Sarah Glenn Marsh

young adult
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*What were you like as a kid?

When I was really little, I was afraid of sand! That should tell you something. I loved animals just as much as I do now, and I also loved to play outside—tree climbing and night swimming were two of my favorite things!

As photo evidence shows, I was also a fairy princess.

*What was high school like for you?

In high school, I had a great, close-knit group of friends who still mostly keep in touch to this day; they helped make school fun. I also had a fantastic creative writing teacher who was the first person to inspire me to take my writing seriously! I was also busy with my horseback riding, dance, and guitar lessons, and admittedly read my fair share of awesome books under desks during classes.

*What are your favorite movies?

Beyond the obvious answers of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and the Harry Potter movies, I’ll keep this brief by listing two movies I recently enjoyed: The Jungle Book (the new version) and Captain America: Civil War (Team Cap all the way!).

*What are your favorite TV shows?

It would take way too long to list them all, but to name a few: Avatar: the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra; Grimm; Castle; Firefly; Buffy; Angel; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; Vikings; Defiance; 12 Monkeys; Killjoys; Farscape; Stargate: Atlantis; True Blood; Supernatural …What can I say? I love sci-fi and monsters!

*What are your favorite books?

Oh boy. I have even more favorite books than TV shows! But a few of my favorite authors are: Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman, Tamora Pierce, Spencer Quinn, Libba Bray, Margaret Atwood, Madeleine L’Engel, Laini Taylor, Charles de Lint, Patricia McKillip, JK Rowling, Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander.

*What are some random facts about you?

Well, I’m so glad you asked! For the curious, here are ten random facts about me:

  1. I was in the Universal Studios movie Evan Almighty, playing one of Steve Carell’s neighbors. It was really fun!
  2. My great-great grandparents’ Victorian home is now a museum in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Google the Glenn House for some lovely pictures!
  3. Years ago, I went on an investigation with SyFy’s Ghost Hunters at Fort Mifflin, PA—back when Grant was still on the team!
  4. On my grandmother’s side, I’m descended from the Plantagenet Queens and Kings of England (Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella the She-Wolf of France, to name a few!).
  5. On a similar note: My seven-times-great grandfather was Benjamin Pendleton, who fought for America in the Revolutionary War.
  6. Some of my favorite charities include Best Friends Animal Society and JDRF– both are very close to my heart.
  7. I used to be a cheerleader, horseback rider, and dancer. I miss the horses!
  8. My favorite place to spend time is the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s where I got married, and where I spent many summers growing up.
  9. I got my start writing on a Lord of the Rings written roleplaying game—it taught me a lot about developing characters and writing immersive scene settings!
  10. I dressed up for all the Harry Potter movies as a school-aged Narcissa Malfoy.



*How did you come up with the idea for Fear the Drowning Deep?

I was inspired to write FEAR after seeing some fascinating, recently discovered sea creatures on the news—it made me realize how little we know about the vast world of the oceans.

For a longer explanation, see this post I did on my inspiration for FEAR.

*Where can I buy your books?

Thank you so much for your interest in my work! The best place to buy my  work is from your local independent bookstore. However, my work will also be available through all major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and more. Check out my “Books” page for more information and buy links!

*Also: This is just a friendly reminder that requesting books from your local library is a fantastic way to support an author (including me!).

*I’m a book blogger/reviewer interested in receiving a review copy of your book(s). Will you send me one?

Again, thank you for your interest! However, I’m sorry to say that review copies are out of my hands. Review copies are limited, and are distributed by my respective publishers, who have their own decision-making process when it comes to selecting people to receive review copies.

Reviewers interested in my books should direct all requests to the respective publisher (Razorbill/Penguin for Reign of the Fallen, and so on).

*What music did you listen to while writing FEAR?

Great question! Here’s a sampling of music from the FEAR playlist:

Atlantis: Ellie Goulding

You Brought Me Up: Meav

Salt Skin: Ellie Goulding

Stranded: Plumb

Jealous of the Moon: Nickel Creek

Full Fathom Five: Meav

Newry Boat-song: Meav



*I want to be a writer, how do I get published?
While I do not give referrals to my agent or publishers, I can offer the following advice:

Once you’ve written a novel you love, edit that baby! Google will lead you to so many wonderful agent and author blogs that can give you in-depth advice on revising your manuscript. You’ll also want to get critique partners to help you edit once you’ve done the best you can on your own. CPs are a vital part of the writing process (I love mine!), and they can help you with everything from story feedback to writing and polishing the all-important query letter you’ll need for approaching agents.

Writing is tough. Querying is tough. The path to traditional publication is filled with so many unexpected twists and turns that you’ll need (IMO) two things to make it through: your critique partners to lean on during the tough times, and determination—because in some cases, it may take years to land an agent, and beyond that, it may take years for said agent to sell your work to the publishing house of your dreams.

Above all, I’d say don’t let the rejections bring you down—spoken by someone who’s been there. For more encouragement if you’re at the querying stage, check out this post I wrote about rejection in publishing and why they don’t always mean there’s anything wrong with your work.

You can also find some other ‘advice on writing’ posts on my now-defunct blog, which I’ve kept up as an archive of my early writing career.

*What are some of your favorite writing resources?
Here are some quick links to places I’ve found useful over the years:


*I’m working on a book. Will you read/critique my manuscript?
While I’m truly honored that you would ask, I’m afraid the answer is no. I’m sorry, but for legal reasons, as well as the existing demands on my time, I cannot read or review your work. Outside of my own work and family commitments, and feeding my ravenous pack of greyhounds, I only have time to read the works of my fully established critique partner circle.

If you’re looking for feedback however, I highly recommend finding critique partners of your own at the following places: Agent Query Connect, Absolute Write,, and by getting to know fellow authors in the terrific writing community on Twitter.