Thursday, February 21, 2013

Interview with Evie Manieri, author of Blood's Pride, and Giveaway - February 21, 2013

Please welcome Evie Manieri to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Blood's Pride was published on February 19, 2013 in the US. You may read Evie's Guest Blog - Female Characters in Fantasy: Sword Length Isn't Everything - here.

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Evie:  Thank you very much for having me! It’s a real pleasure to be part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Evie:  I started writing when I was a kid, and I never really stopped. Our elementary school librarian had this lovely idea to laminate little ”books” written by students, and make cards for the card catalogue so that other students could check them out just like real books. My book was about dragons. I’d like to think that my writing has improved since the second grade. My drawing… not so much.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Evie:  I try to keep my hands busy while I’m not actually typing, to stay focused while I’m thinking. Sometimes I’ll keep my knitting in my lap and pick that up; if the knitting project is too complicated, I use worry beads, or the little felt sculpture of a fox my daughter got me for Christmas. I can’t write sitting at a desk, either. I sit curled up in an armchair or on one side of the couch, like a cat, eating Pepperidge Farm Goldfish from a bowl. Yep, that’s me - a typing, Goldfish-eating cat with borderline OCD.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Evie:  I’m a plotter in denial. I tell myself I can’t work unless I know exactly where the story is going, but then I never stick to what I’ve worked out, not even remotely. I’m also constantly revising backwards as I go along. It’s not an efficient process, and I don’t recommend it. It’s like knitting a sweater while someone’s unravelling it from the other end.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Evie:  The biggest challenge is to stay emotionally connected to my work. It can be very hard to keep myself open in that way, particularly when my outside life is stressful, or when I’m dealing with something that’s too close to my own unresolved stuff. At the same time, that’s when the best work happens. The instant I lose that closeness – when the writing becomes about moving chess pieces around on a board - I get frustrated. Those are the times when I should just take a break, but I’m usually too stubborn to do it.

TQ:  Describe Blood's Pride in 140 characters or less.

EvieBlood’s Pride is about an epic rebellion, but one in which the action takes place on a very personal level – or put another way, a fantasy novel as told by an unabashed shipper.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Blood's Pride?

Evie:  Blood’s Pride really started with the character of the Mongrel. I had this image of her appearing out of the desert. I didn’t really know much about her story at first, but I felt very connected to her, and knew it was one I wanted to explore. She and her world evolved together after that, along with other characters who had their own stories to be told. The more deeply I went into it, the more discoveries I made, until it all wove together strand by strand.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Blood's Pride?

Evie:  I researched different things here and there – details about biology, climate, flora and fauna, all sorts of other things that came up as I was working, often only tangentially related because I was curious or procrastinating – but since this is a wholly invented world, my research informed my choices more than it dictated them.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Evie:  Frea was by far the easiest character to write. She is a juggernaut, all straight lines and fury. She doesn’t allow herself the slightest bit of introspection, so her resolve never wavers. Harotha was the hardest because she’s just the opposite. She’s conflicted in so many ways, at any moment she could go off in a dozen different directions. Harotha and I also share some significant flaws, and that makes it harder to stay open to her than some of the others.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Blood's Pride?

Evie:  One of my favorites is Isa’s scene in her mother’s tomb. It’s a pivotal scene about 2/3 of the way through, so I can’t give away much more than that. It was extraordinarily difficult to write from her point of view at that moment, but as a result, I think the scene is as raw and visceral as it should be. That’s also the scene when Daryan shows us the man he’s capable of being: compassionate, intelligent and with all the strength of his convictions. I fall a little more in love with him every time I read it.

TQ:  What's next?

Evie:  I’m working on the next book in the Shattered Kingdoms series, Fortune’s Blight. It picks up right where Blood’s Pride ends, and opens up an even wider world for us to explore.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Evie:  Thank you so much for letting me stop by!

About Blood's Pride

Blood's Pride
Shattered Kingdoms 1
Tor Books, February 19, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages

Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation.

Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising—but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own?

This thrilling new epic fantasy is set in a quasi-Medieval Mediterranean region, drawing together the warrior culture of Vikings, the wanderlust of desert nomads, and the oracles of ancient Greece. Evie Manieri's Blood's Pride is an intricate, lush fantasy novel full of taut action, gut-wrenching betrayal, and soaring romance.

About Evie

Evie Manieri has always been fascinated by intricacy. Her studies in medieval history and theater inform her writing, and when not weaving together the threads of her plots, she can be found creating airy lace shawls or singing Renaissance polyphony. The only thing she likes more than a thunderstorm is a really violent thunderstorm. Evie lives in New York City with her husband, her daughter, a drowsy dog and a badly spoiled parakeet.

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The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will a hardcover copy of Blood's Pride (Shattered Kingdoms 1) from The Qwillery.

How:   Answer The Qwillery's Question: 

One of your favorite novels with a strong female main character or characters?
Which cover do you prefer - US or UK?
US                                                       UK
Please remember - if you don't answer the questions your entry will not be counted.

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2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I like the UK cover. My favorite strong female lead is Eve Dallas.
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  2. Nice interview, as always!

    I like the US Cover--showing the characters front and center.
    Malian from Helen Lowe's Wall of the Night series is a favorite new female main character in fantasy
    Comment, Follower, Twitter. :)

  3. Tiffany Aching is my most favorite strong character - she relies only upon her self and requires everyone else to acknowledge that she has strength. I prefer the UK cover, the US cover sort of repulses me - in fact, I've skipped over reading the synopsis several times because the cover is not attractive to me.
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  4. I think I prefer the UK cover although I like the color scheme of the US one.

    Having recently read Peter V. Brett's The Daylight War, I do like the character of Inevera.

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  5. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I really feel Elena from Nalini Singh's Guilt Hunters series fits this description :)

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  6. US cover! I'd almost buy this book for that cover alone. But luckily the story sounds really cool as well.
    And Katie from The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

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  7. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway. Both covers are quite good but I think I prefer the UK cover more. I love the look of that castle.

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    I also tweeted about the giveaway:

    This looks great, thanks again!

  8. One of my favorite strong heroines is Sabina Kane. And I kind of like the US cover better, but it's pretty much a toss up.
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  9. Favourite female character? That's an easy one for me. Nathan Long's Jane Carver from his sword and planet SF series Jane Carver of Waar. She is sexy, she is strong and she goes up against a fiercely patriarchical society multiple times.

    As for the covers, no preference, since I can't decide between the two. They are both awesome!

    And yep, I'm definitely a follower!

  10. I much prefer the UK cover.

    +3: comment, follower, tweeted

  11. I love the US cover :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom <-subscribed

  12. I like the US cover.

    I follow the blog.


  13. A lot of my favorite novels have strong female main characters. Here are a few: Bloodshot and Hellbent by Cherie Priest and the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.
    As for the cover of Blood's Pride, I definitely prefer the US cover. And I'm really looking forward to reading it too!

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  14. For Us Novel, i am very scared to see this cover, and for UK cover, i think this one was beautiful. But when i see the title, i think US cover was very have strong impression. So i choose US cover, even this one make me scared :)

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  15. Gosh, I think I like the UK cover best.

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