Author Interview: Emily Sowden

ABOUT EMILY:

IMG_1139 colourI was born in Hampshire, U.K., to loving parents who taught me everything I ever needed to know. Mum gave me her love of reading and passion for words, while Dad taught me patience and helped to develop my renown optimism, all together creating a little monster that spent most of its time day-dreaming, reading and writing.

As I grew, my love of film, television and video games developed; passions which continued to balloon and mutate until it was all I could ever think about.

In 2013, I graduated from Bath Spa University with a Ba/Hons in Creative Writing after studying for three years, focussing on professional writing, script writing, and novel writing.

Today I’m a news editor for Pocket Gamer, and have previously contributed to GameSpew and Brash Games.

As for the exciting stuff: after plenty of ups and downs since leaving university, I joined the Oftomes family in May 2016 and my debut YA novel, Trapped in Silverwill be available on February 7th 2017, with two more books to follow.

HER BOOK:

Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts; a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.
To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.

Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill.

But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.

GET TO KNOW EMILY:

What is the one word that describes you best as an author?

Scatty, and I guess a bit odd.

Do you love reading as much as writing?

I absolutely love reading but I’m so fussy with books sometimes. I also never read in the lead-up to a huge writing session otherwise it affects my writing.

What are the things you love most being an author?

I love making things out of nothing. Like, I was thinking the other day to myself, ‘My characters  and worlds wouldn’t exist if I didn’t imagine them’, I’m essentially their book-mum and they, my book-babies. It’s a really wonderful feeling.

What is the hardest thing in writing Trapped in Silver?

The hardest thing sometimes was pushing through the rejection. Trapped in Silver got re-written a couple of times until it was near-perfect and through those periods actually gathering up the emotional strength to sit down at the computer and start re-writing ‘chapter one’ again was really something, especially after a 10-hour shift.

Where did you get the idea of Trapped in Silver?

Okay, (sorry if you read this mum), but I was sitting through my AS-Biology class when I was about 17. We were one term in and I’d already accepted that I was more likely to sprout wings than I was to pass the class so I spent most of my lessons day-dreaming. I’d just finished reading the first Twilight book and I got so mad that the Vampires were sparkly beasts instead of the hideous, gnarled creatures of legend that I wrote half a book with Vampires in it. Eventually as the years went on the Vampires turned into Demons and Berserkers and thus Trapped in Silver was born. I actually kept a traditional Vampire (or Vampyr, as it’s written) in my book for one scene just to allow myself a little nostalgia.

What’s your favorite quotation from Trapped in Silver?

It’s a long one but it’s from chapter 6, describing the Equinox festival: “We arrived on the far side of town just after sunset and the festivities were in full swing. There were so many people singing, drinking and dancing in the city’s central parks and halls that it made my head hum with excitement. People passed around glasses filled with all colours of liquid and drank them down before pouring someone else another. Around the fire pits the townsfolk shared their pipes with nomads and traded stories of adventures and old loves, teaching the small crowds of people ditties they’d picked up on their travels. From wooden stalls the traders sold wildmeats and hair adornments made up of bloodroot and lilacs, while passing musicians led people of all backgrounds in the songs of spring.” – I actually surprised myself by how well the detail came out that it’s always stuck with me. There are more romantic ones, sure, but this is definitely one of my favourites.

To whom do you recommend your book?

I’d recommend my book to anyone who’s interested, to be honest. It’s a young adult fantasy by name but with elements of horror, light-hearted humour, and new adult themes tucked into the folds, it’s definitely suitable for people between the ages of 14 and 120.

Where can we find you?

Social media-wise you’ll find me most of all on:
Twitter : https://twitter.com/EtSowden
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15284813.Emily_Sowden Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/etsowden/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emilysowdenwriter

 

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