Saturday, May 27, 2017

Author Chat: Emily R. King, Author of The Hundredth Queen

"Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat." (text and photo taken from Emily's website) 
Did you always know you wanted to publish a novel?
Nope. When I was in high school, I thought all authors were people who had stable jobs and wrote in their free time. That may be true for some, but because of my assumption, I didn’t think becoming a novelist was a practical profession until I was in my early twenties.

Besides writing or reading, what is your favorite hobby?
I love to bake and have a serious sweet tooth. I memorized my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. When I’m not on deadline, I try to bake once a week.

Are you more of a coffee or a tea person when writing?
How about Diet Coke? I drink waaay too much of it. I like my Diet Coke best with fresh lime and cranberry-flavored syrup.

What makes your protagonist stand out from other YA heroines?
Sometimes main characters in young adult novels can come off…shall I say, whiney? I don’t do whiney. Kalinda is definitely not the sort to wallow for long. She’s a proactive character driven by her loyalty to her gods and the people she loves.

Where did your inspiration for The Hundredth Queen come from?
I had a dream. More specifically, I woke up in the middle of the night with a book title in my mind: The Hundredth Wife. A second later, I corrected it to The Hundredth Queen. I write young adult fiction, and “wife” would not suit a title for my audience. The following morning, I started plotting.

What book are you currently reading in your spare time?
I set aside a standalone YA fantasy I have partially revised to work on The Hundredth Queen Series. I’m excited to get back to work on it once book three of THQ is finished.

About Emily's upcoming release, which will hit shelves on June 1:

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda’s only hope for escape lies in an arcane, forbidden power that’s buried within her.

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own. (taken from