A Coffee with Emily Martha Sorensen

Emily Martha Sorensen admits that although she doesn’t have a penchant for annoying people, she does like to talk a lot. She was given the “Most Likely to Bite Off Tongue While Talking” award at her high school graduation. The best way to keep her quiet is to give her a good book, unless the book is funny: then she’ll probably laugh out loud.

She writes young adult, middle grade, and clean new adult fantasy.

… so of course, we simply couldn’t wait to meet her!

Thank you Emily for taking the time to chat with us today. You freely admit you’re a chatterbox, so we’re very excited to learn plenty about you and your books today!

Let’s start with where you find your inspiration for your books – other books, music, TV?

Emily: I pick up ideas from everywhere! Usually my ideas come from either, “Man, no stories like this exist, and I really want them to” or “Argh, that story was so annoying! I could do something like that so much better!”

So, what’s a typical day like for you as a writer?

Emily: Well, I’m nocturnal, so you might as well ask “What’s a typical night consist of?” I wake up in late afternoon, I either write or edit or do art or market, and I eventually go to bed at around the time most people are waking up for the morning.

How long have you been writing?

Emily: I’ve been writing since I was a small child. I made a comic strip when I was three. (It wasn’t very good.) I published my first book in 2012.

Wow. You must have been a very focused three year old! I don’t think I know any three year olds who could do that. Having seen it for myself, I’ve got to say it was awesome, especially for someone so young! (Readers: scroll to the bottom where there’s a link to the actual comic strip!)

We’ve heard you’ve continued with your comic strips… how do you find inspiration? We’re curious to know if you’ve “borrowed” some traits from people you know in real life in any of your work?

Emily: Only in my comic strip! In my comic strip, A Magical Roommate, a lot of the main characters had “real-life counterparts” of my roommates or closest friends. Granted, they were often different species from their real-life counterparts (dragon, fairy, werewolf, Gorgon)…

“Six Shiny Silver Coins and the Ridiculous Ruckus They Caused” is part of our massive collection of books that are available right now for free.

Emily: Here’s the blurb for “Six Shiny Silver Coins and the Ridiculous Ruckus They Caused”!

“The Fates see all and hear all. The king will perform a great act of generosity before the sun sets this day.”

The king is horrified to hear this, and immediately throws six silver coins out into the crowd to get the prophecy over with before something worse happens.

Naturally, Henina catches one.

And, naturally, pandemonium ensues.

That has definitely piqued my interest… I’m gonna have to grab one of the free copies! Are there particular themes within the story?

Emily: It’s very, very humorous YA fantasy with a snarky main character who is incapable of shutting her mouth, and who really shouldn’t have insulted the Fates.

Cool. Is “Six Shiny Silver Coins and the Ridiculous Ruckus They Caused” part of a series that we can get our teeth into?

Emily: “Six Shiny Silver Coins and the Ridiculous Ruckus They Caused” is a prequel to the first book in The Numbers Just Keep Getting Bigger series.

The first book is Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy. Here’s the blurb:

Henina tends to irritate people. She can’t help it — she’s bad at shutting her mouth. So when a prophecy is made that someone will stop the war, she figures she’s the worst possible choice.

Too bad.

The Fates have their sights set on her, and it will take all her cleverness and quite a lot of offending the king to foist the prophecy off on somebody else instead.

But she can do it. After all, there are a lot of potentials to choose from.

I really like the sound of that book too!

Are you currently writing anything else in the series?

Emily: I’m working on the sequel, Fifty-Three Assassins with a Head Cold!

Great name! Aside from being involved in our free collection, how else can readers find you and your books?

Emily: Easily! I’m on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, Smashwords, and readers can get signed paperbacks from me directly.

My first webcomic (the comic strip I mentioned)
My second webcomic (currently ongoing)

Thank you so much, Emily!

Readers can download their copy of “Six Shiny Silver Coins and the Ridiculous Ruckus They Caused” here.