What can I say? I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels.
Did I always want to be a writer? No. I discovered it along the way. The better question is, have I always read romance novels? Yes. Since the age of fifteen.
The first romance book I read… Perfect by Judith McNaught. Romance stories are my absolute favorite genre to read. There’s nothing like that one book that stays on your mind long after 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 notepad 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… A YA Fantasy novel about a girl trapped beneath the ocean. She finds 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.
In my personal life…I started out a West Coast Girl and now am on the East Coast. 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.
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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