An interview with Emilie Knight, author of Dagger and Scythe
Emilie has always loved stories. They explore weird new ideas, and bring people together. After years of reading fantasy and horror she wanted to combine them together into her own dark fantasy.
What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?
I am an introvert. It’s pretty obvious in person, even though I’m super friendly, but people don’t notice that sort of thing online all the time.
What did your best review say about your work?
For my first book, Era of Undying someone actually compared it to The Odyssey or Beowulf. Given my love for anything Greek mythology related, and old mythical texts in general, I was so excited. And for this book, Dagger and Scythe, people are loving the main characters in general.
What did your worst review say about your work?
I think the worst review was just that Era of Undying could have used another editing session. Which is fair, and I’ve been more careful with edits ever since.
How important are the names of any characters in your book?
Some of them have meaning, but not all of them do. Dagger and Scythe fit them perfectly given the lore of the story, those are the weapons they fight with. The gods and goddesses in my book have important names that represent an aspect of that character in the Ancient Greek language.
How did you choose a title for your book?
Dagger and Scythe came naturally, it’s just the names of the main characters, but the book is simply about them and their actions. Other books have been more tricky.
What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Marketing in general. Like I said, I’m an introvert, I hang out in my apartment with my two cats and I’m happy. Learning to put myself out there, knowing I will be judged, for better or worse, is still a learning curve for me.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Don’t rush it, but set a good habit for yourself. I stick with a small daily word count, like 500 words, but if I hit 300 that’s okay. I’ll try to make that up the next day, but if I don’t I’ll shoot for the 500 again. People beat themselves up a lot when they think they’ve failed, but they haven’t, they just need to readjust their goals.
How do you remain sane whilst writing?
My breaks from it usually consist of being distracted by a good movie or show, or video game. At my day job though, it’s my writing that keeps me sane.
What has been the best experience of your life so far?
Traveling to Greece for a University school trip for 6 weeks. There were about 8 of us, touring around and even digging at an excavation sight. The ruins, history, and mythology of Greece has always fascinated me.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you ‘bury’ the body?
I’d burn it, along with all evidence. I’d probably dig out a spot in an abandoned graveyard, and burn it there too, in the pit.
You can find Dagger and Scythe in paperback and Kindle format.
You can meet Emilie on her website here: https://www.emilieknight.com/
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