Throne of Glass was originally called Queen of Glass.
Sarah shared Queen of Glass in its very, very early incarnation on FictionPress.com at the age of 16. She shared roughly the first 4 books (up through Queen of Shadows), though it was all one giant book at the time. Once she reached that point, she realized that she wasn’t telling the story the way she really wanted to (and had learned enough about the characters to know it wasn’t headed in the direction they wanted, either), so she rewrote everything, and basically started over with a blank page (that would then become Throne of Glass).
Sarah dedicated Tower of Dawn to her real-life kickass heroine, her grandmother, Camilla (Camy for short). Her love of travel and passion for learning come from Camy, who has spent much of her adult life traveling the world. She’s 87 years old, and just came back from a multi-week trip to the Amazon and Galapagos (her trip last year was a 20-day adventure in Vietnam). She’s been nearly everywhere that you can think of, and one of Sarah’s life goals is to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and see as much of the world as possible.
The J in Sarah J Maas stands for Janet. Sarah’s parents gave her the middle name in honor of a much-beloved great-aunt, who passed away before Sarah was born.
Sarah is married to her college sweetheart, Josh. They are expecting their first child (a boy!) in May!
Sarah met her husband the very first day of her freshman year of college. Josh (who was a junior at the time, and the boys’ Resident Advisor in their dorm) literally saw her get out of the car with her parents—but Sarah didn’t see him until their dorm meeting that night (when she immediately gushed to her roommate about how cute she thought he was).
Sarah has a rescue dog named Annie, who is eight years old and is part dachshund, part Jack Russel terrier, part whatever-dog-is-sassiest! Annie’s dog-mom had gotten pregnant and been abandoned by her owners because of it, and gave birth to her litter (which included Annie!) in a high-kill shelter. A local rescue organization swept in to save both mom and puppies, and ten weeks later, Sarah and Josh stopped by a dog adoption day at Petsmart, saw Annie, and both immediately knew that she was theirs (or that they were hers). Sarah and Annie have spent nearly every day together since then, and Sarah even dedicated A Court of Mist and Fury as well as A Court of Wings and Ruin to both Annie and Josh.
Sarah is a massive fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and has visited some of the filming locations in New Zealand, along with the Hobbiton movie set (where she promptly burst into tears upon seeing the Shire for the first time).
Sarah loves ballet, and counts Misty Copeland among her personal heroes.
Sarah loves flowers, and if she wasn’t a writer she would want to be a florist.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is available now!