Author Interview: E.M. Goldsmith & Salvation Taverns

Posted February 15, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, clean, E.M. Goldsmith, fantasy / 0 Comments

EM Goldsmith interview

Please join me in welcoming author E.M. Goldsmith to the blog today to talk about her new fantasy novel, Salvation Taverns! Plus, it’s her birthday today – yay!!

E.M. Goldsmith

E.M. Goldsmith (probably) resides in a bunker at an undisclosed location. She is a master gamer, a life-long fantasy enthusiast, an avid reader, and a storyteller. She is a software engineer for a large school district. Her spirit animal is a pug. She is a die- hard Liverpool FC supporter, never to walk alone. She is a pirate born too late, a fallen soul seeking salvation, and on her best days, she is a dragon. Connect with her at

Salvation Taverns by EM GoldsmithSALVATION TAVERNS by E.M. Goldsmith
A Rooke’s Tale #1

GENRE: Epic Fantasy (Clean)
RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2024 (paperback)
PAGES: 528

The dragons are stirring. Only the hope of one man can keep them at bay.

Nearly half a century after the methodical slaughter of the rookes who wandered the land of Aerda, weaving stories and inspiring the citizens of the growing empire, only one rooke remains. It has long been his duty, a task he traded his name for, to spread the tales that keep the dragons in a peaceful slumber.

When the Seven Aspects of the Relic task him with the quest of rekindling the hope and respect that once accompanied the role of a rooke among the people of Alleysiande, he must decide whether or not to risk everything to stop the destruction that accompanies dragons when they awake. But Imperial spies still linger in the dark, and news of a remaining Rooke travels fast. It will take all the skill of the Rooke and his friends to evade the Spytes clamoring to put an end to his stories.

Perfect for fans of Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan, Goldsmith’s Salvation Taverns is a tension-filled epic fantasy sure to entertain and engage readers in a world where magic and dragons are as real as horses and dogs.


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Hi E.M.! Welcome to the blog!

E.M.: Winter – best season for writing. I love the cold, the rain, the snow, and the darkness.

Carrie: I love the cold and snow too – if only we actually got some in Georgia lol

E.M.: Dogs- my spirit animal is a pug. And I am allergic to cats. Although they are fascinating creatures.

Carrie: haha true

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

E.M.: The ability to turn into a dragon – the immortal kind that might turn a city into dust with one breath kind or purify a city of corruption using the same magic.

Carrie: You are officially the first author I’ve interviewed who wants a dragon superpower – i love it!

Q: Tell me some good books you read recently.

E.M.: I am so behind on my TBR because of deadlines with my book so these were super good books.

Babel by R.F. Kuang – a dark academia fantasy where the magic system involves the translation of one language into another. It is a magical realism historical fiction based in the early 1800s, starting in 1828 that re-imagines a mystical Oxford. It should have won the Hugo but for the scandalous shenanigans. It is a glorious triumph of the genre.  Robin Swift is such a wonderful protagonist, clever, flawed, poignant.

Dungeon Crawler Carl by Matt Dinniman – a hilarious story about a man and his cat. Page one – a man, Carl, caring for his ex-girlfriend’s show cat, cracks the window on a winter’s eve to have a smoke, and the cat jumps out the window. Fearing for the cat, the man wearing nothing but a coat and boxers ventures outside to rescue the cat at the very moment aliens attack killing everyone on the planet who happens to be inside a building. The aliens transform the entire planet into a giant dungeon and the survivors are forced to compete in the giant dungeon, to amuse the aliens. The cat turns out to be the brightest surviving being on the planet. It is hilarious. Especially if you ever played Dungeons & Dragons. Or have had interactions with cats.

By the Light of the Moonlight by Elizabeth Musser – full disclosure – this is my cousin’s book. And so I have a close connection to both her and the story she tells here. It is a hauntingly beautiful narrative of family history going back generations, very much a jerker of tears about the end of an era. A girl who wishes to turn her grandparent’s estate into an equine therapy center delves deep into the past history of the estate, uncovering many secrets of the past. It’s lovely. Just lovely.

Carrie: always love Elizabeth’s books ♥

Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?

E.M.: The short answer. Nothing good.  “She is cruel and I no longer believe in her. I am now an atheist. No creator would treat me so cruelly. She must be defeated. She’s probably a demon. It’s really the only explanation. Eaten alive by rats? Really?

Carrie: haha!!

Q: Which character in Salvation Taverns is most like you?

E.M.: Shanley Rose – the insecurity, the love of books and music, the feelings of inadequacy and guilt, the want to save her little brother, the want to be good, to do good, but falling so short so often – that was all me at the pointy edge of seventeen. How am I still even alive?

Carrie: i think most of us wonder that about our seventeen-year-old selves …

Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce Salvation Taverns as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles 

E.M.: This is never going to happen, but it’s such a fun question. I would love if they could cast Jamie Campbell Bower as The Rooke. He is both a great acting talent, but he also has the musical chops to pull it off. Also, I could see him playing both younger and older than he is which would be required for The Rooke. I would love to get the Scottish actor, Robert Carlyle, to play Kentigern Dagan Leesh. He would also make a great Shanks (who has an alternate identity that is super spoiler territory) – a small role in this book but increases as the books proceed. Really different roles but Carlyle is super versatile. Think he might be retired though. Ah well.

Carrie: this is our dream cast so we can bring Carlyle out of retirement for it 🙂

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Salvation Taverns & why do you love it?

E.M.: I have two that jump out and can’t decide between them.

The first is from the text of the book which speaks to the theme of the series. This is an epic fantasy which insists that all of us have a magic to lend the world, one that expands creation.

Quote: “Dragons slumber to the tune of their tales. When their stories cease, when the magic of creation is extinguished in the people of Aerda, they awake.”

The second is from a quote at the beginning of one of the chapters (which I call Taverns) taken from the canonical works in the world of the series.

Quote: “Hope is faith’s lesser cousin. Where hope will set a tremulous foot on a perilous journey, it is faith that will withstand Hell itself and come out the other end.”

Phaedra, my wicked and wondrous sorceress, longing for the light denied her, looks the greatest of all evils right in the eye, endures Hell itself, and it is faith that rescues her. Only, not her faith. She has conquered a few hills in her quest to gain the light. But she still has mountains to climb.

Carrie: i love those quotes! So beautifully worded!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

E.M.: Next up for me is book 2 (untitled at this time) and book 3 (Shadowed Castles) which are slated for June 2025 and late October/early November 2025 should everything go smoothly.

Thank you for joining me on this journey, Carrie. I really enjoyed this.

What about you? What makes you want to read Salvation Taverns by E.M. Goldsmith?

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