I am so excited to say Emily Fortney is taking over my blog post today! I hope you enjoy this guest post. I loved reading about her book and writing process & I can’t wait for you to learn about her too.
So without further ado…
I’m so excited to be on Jessica’s blog today! She was kind enough to let me take over her blog and tell you a little about me and what I write. My name is Emily. I’m the author of a young adult fantasy series called The Camilla Crim series. A little about me, I live in central Pennsylvania (or PA as we call it), with my husband and my rescue cat, Philippe. I’m a very cliché writer in that I’m addicted to coffee!
When Jessica and I were emailing back and forth about this article, I described my books to her as “light” fantasy with a dystopian vibe. I’m not obtuse enough to put my books on the same writing level as Suzanne Collins but I have been told they have a Hunger Games feel. And let me tell you, I won’t turn away that kind of compliment!
The first book in the series, The Sacrifice of One, centers around my main character, Camilla Crim. She’ll turn into a feisty, defiant heroine by the end of the book, but she’s not there just yet. When you first open the book, she’s just a 17-year-old girl that’s been branded as a slave and forced to labor at The Supreme Ruler’s national farm for a pitiful payout. She lives in a town where nearly everyone is impoverished, and nearly everyone makes the sad walk to work at the farm every day. It’s the only way to survive in Bear Gap. What little bit of money Camilla does make, just gets passed off to her drunkard father. Camilla’s days are bleak. The only good thing in her life is best friend and big brother, Tuor. One day after work, Camilla finds out that Tuor is in trouble. He’s being accused of a heinous murder. He’s being hunted down by the governor, who wants Tuor’s head on a pike for his crime. The problem is, Tuor is innocent, or at least Camilla thinks he is. By the time she figures out who’s behind this plot, it might be too late for Tuor, and he’ll have to face the execution block. Camilla has to accept the truth. Will Tuor have to be sacrificed for the good of many?
Like many authors, I drew my inspiration for The Sacrifice of One from my surroundings. Many of the names come from things I saw growing up. For instance, Camilla lives in a territory called Bear Gap. I got this name from a town north of me in Pennsylvania. There’s a big billboard with that name on it that I used to pass by when I was driving in that area. For some reason it stuck with me and I used it in my book!
Although The Sacrifice of One is not the first book I ever wrote, it is the one dearest to my heart. The character of Camilla had been in my mind for years before I ever wrote her onto paper. I always pictured a confident, female warrior of sorts. This book is really about how Camilla grows into that persona. It’s truly a coming of age story.
If you’re new this series and would like to try it out, I’m offering the eBook version of The Sacrifice of One for FREE to anyone who signs up for my email newsletter. And if you fall in love with Camilla there are 3 other books in the series you can binge on! CLICK HERE to instantly download The Sacrifice of One.
It has been truly an honor to guest post on Jessica’s blog today and to share with all of you about my book and my favorite character to write.
Thanks again to Jessica for letting me stop in!
Emily has come a long way from building forts in the woods behind her childhood home. She’s the author of the The Sacrifice of One, the first book in a thrilling, young adult fantasy series. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Emily currently resides with her husband and shelter cat, and is vigilant about keeping her house well stocked with dark chocolate.
The proof of 17-year-old Camilla’s slavery is on the inside of her arm. A mutilated scar has been branded into her skin, W for Warwick. Forced to labor at Warwick’s national farm for a pitiful payout, the only good thing in Camilla’s life is her best friend and big brother, Tuor. When Camilla receives a mysterious note from a stranger, she has to face the truth about her brother: He’s on the run. He’s in grave danger. And he’s being accused of a hideous crime. Camilla would bet her life that someone has set him up, but who? If Camilla can’t prove Tuor’s innocence, he’ll have to face the executioner.
As Tuor’s demise draws near, will Camilla find relief in learning the truth surrounding her brother’s crime? Or will she accept that he must be sacrificed for the good of many?
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