Pro Talks with Emily R. King

Posted January 17, 2017 by Jamie in Features, Interviews, Pro Talks // 2 Comments

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Here at BAMF we are always looking to shine the light on authors and their books. And what better way to do so than to hear about a book than from the author themselves? That’s why we have started our Pro Talks Feature where we interview an author about their book(s) and get the down low on characters, plot and anything else they want to share with us about their life as an author! You can find your next great read here.


Today’s Guest Is

About Emily R King

Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the U.S.A., she's 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 SCBWI and an active participant in her local writers' community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.


BAMF: What is the best part about being an author?

Emily R. King: I enjoy escaping into imaginary worlds filled with hidden magic and courageous heroes. I also like working from home in my pajamas…which I do only once or twice a week (okay, maybe more often than that).

BAMF: What are the hardest scenes for you to write?

Emily R. King: Transition scenes, where the softer emotional beats take precedence over the main conflict. Quiet, character-building moments can be difficult because they are not usually the first scenes that come to me. The big scenes, or the payoff scenes, are easier to structure than the ones that bridge them together.

BAMF: Do you find it difficult to balance being an author with the other aspects in your life?

Emily R. King: Oh yeah. I’m married with four children, so I write between carpool, swimming lessons, playdates, school concerts, folding laundry, making dinner, bedtimes, and date nights. I hop off and on my computer all day long. Like anyone else, I make time for what’s important to me. So despite the fulfilling demands of motherhood and marriage, I find time to write daily.

BAMF: Which of your characters did you find it easiest to write?

Emily R. King: Rajah Tarek, the tyrant ruler in The Hundredth Queen, was not only the easiest to write, but the most fun. He is deliciously awful. Even though he’s terrible, deep down in my heart I want him to be good.

BAMF: What has been the best book you’ve read in the past six months?

Emily R. King: This is hard! I have been fortunate to read several 2017 debuts’ ARCs. Because I cannot pick just one, I’ll share my top two. First, Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch, an accessible high fantasy with a memorable cast of loveable characters. In a close second, Shaila Patel’s Soulmated, an OwnVoices romance in which an Indian-American girl falls in love with a handsome Irish empath.

BAMF: Explain a bit about the type of magic we can expect to see in THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN.

Emily R. King: Magic bearers have been hunted in the Tarachand Empire for almost twenty years. The tyrant rajah believes those born with magic are soulless demons of the Void, and will not stop until they are exterminated. I cannot explain anything else without spoiling the plot, but I can say characters with magical abilities abound, both good and evil.

BAMF: Tell us a bit about your main character: what fuels her desire to escape? What does she fear the most?

Emily R. King: Above all, Kalinda longs for freedom. Raised in a secluded Sisterhood temple far from the world of men, she dreads the day one may come and claim her. Kalinda and her best friend desire to swear fealty to the Sisterhood and live in the mountain temple for the rest of their lives. But their dream is jeopardized when the rajah comes in search of his final and hundredth wife.


About Their Work

Pro Talks with Emily R. KingThe Hundredth Queen Published by Skyscape on June 1st 2017
ISBN: 1503943658
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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.

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