As I’m sure many of you know by now, I’m a huge Elise Kova fan! I was given the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of ‘The Alchemists of Loom’ last year and fell in love with the dark steampunk world with its rich characters and videogame-like action sequences.
To give you a flavour, here’s is the synopsis for Book One, ‘The Alchemists of Loom’:
Now, with the release date of second book in the Loom Trilogy, ‘The Dragons of Nova’, looming ever closer I was lucky enough to get the chance to ask Elise some questions about her world and her inspirations!
- The world of Loom is a very cinematic one. When you first started to envisage this story were there any images and ideas that stood out to you before all else?
[Elise] I’ve spoken about my video game influence in a few other interviews over the course of the read-along, so I’ll just take this as an opportunity to share my Loom Pinterest board which has a ton of my original inspirations and world images.
- You’ve mentioned before that music had a profound impact on your writing of the ‘Air Awakens’ series, are there any songs that, through the writing process, you can’t hear without thinking of Loom?
[Elise] I wrote to a lot of the ‘Bloodborne’ Soundtrack, it was my “get in the mood” music when it came to writing Loom. Otherwise, I have a lot of songs that fit Ari specifically and seem to describe the overall feeling of Loom. Some of them are:
‘Control’ by Halsey
‘Gasoline’ by Halsey
‘Fairly Local’ by Twenty One Pilots
- Which character do you find the most enjoyable or rewarding to write?
[Elise] All the characters are so different that they each really fulfil me in different ways to write. I thought originally I would enjoy writing Arianna the most and her logical approach to problems… But I think the character I have the most fun writing and find the most enjoyable is Florence. I think this is because of just how much she grows throughout the course of the books and how she evolves. Some characters write themselves and Florence was certainly one of those in that she became a lot more important than I even thought she would be to the plot. But, now, I can’t imagine her any other way.
- Have any of the characters changed drastically, even unrecognisably, during the writing process from the way you first envisaged them?
[Elise] I think the closest to this is Cvareh… He was another character who (speaking of) “wrote themselves”. I wasn’t really sure what kind of character Cvareh was going to be going into his narrative. I knew aspects about his backstory, his priorities… But I didn’t know his voice. That was something I had the delight of discovering as I wrote. So I don’t know if he “changed drastically” because I didn’t have much for him going into things. But he definitely became someone I didn’t expect.
- Say you were to find yourself in Loom, harvesting dragon parts, which organ would you want for yourself?
[Elise] I think I would go for hands. I like the idea of being able to make illusions and think it could be used in ways that are both good (like “taking” someone who couldn’t otherwise go to a far away place there by illusioning it around them) and a little mischievous (like playing a harmless prank on a friend).
Many thanks to Elise for her time and her insights into the world of Loom! Keep an eye on my instagram (moonmagister) for a special ‘The Alchemists of Loom’ related post!
- Link to the Read Along on Facebook
- My Original ARC Review of ‘The Alchemists of Nova’ from last year.
- Interview at ’21st Century Once Upon a Times’
- Cover Art Process at ‘The Nocturnal Fey’
- Interview at ‘Jo Writes Fantasy’
- Original Concept Art at ‘Tesairies Book Reads’
- Deleted Scenes at ‘The Reader and the Chef’
- ‘The Dragons of Nova’ cover reveal at ‘The Bookish Crypt’
- ‘What is your Loom Guild?’ Buzzfeed Quiz (I’m an Alchemist!!)
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