Author Of The Week: Author Chat with Julia Ember (Ruinsong), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)

b2ap3_large_unnamed-1

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

 

Introducing Julia Ember, YABC's Author of the Week!

          

Julia Ember was born in Chicago, but raised in London and Edinburgh. She now lives in Seattle with her wife, where they are the proud parents of two cats and a very fluffy pony. She has previously worked as a teacher, bookseller and wedding cake decorator, and she is also the author of the Seafarer's Kiss duology. When she isn’t working on her prose fiction, Julia writes for video and app games.

 

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

 

 
 
   
 
 

Meet Ruinsong!

In Julia Ember's dark and lush LGBTQ+ romantic fantasy Ruinsong, two young women from rival factions must work together to reunite their country, as they wrestle with their feelings for each other.

Her voice was her prison…
Now it’s her weapon.

In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence has been forced to torture her country's disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen's bidding.

But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself.
 

 

 Amazon * B & N Indiebound

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~ Author Chat ~
 

 

      YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

It’s a real toss up between Cadence and Queen Elene! I think Cadence is the most like me, and so I understand her the best out of any of the characters in the book. We’re both indecisive and tend to avoid conflict until we absolutely can’t, we’re both extremely attached to our ‘art’ and fiercely protective of our friends! 

Queen Elene was fun to write because I enjoy writing really terrible villains, and I think her backstory, her personal beliefs about the how the country should progress and her attachment to Cadence give her a lot of nuance. She also has amazing fashion sense. 



      YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

Sort of both? I had written about three chapters of my draft before I decided on the title of ‘Ruinsong’ but was still a long long way away from having a finished novel! 



      YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I am still really proud of the opening scene! It took me quite a few rewrites to get it right, and I think it strikes such a haunting note. Without giving too many spoilers, I’m also proud of the first scene the girls meet again, which takes place at a hospital where Cadence is healing. They have a pretty heated argument, and getting the dialogue right also took me quite a bit of work and rewrites! 



      YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Not to rush! When I first started trying to get published, I was in such a hurry. I wanted to query, I wanted to go on submission and I really wanted to see my books in print. But, slowing down has helped me produce much better work, which in turn has been more likely to sell. I am a fast drafter, but it takes me a long time to edit the book and I need to take frequent breaks from manuscripts to let them percolate. Allowing myself that time has been really beneficial to my work. 



 

      YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love the back cover illustration the best! It shows both of the narrating characters embracing, and it’s just such a sweet, tender illustration – but at the same time you can really see the determination in Cadence’s expression. When I first saw it, I literally gasped! 

 

A picture containing drawing, guitar

Description automatically generated

   

   

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2021?

That’s a really hard question because there are so many great looking books coming out next year! Really looking forward to Alexandra Overy’s These Feathered Flames, a retelling of the Russian firebird fairy tale, as well as A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth – I love stories about elves and fae, and this is the first f/f book about fae I’ve seen!

 

 

      YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2020?

Another tough one! I absolutely adored Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth – sign me up for sweet lesbian sword-jocks and prickly necromancers pretending not to be in love forever! I also loved Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas!



 

     YABC:  Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to write? 

There’s a scene near the beginning of the book when Remi’s father takes her into the city to meet a new suitor, hoping she’ll agree to marry him. Remi is not out as a lesbian to her family, and as they ride into the city, she reflects on what it might mean for her to tell them. She’s been raised in the more rigid views of the noble class and she worries that her parents will reject her. Then later in the scene, when she first meets Nolan, Remi is crushed by how seemingly perfect he is – good-looking, friendly, sweet – and she feels like something must be wrong with her because she’s immune to his charms. It was a really difficult scene for me to write because I also struggled to come out to my family, and felt for quite a while that there was something wrong with me for being uninterested in the same people as most of my straight friends. 



 

     YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?


Revising! I actually find drafting pretty stressful because until I have a version on the page, I don’t always know if the story is going to work out. Sometimes, I can write a killer opening scene but not know where to go from there, or I have an idea for a character or a setting, but no real plot. For me, there’s always a hurdle at about the 15,000 word mark (40 pages) and a lot of projects fall apart at that stage. Once I have a complete draft, even if it’s 45,000 words long and needs to be expanded a lot, I know I can finish, I know how lots of plot threads will come together and it takes a lot of the unknowing out of the process for me! I don’t function well with uncertainty!

 

 

       

Ruinsong

By: Julia Ember

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: November 24th, 2020

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*    

Five winners will receive a copy of Ruinsong (Julia Ember) ~ (US Only)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

 

Author Chat with Lynn Wallace (The Supernatural Re...
YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ November 23, 2020

Related Posts

 

Comments 15

Already Registered? Login Here
Zachary Snyder on Monday, 23 November 2020 11:40

Book looks great, look forward to reading it!

0
Book looks great, look forward to reading it!
Shilo Quetchenbach on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 11:34

This looks amazing! Can't wait to read it!

0
This looks amazing! Can't wait to read it!
Amanda on Friday, 27 November 2020 18:51

I can't wait to read this! It's been on my TBR for quite a while. LOVE the purple cover!

0
I can't wait to read this! It's been on my TBR for quite a while. LOVE the purple cover!
Simone on Saturday, 28 November 2020 22:28

A sapphic Phantom of the Opera is everything I never knew I needed. And the cover? It's so rich, the colors of purple and gold just scream wealth.

