Have you ever read an Alaskan fantasy?
I didn’t even know it could possibly be a thing until I heard about Emily Hayse’s new book, Seventh City. Not only does it sound interesting because it is an Alaskan fantasy, but her story sounds equally amazing in itself!
If you’re curious and wanting to know more, I’m thrilled to be sharing I had a fun interview with Emily all about this story! If you want to know how to “prepare” in entering Seventh City or which character Emily would want to hang out with, then keep reading!
About the Book
“Let me tell you a story that happened so long ago that only the hills and rivers can remember the time . . . .”
All her life, thirteen-year-old Maki has heard tales of the legendary city of gold, buried deep in the northern frontier. But when her village is burned and her brother captured by cruel invaders, the legend becomes desperately real.
Armed with a wolf-dog and a heart of courage, Maki sets out on a journey that will demand all her strength and cunning. She is determined to bring her brother home at all costs. Yet as her quest leads her deep into a wilderness of ancient dangers, Maki realizes that even for her, some prices are too high to pay.
– Hi Emily! I’m SO excited to be chatting with you! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Small, loyal, fierce.
– Love that! I saw in your bio you mention you enjoy baking. What are some of your favorite things to bake? 🙂
I love to bake just about everything, but I am particularly fond of cheesecake, scones, chocolate chip cookies, and a good crusty loaf of French bread. I have a book series that is yet to come and a bakery features prominently in it. I bake sometimes to get inspired for that.
– Oooo that sounds so yummy! (Can’t wait to hear more about that series too!) I also saw you mention you care for horses. Do you own one? Do you have a favorite breed? I admit I don’t know much about them, but I always get excited when it’s horse racing season!
I do not currently own a horse, but I do work for a warmblood farm, so I get to hang out with big horses a lot. My current horse that I am working with (riding, mostly) is a lovely gray mare named Rouby. As for a favorite breed, I have come to really like Irish Draughts. I have had the pleasure of working closely with two half-Irish horses and they absolutely stole my heart. They used to drop their huge heads (almost the length of my torso) into my arms and just stay there.
– Aww! That sounds so sweet and totally amazing! We have a lot of horse farms where we are, but haven’t actually rode a horse. So many congrats on the release of Seventh City! The cover is absolutely stunning and the story sounds completely epic! I honestly can say I’ve never read an Alaskan fantasy and super pumped to read this! How would you suggest I prepare to enter your story world? 🙂 Any must have tools?
There are two ways you could do this: go outside and sit under a pine tree (or just in nature) and enjoy the fresh air, or get a fire, a cozy blanket, candles, and some black coffee. Then go to it!
– I would be down for either one of those! 😀 I know you live in Michigan and heard it can get super cold there! Did you find it easier to get “in character” with the coldness of winter where you live to show that in your story?
Definitely! I console myself frequently that way. Every time a character is cold in a story, I’ve probably been there! As I said before I work on a horse farm and I used to have livestock myself, so going out in the elements regardless of the weather has been something I am very familiar with. And there are lots of things that people don’t always think of that came naturally to Maki’s character because I have worked in the cold so much.
– Eeepp! That makes me shiver just thinking about it! I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with? What would you guys do?
From Seventh City? Probably Rutter since he likes food. Either that or Jeremiah. He’s a really neat guy. If I went with Rutter, we’d go find the best places to eat, or cook up something good. Jeremiah, I don’t know, ride around in the wild country. He might be kind of boring to spend a day with but he’s definitely high on the list of ones I would want to meet!
– Count me in! I bet you could bake a delicious meal! 🙂 For my last question, what’s one thing you hope readers will love about Seventh City or take away after reading?
One of my major wishes with any book project is that they will love the characters. The characters are my favorite part of the books I write, and so when people love them, I am happy. That said, this book has a lot of special meaning to me because Maki and I are very alike, including our fears. I want people to see, if nothing else, that courage can look like letting go, and that the world is never meant to be carried on your shoulders.
– That is SO powerful, Emily! I really hope readers will love your characters and see that message in your story. <3 I know I can’t wait to read it and appreciate you sharing a little more about Seventh City today!
About the Author
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.
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August 20: Kickoff post: The Herosinger Blog
August 21: Guest Post: Down the Rabbit Hole
August 22: Spotlight: Deborah O’Carroll
August 23: Interview: My Lady Bibliophile
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