I was first introduced to the film Seven Samurai (1954) and its American counterpart Magnificent Seven (1960) while working at my hometown movie theater between my first and second years of college, and as soon as I started watching, I was enraptured by these stories--
their slowness & their action,
their bleakness & their beauty,
their swagger & their sadness.
I knew already that I wanted to be a writer, and watching these films helped shape the kind of writer I wanted to be. A writer who was interested in stories that were always more than one thing at once--
literary & entertaining,
artful & adventurous,
epic & small.
I’m so thrilled to be working with Emilia Rhodes, Clarion, and the whole team at HarperCollins to bring this story blazing across your shelves, and I cannot wait for you to meet these kindlings, these wandering warriors, these lost children searching for home. ⚔️