Welcome to a new interview! And guess what? Emily Hayse is returning for a third interview, because she’s publishing her THIRD book! Excited? I am!
Keep reading to get to know her and her new book a little more!
How does The Last Atlantean differ from your first two books?
It’s Historical Fantasy for starters, which I am really excited about because I actually get to work in a time period in history. It also has a richer, more lush narrative than the other books, I think.
Was it harder or easier?
Oh, much harder, though not for those reasons. The last year and a half (which is when I did the majority of the work on this project) was not necessarily the easiest, especially for writing. But I was able to stick it out especially with the help of my line editor, Elisabeth.
If you were throwing a tea party, who would you invite (or not invite) from any of your books?
From Crowning Heaven, I’d invite Heaven, Wren, Nic and Athen. From Seventh City, I’d invite Maki, Willow, and Ransom. And from The Last Atlantean, I’d probably invite Hattie, Isurus, and Zyaena.
I would like to invite Barbarian from Seventh City, but he’d hate it.
Altimus (The Last Atlantean), Tydeus (Crowning Heaven), and Captain Innes (Seventh City) are not invited.
Who is your favorite character from The Last Atlantean?
Isurus Lamnidae, the secondary MC. My sister compared him to Frodo once and I like that comparison. He’s rather Frodo-like.
What inspired you to write it?
I had two flashes of inspiration: one was the title which I envisioned as a stirring, wild kind of book about Atlantis, and the other was the actual concept, which was a stranger washing up in a coastal village in Maine in the early 1910s and contrasting that warm, homey setting with the ancient, savage Atlantean setting. I was really excited about that concept, I thought it was pretty unique (until I realized that Aquaman did sort of the same thing, but modern?) But that’s a funny story for another day.
What helped you write this story?
There are a lot of answers I could probably give for this, but I went to some lighthouses that were very helpful in shaping a lot of the first half of the book, just the feeling and setting of it, and I also ate a lot of Mediterranean style food. I sort of wish more food got into the book, actually.
Was your process any different than your first two books?
Yes, but not intentionally. Usually I have a pretty clear idea of the book by the time I have finished the first draft, but it took me much longer than that to find my stride on this book. I have a certain process that works for me and almost every book goes through it without a hitch, but TLA was written much more in quick chunks of time with major changes. Oftentimes my books don’t go through major changes after the first draft.
Do you have any other books in the works that we can look forward to seeing?
I do! I am not quite close enough on any novels to be able to say which one you should hope to see next, but I do plan on releasing a collection of Seventh City short stories and novellas later this year.
Between Crowning Heaven, Seventh City, and The Last Atlantean, which took the longest?
Crowning Heaven, I believe. There was a three, three and a half year span between first draft and publication. The other two were between a year and a half and two years.
Where can we find more about your books and you?
I am most active on Instagram, so if you want to say hi and stay up to date on what I’m up to, that’s a good place. Look me up at @songsofheroes. I also have a website, emilyhayse.com, and a newsletter, and I’m around Twitter sometimes.
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