The Story Behind Stonehill Downs by Sarah Remy

Stonehill Downs 2Once upon a time HarperCollins decided to do something different and send out open call for previously unpublished scifi and fantasy novels. When the call came out I was busy with several projects in the small press and self publishing world, but I did have an old manuscript sitting in a drawer. I polished it up, sent it off to Harper on a whim, and promptly forgot about it.

The open call resulted in far more submissions than I think Harper expected; upwards of 5000 novel length stories. Some 18 months after the open call, I was lucky enough to be one of a handful of authors offered a contract. I signed for Stonehill and its sequel, and things have been chugging along ever since.

As for the novel itself? Think a daub of Sherlock Holmes sprinkled with scattering of CSI and poured into a mixing bowl of your expected epic fantasy. And add a twist of cultural diversity for good measure. It’s an entertaining ride and an easy read, and one I hope my readers find enjoyable.


Sarah RemyIn 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm, managed a boutique bookstore, read television scripts for a small production company, and, more recently, worked playground duty at the local elementary school.

When she’s not taking the service industry by storm, she’s writing fantasy and science fiction. Sarah likes her fantasy worlds gritty, her characters diverse and fallible, and she doesn’t believe every protagonist deserves a happy ending.

Before joining the Harper Voyager family, she published with EDGE, Reuts, and Madison Place Press.

Sarah lives in Washington State with plenty of animals and people, both. In her limited spare time she rides horses, rehabs her old home, and supervises a chaotic household. She can talk to you endlessly about Sherlock Holmes, World of Warcraft, and backyard chicken husbandry, and she’s been a member of one of Robin Hobb’s longest-running online fan clubs since 2002.

Her latest is the fantasy novel, Stonehill Downs.

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