Interview with Sarah Crossan, Author of Breathe

Sarah Crossan is the author of Breathe, a post-apocalyptic read chronicling a dark future where people have to pay for the very air they breathe.  This book sounds fantastic, so I asked Sarah if she could answer a few of my questions.  Check out what she has to say below:

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Sarah Crossan] Young adult author of novels. Irish but grew up in England, now living in New Jersey. Former English teacher missing the classroom.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Breathe?

[Sarah Crossan] Breathe is a novel set in a post-apocalyptic future at a time when the earth’s oxygen levels have plummeted and humans are forced to live in pods and breathe chemically manufactured air which they must pay for. Sadly, some people can afford a lot more air than others.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Sarah Crossan] Like many people, I fear for our planet. After seeing logging firsthand, whole mountainsides cleared, I wondered what life would be like on earth with no trees at all. The idea of living without an abundance of oxygen was a concept I found very frightening and the novel unraveled in my mind from there.

I don’t remember creating the characters. They seemed to exist before I imagined them. Quinn was the first character to come to me though, and his voice was always entirely clear in my head.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing Breathe?

[Sarah Crossan] The world was easy to imagine. The challenge was writing about it so readers could see what I see. That’s always the challenge for a writer, I suppose.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Alina?

[Sarah Crossan] Tough, impatient, dependable

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Quinn would never have in his pocket?

[Sarah Crossan] Quinn is the kind of person who could be carrying anything. Those pockets of his are probably brimming with unusual odds and ends.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Bea’s single most prized possession?

[Sarah Crossan] Bea doesn’t care about material possessions. She is a people person. She prizes relationships above all else.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Sarah Crossan] I am inspired by nature, whether I am writing about it or not. I love the countryside and the ocean. Bleak weather isn’t necessary, but it helps!

Obviously I find myself inspired by the arts too: books, plays, art, music—anything that provokes emotion.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Sarah Crossan] Time, space, and tea.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Sarah Crossan] The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. It is so darkly funny and yet sad and true. It fully deserves all its accolades.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Sarah Crossan] Paul Zindel’s The Pigman was the first book to made me cry, and I remember staying awake at night worrying for the characters. After that I became a voracious reader and found myself constantly impacted by literature.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Sarah Crossan] I paint a little, love to travel, and practice yoga. I have been learning Greek for over fifteen years, but I’m still a beginner: it’s a difficult language!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Sarah Crossan] Facebook




[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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