What is your favorite detail in your book?
I love all the descriptions of the clam bake. Sounds silly maybe, but it just made me really hungry and made me want to be there.
What detail are you proudest of?
There’s a very slight reference to someone thinking that sharks were not that dangerous, and back before 1920ish people were not scared of sharks and shark attacks the way we are now. They were considered by mainstream society to be shy creatures that scared off easily. Of course, they feature heavily in the book and many of my characters have spent much more time studying them and their behavior, so they have a much better grasp of what they are capable of, good and bad.
What character are you the tiniest bit envious of?
Probably Taurus, he’s got such a great outlook on life. Either that or Hattie, because she really lucked out with Isurus.
What character surprised you the most?
Quite literally, The Lord of the Shark Kind. I had really very little idea what that man was thinking even as I was writing him, much less what he
would do. He kept me on my toes for sure, and there’s a twist with him at the end that I actually did not see coming until the moment it happened.
What honor would you like your book to receive?
I would love it if it won some kind of award. Maybe a ‘best of’ some fantasy award or a category someplace like the Realm Awards.
If I got print copies of your books would you rather I kept them forever letting my friends and family read them or I gave them to a thrift store in hope that they get found by someone who they inspire?
That’s such a hard choice! I love cherished books spread through friends and families, but I also know the feeling of finding a book out of the blue that just totally changes or inspires me. Probably the first one, though I know the happiness of finding a good book at a thrift store.
The Last Atlantean
by Emily Hayse
“Watch, ye sons of the sea, your doom is at hand. With soundless storm rises the fate of Atlantis.”
As a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Hattie has always been able to handle anything the Atlantic throws at her. But when a stranger washes ashore in a storm, she finds herself unraveling a mystery that will change her life.
Caught up in a high-stakes game of intrigue and hidden loyalties, Hattie watches legends take shape before her eyes. But as kings and pawns prepare for a showdown that will determine the fate of an ancient world, she wonders whether she has thrown in her lot with the hero or the villain.
“I think I was made for the sea, and the sea for me. Perhaps it’s strange to love such a terrible and bloodthirsty thing; I don’t know. In this town we pit ourselves against it, day after day, for our whole lives, knowing every day that this could be the day the sea wins. Yet I am not afraid of it. I love it, even.”
EMILY HAYSE is a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan.
What is the least common thing you are a fan of?
I am a huge Iditarod fan. That’s not super common, I don’t think.