The Thursday Throng author interview and BOOK GIVE-AWAY with Sadie S Forsythe, author of ‘The Weeping Empress’

‘Throng’ is n. – A multitude of persons or of living beings pressing or pressed into a close body or assemblage; a crowd.

Welcome to The Thursday Throng and this week I’d like to welcome Sadie Forsythe, the author of ‘The Weeping Empress’. Sadie is also giving away a copy of her new novel to one lucky commenter – so get those comments in below and I’ll use to choose the winner next Thursday 🙂

It’s called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not email me to find out more.

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the weeping empressThis week, I’d like to welcome Sadie S Forsythe who is the author of The Weeping Empress. She is also generously giving away a copy to one lucky person who comments on this author interview and to enter you simply need to leave a comment below and I’ll contact the winner next Thursday to get their contact details.

The Weeping Empress is a beautifully written and insightful piece of fiction that explores many themes including that of gender expectations in a society where the role of the woman was fixed and immovable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to hearing more from Sadie as I think she has a talent for creating a wholly realistic experience for the reader.

Chiyo Alglaeca was happy in her life. That is, until it was all taken away. Forced into notoriety, stalked by a mysterious cult, hunted by the emperor, and facing betrayal at every turn she clings to the only safety she can find: two enigmatic men and the sharp bringer of death, Salvation. The Weeping Empress explores the devastating effects of loss, the hunt for redemption, and the price of destiny. It questions the true meaning of evil and asks what monster is not also an innocent?

So Sadie, I’d like to kick off with my favourite question ‘What is One thing that No-One Normally Knows About You?’

When I read a book I really like to see the character struggle. That sounds a little sadistic, but I always feel that an easy victory isn’t as meaningful as one that was really worked for. So plot devices that solve characters’ dilemmas for them always leave me feeling cheated.

What did the best review you ever had said about you and your work?

I’ve been really pleased. The reviews for The Weeping Empress have been very positive. I realise that it is cheating a little, since the question asks about a favourite review (in the singular), but some of my favourite snippets are, “Sadie is an incredible writer. I got drawn into Chiyo’s world from page one and couldn’t put it down until I finished.” “The plot really makes you think.” “The more I think about this story, the more I like it.” I still get happy butterflies in my stomach when I read them. They make all the hard work worthwhile.

What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?

I suppose normally authors wouldn’t want to advertise bad reviews, but I wouldn’t feel right about answering the previous question if I wimped out of this one. The VERY FIRST review I ever received was from Kirkus Indie. The review came down to ‘eh, it’s alright.’ The concluding sentence was, “Adolescent in well-worn genre territory; exciting for the forgiving reader.” I was disappointed until I remembered that Kirkus advertises themselves as “the world’s toughest book critics.” I told myself that if the world’s toughest gave it even an it’s alright I should congratulate myself. Additionally, since it was pre-publication I was able to address one or two small things that they took issue with, resulting in an even stronger story.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Absolutely, I put a lot of time and effort into naming them. I’ll use Chiyo as an example. Chiyo is a Japanese name meaning a thousand generations. Her last name is Alglaeca (Al-glay-ka), which comes from Arabic meaning “a miserable being, wretch, miscreant, monster, and fierce combatant. Both are appropriate for a woman who is loses her comfortable life, is displaced in time/place and takes up the life of a warrior.

How did you choose a title for your book?

In the first final draft of the book the last scene ‘showed’ Chiyo crying. I always thought it was a particularly evocative scene and named the book after it. But ending the book there left too much unexplained so it’s no longer the last scene.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I love words and the power of communication. I think if I even had my education to do again I’d go into linguistics. I can’t even imagine giving up writing, though. There isn’t anything I would want to do more. Maybe as a halfway mark between the two I should start striving to see my work translated into as many languages as possible.

Have you ever written naked?

I’ve woken up in the middle of the night with an idea (probably from a dream) and jotted down the backbone of a scene while naked. Does that count as writing? (Linda’s aside – I think it does Sadie 🙂

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Tilda Swinton—as far as I know we have nothing in common, but I like that she seems well-educated and poised. I think is she absolutely beautiful in an unconventional sort of way and would like to think that she would represent me well.

Are you jealous of other writers?

I wouldn’t like to say jealous, but there are definite authors I read with a wistful sense of awe. Catherynne Valente is one of them. I remember reading In the Night Garden and wishing I could create something so splendid, especially when so young.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

How to think logically—I know that sounds a little pat and cliché, but it’s true. Learning how to formulate a theory and then follow through with a method of investigation and basis for decision is an important skill. It’s also one that doesn’t necessarily come naturally. The modern world’s mantra seems to be `freedom of choice in all things,’ and this is great in one sense. But it really enjoins people to look within for the answer that is right for you, without providing any instruction on how to recognise it. There doesn’t appear to be many exemplars available, so learning how to establish your own evidentiary boundaries becomes vital. For me, I learned this in higher education.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Tea and coffee—I’m not much of a drinker in general, so alcohol and writing wouldn’t go well together. However, give me a steaming hot, preferably milky drink and bliss is likely to ensue.

I just want to say thank you for the opportunity you be here today. I’ve really enjoyed it. (Linda’s Aside, And I’ve enjoyed talking to you as well Sadie 🙂 

Where to buy the book

You can buy The Weeping Empress by Sadie S Forsythe in all formats on here:

You can also buy it in all formats on here:

You can catch up with Sadie online at:

If you would like to find out a little more about Sadie then why not catch up with her on at: or on her own website: Oh and she’s also active on Twitter too at!/SadieSForsythe

How to get a FREE copy of Sadie Forsythe’s book, The Weeping Empress

If you would like to get your hands on a free copy of Sadie’s book, The Weeping Empress, all you need to do is leave a comment here on her interview. Next Thursday I will use to select one lucky person and will get in touch to find out your contact details to pass on to Sadie directly.  Good luck everyone 🙂

UPDATE 29/05/2012:

And after using Random.Org a little late (so apologies all round) to pick the winner, the winner is … drum roll …. ta da! ….. The Forgotten Wife … Congratulations and I shall let Sadie know asap.

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  1. Hi – YOU are the winner … I shall pass your details on to Sadie as soon as you let me have them, an email address is probably the best way to communicate between each other so can you let me know yours please, you can mail me at 🙂 and congratulations.

  2. I love reading books, and this one’s just like the types I like to read! I do hope to get a copy of Sadie’s new novel 🙂

  3. Hi, Linda
    You caught my attention when you, in describing this book, said this:
    “Empress explores the devastating effects of loss, the hunt for redemption, and the price of destiny”
    I would love to read this book! I would love to win this book!
    Please add my name to this draw.
    Thanks to both Sadie and yourself for sponsoring this Giveaway.


  4. Thanks for the interview! As an aspiring writer it’s awesome to hear from successful published authors! Would absolutely love to read The Weeping Empress! Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  5. Thanks for the interview! As an aspiring writer it’s awesome to hear from successful published authors. Would absolutely love to read The Weeping Empress, thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  6. You’re welcome and you’re in the draw too. That last statement is intriguing isn’t it but I can assure you that it’s genuine, Sadie has managed to capture both sides of the coin with this one. 🙂

  7. This sounds like an amazing novel! I think I’ll have to add it to my wishlist for this summer when I have some time to read. Thank you for introducing me to a new writer!

  8. Great interview, this book really caught my attention, I was particularly intrigued by this last description: “It questions the true meaning of evil and asks what monster is not also an innocent?”

    Thank you for the international giveaway!