MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR EMILY MARTHA SORENSEN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name’s Emily Martha Sorensen. I write clean fantasy adventures with clever characters, fun plots, and lots of humor!
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I have over thirty books. I’ll tell you about one of them. To Prevent World Peace is the first book of the Magical Mayhem series, and it’s about a world where magic is restricted to young girls, and those young girls are about to take over the world in order to rule it — for its own good. Naturally, the main character becomes a villain to stop this.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’m a huge fan of magical girl anime series. This world is based on every cliche ever from magical girl series, thrown into a blender, and turned into a cohesive and very funny world.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I’ve done tons of research on the genre, including very old series that are super obscure that most people haven’t heard of. This is because I am what you might call an obsessive nerd.
Can you tell me about your series?
As the Magical Mayhem series goes on, all kinds of other interesting conflicts come to the forefront. One character is trying to create a government to police and license magical girls. Another is a villain whose favorite hobby is tempting magical girls to turn evil. Another just wants to be left alone . . . not that anyone’s going to allow that.
Tough call. I’d say the last scene of chapter 3 of the seventh book is one of my favorite scenes of all time. Because Rhea is a very smart villain who does very sneaky villainish things.
When and where do you write?
I have a standing desk and a desk treadmill. It’s an awesome setup. I highly recommend it for getting exercise without losing any time out of your day. As for “when,” I’m nocturnal, so usually when everyone else in my family is asleep.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The next two books in the Magical Mayhem series will be To Prevent New Allies and To Prevent Best Friends. They’re going to be awesome!
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very important. And usually not. The names are important because they are what fits the character. Once the correct name is chosen, I cannot change it without changing the character completely.
Where do your ideas come from?
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d kind of like to write a litRPG sometime, just because.
The first draft. Everything after that is comfortable and fun.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Hmm . . . probably getting married to the greatest guy in the universe. 🙂
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Acting. Especially voice acting. Or anything to do with storytelling, really.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, no, and it depends. If a bad review is both accurate and specific, I take it to heart as advice to improve. If it’s inaccurate, vague, or both, I ignore it.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
Compiling the e-books. And actually publishing the books, which takes a ton of filling out of forms. So boring.
What are you working on now?
Well, right this minute, I’m answering an interview. 😉 Other than that, I’m currently working on Dragon’s Call, the seventh book in the Dragon Eggs series. It’s a series about baby dragons who get adopted by human parents. Toddlers are bad enough before you add in claws and fire-breathing!
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Dragon’s Call, no. It’s still too rough to share anything from. But here’s a bit from Dragon’s First Valentine, the previous book in the series!
Rose woke up to the unmistakable sound of someone trying to be quiet.
“No no no no. No no no no. No no no no. No no no no —”
There was an earsplitting shriek.
Rose flung the blankets off her legs and stormed to the door of their bedroom, feeling rather vexed. She had asked to be permitted to sleep in this morning, seeing as it was Saturday and Henry’s first class did not begin until eleven o’clock, but it seemed that was not to be. Why had Henry permitted the baby to get so close to the door where she was sleeping?
“Your mother’s asleep,” Henry’s voice whispered in a frantic undertone from the other side of the door. “We can’t disturb her. Just —”
Rose flung the door open.
Henry froze from a crouched position in the hallway.
Looking past him, Rose saw that there were flower petals scattered all down the length, and Virgil was currently rolling around in them. The baby dragon tried to shake a red flower petal off his vicious back claw, somersaulted into a sprawl, looked back, found it still stuck there, and let out another furious scream.
“I see he’s managed to make a mess,” Rose said dryly. “Where did he even find those?”
“He was supposed to be helping,” Henry said sheepishly. He leapt to his feet and spread his arms. “Happy birthday!”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
If it’s clean, and it’s speculative fiction, I probably want to write it. So I have magical girls, baby dragons, historical fantasy, fairy tale retellings, urban fantasy, clean paranormal romance, and all sorts of other things. At some point, I’m going to write some science fiction series about aliens hiding on Earth, generation ships, and interdimensional rifts. As for balance . . . I have a limited attention span. If I didn’t write a bunch of very different stories simultaneously, I’d get bored. The fun is in doing something new and fresh with every series.
The fact that they’re so very easy to love.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Sure. Check out Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, Shanna Swendson, Diana Wynne Jones, Patricia C. Wrede, and Terry Pratchett.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Hmmm, it might be Henina, from Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy. She’s utterly incapable of shutting her mouth, which means she does things like accidentally offending the Fates. She’s also smart as a whip and very clever about getting out of all the many misadventures her big mouth keeps putting her in.
It depends on the writing. If it’s a scene I’ve been dying to write for years, it’s super energizing. If it’s a scene I can’t seem to get right, or that wants to be depressing (and therefore I have to yank on it, because I don’t want my books to be depressing), it’s exhausting. Some books are easy to write, and others are very difficult.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Originality is my thing. If I can’t be myself, why am I bothering to write anything? But that said, I’m super flexible about a lot of stuff, like length of series. If, for instance, I write a standalone and eight bajillion people tell me to write the next book in the series already, I’m probably going to be trying to figure out how to make it a series.
Where can your fans find you and follow you?
You can join my mailing list here:
Join whatever lists on that page you want. 🙂 I have social media too, but honestly, I do almost nothing with them.
The Works of Emily Martha Sorensen: