Today on my blog for this tour I was able to do an interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh and all her world building for Fear the Drowning Deep! Check it out!
1. I loved the setting for Fear the Drowning Deep. Why did you choose the Isle of Man?
Thank you! When choosing my setting, I had only a vague idea for a story in mind (“Girl is afraid of the ocean. She has to save her town from something terrible in the water. Wouldn’t it be agony to fear the ocean and be stuck on an island your whole life?”). As I looked up various islands, I came across the Isle of Man, which I’d never heard of before. The first time I saw it in pictures, I thought, “This is a place where magic could happen.” What stood out to me is that it’s beautiful and rugged enough to be something out of a fantasy land, and the culture there is steeped in centuries of lore. It’s the sort of wild, untamed place where anything seems possible, and the more I read about it, the more I envisioned my story unfolding there on the rocky cliffs, among sea birds and starfish. The Manx culture and landscape really helped shape the story in a magical way.
However, this wasn’t exactly a period-accurate choice; Manx Gaelic had almost completely died out in the early 1900s, when Bridey’s story takes place. Parents on the Isle of Man thought their children were better served learning only English, and so the language was nearly lost. Thankfully, though, it’s since been revived as people on the Isle of Man have taken a greater interest in their heritage and culture. My decision to have Bridey and her family speak Manx in 1913, when the language was in decline, was made because I wanted to honor the Isle’s rich history and traditions!
6. For Fun: Do you have special snacks or drinks you like to have while writing?
Aside from the occasional bite of chocolate (hello, mini Milky Ways and Twix bars), I don’t really snack while writing. However, my favorite thing to drink while writing is iced green tea. Is that weird? Even if it is, it’s delicious.
Fear the Drowning Deep
by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Hardcover, 310 pages
Expected Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of the YA fantasy Fear the Drowning Deep from Sky Pony Press, the forthcoming Reign of the Fallen fantasy duology from Razorbill (Penguin), as well as several forthcoming children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and her tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish.
When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in nerdy pursuits from video games to tabletop adventures. You can visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com, and follow her on Twitter @SG_Marsh.
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