Please help me to welcome Emma Meade, author of YA paranormal novel – Under The Desert Moon, who joins us today for an interview and book feature.
The Book Blurb
17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever.
Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?
- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Christopher Matthews Publishing (August 1, 2012)
- Language: English
The Writer’s Interview
The Personal Questions
- What’s your idea of total happiness? Curled up on a porch swing facing the beach in the evening, wrapped up warm in a cosy blanket and enjoying a good book and glass of wine, while listening to the waves crash against the shore.
- Which trait do you most deplore about yourself? Laziness. I am not much of a go-getter.
- What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue? Modesty. If you can’t acknowledge your own gifts and hard work, why should anyone else? ☺
- What’s your worse vice? Jack Daniels and coke.
- What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty.
- Do you have a mantra or motto? Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
- Which living, and which dead person, do you most admire and why? Living – my father. He’s been my best friend for the past three decades. Dead – my nana, Maureen. She was a lovely woman who gave her time freely to all her grandkids.
- What is your favourite (song) and why? Couldn’t possibly choose. Today, I guess it’s Kasabian’s version of “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey. I heard it and it brought back good memories of last winter.
- What is your favourite cuisine? Chicken curry and rice.
- Have your personal experiences (or situations) influenced you, creatively? Give us an example. Sure they have. Usually it’s the bad stuff, a fight with a friend or family member, a breakup or a death that can inspire me to write. In the case of Under the Desert Moon, it was moving back home to the town I’d grown up in. I started thinking about small town life and wanting to escape, and the character, Erin developed.
- What are you reading now? I just finished Hungerstorm by Amber Kallyn.
- What other interests do you have? Cinema. I love movie nights out and DVD nights in with friends. We crack open a bottle of wine, chow down some junk food and catch up on each other’s lives. Sometimes we even get to watch the film!
- What was the last movie you went to see? Hope Springs.
- Do you have a favourite genre? Paranormal all the way.
The Writer Specific Questions.
- What got you into writing? I have no idea where my love of writing came from, but I was writing poems and short stories since my primary school days.
- What is your new book about and what inspired you to write it? Feeling trapped by small town life and wanting desperately to escape. Erin, like me is a dreamer, always staring out windows and imagining herself elsewhere. When a movie crews arrives to shoot a film over the summer, Copperfield, Arizona suddenly becomes an exciting place to live. I’ve always enjoyed vampire-human romances and wanted to write my own tale.
- What are the challenges to being a writer? And what are the benefits? Have things changed lately? The writing part is a challenge. Sometimes every word can be a struggle. The benefit is completing a short story or novel and getting it out into the world in the hopes that others may read it. Lately, I’ve become more disciplined. If I start a story, I will finish it.
- What advice can you offer to struggling writers? Keep going. The writers who doubt themselves and their ability are usually the ones who have it.
- Where do you see book-publishing in the future? Ebooks will continue to become more and more popular and the numbers self-publishing will continue to grow. I don’t see the traditional publishers going anywhere, despite the crazy rants against trad publishing I see online.
- Are you an indie or traditional author? I guess I’m indie. I self-published a book, Night Sighs last year and Under the Desert Moon was published by a small press. The next novel I’m working on will be self-published in the New Year.
- Did you publish the first book you wrote? No, but I still have hopes for it. I may have to tear it apart and put it back together, but I do want to publish it some day.
- Why do you write in that genre? I’ve always been fascinated by the supernatural. Even as a kid, I was the one telling everyone ghost stories and demanding my father tell his girls about the evil shadow man who lives under the bed.
- What is your biggest problem with the writing process? How do you tackle it? Sometimes, well a lot of the time in my case, a story will not adhere to the plot I’ve outlined for it. When that happens, usually I just go with the flow. If my characters are taking me in a different direction to what I had originally planned for them, then so be it.
- Do you feel writing is something you need to do or want to do? Both. I couldn’t imagine not writing now. Until a year ago, I only dabbled, a short story here, half a novel there, and I’d send out a dozen or so query letters to agents, then do nothing for months. Since last October or November, I’ve gotten serious about making writing a career. I’d really love to quit the day job and write full time. Who knows? If I stick with it, that may be a possibility in the near future.
- Whose writing inspires you most and why? So many authors: Stephen King, Anne Rice, L.J. Smith, the writers from the Point Horror series, Marian Keyes and Virginia Andrews to name a few. These authors have given me either an exciting adventure or wonderful characters I will treasure forever.
Thanks Shah! Great questions.
The Author Bio
Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She loves vampires, slayers, witches, ghosts, aliens & shadow men (or at least the youngest of the Shadow Men), and regular people who live extraordinary lives (think Slayerettes and you’re on the right track).
Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on.
Writing supernatural short stories and watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.
Author Website: http://emmameadebooks.com/
Under the Desert Moon on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Under-
Publisher: Soul Fire Press