A Life in Books: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Posted by Goodreads on October 10, 2016
Sarah Glenn Marsh
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It's the summer of 1913, and a girl's body washes up on the shores of the Isle of Man. Soon other islanders start to vanish. Sixteen-year-old witch's apprentice Bridey Corkill suspects something sinister in the ocean, which she's hated since she saw it claim her grandfather seven years before. Her fellow villagers blame a mysterious, amnesiac stranger, a boy Bridey saves from the waves and names Fynn. In Fear the Drowning Deep, Sarah Glenn Marsh's haunting, historical, supernatural fantasy, Bridey, with Fynn's help, must face not only her dread of the ocean but the ancient evil in its waters that's luring people to their deaths. Fantasy fan Marsh tells Goodreads about her favorite book witch, her scariest reads, and the series that hooked her on mythology.

In Fear the Drowning Deep, Bridey Corkill is an apprentice witch. Who is your favorite book witch, and why?

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Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series has long been a favorite of mine for her bravery, compassion, honesty, and wit! I wish I had her gift for snappy yet subtle takedowns, and she can turn into a cat—I mean, what's not to love?


Lots of readers describe your novel as haunting and spookily atmospheric. What is your favorite spooky/scary read?

My favorite spooky stories are psychological ones, particularly ghost stories heavy on atmosphere and with a slow, ominous build. When it comes to books like this, Susan Hill's The Woman in Black really delivers. Another great book in this vein, and a more recent favorite, is The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It's a Gothic ghost tale that really got under my skin; I appreciated its slow pace and the vague, creeping horror in a crumbling manor with a well-researched post-WWII setting. It's a story that has you questioning reality along with the narrator.

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Which book got you interested in mythology/folklore?

As a young teen, I loved Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain for their reimagining of Welsh mythology. Those books (which include The Black Cauldron) were one of the first series to show me how someone could take an existing myth and put an original spin on it.

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Can you name a YA historical fiction novel you think everyone should read?

In my opinion, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is a must read! The book and its sequels are heavy with Gothic/Victorian atmosphere (something I love, as you can probably tell!), and I love the friendships that develop between Gemma, the main character, and some of the other girls at her boarding school. Also, I think the magic in this series is unique and well written!

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What's a book you recently read and loved?

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A recent read I absolutely can't stop thinking about is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. It's a sci-fi book that follows the crew of a wormhole tunneling ship, and each character offers a fascinating story and perspective. The book's strength lies in its memorable characters—who so often demonstrate kindness in a cruel world—and its unique, diverse setting. I'd encourage even non-sci-fi fans to try it!

I also recently read and blurbed Shannon Parker's sophomore novel, The Rattled Bones, which is an eerie, atmospheric read set off the coast of
Maine; the mystery and spine-tingling elements worked really well for me and kept me hooked, and I'm still thinking about the characters weeks later! Anyone looking for a read that's atmospheric, light on the romance, and full of strong family bonds should check this one out!


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message 1: by Judith (new)

Judith Pettersen Nice to meet you on Goodreads, Sarah. I look forward to reading your book and also checking out the ones you've recommended.


message 2: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly I have read and enjoyed a few of your recommendations. Can't wait to dive into the rest, including Fear the Drowning Deep. Thanks so much for sharing!


message 3: by Gen (new)

Gen So cool to read this post from you! Thank you for all the Recs! :)


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Glenn Marsh Judith wrote: "Nice to meet you on Goodreads, Sarah. I look forward to reading your book and also checking out the ones you've recommended."

Thank you, Judith! It's nice to e-meet you, and I hope some of the books I rec'd turn out to be new favorites for you :)


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Glenn Marsh Kimberly wrote: "I have read and enjoyed a few of your recommendations. Can't wait to dive into the rest, including Fear the Drowning Deep. Thanks so much for sharing!"

I love hearing that we have some books in common, Kimberly! Hope you enjoy Fear the Drowning Deep, too--happy reading! :)


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Sarah Glenn Marsh Genna wrote: "So cool to read this post from you! Thank you for all the Recs! :)"

Thank you for reading, Genna! :)


message 7: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie Sounds like a book I want to read :D


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