What can I say? I was born and raised a California girl. Today I live in Maryland with my husband and our two children. My favorite month is October. December is a close second. There’s something magical about a good coffee shop. My favorite superhero is Thor. I have an obsession with playing Ms. Pacman. I’ve never mastered the art of parallel parking. And I prefer a lake to a beach.
Did I always want to be a writer? I’ve always loved writing in any capacity — journals, long-winded emails (sorry friends!), letters, short stories. Writing is something I keep coming back to. Sometimes the relationship is good and sometimes it’s awful. I am drawn to writing, to storytelling, and to creating characters who demand I give them a voice.
The first romance book I read… Perfect by Judith McNaught. Romance stories are my absolute favorite genre. There’s nothing like that one book that stays on your mind long after you’ve read the ending. That’s the entire point of writing a story, to create characters that stay on your heart. Because we all can relate to wrong choices, miscommunication, misunderstandings, and the mother of them all — Heartbreak.
The first time I tried to write a novel… I bought a composition journal, a pack of pens, and went to Borders (they were still around). I cancelled plans. Blocked off the whole morning. Ordered my big latte and sat at a table. I wrote one sentence. Then I packed it all up and went home. I had no clue what I was doing.
My first manuscript I ever submitted to a publisher… was a Young Adult Fantasy novel about a girl trapped beneath the ocean where she discovers a world of sunken ships. I think I broke the record for receiving the fastest rejection notices ever. But I kept writing and putting my work out there. That’s all you can do.
The book market is… Complicated. The expanse of different hybrids of publishing wasn’t always available. Authors have more options than ever to get their work out there. The traditional ways of publishing are gone. Everyone in the industry is adapting.
If you want to be a writer… write every day. Words don’t have to be pretty or profound or even coherent. The only way to work on your craft is to do. A story comes to life the second you sit down and write the first sentence.
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Interested in understanding more about the life of an Author? Or maybe how we begin to start to write a 400 page book? Where we get our ideas and inspiration? Click here to ask me a Question on my Goodreads page. Look forward to hearing from you. ~Emily