Today we have a really fantastic book by a really fantastic author on our blog! Julia Ember stops by to talk about her new release, The Seafarer’s Kiss, the best line she ever wrote, and her dream movie casting. Plus there’s a pretty sweet giveaway that you won’t want to miss.
So check out the book that Michele called a “masterful reimagining of The Little Mermaid… one of the most clever and unique interpretations I’ve ever read.” (Review)
The Seafarer’s Kiss, by Julia Ember
Publisher: Duet (Interlude Press)
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Having long wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the merfolk’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: Say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from the divine Loki. But such deals are never straightforward, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
You can purchase The Seafarer’s Kiss from:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Target | iTunes
Google Books | Smashwords
Book Depository | Indiebound
Hello! I’m Julia Ember, author of Seafarer’s Kiss! I’m really excited to be on the blog today as part of the Virtual Book Tour for my new release.
The Seafarer’s Kiss is a bisexual, Norse retelling of the Little Mermaid. The main character, Ersel, longs to escape from her arctic world where she is expected to choose a mate and bear children. When she meets Ragna, a Viking shield maiden stranded on the ice-shelf near her home, she learns of another way of life. But in order to be with Ragna, she has to defy her clan’s brutal King.
Q: What’s the best line you ever wrote?
Wow! A difficult question to start the interview with. I’ve written a lot of manuscripts and I’m not sure I could choose a best overall line. However, I do have a favourite snippet from Seafarer’s Kiss:
“And the way Ragna grinned at me now – fragile and strong at the same time, like nothing I’d ever seen – was worth it. Her smile reminded me of a starfish.”
Q: Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind?
What I listen to really depends on the manuscript and what mood I want to get into for a particular scene. When I was writing one of the more emotional scenes between Ersel and her friend Havamal in Seafarer’s Kiss, I listened to 7 Years by Lukas Graham, because it struck the right balance of nostalgia, pain and hope.
When I am writing, I do tend to listen to songs on repeat a lot. It helps me tune them out as background.
If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star?
My easy choice for Ersel is Katana Fatale who is a plus-sized model, often pictured with blue hair. If the book were to become a movie, it would be really important to me that Ersel was shown as fat.
Erika Linder would be my first choice for Loki. Although they change form many times in the book, in the scene where they appear in their true body, Loki is described as androgynous, slim and blonde. Erika Linder fits that description and is also genderqueer.
I’d also like to see Chloe Grace Moretz as Ragna. I think she strikes the right balance of “could kick your ass” but also playful.
What genres do you write in?
So far, all of my published work has been YA High Fantasy. However, I am starting to branch out into sci-fi and contemporary – so watch this space!
Where and when do you prefer to write?
These days, I tend to have so little free time with my day job and upcoming publications, that I have adapted to writing anywhere! If I have my choice, though, I love to write in coffee shops. I like a little bit of background noise and buzz, without having someone in the room who will try to distract me.
Julia Ember is a polyamorous, bisexual writer and native of Chicago who now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Seafarer’s Kiss is her second novel and was influenced by her postgraduate work in medieval literature at The University of St. Andrews. Her first novel, Unicorn Tracks was published by Harmony Ink Press.
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