Celebrating POC Authors in Fantasy: E.M. Lacey

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

E.M. Lacey is a Chicago based author of dark urban fantasy, YA, science fiction, and horror. You might bump into her at local comic cons and other such nerd fests. Whenever she's not getting her nerd on, she's writing, reading, binge-watching Netflix, or communing with other authors online (practicing social distance).

Interview with E. M. Lacey

What genre(s) do you write in?

Dark Urban Fantasy

When did you decide that you wanted to write in your Genre?

Since I was a little girl. I’ve been writing since I was ten but never thought I could do anything with it until I discovered Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due. Black women authors who write horror and science fiction which to me are the bones of urban fantasy.

What things in your life do you draw inspiration from?

People. I know a lot of people from different countries and I love listening to stories and legends about the culture. I also draw from current events and how they impact me. I use my life as a child to shape my YA. I escaped the sadness of it through books and now I create stories from it.

What is the purpose of your writing? Is there a specific message that you hope to convey?

I like creating heroes in situations where there are none. Give someone who is considered powerless a supernatural talent that lifts them out of their situation. The news is full of tragedy and violence, fiction allows me to turn it around for the good. I’m all about inspiring hope no matter the situation.