Sarah Raughley's love of Harry Potter books kickstarted her own writing career
This interview originally aired on April 18, 2020.
Sarah Raughley is a novelist based in southern Ontario. Raughley's YA Effigies series, which includes Fate of Flames, Siege of Shadows and Legacy of Light, drops readers into a world where four young women are imbued with the powers of the four elements — fire, water, air and earth — and tasked with protecting the world from the evil Phantoms.
"The tried and true book that I always go back to is the Harry Potter series. I love, love, love that series so much. I remember being absolutely obsessed.
I love, love, love that series so much. I remember being absolutely obsessed.
"It inspired me to to write. I wrote before the Harry Potter series but it's because of that series that I started to think I could tell stories like this — and that maybe I should actually try to get published."
Sarah Raughley's comments have been edited for length and clarity.