Friday, November 19, 2010

Author Interview - Emma Michaels

I'm so excited to have Emma Michaels, author of The Thirteenth Chime here at Stellar Book Blog! I read this book, and I really enjoyed it! You can read my review here, but for now, enjoy my first interview ever!

Thanks Emma Michaels for coming to my blog and having this interview with me. I'm honoured that you are my first author I've ever interviewed! So thanks again, I know you're busy and I really appreciate your time.

Q1 - How did you come up with the idea for The Thirteenth Chime?

A) I was born and raised in California. I was visiting my fiance in Washington state the night I had my inspiration for The Thirteenth Chime. For those of you who know Cali, we don't get many storms, at least not the kind you can experience in Washington.  The storm was so bad it knocked out the power and we went to the neighbors to share a few flash lights to wait out the storm. Thunder shook the house and the wind was howling. Just then, the antique grandfather clock in the house began to chime.
The sounds echoed throughout the house in sync with the thunder and wind. I remember unconsciously reaching out for someone's hand to hold and it was in that moment in time, my heart pounding, that The Thirteenth Chime came to me.

Q2 - When you're writing a book, do you have any special habits or anything that you need to do in order to write? (For example listening to music, being somewhere in total silence, starting to write the end or middle of the novel first, etc)

A) I don't have any real special habits, but I do find that certain things help me. For instance, if I am writing a particularly emotional piece, I find that certain kinds of music will help me to set that mood. I also find that I write better at my own desk and space than I do anywhere else unless I am traveling. And at the end of the day, a small piece of chocolate to reward myself never hurts! *laughs*

Q3 - When writing The Thirteenth Chime, did you know the whole story before you wrote it, or did you write it as you went along?

A) Writing a story is like telling a story - it comes to you. I find that if a writer takes a step back and sits in the passenger seat rather than the driver's seat, allowing the story to tell itself, that the book will come alive. I think in a way that writers are merely observers who are fortunate enough to share. Only we just happen to be observing something that comes from inside of us.

Q4 - What can we expect to see from you with any upcoming novels?

A) Book #2 in A Sense of Truth series is on its way and everyone can expect to see it next year! I also have two additional series I am working on and a standalone novel that I hope to share soon. So you can expect to see many more novels from me as long as you keep reading! 

Q5 - What was your initial reaction when you saw the finished copy of The Thirteenth Chime for the first time?

A) Disbelief. I couldn't believe that what I was seeing. It was a long journey but a worthwhile one!

Q6 - Describe The Thirteenth Chime in one word.

A) Dissimilar.

Q7 - What do you do when you aren't writing?

A) Promoting. *laughs* I think I spend more time out marketing than I do writing, which considering how much I write is something else! But when I am not doing anything along the lines of my books, I'm either working out or reading. I love to read and you will always find a good book near me.

Q8 - Who are your favourite authors and what are your favourite books?

A) Tamora Pierce and Sharon Shinn. You should definitely check out "In the Hand of the Goddess"! Though a lot of the tenners this year have been making it to my favorites lists!

Q9 - Just for fun, if you could be any super hero, or have any super power who, or what would it be?

A) I think Spiderman (or woman, in this case). I would love to have spidey-sense and being able to shoot out webbing to pull a piece of chocolate to me quickly would really come in handy! ;) *laughs* Just kidding. I would love to have the ability to shift things with my mind like the movie Dark City because I can hardly even imagine how many people that could help. Imagine being able to resurrect areas hit by distruction and help crops grow so that the hungry could have food. It would mean everything to be able to help so many people.

Thanks again Emma for coming to my blog, and being my first ever interview-ee, I hope you had fun! I sure did!

I did and thank you so much for having me and to everyone reading!!!
Emma Michaels

The Thirteenth Chime:

No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs.
In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives.
The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge.
With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago. 
Hatred never dies.


jewelknits said...

Great interview! Thanks for visiting and sharing, Emma!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Lynda said...

That is a great interview Krystal. It is interesting to read what Emma had to say about her writing and what some of her writing habits are. Sounds like an interesting book, one I may have to borrow sometime.

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