50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Emmie Mears

This is just what the name implies: On Fridays, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Except this isn’t Friday; it’s Monday. And we’re talking more like in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Emmie MearsToday is a special occasion, though, because I get to welcome back 50 Words Friday alumna Emmie Mears, whose urban fantasy novel, The Masked Songbird, will be released tomorrow as part of a four-book set of e-books and then later this summer on its own.

You might say Emmie became a writer out of necessity. Except for an ill-fated space opera she attempted at age nine, she says most of her childhood was spent reading books instead of writing them. And yet while she yearned to see girls in books doing awesome things, she struggled to find stories in her beloved fantasy genre that showed female heroes saving people and hunting stuff.

Midway through high school, Emmie decided the best way to see those stories was to write them herself. She now scribbles her way through the fantasy genre, most loving to pen stories about flawed characters and gritty situations lightened with the occasional quirky humor.

You can find out more about Emmie and The Masked Songbird on her fabulous website, emmiemears.com, and on Twitter, where she’s @EmmieMears. In the meantime, I asked her:

cover of The Masked Songbird by Emmie MearsHow would you fill in this blank: “If you like ____________, you’re going to love The Masked Songbird”? Why?

If you like Scotland and superheroes, you’re going to love The Masked Songbird.

First of all, because alliteration. There’s a distinctly Scotland-y quality to the setting of the story, and really, who doesn’t love Scotland? There are plenty of superheroes from plenty of places, but you don’t really hear about Scottish superheroes. In fact, as far as I know, [Diamondsteel Comics’] Saltire was the first. He’s big and blue, and I didn’t create him. I did, however, create Gwen. She is neither blue nor particularly big, but she’s brave and determined and likes to eat. 

I think superheroes are at their best when they’re showing us human stories, and that’s what I aimed for with Gwen.

You had me at “alliteration.”

Huge thanks to Emmie for stopping by for this 50 Words Friday Monday and for not questioning me on whether that is indeed a thing.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.


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