Sasha Alsberg talks about staying true to herself, and ‘Breaking Time’

Sasha Alsberg never thought she could be an author. Now, at age 25, she has a social media presence across several platforms with over 500,000 followers and is a New York Times bestselling author. Her newest book, “Breaking Time,” follows 18-year-old Klara as she discovers myth, magic, and love in rainy Scotland. “Breaking Time” is a fantasy adventure-romance novel, with an important and personal message of overcoming self-doubt, and finding community in grief. Ms. Alsberg spoke with the Monitor recently.

What drew you to reading growing up, and how did that inform your writing of “Breaking Time”?

Growing up, I struggled to read; words would float off the page, and I didn’t think I would ever become somebody who reads for fun. My mom really helped me, though. We would read books together like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent,” and gradually I became better at reading and learned to love it. When I got older I read “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon and that helped me see the possibilities within the romance genre for having a romantic book that was also full of adventure and fantasy. That was one of the experiences that inspired me to write “Breaking Time.”

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