Author Chat with Emily Colin (Sword Of The Seven Sins) Plus Giveaway! ~ (INT)
Today we're excited to chat with Emily Colin author of
Sword Of The Seven Sins.
Read on for more about Emily and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Emily Colin!
Emily Colin's debut adult novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, was a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. She is also the author of THE DREAM KEEPER'S DAUGHTER (Ballantine Books, 2017) and the editor of the YA fiction anthology, WICKED SOUTH: SECRETS AND LIES (Blue Crow Publishing, 2018). The first book in her new YA series, SWORD OF THE SEVEN SINS, is forthcoming from Blue Crow Publishing in August 2020. Emily's diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and serving as the associate director of a nonprofit dedicated to immersing youth in need in the arts. Originally from Brooklyn, she lives in Wilmington, NC with her family. She loves chocolate, is addicted to tiramisu, and dislikes anything containing beans.
Meet Sword Of The Seven Sins!
Eva Marteinn never wanted to be a killer.
Raised in the Commonwealth, where citizens live and die by the code of the Seven Sins, Eva is sickened by the barbaric punishments the High Priests inflict. She sees the Bellators of Light, the Commonwealth's executioners, as no more than conscienceless killers.
When she's Chosen as the first female bellator—and can't refuse, on threat of exile or disgrace—Eva is devastated. But she turns out to be inordinately gifted at the very role she abhors…no thanks to her mentor, Ari Westergaard, who alternates between ignoring her and challenging her to impossible tests.
Ari's indifference conceals a dangerous secret: He's loved Eva since they were children. When Eva falls for Ari too, she knows they should do anything to avoid each other. Love is forbidden. Lust is a death sentence. But as mentor and apprentice, they're bound by the blood oath they swore the day of Eva's Choosing.
Balanced on a razor's edge of desire and betrayal, the two uncover a secret that could overturn the Commonwealth itself. Now Eva must make an impossible choice: Turn her back on Ari, and remain loyal to the only home she's ever known—or risk everything on the slim hope of freedom, and stake her life on the boy she's come to love.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’m drawn to the Big Emotions in my writing, as well as to extremes. Those corners of the human experience have always been fascinating for me to write about. One day, I was thinking about the Seven Deadly Sins—pride, sloth, greed, lust, wrath, envy, gluttony. Aside from sloth, those are all pretty extreme states of mind. I started to think what it would be like to live in a society where people were driven solely by those motivations—what kind of crazy, hedonistic place that might be. And then I thought about the reverse—what if those in power were so afraid of people’s hedonistic impulses that they forbid folks to express them? What would such a place be like—and what if, in a world where romantic relationships were a death sentence, my two main characters fell in love? That was the heart of the story. Everything else was just details.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Ari—I’ll go ahead and admit it. I adore him. His tough, reserved exterior hides a guy who’s cultivated quick comebacks and a flippant attitude to hide just how much he cares. He would do anything for Eva … including sacrificing himself.
I also have a soft spot for Jaxon. You only meet him briefly in SWORD, but he’s got a bigger role in the rest of the series. There’s a lot more to Jaxon than meets the eye. He’s angry and bitter, yes—but for good reason. In Book 2, we find out exactly what’s driving him … and hopefully gain some sympathy for him as well. He’s a complicated guy—but I love him anyhow.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Oooh, I think Lauren Faulkenberry at Blue Crow Publishing did a beautiful job on this cover. It’s vibrant, yet dark and mysterious … the woods and the bird give a hint as to the storyline, both literally and as a tip to Eva and Ari’s bid for freedom … and I couldn’t adore the titling font more. I’ve had so much fun incorporating it into other graphics, like bookmarks and quote cards!
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Oh, let’s see … Renee Ahdieh’s The Beautiful, Sarah J. Maas’ Crescent City, and some research—Slavic Witchcraft: Old World Conjuring Spells and Folklore, by Natasha Helvin.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I just finished the second book in the SEVEN SINS trilogy and turned in a prequel novella to my publisher—I had a lot of fun writing that one, which should be out as an ebook this fall. Now that those are out the door, I’m turning my attention back to two of my novels in progress—an adult novel about two missing children that’s partially set in the Roaring Twenties, and a YA novel about the dubious legacy of a Russian witch and her familiar.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I didn’t find this scene difficult, but it was definitely emotional—the first time Eva and Ari kiss. Without giving too much away, I knew this was going to be a tough one to write because there’s so much baggage between them. First off, they’re living in a society where such things are completely forbidden—punishable by death or exile—so that’s a little stressful. Second, they’re in the woods, in the midst of a training exercise, where someone else could come upon them at any time. And third, they’ve spent years struggling with their desire for each other. Ari’s been fascinated by Eva since the very first time they saw each other, when they were both children—and that day, he gave her the strength she needed to make it through the most difficult moment of her life. For the past seven years, they’ve both denied their feelings—and then they’re forced together as mentor and apprentice, and there’s no denying the spark between them anymore. They bring all of that to bear in their first kiss, which is a lot of pressure as an author! But I loved writing every word.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Eva was definitely more challenging for me to write than Ari. I always knew who he was and what he wanted. But Eva—she went through some serious changes along the way. When I started writing the book, my idea was that the very first scene—the one where she condemns the man to death—motivated her to become a bellator, since she never wanted to be victimized again. Then one of my critique partners suggested that the book would work far better if becoming a bellator was the last thing Eva wanted—but it happened to her anyhow. When I made that shift, so many pieces fell into place.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I’ll be unpopular here and say that I far prefer revising. I love editing my work and cleaning it up, trimming the excess so I can see the shape that the story was truly meant to take. Also, the blank page can be a little intimidating—even for experienced authors! Drafting is hard work for me—not so much the writing as working through the plot, doing the research, and making sure the story holds together. I far prefer getting feedback from beta readers, figuring out what needs to be fixed, and then going in with a scalpel. It’s deeply satisfying to me.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
If I have a superpower, it’s that I’ve got a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, and I don’t balk at taking on big projects. I feel fulfilled when I’m working on multiple projects simultaneously and I don’t become easily overwhelmed. Also, I love a good challenge.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Definitely. For over a decade, I served as the associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit dedicated to serving youth in need through the arts. Before I became the AD, I did a lot of freelance writing for DREAMS. Then I was the Program Director. And then, after I stepped down from my position as the AD to pursue a full-time writing career, I continued to consult and grant-write for them. I believe deeply in the power of the arts to change the world and to make a difference in the lives of children. Sometimes, it’s hard for us to express what’s truly troubling us—but we can paint it, write it, play it, or dance it out. DREAMS has been a safe haven for so many creative, brilliant young people and the program’s teaching artists are phenomenal mentors. Every day, they continue to inspire me.
Sword of the Seven Sins
By: Emily Colin
Publisher: Blue Crow Publishing
Release Date: August 3rd, 2020
- U.S. and Canada: 6 signed ARCs, 2 with bookmarks and 4 with swag bags
- International: 4 eARCs
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Its a really pretty cover. Forbidden love is one of my favorite tropes. It kind of reminds me of The Giver, so I think it'll be great.