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Hello beautiful readers! Today I’m featuring The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova, and I’m happy to say that I’ve been given a chance to ask her some questions! Please do read on to know more about her inspirations for the book and her writing, as well as challenges she encountered while writing her steampunk/fantasy novel.
You’ll also get a chance to win a signed hardcover of The Alchemists of Loom, among other awesome things! The contest is open for people in the US/Canada only.
The Alchemists of Loom Novel Info
Title: The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1)
Author: Elise Kova
Publication date: January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks
Synopsis: Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loomthat is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.
Interview with Elise Kova
Read on to get to know more about the book and Elise Kova’s inspirations!
Q: What was the most challenging part of writing The Alchemists of Loom?
A: Trying to balance world-building versus pacing, I think. The world of Loom is quite complex with a lot going on. Really, it’s two worlds in one, since Nova is basically its own world as well. So I wanted to try to have the reader understand how the world worked and its structure, at least at a basic level in the beginning, without having any “info dumps”, awkward dialogue, or slow pacing.
The Alchemists of Loom is also not technically YA. It’s an adult novel that has a “crossover appeal” for YA readers. Coming from YA, there were certain “rules” and “expectations” I had in the genre that I got to cast aside while writing Loom and I had to keep reminding myself of that.
Q: Where did the idea for The Alchemists of Loom come from, or was it inspired by anything in particular?
A: So far, all of my stories got their original spark of inspiration from a ZEDD song. In the case of The Alchemists of Loom, that song was Transmission off his True Colors album. The lyrics in particular, “We’re smart enough to know that no one gets out alive – you’re never too young to die”, really built Arianna’s backstory.
I knew I wanted to write something steampunk, because I’d always see these amazing steampunk costumes at comic cons. So that element was there from the start. The atmosphere of the video game Bloodborne, however, helped put my head in a dark and gritty world that I feel like fits Loom to some extent.
Q: How do you select names for your characters?
A: Sometimes it’s looking at baby names from a particular time/place. Sometimes they just come to me. Sometimes it’s trying sounds together until something “clicks” as being right. Sometimes, it’s a combination of two or all three. There’s no “one way” I use to name my characters.
Q: What books or genres do you like to read the most?
A: Obviously fantasy! I actually read a lot more adult fantasy than YA. I’ve always stuck on the high/epic fantasy side more than the urban/paranormal. I also have a weak spot for medical thrillers and pop science books, like The Elegant Universe (one of my “old school” favorites).
Q: Who are your author inspirations?
A: I have to start with Anne McCaffrey and Robin Hobb—not only are they prolific and really talented authors, but they were also some of the original women authors to make it big in SF/F, which deserves praise in my mind.
Of course, JK Rowling, I don’t think I need to explain why!
Among my peers… I would say Leigh Bardugo and V.E. Schwab. While I’ve yet to have the honor of meeting Leigh, they both seem like they take their craft very seriously and produce some excellent books. They’re building careers I’d like to try to make too in many ways.
Additionally, I’d say Susan Dennard, for similar reasons as Bardugo and Schwab. I also have had the great pleasure of getting to know Dennard and she has such a beautiful soul that really inspires me to not only be a better author, but to try to step up and be a better person.
About the Author
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
Alchemists of Loom Tour Giveaway!
Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
- 1 Signed Hardcover of the Alchemists of Loom
- 3 Hardcover Preorders of The Alchemists of Loom (Available through TBD)
- 5 Swag Packs
Thanks to Elise Kova for the interview and Xpresso Book Tours for the chance to feature her and the book in this blog. You can check out the other Alchemists of Loom tour stops HERE!