Hi there! My name is Sara Letourneau, and I’m a fantasy writer living in Massachusetts. You might also recognize me from my columns on literary themes at DIY MFA and the general craft of writing at Writers Helping Writers.
I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to hold a crayon, and that passion has taken myriad forms since then. Maybe that explains why I’m a tea reviewer, published poet, and former music journalist. In other words, I can’t stop writing! Currently I’m editing a YA epic fantasy novel that’s tentatively titled The Keeper’s Curse. You can find out more about it here or by checking out my Chronicling The Craft series.
What else do I enjoy besides writing? I’m an avid reader of fantasy literature, but I also like science fiction, historical fiction, steampunk, and contemporary / literary fiction. The target age (adult versus YA) doesn’t matter to me; it’s more important that a compelling, emotionally engaging story is being told. I also enjoy watching movies, cooking, coloring for stress relief, yoga, walking, spending time with family and friends, and visiting Cape Cod. Did I mention that I’m a geek for tea (all kinds, really), music (I love an eclectic range of genres), and anything related to Middle-Earth, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Orphan Black? 🙂
Some of My Favorite Things
Writers: If I had to pick one, it’s Ursula K. Le Guin. She never ceases to amaze me with her command of language, world-building mastery, and versatility (fantasy, science fiction, essays, short stories, poetry, and more). Not to mention I love everything I’ve read by her so far.
Who else? My love of fantasy began with classics written by J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series), C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), and Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy). More recent favorites include Kristin Cashore, Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, Patrick Rothfuss, and N.K. Jemisin.
Books: If we’re talking about individual books… the first ones that come to mind are Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Kristin Cashore’s Fire and Graceling, Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. See this post for other favorites.
If we’re talking about book series I have finished reading or am currently caught up with… Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are tied for #1. I also love Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle, Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice saga, and Maria V. Snyder’s Study series.
Music: Favorite bands include Anathema, Within Temptation, Kamelot, The Mariana Hollow, Flowing Tears, Stream of Passion, and Epica. Favorite solo artists would be Arjen Lucassen, Darren Hayes, Josh Groban, Lindsey Stirling, Adele, and Deuter. And if given the option, I’d happily listen to Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings film score all day long.
Movies: Besides LOTR and the Harry Potter series? 😉 I also love the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, “Ever After,” “Ocean’s 11,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “The Princess Bride,” “The Avengers” (first one only), and “WALL-E.” By the way, animated Disney films are my not-so-secret guilty pleasure.
Teas: Too many. I could make individual lists or blog posts on my favorite kinds of each type of tea (black, oolong, green, white, herbal…) Again, we’d be here a while.
Foods: Most anything Italian. Strawberries. Ice cream. And chocolate, especially with either strawberries or ice cream. Or all three together. Mmmmmmmmmmmm….
Colors: Any shade of purple. Orchid, amethyst, plum, indigo – they’re all so pretty!
Season: Spring! Something about the flowers blooming, leaves returning, and temperatures warming fills me with joy. The poem “Eve of Spring” also describes my personal connection with spring.
Any other favorite things you’d like to know? Share your suggestions in the Comments section!