Monday, February 23, 2015

Author Interview with Emily Reese

Emily Reese will be on tour February 16-23 with her novel Second Death When Meghan Monroe went missing, her twin brother Mike swore to find her. The harder he looked, the less he seemed to find until he came across a book called The Collector. If his hunch is correct, his professor, Claire Wallace, holds the key to finding his sister. But no one knows better than Claire that finding Meghan might be the least of Mike's worries. After he ignores her warnings to go home and forget about the book, Claire must make a choice: let Mike's discoveries lead him to certain death, or face down her own demons to help him. Knowing The Collector is much more fact than fiction, Claire must decide whether to protect the secret she has kept for eighty years, or reveal her true nature to save another girl from sharing the same dark fate. Please visit CLP Blog Tours for all the tour stops!

Author Interview:

1. Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I'm in my early thirties, married with two kids: Monkey (6) and Penguin (8 months.) I'm a total gamer nerd, but thankfully, that's one of the things my husband digs about me. I love animals, and I think if I ever retire, I'm going to start a petting zoo full of miniature animals. Only if said husband promises not to leave me over it -- total possibility.
2.  Which project are you currently promoting?
My first novel, Second Death.
3.  Can you tell us what the book is about?
Second Death started out with me pondering how cool it would be if Lestat were real and friends with Anne Rice, who published his stories for him. In my book, a young man discovers the same connection, but it's not just cool -- it's life altering. My heroine Claire has to deal with the fallout of this discovery, albeit from the non-human side of the problem.
4.  How did you come up with the title for this book?
When you kill a vampire in my book, it's referred to as delivering them to their Second Death. It's Claire's ultimate goal. Nothing else ever really fit.
5.  What inspired you to write this book?
I've always like vampires and books about them, but there was always something missing. I always found myself thinking about how I would do something differently. So, in the spirit of "put up or shut up," I wrote a book that I would want to read.
6. What made you decide to become a writer? Encouragement. Originally, I just wrote this for me, for something to do once my baby was in bed. When I let a few people read it, I was encouraged to attempt to get it published. Now here I am.
7. What genre do you generally write? I'm working on the sequel to Second Death, but I also have an urban fantasy in the works.
8.  Did you always wanted to be a writer?
If not what did you want to be? It never occurred to me, just sort of happened. I wanted to make movies, even went to school for it for a while.
9. When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I'm not sure. Maybe once people started reading Second Death and actually liked it.
10. What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
He may not be the character I love the most, or identify with the strongest, (sorry honey,) but I'd have to say Mike. The kid's determination and dedication to a task is sooo much better than mine. I wish I could be more like him in that respect.
11. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to the culmination?
Depends on if I have a deadline. I am a phenomenal procrastinator.
12. How do you deal with negative reviews?
Deep breaths. Remind myself that everyone is entitled to their opinion, and can express it freely. Don't feed the trolls. If all else fails, put them in the next book and kill them until I feel better.
13. What other projects are you currently working on?
Mostly the sequel to SD. I have a month. And did I mention I'm a procrastinator? And I have a baby?
14. When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
It normally starts with a scene in my head, (my inner filmmaker coming out,) and then I have to make sure I don't just write blocking and dialogue.
15. Is there a message you’d like to get across through your story?
I guess the moral would be to deal with your problems instead of running from them. Although, Claire and I both still have work to do on that front.
16. Is there a genre you’d never consider writing?
If so, why? I think I'd have a hard time writing erotica. I had to write my first love scene for the sequel, and it was TORTURE. I had to get inebriated and giggle with a girlfriend until we figured out how to keep it from being silly. I'm not ashamed of it, but I don't want my mom to read it. Then I'd have to look at her, and know and then just... eew. No. No erotica for Emily.
17. What is your least favorite part about getting published?
Social media, especially blogging. I have never been able to keep a journal or diary. Making me feel obligate to write something every two days or whatever takes all the fun out of it. It's also the best part of publishing, because now I have someone who takes care of the brunt of it. That way, I can write my book and talk to my readers when I have something legit to say, instead of boring them to meet a quota. (High five to you for doing it like a Boss Kristy!)
18. Was the road to publication a long one for you?
I self published almost as soon as I finished, (I let my husband go over it, but that's it. I wrote a book! I was so excited.) After I sold the obligatory 30 copies, I went back and reread it a year later. Then I banged my head against a wall for an hour or two. Afterwards I hired an editor, worked on it a ton, and then was offered a contract. Followed by more editing. Once I got the contract, though, it was pretty fast. Less than a year.
19. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Running around the house laughing maniacally because both my girls are in school. FREEDOM! Followed quickly by moping because I miss my babies.
20. What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Hire an editor. No, it's not cheap. Yes, it's worth every single penny and then some. If something like pacing or even punctuation is off, it will distract me and I'll drop the book, never to return.
21. Where can the readers find more information about you?
I blog intermittently My twitter handle is @writerreese. I'm on Facebook, Emily Reese, Author. My publisher, Robyn Lane Books also has my bio on their website.

Author Bio: Emily Reese graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Communication Studies. She has been writing all her life, and SECOND DEATH is her first novel. She lives out in the middle of Nowhere, Texas with her husband, a.k.a. King of All Things English, her daughter a.k.a. The Total Package and/or Monkey, a pug, and two cats. Additionally, she loves smushed faced animals, the creative power of Junior Mints, the glory of naps, baking, knitting, and the sound her Monkey makes while she sucks her thumb.
Twitter: @writerreese