementary school and borrowed the actual “101 Dalmatians” by Jodie Smith from the library, I was really confused by how un-Disney-like it was.
Me: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?
Sarah: I’ve wanted to travel the old Silk Trade Route and hit all the ancient cities and temples. How awesome would that be?
Victoria: I would go to Venice and I would go for el Carnivale, because those masks. Those costumes.
Chocolate or Strawberry?
Sarah: Oh man. Chocolate.
Pencil or Pen?
Sarah: Pencil 100%
Night or Day?
Outside or inside?
Sarah: Outside. (Nothing like the smoggy California air. Mmm.)