Interview: Sarah Harian (The Wicked We Have Done)
As part of a book tour for Sarah Harian’s debut novel, The Wicked We Have Done, I’m hosting a review with the author. Find out below what kind of music she listened to when writing the book, what New Adult means for her, and what she likes best about being a writer. You can find out more about Wicked in my review, Goodreads, and the author’s website.
Nyx Book Reviews: Hi Sarah, welcome to Nyx Book Reviews! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Sarah: Thanks for having me! I am twenty-five years old and live with my husband in Central California. I graduated with my MFA in Creative Writing last year. I’m an active hiker and advocate of awesome books and video games. I’m relatively crazy and have a strange sense of humor.
Could you describe your book, The Wicked We Have Done, in one sentence?
When Evalyn, a convicted murderer, enters a technological prison that judges her moral compass and kills her if she’s evil, she doesn’t plan on making friends and caring deeply about the lives of the other inmates.
The Wicked We Have Done is a New Adult book. What does NA mean for you?
New Adult fiction is stylistically similar to Young Adult with content geared for college-aged audience. It’s a category with multiple genres existing within it—everything from contemporary romance to fantasy to horror.
Your book is a dystopia. Did you read other dystopian books during writing for inspiration?
The Wicked We Have Done is very soft urban scifi. The science fiction and fantasy novels I read are usually a bit harder, and I actually acquired a lot of inspiration—especially regarding voice—from some of my favorite contemporary YA novels.
How many books will there be in the Chaos Theory series?
Two novels and one novella are slated for the Chaos Theory series, all to be released this year.
What do you like best about being a writer?
I love the brainstorming aspect. I love coming up with ideas while listening to music and creating “trailers” for them in my head. Doing this is like a drug. My heart races and I feel euphoric. And then I write the book just to get the idea out of my head and move to the next one, except it usually doesn’t work that way because of all the revising I have to do.
Do you listen to music while writing? If yes, what songs were on your playlist for The Wicked We Have Done?
I don’t listen to music with lyrics while actually writing—I usually save that for brainstorming when I’m driving or walking my dog or cleaning and also thinking about my project. I made a playlist on Spotify for The Wicked We Have Done here. It includes music from The Jezabels, Great Northern, Brand New, and many more!
Thank you for answering my questions! (: