Hey guys! Welcome back to another fun episode of author spotlight!
This month’s author is a friend of mine who just recently made the plunge into the sea of fantasy with her novel Midnight Motel.
Please welcome Emerald O’Brien! ♥
Elle: If you could be any fantastical being, which would you choose, and why?
Emerald O’Brien: I’d probably choose to be a vampire. I love vampire books, movies, and TV shows. Immortality sounds pretty fun (probably until you live so long you wish you were dead). Maybe some sort of nymph or fairy would be better.
Elle: No way! Vampires are awesome! What does your typical writing day/schedule look like?
EO: I always go with the flow of the day instead of having a rigid schedule, but on a relatively calm day, I get into my home office pretty early in the morning. I write and plot what happens next before lunch, then do some other work around the house, have lunch, and then I’ll either get back to writing or dig into another aspect of my author business. Then, a while after dinner, I’ll do some more work (writing, marketing, connecting with readers, etc.) until I’m too tired to be at the computer.
Elle: Is there anything you simply must have in order to write?
EO: I’m good as long as I have my computer (or pen and paper). If I want to get into the mood of the scene, I’ll play some music before I write. I also like to light some candles and grab a drink (because I know I’ll be there for a while).
Elle: What is your strangest habit?
EO: While I prefer typing my stories on the computer, I also prefer plotting my stories with pen and paper (plus highlighters and markers).
Elle: Are you a Planner or a Pantser?
EO: I do both. I figure out as much as I can about my characters and their pasts before I start plotting the story, and then I’ll do a rough outline before I start writing. Usually, by the middle, it’s going in a bit of a different direction than I’d planned (which I love).
Elle: What’s your favorite book>to>movie adaptation?
EO: I think the Harry Potter movies really did it right. I also love the Anne of Green Gables movie.
Elle: I’ve never read/watched Anne of Green Gables… lol Guess I’m missing out! Best advice for aspiring writers?
EO: I’d say keep writing. Write and read as often as possible. I’d also say that finding people who know about writing and the craft who you trust to give you honest feedback is a good idea (much better than listening to anyone and everyone about your work). Also, maybe most importantly, never let anyone tell you you can’t be a writer. Follow what you’re passionate about.
Elle: I LOVE that advice! What are your favorite themes to write about?
EO: I love writing about trust. It’s the very foundation of relationships and it’s something everyone can relate to. Earning trust, breaking trust, trusting the wrong person, being untrustworthy, trusting yourself. These are all things I find interesting. I also like to write about relationships in general, self-evolution/introspection, magic, and human nature in general.
Elle: Aaaand I LOVE that theme of trust! lol It’s the zombie apocalypse! You may choose 3 fictional characters to be on your team. Who are they?
EO: This is tough! I’d choose Hermoine from Harry Potter, Roland from The Dark Tower series, and Lisbeth from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Elle: In my series, The Essential Elements, the characters have the ability to control 1 of the 4 Classical Elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind). If you could control one, which would you choose, and why?
EO: I’d love any of those, but if I could only pick one, it would be wind. It seems like wind could affect the other 3 in various ways that are appealing to me and it just seems like a pretty cool and powerful ability.
Elle: Nice choice! In just ONE sentence, please tell us about your latest release!
EO: Midnight Motel is a story about a girl returning to her family’s motel which is host to secrets of another world and trying to make good on a promise to let love in.
Thank you, Emerald!
For more about Emerald and her novels, you can check out her website.
— Elle ♥