Today I am interviewing Isabelle Steiger, debut author of The Empire’s Ghost, the first book in a new epic fantasy series.
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DJ: Hey Isabelle! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Isabelle Steiger: This is the very first piece of writing I’ve ever gotten published, so I don’t imagine many readers are familiar with me. I was born in New York City, and I moved back there when I started college, after a ten-year stint in the country. When I was a kid, I used to take a notebook up to the highest hill by my house to write, but these days the diner on the corner serves just as well.
DJ: What is The Empire’s Ghost about?
Isabelle: A dictator calling himself Imperator Elgar has already conquered half of the continent of Lantistyne, but he won’t rest until he rules it all. He’s determined to recreate Elesthene, a continent-spanning empire that history paints as both majestic and terrifying. The novel follows the struggles of two different groups of people: the rulers of the countries Elgar has yet to conquer, who are desperate to find a way to defeat him, and a found family of not-quite-law-abiding commoners trying to keep themselves and each other safe after Elgar decides he wants to use their skills for his own ends.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Empire’s Ghost and the series as a whole?
Isabelle: Fantastic worlds that feel like they’ve existed for centuries before the author decided to tell this particular story—the works of Patrick Rothfuss, George R. R. Martin, Garth Nix, and Tamora Pierce come most easily to mind, though I’m sure I could think of many others. Continue reading