Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Interview with Emmie Mears!
Now on with the show!
1. If you could save the life of one literary character, who would it be and why?
BIG HONKING HARRY POTTER SPOILER! SKIP TO THE NEXT QUESTION IF YOU DON’T WANNA SEE IT.
I would save Fred Weasley. He and George are more than twins or brothers; they’re best friends. I can’t imagine being without my best friend, and I was utterly heartbroken at Fred’s death. He and George should have lived together to a ripe old age full of fart jokes and extendable ears.
*Tam's note* Apparently, after Fred died, George was never able to produce a Patronus charm again. :'(
2. QUICK! Recommend three songs that have captured your heart!
Catherine MacLellan’s There You Are (the perfect song of the quiet places of love)
Florence and the Machine’s Shake It Out (appropriate for the current stage of my life)
Dubtronics’ The Only Girl on Earth (adorable and sexy trip hop)
3. What's your favourite scar on your body and why?
I have a perfectly round scar on my left calf that I got by impaling my leg on a fence in Poland. It happened the week I moved to Poland, and it took ages to heal. It was also the one time I’ve ever seen my own fat cells.
4. What's something you wish people knew about your writing?
That I actually have a tiny speck of dust housing the entire Who population, and I have learned to make sense of their YOPs to tell tales.
5. Is your MC inspired by anyone?
She’s inspired in some ways by both Bridget Jones (though she’s not quite as much of a mess) and Peter Parker. We pitched the book as Bridget Jones meets Spider-Man, and both of those characters share some traits with Gwen.
Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She’s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a flatmate to share rent. Gwen’s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty quid until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss.
Then Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonishing strength. All of which come in handy the night she rescues her activist neighbour from a beat-down by political thugs.
Now Gwen must figure out what else the serum has done to her body, who else is interested and how her boss is involved. Finally—and most mysteriously—she must uncover how this whole debacle is connected to the looming referendum on Scottish independence.
Gwen’s hunt for answers will test her superpowers and endanger her family, her friends—even her country.
Emmie Mears was born in Austin, Texas, where the Lone Star state promptly spat her out at the tender age of three months. After a childhood spent mostly in Alaska, Oregon, and Montana, she became a proper vagabond and spent most of her time at university devising ways to leave the country.Except for an ill-fated space opera she attempted at age nine, most of Emmie’s childhood was spent reading books instead of writing them. Growing up she yearned to see girls in books doing awesome things, and struggled to find stories in her beloved fantasy genre that showed female heroes saving people and hunting things. Mid-way through high school, she decided the best way to see those stories was to write them herself. She now scribbles her way through the fantasy genre, most loving to pen stories about flawed characters and gritty situations lightened with the occasional quirky humor.
Emmie now lives in her eighth US state, still yearning for a return to Scotland. She inhabits a cozy domicile outside DC with two felines who think they're lions and tigers.
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