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Interview with SPFBO Author Emerald Dodge

Write on: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 by  in Guests Reviews Read 2821

Welcome to! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

Hi! I'm a second-time entrant to the SPFBO. I like to write female-led SFF adventure, especially stories that combine the mundane and the fantastic in unexpected ways. I'm a Navy wife and mother of two small boys.

What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?

Sea of Lost Souls. It's my fourth novel.

Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?

Sea of Lost Souls will defy easy classification. It has the basic bones of a modern war drama, but it features a paranormal cast of ghosts, strong Jewish motifs, and characters from Greek myths.

You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?

Again, my book defies easy classification. You've never read a book like Sea of Lost Souls.

Editor’s Note: We’ll hold you to that, Emerald.


If I tell you, then I'd have to kill you, and I've promised myself that those days are over.

Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?

I entered last year and enjoyed the camaraderie and networking.

Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?

I'm working on my foray into science fiction, Kingdom in the Fog, as well as Sea of Lost Souls' sequel, House of the Setting Sun.

Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?

Thank you for the opportunity!

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Hell if I know.

Editor’s Note: Hah! We did it! We broke the Monty Python chain!

Thanks for joining us, and we wish you the best of luck with both the competition and your future projects.

Filip Magnus

Filip picked up his first fantasy novel when he was seven and hasn’t stopped reading since. A critical reader who judges novels on their technical use of language and plot alike, he has a soft spot for literary fiction and tragic, heroic tales.

In his free time, Filip writes fiction, makes gaming reviews on YouTube, and maintains a personal blog. All that when he’s not too busy going through piles of books in as short a time as possible.