Sarah Beth Durst
Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including
Spark, Drink Slay Love, and
The Queens of Renthia series. She won an American Library Association Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been
a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Nebula Award three times.
Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel.
At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real
flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories.
She later attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what
the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk.
Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat.
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Additional Recent Articles, Interviews, and Videos:
Syosset Public Library: "Sarah Beth Durst Virtual Lunch and Author Visit"
Balticon: "Techniques for Plotting Your Novel", "Revising Your Work", "Plotting Character Growth", "Coming of Age Stories That Aren't YA", "Using Writing Prompts and Exercises Effectively"
Books & Books: "A Virtual Event with Rena Rossner and Sarah Beth Durst"
Writers After Dark Podcast: "Finding the Magic in a Standalone Story"
Crossroads Reviews: "#AuthorChat"
Princeton Alumni Weekly: "Tiger of the Week: Sarah Beth Durst '96 Conjures Magical Worlds in Her Novels"
BookPage: "Death is Only the Beginning"
Writer's Digest: "Four Tips on Writing an Epic Fantasy That's Also a Page Turner"
Frolic: "Sunday Brunch: A Chat with Authors Sarah Beth Durst and Monica Gomez-Hira"
Tor.com: "Five SFF Books Featuring Middle-Aged and Elderly Heroes Who Still Kick Ass"
Karen McCoy: "The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst"
Con-Tinual Panel: "Writing for All Ages with Leah Cypess, Sarah Beth Durst, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, and Jean Marie Ward"
Florida Sunshine State Readers Award (SSYRA): "Facebook Live Event with Sarah Beth Durst, Author of Spark"
Haverhill Community TV: "Write Now with Gayle Heney: Sarah Beth Durst on Race the Sands"
Haverhill Community TV: "Write Now with Gayle Heney: Sarah Beth Durst on Catalyst"
Rapuzel Reads: "Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst"
Miss Print: "Sarah Beth Durst on Race the Sands"
The Spice Den: "Podcast Interview with Sarah Beth Durst"
Stephanie Burgis: "Fantasy, Cats, and Excel Spreadsheets: An Interview with Sarah Beth Durst"
Annie's Book Stop of Worcester: "Zoom Talk with Sarah Beth Durst"
Maddie M. White: "Ask the Author: Sarah Beth Durst"
Stuck in the Stacks: "Saturday Spotlight: Sarah Beth Durst"
Annie's Book Stop of Worcester: "Author Spotlight: Sarah Beth Durst"
The Book Smugglers: "The Deepest Blue: Sarah Beth Durst on Inspirations and Influences"
Stories & Sweeties: "Interview with Sarah Beth Durst"
Barnes & Noble Teen Blog: "December's YA Open Mic"
Adventures in YA Publishing: "Sarah Beth Durst, Author of Fire & Heist, on Writing Books Being Like Growing Carrots"
Sunshine State Young Readers Award: "SSYRA Facebook Live Event with Author Sarah Beth Durst"
Miss Print: "Sarah Beth Durst on The Queen of Sorrow"
Unbound Worlds: "Sarah Beth Durst Is a Fantasy Queen with The Queen of Sorrow"
Read for Pixels: "Sarah Beth Durst Reading and Q&A"
Paul Semel: "Exclusive Interview: Fire & Heist Author Sarah Beth Durst"
Reading Women Podcast: "Q&A with Author Sarah Beth Durst"
Paste Magazine: "Four Science Fiction/Fantasy Authors Celebrate Female Trailblazers on International Women's Day"
The Illustrated Page: "Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst on The Queen of Sorrow"
With Love for Books: "The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst"
Miss Print: "Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst on The Stone Girl's Story"
Entertainment Vine: "Drink Slay Love Author Sarah Beth Durst discusses her book-turned-movie"
A Backwards Story: "Interviewing the Ever-Amazing Sarah Beth Durst!"
Barnes & Noble Teen Blog: "Author Sarah Beth Durst On Bringing YA Novel Drink Slay Love to the Screen"
"The 10 Best Things about the Drink Slay Love Movie"
YALSA's The Hub:
"2017 Alex Award Winners: An Interview with Sarah Beth Durst on The Queen of Blood"
Adventures in YA Publishing
"YALLFest Interview with Sarah Beth Durst"
John Scalzi's Whatever:
"The Big Idea: Sarah Beth Durst"
"The Reluctant Hero and the Un-Chosen One"
Colleen Houck's Modern Ink Society:
"Write What You Love"
"Sarah Beth Durst im Interview zu ihrem Roman »Die Blutkönigin«"
Harper Voyager (Australia):
"Open Letter from Sarah Beth Durst"
Harper Voyager (Australia):
"Why I Wrote the Queen of Blood"
"Sarah Beth Durst on The Reluctant Queen"
The Illustrated Page:
"Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst"
The Writer Librarian:
"The Queens of Renthia series by Sarah Beth Durst"
"Sarah Beth Durst on Journey Across the Hidden Islands"
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers:
"Middle Grade Mania: Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst"
Harper Voyager Science Fair:
"Fun Facts About Poison w/ Sarah Beth Durst"
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
"Making of a Cover: The Queen of Blood"
The Mary Sue:
"Let's Stop Waiting for Our Hogwarts Letters: Why You Don't Need to Be the 'Chosen One' to Be Magical"
RT Book Reviews:
"Bloody Monarchs: Sarah Beth Durst Dishes on Her New Fantasy Series"
"Podcast Episode 301 with Sarah Beth Durst"
"Sarah Beth Durst
Drink, Slay, Love Author Interview"
"Long Island Author Publishes Fantasy Book for Tweens"
"Evil Trees: Malicious Nature in Sarah Beth Durst's
The Queen of Blood"
"Five Books That Make You Wish You Had Magic"
"Long Live the Queen: Sarah Beth Durst's Favorite Queens in Literature"
USA Today Happily-Ever-After:
"Sarah Beth Durst stumbled (literally) onto the idea for 'The Queen of Blood'"
"Backstory: Sarah Beth Durst's
The Queen of Blood"
"Ask a Prophet: Sarah Beth Durst Talks Bloodthirsty Nature Spirits"
"Why Strong Female Characters Are Important in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
"Sarah Beth Durst Knows the Queen of Blood"
Florida Sunshine State Readers Award Facebook Live Event:
Harper Voyager Facebook Live Event:
HarperCollins Interview Part 1
HarperCollins Interview Part 2
HarperCollins Interview Part 3
HarperCollins Interview Part 4