Rebecca Strauss

Young Adult fantasy and science fiction

THIS GOLDEN FLAME (February 2, 2021) Inkyard Press

Emily Victoria is a Canadian prairie girl who writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. When not word-smithing, she likes walking her over-excitable dog, drinking far too much tea, and crocheting things she no longer has the space to store. This Golden Flame is her debut novel.

Like many writers, my publishing journey has been full of ups and downs. I’ve probably written a good ten novels at this point (including one epic fantasy that seriously must have had every trope imaginable in it). Of those novels, I ended up querying four, and I learned a lot through the querying process. For the last two, I was very lucky to have the opportunity to be able to join contests and mentoring programs and I met some wonderful writers who really helped me.

I signed with my amazing agent, Rebecca Strauss, in 2016. We actually didn’t end up selling the novel I signed with, but with her encouragement I wrote the book of my heart, which ended up being This Golden Flame. It sold to Inkyard Press and I met the amazing team I’m with today.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had a variety of different critique partners, many of which I’m still friends with to this day. Through both delivering critiques and receiving critiques, I’ve learned a lot about how to work with and support other writers. Working with editors has also been a learning experience, and I hope to pass that knowledge on to my mentee.


When I was querying, I was able to find mentors through programs just like this. Those experiences were so invaluable for me, both in the ways that they helped me to grow, and also through the communities that they connected me with. Just as others mentored me, I want to be there for other writers. Writing can be a lonely, isolating business at times, and I hope to be able support and uplift another writer through AMM.

Community has been so important to me for a writer. After many years of querying and being on submission and going through editing, it’s really been the community of writers that I’ve found that’s gotten me through the highs and lows of writing. I’m so grateful to programs like AMM that seek to connect writers, and I’m so looking forward to working with my future mentee on their amazing story. I’ll be here to cheer them on through every stage, and offer guidance and support as they need.

My first loves in writing will always be young adult science fiction and fantasy. Plot development and world-building are my strengths, though I also do love stories that hinge on the characters and the ways that they grow and change. My mentorship style tends to be full of compliment sandwiches, and I especially like the big, developmental stage edits. Finding something that explores the strong connections between people (especially between friends or families) would be amazing.


  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • #ownvoices
  • Urban/Contemporary Fantasy

I love reading about vivid new worlds that transport me to new places. I’m usually not the right mentor for pure romance books, though I am happy to mentor books where romance is an element. I do, however, love seeing works that explore other strong connections: those within families or between friends (or even those between enemies). Tonally, I tend not to go for really dark tales, and I do love a sweet, cinnamon roll of a character. I’m also especially drawn to stories that include LGBTQ+ representation.


  • Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • Freestyle in chat

We’ll start with the big picture things, where I’ll provide an edit letter as well as comments in the manuscript (there might be some squealing here about the things I particularly love, as I find that it’s just as helpful to learn what is working as what isn’t). If you’re my mentee, it’s because I love your work but I know there’s also work to be done, so be prepared for many compliment sandwiches. Once you’ve had a chance to sit with the edits, I’ll be here to chat, brainstorm, offer advice, or whatever else is needed. I’m also happy to chat or brainstorm as edits are ongoing.

Once we’ve done that deep dive of your manuscript, we’ll largely decide on what to do next based on what you and your book need, whether that’s other larger rounds, or a smaller line edit round. I’m also happy to assist or answer questions about querying or the publication business side.

My ideal mentee is someone who is eager to dive right in. Editing can be a beast, but I hope to make the process at least a bit easier (or clearer) for my future mentee. My strengths are world-building and plot development, so I’d say I’m best suited to help with those sorts of story problems. And ultimately, I’d be happy to continue this into a long lasting relationship.


  • Family and friendship stories
  • LGBTQ+ rep
  • Beautiful new worlds and cool magic systems
  • Books that explore different themes through world-building or character development
  • Sweet cinnamon roll characters
  • Books that are hopeful, even if they tackle more difficult subjects
  • Female friendships
  • Quirky best friends
  • Anything with magical creatures
  • Books that are magical takes on ancient settings
  • Crafting-related magic systems


  • Dark/heavily violent books. I’m pretty squeamish, so I’m probably not the right mentor for these



  • Shadow and Bone
  • Anything by Tamora Pierce
  • The Archived
  • Legend
  • Tarnished are the Stars
  • The Sound of Stars
  • Artemis Fowl

Musicals (I love musicals)

  • Wicked
  • Les Mis
  • Newsies
  • Cats
  • Hadestown

TV Shows

  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Great British Bake Off