Daniela Sacerdoti Talks To Bookbag About Her Love Of Reading

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Daniela Sacerdoti Talks To Bookbag About Her Love Of Reading

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Summary: Robert was impressed when he read Dreams, the first of the Sarah Midnight Trilogy by Daniela Sacerdoti and we were delighted she popped ito Bookbag Towers to tell us about her love of reading.
Date: 18 February 2013

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Like most writers, I'm an avid reader. When I was growing up books were my refuge and my joy; reality never seemed to match up to the wonderful adventures described in novels. Over the years, my love for reading strengthened and evolved, and I still devour as many books as my limited spare time allows.

After I started The Sarah Midnight Trilogy, I began researching the YA genre, and I became a big fan. I love it all: paranormal romance, dystopian, historical, contemporary . . . give me zombies, vampires and a sassy heroine and I'm a happy woman! My favourite YA authors must be Cassandra Clare, who wrote the fantastic series of The Mortal Instruments series (soon to become a film), and Veronica Rossi, author of Under the Never Sky, a book to die for – Aria and Perry will stay with me forever! Controversially, I'm also a big fan of Twilight. I can see the limitations of a character like Bella Swan, with her obsession for Edward and ultimately a teenage marriage, but I think that Stephenie Meyer described perfectly the intensity of love at seventeen, and how all-consuming feelings can be at that stage of life. I devoured all four books and I genuinely cared for the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen. (Just don't tell anyone I'm actually Team Jacob!)

As I mentioned, I started reading YA after having written Dreams, so these books weren't so much of an inspiration as an incentive to create stories as enthralling as theirs. To me, Sarah's precursors are the heroines from the classics, like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Catherine in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, and Jane Austen's spirited, brave, unforgettable female characters. I read their books many times throughout the years, and the stories seeped into my heart and soul. It all comes down to one scenario, really: a young woman who must negotiate the challenges and dangers of life, being physical or psychological, to finally find herself – and love.

A little known character that inspired Sarah's personality is Emily Murray, from the trilogy Emily of New Moon by Lucy M. Montgomery. Lucy is better known for Anne of Green Gables, but I think Emily of New Moon is her best work. Emily is aloof, reserved, and has, of course, long black hair. She is the Sarah Midnight of the nineteenth century, complete with psychic dreams!

I hope you'll want to check out the books that inspired me – and if you want a booky chat, I'd love to hear from you!