Author Patrice Sarath

Welcome! I am the author of The Crow God’s Girl, the third book in the Books of the Gordath cycle published by Ace Fantasy. My novel The Unexpected Miss Bennet is published by Robert Hale Ltd and Penguin Berkley. You can find excerpts of my novels and a few of my short stories via the Tales link above, and learn more about me in my blog. Thanks for stopping by.

18 July 2013 ~ 1 Comment

What readers want

A book is like a faerie door -- enter at your own peril.

A book is like a faerie door — enter at your own peril.

Announcing a new blog series, and I’m looking for your input. What Readers Want asks readers of all genres what they are looking for in a good book (or not so good book, we don’t judge). This isn’t market research per se; no one is going to run out and write a book based on elements people post here. But it’s a fair way to get at the mystery of what makes a good book.

So readers: Are there things you miss in books? Things you love? Things you are so over, you wish the genre would move on already?

Tell us all about the characters, plots, and settings that make your heart sing or the opposite — the ones that disappointed. I want to hear from you!

What Readers Want:

What do you like in a good book?
What ruins a book for you?
I want a protagonist who…
I want an antagonist who…
I long for settings and plot that…
I like series that…
I will read anything that has…

Answer in the comments or ping me with an e-mail on the contact form.


03 July 2013 ~ 4 Comments

YA vs NA

What’s the difference between YA and NA (New Adult)?

Depends on who you talk to. For some agents and editors, NA specifically means sexytimes, and NA is therefore shelved with women’s fiction. For other agents and editors, NA may have adult themes and older protagonists, but it doesn’t have to have adult sexual content.

With so many adult readers reading YA, it was inevitable that novels aimed at the 18-25 year old bracket would make it onto the shelves. I myself believe that it directly comes out of the fanfic and slash fandom communities. I think NA can be a fantastic addition to books for adult readers. Some YA is middle grade and younger, and while it’s great stuff, it doesn’t have the sophistication (perhaps) that can be enjoyed by older readers. Also, many 16 year olds may not want to be seen reading stuff for younger kids.

Ace fantasy book Red Gold BridgeBut does that mean that YA for older (say 16-18 year olds) is going to give way? Will there be a market for books for older teens that explores adult themes but doesn’t necessarily include adult content? Are we narrowbanding the genre and constricting it so much that we lose some of the upper-age group for this genre?

In my own books, the Gordath Wood series, they are definitely not YA, though the character of Kate Mossland is just barely 16 in the first book, and is only 17 by the third — and by then she has not only grown up, she has changed the very course of the history of her adopted country, and is embarking on a relationship with an older man. Although there is frank talk of sexuality, especially birth control, there is very little sexual content.

crow-gods-girl-front-smcrowYA or NA? I’m not sure.

What do you think of the new NA genre?

14 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Advice for Ted Cruz on science, NASA

Some notes for Ted Cruz on his new gig as chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness. After all, even a Harvard grad can’t know everything about this liberal agenda science stuff. So here are a few tips to get him started.

Dear Senator Ted:

  • The earth is round and revolves around the sun.
  • There is a difference between astronomy and astrology, as well as cosmonauts and cosmetology. Ask an aide if you have trouble remembering which is which.
  • The International Space Station is a truly international community of scientists who are seeking to further human knowledge for the entire world, not just the US. It doesn’t have a death ray.
  • The most famous astronaut currently is a Canadian, Chris Hadfield. Not sure if you want to embrace him as a fellow Canadian or not.
  • Most importantly, the aims of the committee are to further America’s scientific research and development. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

11 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

2015 Convention Schedule

I will be at the following conventions in 2015 (with potentially more to come):


February 13-15


Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre


May 22-25

Texas Comicpalooza

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, TX


July 24-26


Omni Southpark Hotel

Austin TX





01 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

New Year’s Day Resolutions

  • Say YES.
  • Do what scares me.
  • Don’t give NO any power.
  • Work hard.
  • Challenge myself.
  • Get involved.
  • Take joy.
  • Remember all the birthdays.

This morning in 37 degree rainy weather I took the plunge into Barton Springs. It was a literal and figurative leap. Here’s what I discovered: even 68-degree water feels cold in the winter. But it’s good sometimes to do something that takes your breath away. Pebbled concrete on bare feet burns with cold. But that just makes dry feet and warm socks feel so meltingly good. Water slipping over skin feels like velvet, like silk, like — oh, just the best sensation of all. The cold on my face and on my feet when I kicked them into the air was a contrast in feeling.

Last year I took on a new day job which I love. It challenges me and excites me. The work I do matters, not just to me, but to the very small company I work for and our clients. I hadn’t understood until I left the previous job how essential meaningful work is to the soul.

This year I want to push harder on the dayjob, for that which pays the bills is as necessary to a writer as time to write in a quiet place.

This year, even though I am afraid to take the leap (see number two above) I must get involved in the political process, instead of just bitching about it from the outside.

So this morning I slipped into cold water. It was a bracing reminder of what I can do.

2015 Barton Springs New Year's Day plunge.

2015 Barton Springs New Year’s Day plunge.