By: Celine | October 25, 2014 | (29) Comments

YA Midnight Reads
Interview with Sarah Fine, author of Of Metal and WishesOf Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Series: Of Metal and Wishes, #1
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Paranormal, YA
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There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.

An Interview with Sarah Fine

Guys! I am so excited to be able to welcome author Sarah Fine onto the blog today. You may have heard of her latest book, Of Metal and Wishes, which is a Phantom of the Opera retelling set in a slaughterhouse. That just screams awesome, doesn’t it?

Your latest book, Of Metal and Wishes, is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. What made you want to retell this story? What do you like about it?

I actually didn’t set out to write a retelling of Phantom. I was inspired by watching the hidden camera footage of undocumented workers in a poultry processing plant in the documentary Food, Inc., and by the plight of the immigrant meatpackers in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. However, once I created the Ghost character, I realized he bore a similarity to the Phantom, and decided to embrace it and run with it! I love the creepy mystery and romance of all of it, though my book is a bit more gritty than Phantom, being set in a slaughterhouse and all.

If your book had a soundtrack, what would be one of the songs on the playlist?

A Light That Never Comes by Linkin Park and Steve Aoki.

If you had to describe Of Metal and Wishes in one sentence, what would it be?

Well, the one I use all the time is “A loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera set in a slaughterhouse.” Because Phantom is so well known, I think it quickly communicates the idea of romance and the haunting factor, but then when I say “slaughterhouse,” people’s eyes go really wide!

Are there any future books you could possibly tell us a little about?

Well, the sequel to Of Metal and Wishes comes out 8/4/15 and is called Of Dreams and Rust. While OMAW has a bit of a claustrophobic feel to it, with the whole story set in this one meat factory, ODAR is quite different, and takes place on a much grander scale. Everything is bigger: the romance, the conflict, the cultural differences. I hope readers find it to be a worthy conclusion to Wen’s story.

If you could write a retelling of one other story, which would it be? And why?

There’s an English fairy tale called “The Buried Moon” that I think would be fantastically eerie and potentially romantic to reconceive. It’s about the moon, who comes down from the sky to investigate the dark creatures who creep out to play when she doesn’t shine. But she ends up getting trapped by those creatures …

Completely unrelated to the book, but do you celebrate Halloween? If so, what do you like best about it?

These days, my Halloween celebrations are centered around my children. My son is the grim reaper this year, and he’s very excited about his scythe. My daughter will be an alligator. 🙂 Our neighborhood is really delightful on Halloween night, with hundreds of adorable kids in costumes running around. It’s a pretty fun evening.

Since this is a Halloween event, are there any scary books you’d recommend?

Oh, definitely Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke. It is fabulously atmospheric and incredibly creepy at certain points. The sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn, is equally delicious and spine-tingling. I highly recommend both! Warning, though: despite the scare factor, these books will leave you craving good coffee and gourmet cheese.

Thank you so much Sarah for taking the time to answer my questions! YA Midnight Readers: have you read Of Metal and Wishes? If not, has this post made you want to? 😛


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About Sarah Fine

I’m the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust (coming in August 2015), and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing). I’m also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/Penguin: Scan and its sequel Burn (which will be published in 2015). My first adult urban fantasy romance novel, Marked, will be published in January 2015 by 47North/Amazon Publishing, with the sequel, Claimed, coming in March 2015. When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing. Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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29 Responses to Interview with Sarah Fine, author of Of Metal and Wishes

  1. I really need to read her book, it sounds amazing! I love the asian influence and how it’s set in a meat factory (creepy) and based on Phantom, which is my favourite musical ever. And Sarah even likes Linkin Park, I mean how awesome is that? Great interview Celine!
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  2. Lily says:

    I love how the author hadn’t intended this one to be a retelling of the phantom of the just happened! I’ve been curouis about this one for sometime and I’ve been reader so many great reviews for it for a while too! I can’t wait to read it!
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  3. GAH. I ADORED THIS BOOK. I was actually kind of unsure I’d like it and picked it up on a whim but then WOW. I fell in love. And the ending was just eeeeeeeeeeeeevil, so know I need the sequel. Like, yesterday.

    Awesome interview! <3

  4. Tanja says:

    Oh I have heard amazing things about this book but I had no idea that there will be a sequel 🙂 Yay I’m so happy right now but I really want to read it. Also I haven’t heard of “The Buried Moon” but that title just screams awesomeness! Thanks for sharing, hon! 🙂
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  5. I still need to read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I have a copy too, and now would be the perfect time to read it… if only I wasn’t so far behind in review books… :-/

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      I still need to read that one too! I’m very curious about it, because people seem to either love it or hate it. And I know that feeling *hugs*

      Thank you, Lisa <33

  6. “A loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera set in a slaughterhouse.” <– That. That right there is definitely making my eyes pop and me whisper softly, "Okay I really really need this book." AND I DO. I will totally read this someday. x) Ghosts are my new favourite thing, I think.
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  7. Liat says:

    The premise is very interesting and the cover is gorgeous!

  8. Melliane says:

    Thanks for the nice interview, I heard great things about the author.
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  9. I hadn’t heard of this book before, but it certainly sounds unique. I like this wish granting ghost already! It’s a Phantom of the Opera retelling? Weird. I want a book retold like the Burning Moon too. Nice interview! 🙂
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  10. Jasprit says:

    This is a great post, more so because this is the only book of Sarah’s that I still need to read, I loved her previous books and so really like the direction she decided to take with this one! Thanks for sharing an insightful post with us! 🙂
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  11. Fantastic interview. I love the cover and its on my wishlist. I had no idea it was a loose retelling of Phantom of the Opera. I love that.
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  12. Lexa Cain says:

    The premise sounds wonderful! I loved the interview, too. I hope Sarah’s “Grim Reaper” and “Alligator” have a great Halloween and get lots of candy! lol
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  13. Siiri says:

    Ooh! I so need to read this series 🙂 Or duology? I heard it’s a duology. Anyhooow, it’s funny how it was’t a retelling of the Phantom originally. I love that! And holy shoot the slaughterhouse thing is scary *runs away scared* EEEEEE ME LOVES LINKIN PARK 🙂 One of my friends is obsessed with LP lol. Oh, the sequel sounds intriguing too! I haven’t read The Buried Moon, but must seek it out! Girls, this was such a great interview! Thank you so so so über much for sharing, Celine 🙂
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  14. ooh this sounds so intriguing!! I’m definitely interested in reading this 😀 lovely interview!!
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  15. Brittany T says:

    What a great interview. That fairy tale about the moon sounds really cool. I’m actually gonna look it up now. Thanks for this chance since i really love this series and can’t wait to read this!
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  16. Pili says:

    I had heard so many amazing things about this book before! I won a copy in a another giveaway and I cannot wait till I clear my currently reading pile so I can add it in and start reading it!
    I also love to hear that it is a duology and the second book expands the world!
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  17. Maisha says:

    It was set in a slaughterhouse?! What?! Lol I really want to read it now! 😀 Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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  18. Michelle Lee says:

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! I know she was on a blog tour and there happened to be one by me but I wasn’t able to see her! I was so intrigued with the story so thank you for this opportunity! 🙂

  19. Alisha Sienkiel says:

    ohh this sounds so interesting and I absolutely love the cover!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

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