Sunday, November 12

Interview with Emily Suvada, Author of THIS MORTAL COIL + INT giveaway

Hello everyone! I'm super-excited to present a sort of 'different' post than the usual - an AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil, ONE OF MY MOST AWAITED BOOKS! 


First, let me showcase what this beautiful book is about: 

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?



Now onto the INTERVIEW itself, which, if I shall say so myself, turned out pretty well:

Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?

EMILY: I read a LOT. Lately I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had much time to read - but I miss it sorely and can’t wait to tear through a lot of books over the holidays. I have a lot of favorite authors - a few are William Gibson, JK Rowling, and Kurt Vonnegut!

Who is one author – dead or alive – you would like to collaborate with on a book?

EMILY: I really want to collaborate on a book with my critique partner, Lora Beth Johnson! Look out world, we’re going to team up one day and You Are Not Ready!

As for passions outside of reading/writing - I read that you enjoy hiking. What’s been your absolute favorite hiking destination? 
(If you have pictures, it’d be really cool if you could send me one!)

EMILY: My favorite hiking destination is probably Tasmania, Australia. There’s a multi-day hike there called the Overland Track which my husband and I have hiked a couple of times. There’s so much to explore in Tasmania and the landscape is breathtaking. Here’s a picture of me near the top of a very, very high rocky butte!

Can you tell us one random fact about yourself that usually surprises others?

EMILY: I have an Australian accent! I’m originally from Australia, and my accent fades in and out depending on who I’m talking to :D

Early readers have praised Catarina, the protagonist of This Mortal Coil. In your opinion, what personal traits make her stand out the most from other YA main characters?

EMILY: I don’t like to think of Cat standing out from other YA characters because I love so many YA characters and prefer to see her as part of an amazing team of them. As to how I’d describe her, she’s very smart, and she’s into coding, and she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done. She’s been through a lot, which has made her vulnerable and cautious, but she’s resilient and truly believes the best about humanity. She keeps trying to do what she thinks is the right thing throughout the novel - but it doesn’t always work out well for her...

Could you list 5 words that describe the relationship between Catarina and Cole in This Mortal Coil? 

EMILY: Fraught. Bickering. Electric. Frightening. Star-crossed.

Last question about the characters - if you could spend a day as a character from your book who would you choose to be?

EMILY: Oh goodness, it’s such a dangerous world I don’t know I’d want to be anyone! I think I’d love to be Novak if I had to choose, though. She’s a character with a lot of insight into the world and its people.

Were there alternate endings you considered, or did you know exactly where the story was heading from the start? 

EMILY: When I wrote the very first few chapters of the first draft, I didn’t know where it was going, no. But I quickly figured out not just where this book was going - but where the entire series was going. I’m really into big plot arcs that sweep across multiple books, and once you’ve read This Mortal Coil, you’ll see that we’re just getting started. This book is the opening to a big, bold story that I’m really excited to share.

And finally - is there a particular message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?

EMILY: I think what I’m really trying to share is not a message or answer - but a question. We’re hurtling full-speed into a future where we’ll be able to alter the DNA of our entire world. Not just our bodies, but our food, our environment, and eventually our society. I think there are a lot of questions that we need to discuss now that this technology is approaching. I really hope readers come away from the book and see that maybe gentech as I’ve imagined it isn’t entirely realistic - but that many facets of the world in This Mortal Coil are very real, and grounded in real-world science that’s happening right now.

I was really pleased to have you here with us today, thank you for doing this interview. :)

EMILY: Thank you so much for having me!!

About the Author:

Emily Suvada was born and raised in Australia, where she went on to study mathematics and astrophysics. She previously worked as a data scientist, and still spends hours writing algorithms to perform tasks which would only take minutes to complete on her own. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cycling, and conducting chemistry experiments in her kitchen. She currently lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.

Author’s Social Media:

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  1. I always find author interviews really interesting to read because you get the "inside" info on some elements that you might not have known otherwise!

    I like that the author wants people to walk away with a question rather than a message at the end of her book - it makes me very keen to read it.

    I had no idea the author was Australian so I think I will have to pick up this book because of that, as well. And because I keep hearing amazing things about it, too!

    Thanks for the interview, and for asking such awesome questions :D

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview, Chiara :D I loved her answers, as well. ^^

  2. Thank you for the post and being a part of SST!

  3. Great questions! I specifically loved her answer to your question on Catarina, and how she is part of a whole group of amazing YA protagonists. I just finished the book last night, and I'm looking forward to the reading more of the big plot arc!

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