Interview with Emilie Hardie, author of Subjugation
By 2041, Australia has become an Empire. Emma is their top rebellion-squashing General and she’s furious when she’s given her invaded homeland, New Zealand, to rule as Governor.
Pretty much everyone, including Emma, knows what a spectacularly bad idea it is to put her in charge of anything related to governing, and soon everyone and their dog (or lion) has an opinion as to how Emma should run her Territory.
Emma’s stuck between a rock and a hard place when she’s told to crush the New Zealand Resistors or the whole Territory will be nuked, particularly since her secret little brother is a part of them.
Things just get more complicated from there.
What genre are we dealing with here?
We meant to ask you about that. So this is a series?
In that case, we should get to know Emma a bit better.
She was old enough to remember, and get caught up in, the Australian Invasion of New Zealand. At the time, she supported the Resistors, doing little things like running messages, and she didn’t acclimatise well to living in the country that invaded hers.
She spent her teens as a party girl, drinking to forget her pain, then shocked her whole family when she enlisted in the Australian Army. Within ten years, she made General thanks to the efficiency/skill she demonstrated at putting down rebellions. Her loyalty to the invader is absolute.
She sounds like one tough cookie. Is there more than that to her?
Emma is very protective and loves her family, but that aspect of her is largely ignored by those who meet her. It’s much simpler, after all, to call her effectiveness malice and to name her a monster, rather than a human being you is simply spectacularly good at an unsavoury job.
Is Emma just a fictionalised version of yourself? How much do you have in common?
There must be some things you admire about her.
She reminds us a little of Katniss Everdeen. Is that fair?
Oh? So what kind of readers exactly is The Last Empire series aimed at?
OK. You said this series is TV-like. What does that mean?
Tell us about yourself. All we know thus far is that you’ll be rubbish at crushing rebellions.
Despite some of the horrible things my mind can come up with when I’m writing, I’m a perfectly ordinary human being. I like my hiking, cycling and running and love the fact that my writing makes it easier for me to come up with witty repartee to keep up with my family.
Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
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