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Author Spotlight: Amelia Loken

Hello and Happy Wednesday readers! Today we are doing another Author Spotlight for our Sword & Silk crew, featuring Amelia Loken and her breath-taking fantasy Unravel. Full of unique magic, court intrigue, and a tangled romance, this beautiful fantasy is an excellent read to get lost in.

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Author Spotlight: Amelia Loken and Unravel

If your book was adapted to the screen, would you want to see it as a movie, a limited short series, or something else?

I’ve thought for a while that a movie may not be long enough to hold such a slow magic like

embroidery, or share the nuances of sign language. However, I just finished watching the second

Enola Holmes movie on Netflix and I am amazed at what a skilled director can do to speed up

the boring bits or slow down to focus on the details while still feeling fresh and original. I would

love such a wonderful type of adaptation.

There is so much visual detail that is described through Marguerite’s point of view in UNRAVEL.

Those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing rely on visual languages such as sign language, facial

expressions, body language, etc. and there is so much political intrigue that Marguerite misses

because of being deaf, she must rely on sight, scent, touch, and other clues. I think that a clever

director could lead the viewers along to understand the world in Marguerite’s body.

If you could write a spin off novel for one character in your book, who would it be and why?

I have long harbored a wish to publish sequels to UNRAVEL, follow three of Marguerite’s friends:

Isabeau, Feroulka, and Renata. Each would be their own story, but continue the larger thread of

political movement on the continent as the Haps-Burdian empire threatens Valonia. Something

similar to the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder series) by Marissa Meyers. Since, I started grad school the

week after I signed a publishing contract for UNRAVEL, I haven’t been able to write fiction as

much as I’d like, so the sequels are slow in coming. But I graduate in a few months, so if the

muse cooperates and the publishing gods approve, there may be more to the story in the


Your characters are dropped into an alternate universe! What AU would you love to see your characters run amok in?

There are so many Alternate Universes out there, but I am a big fan of Avatar: The Last

Airbender. I think it would be so stinking awesome to watch Marguerite and Tys, Feroulka and

Tanja, Renata, Isabeau and the rest of the gang explore their magics in a universe that is

specifically designed for the four elements. Marguerite and Tys would work with air magic, like

Aang. Tanja has talent with fire magic, though I don’t think of her as a fire-bender per se.

Renata’s kitchen magic and herbcraft would match up well with water-bending, but with her

attitude, she’s more like Toph than Katara.

What are the themes songs for your main characters?

For theme songs – I have fallen in love with “Going Down Fighting” by Phlotilla and I think it is

the perfect theme song for Marguerite. It starts out so quiet and slow. It doesn’t seem to have

much power. It’s easy to miss. But there’s a beat that starts building, and by the end you can’t

ignore the power of that music. I think it’s perfect for a Skein-Mage who works with slow magic

that most people don’t even realize is woven into their surroundings – curtains, bedding,

clothing, etc. Those who disregard Marguerite do so at their peril.

What is your next project? What other works would you like to share?

I have a project that I’ve been working on during semester breaks that is totally unconnected to

UNRAVEL. It’s been a good mental “palate cleanser” and has turned into a really fun manuscript.

My family was playing Dungeons and Dragons together weekly, so I started with an NPC

character who never gets to go on adventures. I made her a craftsman who is ridiculously good

at her job, but she’s also legally blind. She longs to get out in the world and explore, but

everyone says she can’t. It’s too dangerous.

To compliment her character, I have the son of the most famous explorer – he has the life she

has always wanted. He’s out in the Wild, discovering new species and walking unexplored

regions. But he’s hiding a secret – he’s lost much of his hearing. And the Explorer’s Guild (those

ableist jerks) forces anyone whom they deem disabled into early retirement.

When his crew is set upon by a massive creature, leaving him the only survivor, he stumbles

back into civilization. He asks her for special protective gear so he can face the dragon that killed

his father and his crew. A series of mishaps, his stubbornness, and her ambition bring them to

be stranded in the Wild on the hunt for the creature. They must partner up to find it and bring

evidence of its existence to the Explorer’s Guild (to earn their permanent exploring licenses)

before a competing rogue crew captures the dragon and sells it on the black market.

I pitch it as Indiana Jones meets Dragonriders of Pern with a healthy dose of disability rep.

I’m having SO MUCH FUN writing it.

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