Interview with Emma
How long did it take you to write this book?
I started putting words to paper for Dead Dreams in January of 2013, but the story was already brewing my head a couple of months before that. I consider myself a fast worker but even then it has taken me about 1 whole year from the time of conception to getting the book out in paperback--which will be in November 2013.
What was your inspiration to write this book?
We've all been there--at least those of us who are over 21--revving to grow up, the world at our feet, the stars reachable. Wonderful ,wondrous future. But in wanting to get there, we forget to smell the roses, we trample on thorns and we get sorely poked and pricked, and alas, some of the barbs could be poisonous. Except for the Grace that watches over me, over you, (whatever you believe in, call it LUCK if you wish), all it might have taken for any of us was that wrong turn, that grabbing of something that looked good, and coupled with a strong desire to make it in life, we might be blinded and grab the adder's tail. That is the story of Dead Dreams; of Brie O'Mara, a good girl, someone who'd never even gotten a traffic ticket, even a Miss Goodie Two-shoes. But, let's face it we can all be tempted, just a tiny bit. And sometimes that's all it takes to have things spin out of control.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always enjoyed spinning a yarn for my friends, even from as young as eight years of age. But right after college, and before I had kids, I worked in advertising writing print and Tv ads and I really enjoyed copywriting. Some of my ads actually won awards. I don't even know where I kept those dust collectors! But that was ages ago. I now have five children, ages nine to nineteen. I have four at home now whom I still homeschool. It gets really hectic at our home. We also have many pets, so something is always happening. However despite everything that's happening around me I always think about different plots and story lines whenever i have the time--usually before I doze off after a long day. So, I guess I'd always wanted to be an author. I never really consider one particular point in time when I made that decision. Writing is a part of life--of communicating. It's just a means to get the stories from my brain into someone else's head. Think about it, I put some squiggly things, called words, down on paper, and you read them, understand and react/think about these squiggles. And that's writing! Anyone who writes, in a sense is a writer.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Curl up with a good book.
What do you think makes a good story?
One that has a great voice, a compelling plot, imagination, characters I would probably enjoy meeting, even if I might not personally want them to me my bff , or anything, and most importantly, the story that keeps me thinking, long after the book has ended.
Tell us about your next release.
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I'd like to think all those authors who wrote writing books that teach on the craft of penning a great story and the classic authors I have so enjoyed reading have in some way shaped my writing and my thought processes. So, although there has never been a physical person present to mentor me, in the traditional sense of mentoring, in many ways I've had many mentors through the books I have read.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
My husband reads my books at least twice and since he's not much of a fiction reader I value his critique since I figured if I can capture a non-reader's attention it must be a good thing, right? My older kids read my books, too, (since my books are usually Young Adult or Middle Grade fiction.) They pretty much read toward the end when it's all cleaned up--just so they don't shock themselves at my typos and errors, especially since I am often times their teacher, too. Then I also belong to a an author group and we have beta readers who point out issues. Of course, I find what my editors have to say very helpful as they are the pros and have been doing this much longer than I have.
One food you would never eat?
What is the last book you read?
What was the last movie you watched?
An italian movie I highly recommend, called, It's a Beautiful Life.
Are you a Morning person or Night Owl?
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Loved and happy.
What is your favorite line from a book?
Tomorrow is another day!
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Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family on the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams--of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. What more could a girl want? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.
Dead Dreams, Book 1, a young adult psychological thriller and contemporary mystery.
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