Today I’m interviewing Australian author Sarah A Parker, author of To Bleed a Crystal Bloom, as part of my MTMC Tours stop!
This is the first book in an adult fantasy series full of explosive secrets, breathtaking angst, immersive imagery, and heart wrenching emotions. Out since July 24th, 2021! This is a perfect read for anyone who likes dark romance, Sarah J Mass & Jennifer L Armentrout, and twisted fairytales! There are metaphorical and literal monsters prowling the world as Orlaith learns she can’t bury her fears in addiction and hide from the world and its dangerous secrets forever.
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We’ve all heard the story of the girl trapped in a tower. But what about the girl who doesn’t want to leave for fear of the monsters that tore her life to shreds?
Under the watchful protection of a powerful man, Orlaith lives a simple existence … until it all comes crashing down.
And it’s not just her heart on the line.
She’s not as safe as she thought she was, and the monsters are closer than she ever imagined.
To Bleed a Crystal bloom is a dark Rapunzel reimagining and the captivating first book in an adult fantasy series full of explosive secrets, breathtaking angst, immersive imagery, and heart wrenching emotions.
Please Note: This book contains explicit content and darker elements, including mature language, violence, and sexual assault. It is not intended for anyone under 18 years of age.
Sarah is an international bestselling author who also writes under the pen name S.A. Parker. She lives in Australia with her husband and children, and spends her days with her nose in a book or her mind in a world of her own creation. Her genre of choice is epic fantasy romance, and she thrives off dreaming up complex characters and immersive worlds to get lost amongst. Instagram | Goodreads
Hi Sarah! Thanks for chatting with me today about your novel, To Bleed A Crystal Bloom! Can you tell us a little about how your book went from seed of an idea to a finished novel?
My pleasure! And absolutely! The prologue of TBACB came to me in a dream over a year ago. I woke up, and I just knew I needed to build a story from it. A week later, I had the majority of the series worked out from start to finish. It all just fell into place so beautifully. That was the easy part.
Getting the first book down was hard. I like to plant plenty of Easter eggs that pull off the page upon a second read or the completion of the series, so I was constantly going back over and over things to make sure I was getting it right. I had to be very well organised getting the first book down, making sure I wasn’t missing anything. After barely leaving the house for ten months while I obsessed over all the finer details, I’m so proud of the final story, but I’ve barely scratched the surface. I can’t wait to reveal more of this world to my readers.
That there are no boundaries. I can mould a new world for people to get lost in. There’s such magic in that.
The middle-end. I’m all about the angsty build-up and the big, emotional reveals.
This is very much an origin story, and Orlaith is cloistered. Unique. A little broken.
She will frustrate you, surprise you, sometimes make you laugh. She’s sassy and quick witted, and she has huge emotions to deal with—mainly because her isolation has kept her naive and she has a lot of time to think.
If you love watching a character develop from the ground up, you will love following Orlaith throughout this series.
I do have a huge cache of half-written stories in my vault, and a couple of them are loosely based on fairytales! So yes, there are! I’m also a lover of fairytale retellings. I just love seeing how authors derive their own story from those magical seeds we grew up with.
It pains me to say this, but pregnancy destroyed my taste for chocolate. I’m not sure what I did to deserve such a cruel and merciless punishment, but here we are.
Instead, I lived on a disgusting amount of dim sims and gallons of peppermint tea. And everyone who works at the local coffee shop now knows my order by heart.