0
A sapphic Phantom of the Opera is everything I never knew I needed. And the cover? It's so rich, the colors of purple and gold just scream wealth.
Andrea Cerda on Monday, 30 November 2020 19:44

Love the cover and the story sound really good i want to read it

0
Love the cover and the story sound really good i want to read it
Lindsey Keefer on Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:15

This one's been on my tbr for a while, even before the cover was revealed! I love books with purple covers, and I absolutely love the idea of a sapphic Phantom of the Opera retelling.

0
This one's been on my tbr for a while, even before the cover was revealed! I love books with purple covers, and I absolutely love the idea of a sapphic Phantom of the Opera retelling.
Ezlyn Fillips on Tuesday, 01 December 2020 17:40

I adore the cover and it has been on my TBR for a little while. The synopsis is intriguing as well!

0
I adore the cover and it has been on my TBR for a little while. The synopsis is intriguing as well!
Morgan on Wednesday, 02 December 2020 08:53

This sounds incredible!

0
This sounds incredible!
Candice Gigous on Monday, 07 December 2020 12:27

The cover is magical. The synopsis is very exciting. Sounds like an awesome read.

0
The cover is magical. The synopsis is very exciting. Sounds like an awesome read.
Asteria on Monday, 07 December 2020 16:32

I love the gold detailing on the cover.

0
I love the gold detailing on the cover.

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Take Me Home: Forests of the World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Bite-sized facts about forests from around the globe, pointing out...
Hurricane Summer
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes readers to the...
All Kinds of Other
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
In this tender, nuanced coming-of-age love story, two boys—one who...
Reign of Secrets
 
3.8
 
0.0 (0)
At the Midnight Ball, leave your inhibitions at the...
The Forest of Stolen Girls
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
1426, Joseon (Korea). Hwani's family has never been the...
Go the Distance
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
What if Meg had to become a god? After...
In Deeper Waters
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger...
These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames, #1)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates...
Take Me Home: Waters of the World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Bite-sized facts about bodies of water from around the globe,...
This Is My America
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching...
Colors in Nature
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Magnificent, hand-painted illustrations by a rising star of Czech watercolor...
Welcome to Arizona
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Welcome to Arizona! We're glad you're here! Introducing a new...
I Don't Want to Go to School
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
It's Mouse's first day of school. It's Dinosaur's first day...
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact...
Counting Down with You
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi...
There's No Ham in Hamburgers: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
From hot dogs and hamburgers to ice cream and pizza,...

Latest Member Reviews

Take Me Home: Forests of the World
 
5.0
"TAKE ME HOME: FORESTS OF THE WORLD is an approachable nonfiction book that teaches about different kinds of forests, from..."
Hurricane Summer
 
4.3
"HURRICANE SUMMER is a sweeping coming-of-age story that captures the difficult and at times dangerous transition to womanhood. Tilla is..."
All Kinds of Other
 
4.3
"ALL KINDS OF OTHER is an intriguing YA contemporary that follows two boys as they start at a new school...."
Take Me Home: Waters of the World
 
5.0
"TAKE ME HOME: WATERS OF THE WORLD is an engaging nonfiction picture book that teaches basics and fun facts about..."
This Is My America
 
5.0
"WHAT I LOVED: Tracy's family is an outsider in multiple ways in their Texas town: they're one of the..."
Colors in Nature
 
4.0
"COLORS IN NATURE is a beautifully illustrated book of art that features animals and plants. The book walks through each..."
Welcome to Arizona
 
4.0
"WELCOME TO ARIZONA is a simple, fun travel guide picture book for children about the state. The book covers fun..."
I Don't Want to Go to School
 
3.5
"I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL features Dinosaur and Mouse, who are both scared of their first day of..."
Counting Down with You
 
5.0
"COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU is a heart-wrenching and visceral YA contemporary read. Karina (Myra is her familial name) is a..."
The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
 
5.0
"What worked: This is one gut-wrenching, powerful collection of stories of young Jewish women Resistance fighters in Hitler's Ghettos. The..."
There's No Ham in Hamburgers: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Foods
 
5.0
"While I was familiar with most of the information in the book, due to apparently all too frequent deep..."
Fate Calling
 
5.0
"Fate Calling by Lindsay Grace is a beautifully written fae fantasy about a young human girl named Aislinn and a..."
Reign of Secrets
 
3.8
"What worked: The magical aspect of this book had me turning pages quickly. It was easy to read and..."
In Deeper Waters
 
4.3
"IN DEEPER WATERS is an intriguing and fast-paced YA fantasy. Tal is the fourth of five royal children in a..."
Paint by Sticker Kids: Outer Space
 
4.5
"PAINT BY STICKER KIDS: OUTER SPACE is another fun collection of paint-by-sticker images with an outer space theme. The book..."
These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames, #1)
 
5.0
"THESE FEATHERED FLAMES is an enchanting YA fantasy about sisterhood, power, and destiny. When twins are born in the royal..."
The Mother of Monsters
 
4.5
"‘The Mother of Monsters’ by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, tells the story of Ntombi, the chief's daughter. She..."
Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail: A Story from Chile
 
4.5
"‘Grim, Grunt and Grizzle-Tail’ by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus, is great for younger elementary readers and anyone who..."
Baseball Baby
 
5.0
"BASEBALL BABY is a delightful board book about baseball. The book begins with heading to the park to play baseball..."
I Am Not a Penguin
 
4.0
"I AM NOT A PENGUIN is a silly picture book that manages to teach young readers about pangolins. A pangolin..."