MoA&A Interview #23: E.C. Ambrose

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website.

Today’s interview features my friend, fellow SF author E.C. Ambrose. I’m really looking forward to The Dark Apostle series next year. Three cheers for historical fantasy!

Please enjoy the interview!


Author or Artist?

Who are your professional role models?
For the range of his successes, Orson Scott Card. For the impact of an individual work, Mary Doria Russell.

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Slightly rainy—good excuse to stay inside, yet I don’t have to worry about losing power to my computer!

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
“Second Nature” by Clannad (which sounds a little too Pop for my taste, really)

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Definitely the World Fantasy Award. The ugliest award ever. I want this hideous thing to adorn my mantel!

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Spaceship. I’m probably supposed to say magic, but really the answer is definitely spaceship.

What was your favorite book as a child?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
“take Latin!” Also, go for the scholarship—then maybe you’ll stay in college.

What’s your favorite constellation?
Cygnus, the swan, unfurling those great wings across the sky.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
The one where the head of the girl’s horse still talks to her after it’s been cut off.. Maybe it’s a good thing I can’t remember the title.

What thing are you most proud of?
Elisha Barber, first book in my series. Sometimes, I fear I’ll never write another book that good.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
Go caving, with a lantern on my head in the kind of place you’re not sure you’ll come out of.
Receive a fan letter from a writer I’ve always admired
Walk the Camino de Santiago


E. C. Ambrose is the author of The Dark Apostle historical fantasy series about a medieval barber surgeon to start in July 2013 with DAW books.  E. C. blogs about history, fantasy and writing at and can also be found at or on twitter @ecambrose.  E. C. spends too much time in a tiny office in New England with a mournful black lab lurking under the desk.