Thursday, March 28, 2019

Q + A: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (@glitzandshadows, @wednesdaybooks )

UFI welcomes Author Emily A. Duncan. Thanks for Joining us!!

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have a dark fantasy that I poured 11 years and half a million words into and then scattered other drafts: A space opera about technomagic, a contemporary fantasy about demons, scattered interconnected short stories about a vaguely Soviet Russian world. A lot of my effort was spent on that original dark fantasy, though.

How do you select the names of your characters?

Name generators and google! It sounds haphazard but I have an instinct for names that Feel Right for a character and fit the setting I’m working with; I know them when I see them. Sometimes I end up with something that might be a little unwieldy (Malachiasz, alas), but once it’s set on the character there is no changing it for me.

Do you recall the first ever book you read?

Ever? Lord, no, I have the memory of a goldfish, I can’t remember anything. But I deeply loved Brian Jacque’s Redwall series as a child, it is definitely what sparked my lifelong fascination with monasteries.


EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

Find Emily and her books

Wicked Saints
Something Dark and Holy #1
“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval