Interview with Sarah Prineas, author of Winterling

Happy New Year everyone!! I wish you best of luck in 2014 and I hope that it brings you not only health, happiness and love but also many wonderful books! 😀


Since we have a new year ahead of us I wanted to start with an author interview since I have not done one of these in quite a long time. This time, the kind author of the “Winterling” series, Sarah Prineas, has accepted to answer some of my questions.


I really hope that you enjoy reading her answers and maybe you get to read some of her books if you have not done it yet!



1. Hi Sarah! Thank you for accepting this interview! How about telling the readers some things about yourself?
Sarah: Well, I live with my family way out in the countryside in the the state of Iowa, where I do my writing, of course, but I also work to restore the forest on our land, and raise goats.

2. What is your book series “Winterling” about? Tell us a few words about it.

Sarah: Winterling is about a girl named Fer who must leave our world and go into another, wilder, more magical land to heal a great evil.


“A girl named Fer who travels to a magical land where she has to discover who she truly is while putting right a terrible wrong. She’s helped by a tricksy puck-boy named Rook and a wild horse named Phouka.”


“What a wonderful, imaginative alternate world Prineas has created for this book!” –Kristin Cashore, author of the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire.


“Filled with wonder and with characters both devious and charming, Winterling is a mischievous delight!” –Ingrid Law, New York Times bestselling author of Scumble and the Newbery honor book Savvy.

3. When did the idea of the books come to your mind?

Sarah: Spring is a time of edges—of changes—and that’s when I thought of the Way, the portal between our world and another, more magical world. I started looking for the magical places in our own world’s landscapes.

4. The covers of the “Winterling” series look really wonderful! What is their story?

Sarah: Well, the covers are commissioned by my publisher. The artist’s name is Jason Chan, and he really captured Fer’s spirit.

5. Which are your favorite and also less favorite characters from your books?

Sarah: My favorite character from the Magic Thief books is probably Benet, the tough-guy bodyguard who likes to knit and bake biscuits. From the Winterling books, it’s Rook because he’s so tricky. My least favorite characters? I pretty much like them all, even the bad guys!

6. Do you have a playlist in your mind for your series?

Sarah: Not really—I don’t listen to music all that much; it’s too distracting for me.

7. What are your favorite books? You can make a top 5/10 if you would like to! C:

Sarah: My favorite books! I’ll divide it into old favorites and new favorites

  • Old: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  • New: Jinx by Sage Blackwood, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Wide Open by Deborah Coates.

8. Where do you usually write your works?

Sarah: Usually on the couch in my living room, with my laptop. I have a home office, but I hardly ever use it!

9. What country/countries would you like your books to be popular in?

Sarah: The Magic Thief books are published in 18 languages around the world. The latest publisher is in Japan, which I’m very excited about because I love manga and anime. Getting mail from readers around the world is fun—I hear a lot from readers in India, Indonesia, England, and Finland.

10. What do you think about Romania, the country I live in? Would you like to visit it one day?

Sarah: I bet most Americans hear “Romania” and think of gymnastics—but I’m an outdoorsy person and think of how much I’d love to visit its beautiful fir forests and coastline.

11. Thank you for answering all of these questions! As an ending, you can say anything that comes to your mind to the readers of this blog.

Sarah: Thanks so much for reading!! For the latest news, do visit my website. Cheers!

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About the author:
I live in rural Johnson County, Iowa, and my first novel, The Magic Thief, was published by HarperCollins in June 2008 and by a bunch of other publishers around the world. The next book in the series, The Magic Thief: Lost, came out in May 2009, and the third, The Magic Thief: Found, was published in spring 2010. My next book from HarperCollins was Winterling (2012), followed by two sequels, Summerkin (April 2013) and Moonkind (Jan 2014). A fourth Magic Thief book will be out in September, 2014!

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