Today, I’m very excited to join in the book release tour for In the Glorious Fields by bringing you an interview with Emily Hayse herself. Read on for behind-the-scenes details of how Emily brought the world and beloved characters of the Western Territory to life!
Congratulations on the release of In the Glorious Fields! How are you feeling now that all three books have been published?
Relieved? Lost? Nervous? A little bit in awe? This was such an undertaking and to have it be over definitely feels strange.
Did you plot the whole trilogy before you wrote the first book, or did you only have a rough idea of how it would all end when you started writing These War-Torn Hands?
I had a rough idea of how it would go. Lots of little things in place and general directions. I knew what the overarching storyline was going to look like, roughly, and I knew the smaller things would fall into place as I started fleshing out the world and the characters.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing In the Glorious Fields? What was the most fun/enjoyable?
Definitely the emotional aspect. I actually gave myself writer’s block simply from dreading a couple of the plot points that I knew had to happen but I didn’t want them to happen. It was probably one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, emotionally speaking. I think what I enjoyed the most was just getting one more book with these characters. Not everything goes right for them, but at least they live well.
What books, movies, TV shows, and/or music did you turn to for inspiration while writing In the Glorious Fields?
I read bits of favorite Louis L’Amour novels, particularly Sackett ones, I watched some Bonanza and Rawhide, and I watched The Magnificent Seven, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Conagher, Gettysburg, and various films with members of my cast in it. Music was all over the place, but I do have a playlist I’ve posted on my website you can check out. It’s a mix of soundtrack, folk, pop, country, and sacred.
Who are your top three favorite characters from the whole trilogy?
Oh man, don’t ask this! Raymond Lacey, Alan Swift, and then Kate Carnegie.
Which Knights of Tin and Lead character do you relate to the most?
Kate. She’s maybe a little bolder than me, but she speaks my language. I love being in her head because she sees the beauty in the land the way I do, and she has hopes and dreams that make her almost giddy with happiness sometimes.
Any hints about your next project?
It’s a shorter standalone novel, and it’s sort of Roaring 20s style mixed with The Illusionist or The Prestige. You can look forward to that releasing at the end of the year, probably.
The Prestige is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I’m even more excited for your next novel now. Thanks so much for this interview!
EMILY HAYSE is a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, NASCAR, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan.
Today is the last day you can receive awesome, free merch for ordering In the Glorious Fields! Check out Emily’s Instagram post for more details.
That’s all, folks!
If you’ve read and enjoyed any of the books in this trilogy, who is your favorite character? Let me know in the comments! (My favorite is Archer Scott. <3)