I recently signed up for a blog tour to help promote Emily Wibberley’s series, The Last Oracle. The Last Oracle is a young adult, fantasy series.
ABOUT THE LAST ORACLE: Knowing the future can save her city – but not her heart.
Born to serve the merciless Oracle, Clio wants nothing more than to break free. But when her entire family is murdered by Mannix, the king’s adviser, Clio inherits the Oracle’s power, a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand.
Hunted by Mannix, Clio is forced to flee her home in Sheehan and seek refuge in a foreign city where oracles are forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop its great pyramid.
Clio has no choice but to win the trust of Riece, an enemy warrior. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Clio knows that if he finds out who she really is, he won’t hesitate to execute her.
Clio tries to hide her budding powers, but the Visions she keeps having of Mannix and his barbarian army slaughtering her people torture her conscience. She alone has the strength and foresight to stop him, but only if she can embrace her destiny and sacrifice everything.
Emily grew up in the South Bay where she spent her formative years battling zombies on her Xbox, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and voraciously reading everything from The Hunger Games to Jane Austen, where her love for feisty young heroines was born.
After graduating from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude in 2014, she began writing. Her debut novel, Sacrificed, was named a finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2015 International Book Awards, the Young Adult category of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards, and in the Young Author category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Since its release, Sacrificed has spent more than four months as a Kindle Top Ten Teen and Young Adult Bestseller.
When she isn’t reading the latest YA book, Emily enjoys watching kick-butt action movies with her two rescue German Shepherds, Hudson and Bishop, named after characters from James Cameron’s Aliens.
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1. What is your series, The Last Oracle, about?
The Last Oracle series is about a young girl, Clio, who inherits the power to see the future when her family is murdered. Burdened with the forbidden and dangerous powers of the Oracle, Clio is thrust into slavery in a hostile city, where she meets Riece, an enemy commander who wouldn’t hesitate to kill her if he knew what she was. With the threat of a barbarian army invading her home, Clio must work with Riece as she hides her identity, fights her growing attraction for him, and finds the man who murdered her family.
2. What inspired you to write The Last Oracle series?
A lot of the series was inspired by the character Cassandra from Greek mythology. Cassandra was a prophet cursed to see the future and have no one believe her. Take Cassandra and throw in some Buffy Summers, and that’s where I got Clio.
3. How did you come up with the titles of your books and the series?
Titles are so hard for me. I didn’t come up with the title of Sacrificed until after I finished the novel, and Forsworn came about 75% through. I wait until I know what the theme of the book is and then try to work from there. Both titles have something to do with how Clio’s character grows throughout the novel.
4. What do you think readers will enjoy most about your novel?
I get a lot of enthusiasm for the chemistry between Riece and Clio. They have a fun and fiery rapport and love to show one another up with either some physical butt-kicking or some witty banter.
5. Which character(s) can you relate to most in the novel?
Definitely Clio. She was in many ways modeled on my own experiences as a fifteen year old–just with more action and hot boys.
6. Who was the hardest character to write about in your book and why?
Actually, Riece. I love writing him, but its hard to make a character sympathetic, attractive and a little bit dangerous at the same time! I put a lot of time into carefully crafting his transition from antagonist to love interest, and I’m so glad readers have responded enthusiastically!
7. What is it like being an author? What is scary about it? What is great?
Being an author is amazing. I love the everyday writing. Being able to spend time making up stories is just a dream come true. Then, when it comes to sharing these stories with the world, it starts to get scary. But you can’t get to the other great part about being an author–connecting with fans–without putting the stories out there for everyone to see.
8. What has been your greatest experience throughout your writing career?
The formation of my amazing Oracles Street Team has been a real highlight. I’ve met some amazing, amazing fans who inspire me every day to keep writing this story.
9. Did you always want to be a writer? If not, when and how did you realize you wanted to become one?
I’ve always loved stories. Reading and watching movies have been my favorite hobbies ever since I was a little kid, and I’ve always been coming up with stories since as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized this was something I could actually pursue professionally. That was when I sat down and started to outline what would one day become Sacrificed.
10. Do you have a specific writing style?
I probably do, I just wouldn’t be able to put my finger on it! I suppose I really love writing lots of action and lots of banter. Whatever I write ends up full of at least one of the two of these, and if I was challenged to write without them both, I would not know where to start!
11. What advice do you have to give to new authors?
Don’t be shy. You have to put yourself out there and be your own cheerleader. Writers tend not to like to do this, but it is so important. Promote yourself so that you can get your story into the hands of the fans waiting to read it.
12. Can you give me any information on your upcoming project(s)?
I’m working on the third installment of The Last Oracle serie, of course! In the meantime, I’m also working on a YA contemporary novel that I hope to finish soon!
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