Welcome to the Blog Tour for Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill hosted by Rock Star Book Tours! Today I interviewed Erin about her worldbuilding influences, magic systems, archery and more. Check it out and don’t forget to enter the great giveaway at the bottom! Follow each day’s Tour Stops for lots of fun and exciting posts.
Interview with Erin Summerill
1._The names of your characters in Ever the Hunted indicate a Scottish and Irish influence. Tell us more about the world building of your book.
I wanted Ever The Hunted to have a 14th century European feel. I was born in England and lived there for part of my younger years, and I’ve always been fascinated with the castles and medieval feudal system. I spent time researching 14th century Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. The history would suck me in, but it gave me a foundation for the government in Ever The Hunted.
2. How did you decide on the rules for your magic system? What elements were most fun to write?
The magic system stemmed from some reading I did on religious and superstitious beliefs in early European cultures. I came across information on the different energies in the world, and how those energies came together to form every living organism in the land. It was fascinating, and sparked my magic system. Nature has always been given feminine attributes, so I took the magic system further by giving it only to women in Ever The Hunted.
My favorite scenes are those in which you catch a glimpse of the Channeler women creating something with their abilities.
3. Did you have to study archery in preparation for this book?
Yes! And it is so much harder than it looks. Not only did I study archery, but I had to spend loads of time learning about bows and how they’re made. I give huge props to anyone who can wield a bow and actually hit a target.
Sadly, unlike Britta, I have no eye-hand coordination. I couldn’t hit a bulls eye if it was one inch from my hand.
4. If you could rewrite Ever the Hunted from a different point of view, who would it be and why?
Well, I would definitely say Cohen, but only because I have written many scenes from his point of view. And I can say that there maybe some of those scenes showing up in book 2!
5. The book summary gives off a vibe of Robin Hood. Is Ever the Hunted connected in anyway to Robin Hood? Is it a loose retelling?
Ah, great question. No, it’s not. But Robin Hood is one of my all time favorite tales. Hmmm…now you have me thinking I should write a Robin Hood retelling!
6. Any sneak peaks you can give us for what to expect from book 2?
In reference to question 4, I can say that Cohen’s point of view scenes show up in book 2! And we will see a lot more of Cohen, along with finally meeting King Aodren.
Thanks, Erin, for stopping by!
About the book:
Author: Erin Summerill
Pub. Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.However, it’s not so simple.The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.
Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.
3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of EVER THE HUNTED, US Only.
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