Today I’m excited to host E. M. Hamill for a little one on one chat! Hamill is author of award winning Sci-Fi adventure Dalí (which I loved) and the newly released fantasy, Nectar and Ambrosia (which I also loved). Reading through the author notes on Nectar and Ambrosia, it seems this book had a long and winding road to publication. Can you tell us a little about this story’s journey?
This book started as a really bad short story I wrote after Florian introduced himself in a dream. In the dream, he was this go-to guy everybody knew could get the gods’ ear if you needed a favor or an intervention, but that’s not how the story turned out. Eventually, I expanded the story to a full novel. I queried the heck out of it and got some really nice feedback from agents, but no one ever picked it up. I won a chance to work with a professional editor, Carly Hayward, in Pitch To Publication and she really helped me work on some of the character development. Though my manuscript wasn’t picked up, I still had hopes for it, but by then I was working on something new and put it away for a while.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Queer Rep: Bi/Pansexuality, Demisexuality, Gay, Trans
Warnings: Accounts of epileptic attacks and seizures
Chased by a creature that shouldn’t exist, Callie flees her home and hopes it buys her parents’ safety. But her future is uncertain, and she is wracked by mind-bending visions she can’t control. Her out of control mind somehow leads her to Nectar and Ambrosia, a bar seen by few and inhabited by the immortal—or, as we know them, the mythological.
Thanks to a kind doorkeeper and a vision of an oncoming apocalypse, Callie is thrown headfirst into a multi-dimensional conflict that could eviscerate the human race.
Unique, fun, and full of twists and thrills. Weaving together mythology, current religion, and aspects of light sci-fi, Nectar and Ambrosia will take you on an adventure like none you’ve experienced before. And then? You’ll want more.