Tell us a little about yourself.
Right after college and before I had kids I worked in advertising writing print and Tv ads. Some of my ads actually won awards. I don't even know where I kept those dust collectors! But that was ages ago. Now I live in the Pacific West, and have five children, ages nine to nineteen. I have four at home now whom I homeschool. It gets really hectic at our home. We also have many pets, so something is always happening. If it wasn't for the Lord I wonder how I ever get anything accomplished! He is my constant source of strength and hope.
Why do you write the kind of books you do?I like the Young Adult and Middle Grade Age range. Maybe it's because I've done so many read-aloud with my kids throughout our seventeen years of homeschooling. I remember I sometimes read to them till I was hoarse. As for genre, I enjoy anything from mysteries to fantasy to thrillers to historical sagas. I like to write stories with a subtle message.
Besides writing, what are some of your favorite hobbies?When I have time, I like to go for walks, bike, go horse back riding, exercise, read all sorts of books sitting on my rocking chair, drink coffee, watch movies, ahh…so many thing I'd love to do, but alas, there are not enough hours in a day.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I've always like to tell stories even as a young girl of eight. I remember how my neighbor friends would sit around by our front porch and keep pestering me to tell them one tale after another. I also recall being sometimes annoyed by this--I mean how was a girl going to think up all the stories if she had to keep spewing these out each time she had any moment away from school work, right? As for writing, I joined an ad agency after college and was posted to the copywriting department where I had to write print ads, radio and even some 30 second TV blurbs. It was fun and I even won a few awards.
What advice would you give to a beginning writer?
Write a million words, then, read, read, read, and write a great story that's been trying to bust out of you. Read as many books as you can on crafting great fiction that deals with all the elements of a great book. Writer's Digest has plenty and I practically spent thousands of dollars trying to educate myself and soak in as much as I could when I had to re-revise Keeper of Reign--about 17 times.
And never give up on your dream no matter how many problems life throws at you! If a person is called to write she will know this in her bones, even if it's something she has been pushing aside due to life's commitments. Don't give up. You'll eventually get published if you keep trying.
What book are you currently working on?I am finishing up preparing my marketing strategy for Dead Dreams, a young adult psychological thriller mystery--putting the marketing plan together is hard.
Also, I am writing Keeper of Reign Book 2 which hopefully can be out Spring of 2014.
No precise title for that Book 2 yet.
Please tell us a little about your book..
Keeper of Reign is an allegorical fantasy, a story of struggles set in a fantastical setting in the Kingdom of Reign. One of the things that helped me to hone in on the theme for Keeper of Reign is the song from Switchfoot. When I first heard their song , "Meant to Live" (for so much more) it got me thinking about how far short so many of us fall from our true potential. The trials and troubles of this world reduce us, and, at least for me, it feels that our troubled world is so big. This is just like how it was for the Elfies living in the Kingdom of Reign.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Thank you so much, Emma!!
Drawing will be held, September 21