Julia Ember

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Julia Ember’s books include The Seafarer’s Kiss duology, a Norse myth inspired retelling of The Little Mermaid, published by Interlude Press (Duet Books), and Ruinsong, a standalone high fantasy reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera, published by Macmillan Kids (FSG) in November 2020.

Ember’s work has been featured in USA Today, Bustle, Book Riot and Autostraddle, among many others. The Seafarer’s Kiss was named a “Best Queer Book of 2017” by Book Riot and was a finalist in the Speculative Fiction category of the Bisexual Book Awards. Julia has a lifelong appreciation for history and classic literature, and holds an MLitt in Medieval Literature from the University of St. Andrews.

A world-traveler who has visited almost seventy countries,
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Julia Ember I've always been the type of writer who writes in bursts. I'll get an idea for a project, and then it's like I'm possessed. I just write and write unt…moreI've always been the type of writer who writes in bursts. I'll get an idea for a project, and then it's like I'm possessed. I just write and write until I have a draft, putting all the ideas I have into it. However, when I don't have an idea for a project, I kind of just have to wait until inspiration strikes again! Usually that means I need to travel. (less)
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“What we had might not be forever, but it was now, and it was everything I needed.”
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“But that was before I’d met a human: before I’d seen the depth, intelligence, even empathy, in Ragna’s eyes; before I knew that humans spoke
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“A single twist of white-blonde hair blew across her face and stuck to her half-frozen lips. When she noticed me, the edges of her eyes crinkled as though she were smiling, as if she had been waiting.”
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Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound Hi Julia!

Nice to "meet" you. And excellent author choice. Alexis is oe of my faves too and I loved This is not a Love Story by Suki Fleet!


BookPauper Hi! Glad to have you as a friend :)


Sheziss Hi Julia. Thanks for the friend request :) .


Melissa Thx for the frinvite!!


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