I have been a fan of Sarah Fine for a long time and I’m honored to have her on the blog today talking about writing this series. Both books, Of Metal and Wishes and Of Dreams and Rust have really impacted me as a reader and the story and characters have stuck with me.
Guest Post-The Reason I Write: Fuel for My Soul
When I look back on Of Metal and Wishes and Of Dreams and Rust, I think of them as both a grand experiment and an evolution. Of Metal and Wishes was a book I was never supposed to write—I’d just gotten the book deal for the Guards of the Shadowlands series and was supposed to be writing Fractured, and I was also on sub with Scan (which was a proposal) and knew that if it got acquired, I would have to write the book really quickly. However, once the idea for Of Metal and Wishes struck, I couldn’t shake it. I had to write it. I told my agent I needed three weeks to get it down.
As I think on my writing career thus far, there are a few moments I think of as turning points. Whether in my storytelling ability or my writing, certain books represent a leap forward. Of Metal and Wishes was one of those. It’s the first story I wrote in present tense, and the voice in the novel is very different from the more contemporary voices of the protagonists of Sanctum and Scan. I wanted to make the language beautiful and the thoughts and interactions between the characters distinctly different from modern American styling and culture. But mostly, I remember the way the story just exploded out of me, like it was fully written in my head and all I had to do was type (something I can do very quickly, by the way). Somehow, it just felt right.
I wrote Of Dreams and Rust two years later, when I was even more pressed for time. I had only a month to get it done. But the exact same thing happened—the story flowed. The words and language ran like a river, easy and right.
I know neither book is perfect—I’m still developing as a wordsmith and a storyteller (I only started writing in 2009!) and a human being. However, I’ve come to trust the feeling that I had when writing these two books. It means something. Not everything—some of my other books were an absolute struggle to write and I ended up being truly proud of them—but definitely something important. When a story flows that naturally, when the words come that easily, when the chapters fly out of me that quickly, I know I’ve got something good. Not every book will be like that, and that’s okay. But every once in a while, I need an experience like that to soothe my soul and re-energize me. Ultimately, that unique, exquisite pleasure is the reason I write.
About the Book
Of Dreams and Rust
By: Sarah Fine
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to “Of Metal and Wishes”, inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.
In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.
The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?
About the Author
Sarah Fine is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series. She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers: Scan and its sequel Burn. Sarah is also the author of the adult urban fantasy series, Servants of Fate, with the third book in the series, Fated, releasing September 2015. When Sarah’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.