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 Emily R King, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Emily R. King is a writer of fantasy and the author of the Hundredth Queen series. Born in Canada and raised in the United States, she is a shark advocate, a consumer of gummy bears, and an islander at heart, but her greatest interests are her four children. Emily lives in northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.
Meet Before The Broken Star!
A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.
Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.
Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Initially, I wanted to write a reimagining of Pinocchio. The plot deviates from that storyline quite a bit, because this fantasy world focuses on the creation story from Celtic mythology, but you may recognize some of the characters from the original: a monstrous whale, the Fox and the Cat, crickets, and even Everley, the main character, isn’t a “real” girl. She has a ticker for a heart.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I really enjoy writing Vevina. She not only survives the tough city streets by gambling and swindling people, she’s turned her business into a huge success. Vevina is clever, practical, and she cares about the women who work for her.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. The original title, Carving Hearts, was a little too horror feeling for my publisher.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
This is hard question to answer because it’s a huge spoiler! I would say though that the entire last quarter of the book was super fun to write. That’s where a lot of the mystery goes away and the reality of what’s happening is very daunting for Everley.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
To keep writing. Authors are always waiting on someone or something. You can’t stop. Keep reading and writing. Publishing is slow, and your time is best spent writing your next book.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the gates leading into the forest. They’re mysterious and beautiful and kind of remind me of the gates into the Secret Garden.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
I’m looking forward to The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields. I got to read an early version and loved it!
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
I really enjoyed The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. I have a soft spot for witches! And the imagery is stunning.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
There are two more books in the Evermore Chronicles: Into the Hourglass, and the conclusion to the series, Everafter Song. Both will release soon. Into the Hourglass releases August 20, 2019.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Writing about Everley’s past was emotional because she was just a child when she lost her family and was hurt so badly that she needed a clock heart to live. I have children of my own, so the thought of that happening to one of them is difficult.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Oh, definitely Killian Markham, the man accused of murdering Everley’s family. He’s a wily one, and entirely too clever for his own good.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I used to enjoy drafting more than revising, but as I’ve become a more technical writer, the messiness of the first draft is a painful but necessary part of the process.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can drink caffeine before bedtime and go right to sleep. Does that count? ?
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I’m obsessed with sharks. One Ocean, a research and conservation group, has taken me out on a shark dive in Hawaii. I will go on another longer trip with them later this year to cage dive with Great Whites off Mexico. They do so much good for sharks through studying them and raising awareness about how vital sharks are to our oceans.
Before The Broken Star
By: Emily R King
Publisher: Skyscape Publishing
Release Date: June 1st, 2019
Five winners will each receive a copy of Before The Broken Star (Emily R King) ~ (US Only)
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