I was lucky enough to get an ARC of A Golden Fury from Wednesday Books and I’m SO GLAD I DID. This book surprised me in so many ways. The myth of the Philosopher’s Stone kept me hooked the entire time and Cohoe has created a world that you don’t want to leave. Read on for the blurb and a Q+A with Samantha.
In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone―whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold―but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of a revolution looming, Thea is sent to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse―instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
Q+A with Samantha Cohoe
What was your favorite part, and least favorite part of the publishing journey?
My favorite part has been watching my book turn into a real book. I still can’t quite believe that something that existed only in my mind is now a physical object that people can own, read, and have thoughts and feelings about. It feels like magic.
My least favorite part is definitely all the waiting. There’s so much! You wait queries, you wait on submission, you wait for your contract, you wait for publication, and then you do it all over again for the next book! The rejection isn’t fun, either, but for me the waiting is the hardest part.
Share something your readers wouldn’t t know about you.
I play the pipe organ! Though I should really say I used to play since it’s been so long. It’s a phenomenal instrument, though. I’ve never felt as powerful as
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful experience. Do you have any tips for other writers?
Two things: Take as much joy in the actual writing as you can. It’s not always going to be fun, of course, but when it is going well, it truly is the best part. It’s also the only part that you have control of, and the only part that truly gets to be yours. The second thing is to find a supportive writing community. My critique group is invaluable for my writing, but it’s also given me some of my best friends.