Sarah J. Maas is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the fantasy series ”Throne of Glass” and ”Court of Thorns and Roses.”
The Examiner wrote:
“Throne of Glass is the perfect escape to a fantasy world; an epic tale with all the romance of your favorite fairy tale, the action of The Hunger Games, and the political intrigue of Game of Thrones.”
She was born on March 5, 1986, in NYC, New York, USA.
The ”J” in Sarah J. Maas stands for Janet. Her parents gave her the middle name in honor of her great-aunt, who passed away before she was born.
Sarah minored in Religious Studies and majored in Creative Writing at Hamilton College (a private liberal arts college in Clinton) where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Throne of Glass series
At age 16, she wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series.
During an interview, she said:
”I’ve worked for this since I was 16, but at the same time, when your dreams do come true there’s this imposter syndrome type thing.”
”You’re like, ‘This didn’t really happen to me, people don’t really mean this.’”
Sarah uploaded the first chapters of Throne of Glass to FictionPress.com, one of the largest poetry, fiction, and short archive and a sister site to Fanfiction.net.
Her Throne of Glass series follows Celaena, a 17-year-old assassin in the Kingdom of Ardarlin who is given a chance of freedom from being a slave at the salt mines of Endovier to become the King’s assassin.
The king holds a contest where assassins, warriors, and thieves, are sponsored by a member of the King’s council to compete for the title.
The 17-year-old assassin is sponsored by Dorian The Crowned Prince. Soon, fellow competitors are being brutally killed one after another at night and Celaena has to find the threat before it gets worse.
Here is a passage from the ”Kingdom of Ash,” the latest book in the series:
”The dark queen with a spider’s smile tried to wield it against her. In the obsidian webs she wove, the illusions and dreams she spun at the culmination of each breaking point, the queen tried to twist the memory of him as a key into her mind.”
When Maas was asked by a fan if she would approve of the creation of a fanfic archive for the Throne of Glass series on Fanfiction.net, the author responded:
”Of course I’m okay with that! How WONDERFUL! As someone who obsessively wrote/read FF when I was younger, it is so, so surreal to even be ASKED this question! Eee!”
Sarah went on to say:
”Thank you SO much for being so supportive of TOG! You are AWESOME.”
In March 2010, Throne of Glass (the first book in the series) was acquired by Bloomsbury (a worldwide publishing house of non-fiction and fiction books).
Bloomsbury also purchased two additional books in the Throne of Glass series.
The entire books in the Throne of Glass series are:
- 2018 – Kingdom of Ash;
- 2017 – Tower of Dawn;
- 2016 – Empire of Storms;
- 2015 – Queen of Shadows;
- 2014 – Heir of Fire;
- 2013 – Crown of Midnight;
- 2012 – Throne of Glass.
In September 2015, the Mark Gordon Company had acquired TV rights for Throne of Glass.
In September 2016, U.S.-based subscription video-on-demand service Hulu announced that they were in the process of developing the television series, with Anna Foerster set to direct the first episode, and Kira Snyder set to write the adaption.
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A Court of Thorns and Roses series
It is her second series. ”A Court of Thorns and Roses” is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
The first book of the series was published in 2015.
The entire books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series are:
- 2018 – A Court of Frost and Starlight;
- 2017 – A Court of Wings and Ruin;
- 2016 – A Court of Mist and Fury;
- 2015 – A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Crescent City series
It is her 3rd series overall and 1st adult fantasy series.
It is set in a world of angels, shape-shifters, and demons, where humans struggle to survive. She got the idea for Crescent City in 2014, when she was on a plane.
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The new series will launch in 2020, with the publication of House of Earth and Blood.
Update – ”House of Earth and Blood” was released on March 3, 2020.
Sarah J. Maas is married to Josh.
She met her husband on the very first day of her freshman year of college.
Her son, Taran, was born in June 2018.
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”Plenty of people will tell you that being published is an unrealistic goal, or what you love to write isn’t “real” literature, but ignore them.”
“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”
“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
”I spent a lot of time re-watching Parks and Recreation and The Office while working on the final Throne of Glass book.”
”I’m still finding the right balance of work/writing and having a life, but I do make a point to actually get away from the computer whenever I can.”
“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
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Maas is a big fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition, the author has visited some of the filming locations in New Zealand, including the Hobbiton movie set.
When asked what books have influenced her work, she responded:
”There are two books that I read when I was younger that really kindled my love for reading fantasy and my desire to write it: Garth Nix’s Sabriel and Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown.”
Sarah J. Maas – Net Worth
Maas earned most of her wealth from selling her books. She is best known for her two series Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass, both of which have gained substantial fan-followings in young adult literature communities and on Tumblr.
She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was 16. Her books are published in thirty-six languages and have sold over 8 million copies. According to the data, an author receives about $385,000 for selling 1 million book copies (after taxes, agent fee, publisher fee, etc.) Therefore, Sarah J. Maas has an estimated net worth of $2.9 million.
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References https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/show/1063.Sarah_J_Maas https://bookpage.com/interviews/18187-sarah-j-maas-ya#.XW2DvygzZPY https://ew.com/books/2019/05/29/sarah-j-maas-house-of-earth-and-blood-first-look/ https://www.thenational.scot/news/17723353.young-adult-book-review-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses