I am SO happy to be doing my author spotlights again!!
Today I have for you a wonderful up and coming author. I hope you will enjoy this interview, and please check out her work!
Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello! I’m Emme and the soon-to-be published author of the Guardian of the Arcanos series. I wear a lot of hats; writer, wife, mom, student, volunteer. Sometimes it’s hard to juggle it all, but I manage (on most days!). In my free time, you might catch me watching a hockey game, watching the MET Live in HD performances at my local theater, curling up with a good book and a hot latte, or playing tennis with my husband when the weather permits.
What is your current story about, and what types of themes (if any) do you explore in it?
My current story, On the Other Side of Aether, is the first book in the Guardian of the Arcanos series. It’s a fantasy romance about a young woman who is caught between following tradition or following her heart. In book one, Effie is taken as a First Wife and it changes everything. Suddenly, she’s thrust into the Dellathian world where her Arcani magic is forbidden, and she begins to trust a man she should never love. Secrets begin to unfold in this new world that are more deeply connected to her than she could have ever imagined. Some of the themes I explore are; change versus tradition, coming of age, displacement, empowerment, fate and free will, good versus bad, betrayal, isolation, the power of tradition and silence, and isolationism.
Who has/have been your favorite character(s) to write in this story so far, and why?
My favorite characters to write have been Effie and Thomas. Effie is the heroine of the story and we see real transformation in her through the story. From timid and self-doubting to strong and brave. I think we see a flux between the two halves of her personality as Effie grows into the person she’s meant to be. And I loved writing Thomas because he’s a bad guy and makes no excuses for it. He’s just bad. Nothing redeeming about him. But what I love about his character is that as the series progresses, we see more to him than just all the evil he has done or intends to do.
What has been the hardest thing for you about writing (whether in your WIP, or in general)?
The hardest thing is finding confidence in my writing and the bravery to share it with others. That has always been my biggest obstacle. I love writing so much, and I get so invested in my characters that it’s hard for me to let them out into the world for others to enjoy.
What is your deepest dream regarding your writing?
My deepest dream would be that when people read my work, they enjoy it. That’s it. That simple and that complicated.
Where can we find out more about you and your writing?
For now, I'm all over social media as I wait for my cover artist to finish the cover design for the book. Follow me here; http://www.emmezava.com/
https://twitter.com/emmezava , and https://www.pinterest.com/emmezava/
Thank you SO much for the interview, Emme! I look forward to hearing more from you!
I think I finally figured out a way to insure I post on this thing fairly regularly. Today is the first day of the ABC blog posts. I will be making a weekly blog post using the alphabet, and each letting will correspond to a word that pertains in some way to my current work in progress, or the characters within.
So, without further ado.... A
As I said, A is for anger. Anger is a pretty heavy theme in this work. I have a lot of angry characters, and even an angry country!
I am fascinated by anger. As someone who struggles with anger, I find it to be a volatile and consuming emotion. Since I have so much experience with it, I thought it would be an apt emotion to explore in my story.
When I think of anger as it applies to my work, the first thing I think of is Dax Csorba.
Dax is a commoner, a nobody. He's been a nothing his whole life. His father was a fisherman in Medfin, and while he did he best to make a living, the family never had much. Dax views his life as a constant struggle just to survive. The seed of Dax's anger is planted in his soul when he loses his family in a tragic accident. A nobleman’s son demands Dax's father take him on a voyage, one they do not return from. Dax's father is blamed for the death of the Noble’s son, and his family suffers. Shortly after losing his father, his mother passes away from an illness, and Dax is forced to do what he can to survive. He never forgives the noble for what his family endured.
His anger fuels his every decision. Constantly boiling just below the surface, waiting for a reason to explode.
While Dax's anger is the most outwardly evident, he is not the only angry character in this story. My lead, Elisaveta Fairheart, carries her own burden of anger.
Having lost her mother due to complications at birth, Elisaveta grew up with only her father and the castle servants as her family. Reyovar did his best to raise Elisaveta on his own, but he often failed where it counted the most. For years the two have been growing apart, a silent resentment steadily growing, feeding off their negative energies. Elisaveta holds anger in her heart toward her father because she feels he is controlling, over protective, and he does not listen to her. She believes he doesn't consider her to be anything more than a show piece. Something pretty to pull out and show off before storing away again.
Anger also plays a large role in the plot of the story. Amenvale, where our heroine is from, borders a country called Triosh. The Trioshi people are a very prideful, hungry people. Though their country is small, they believe themselves to be mighty. Many years back, Trioshi and Amenvale were caught in a bloody war. After many losses on both sides, a truce was formed, and a bond was struck.
However, deep seeded resentments blossomed in the hearts of the Trioshi people, and they became angry with the truce. They felt it did nothing but stifle Triosh, keep them from growth while Amenvale prospered. Tensions rose, and finally the people began to cry for action. A young, power hungry general rose to answer that cry. Fuelled by his convictions, he amassed an army, and rode against Amenvale, intent on taking over the kingdom in the name of Triosh.
So, there you have it. There is just a small glimpse at how anger plays a rather significant part in Liberty Lost.
I hope you enjoyed this first instalment of the ABC blog posts. Look for B next week!
Author E.H. Demeter