Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Wicked Saints Blog Tour - Interview

Title: Assured Destruction Series: Assured Destruction #1 Author: Michael F. Stewart Release Date: March 22, 2013 Publisher: Non Sequitur Press Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Wicked Saints is a lush, brutal, compelling fantasy that is dark, deep, and bloody—absolutely riveting! With a boy who is both man and monster, mysterious saints with uncertain motives, and a girl filled with holy magic who is just beginning to understand the full reaches of her power, this gothic jewel of a story will sink its visceral iron claws into you, never letting go until you’ve turned the last page. And truthfully, not even then -the explosive ending will haunt you for days! ” - Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy 

How did the story come to you?
I was playing Skyrim. It was not particularly dramatic. It’s not even a facetious story I was literally playing Skyrim and thought ‘huh, neat, I should write a book.’ It of course ended up being a much longer labor of love, but it came from humble beginnings.

Having been a fan of this book for a while now I am curious to know, what songs would associate with Serefin, Nadya and Malachiasz? Also as a concerned reader, I am worried about Malachiasz and how dirty he is all the time! Make him clean!
HE BATHES I SWEAR. But this is a fun one! A lot of Wicked Saints was inspired by metal music (black metal and doom metal especially), but hilariously, the songs I deeply associate with the characters aren’t metal (except for Serefin’s, in this case).

Serefin has never had a lot of music that my brain would associate with him, except for one song: 
Justice for Saint Mary by Diablo Swing Orchestra.

For Nadya, Той, хто рятує імена by Vivienne Mort, a Russian artist.

And Malachiasz is Burn Out by Black Lab.

Like any fantasy novel, research is an important aspect of writing the genre. What areas of research were the most challenging, easiest, entertaining and mundane?
I’m an academic at heart, research is my favorite part of the process. There are a very particular set of challenges when you’re researching a culture that has a language you’re not fluent in, so I was limited to only English resources and I had to be careful in finding resources that weren’t too Western in lens. I found reading rote history texts tedious, so while I did, I tended to focus more on folklore and fairytales from the particular countries instead. Especially because I’m writing fantasy, the atmosphere needs to be right but I’m not sweating any tiny details!  

About the Author

EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

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