Good morning, world! Happy Monday!
Today I'm SO excited to host my friend, Emmie Mears, as she continues her blog tour in support of her new novel, The Masked Songbird. It's out tomorrow, and from what I hear/read/see....you're really going to want to keep an eye on Emmie. Not only is she super-sweet, but her fiction is fun and sassy and cool.
She dropped by my blog space to answer a few interview questions and tell us a bit more about her book. I know she'd love to hear what you think, so feel free to drop her a line or a comment and let her know!
Without further ado...Meet Emmie Mears!!
LR: When you write a book, are you an outliner, or a seat-of-your-pantser? Why do you think it works for you?
EM: I used to be a die hard pantser. I told myself that I just did what my characters said and that was that, which I used to absolve myself of any responsibility for their propensity to sit around drinking tea. It wasn’t until I read Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering and a few books by Don Maass that I had the epiphany that I was God in my universes and that the issues I was having with structure could be fixed because I could smack my characters upside the head and tell them to leave their tea fetishes off-screen.
Now I tend to draw up a blueprint and go from there -- the wall color might change, and the furnishings might end up more chic and less rustic, but I stick to the overall plan these days.
LR: When you were a kid, were there any fictional characters on whom you had a crush? (Confession: Mine was and still is Calvin O'Keefe from A Wrinkle in Time.) Who was it?
EM: Oh man, Calvin! I totally had a crush on him. I also had a huge crush on Ash from L.J. Smith’s Nightworld series as well as Gabriel from her Dark Visions trilogy. Actually, also Adam Conant from the Secret Circle. L.J. Smith provided me with a LOT of crush material.
LR: Favorite movie(s)?
EM: I have way too many to count, but for the sake of brevity, The Princess Bride. I come back to it every year. Pretty much anything with Cary Elwes in it is my happy place. Though admittedly I’ve never seen Saw.
LR: Favorite album/band to which to write?
EM: It completely depends on my mood. Usually something low key or instrumental, even if it’s rock-y.
LR: Favorite book(s)?
EM: O_O I have to pick?
I love Harry Potter and Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. I also am a huge Wheel of Time fan. The Giver has stuck with me over the years, and Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet is still one of my all time favorites.
Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She’s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a flatmate to share rent. Gwen’s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty quid until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss.Then Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonishing strength. All of which come in handy the night she rescues her activist neighbour from a beat-down by political thugs.Now Gwen must figure out what else the serum has done to her body, who else is interested and how her boss is involved. Finally—and most mysteriously—she must uncover how this whole debacle is connected to the looming referendum on Scottish independence.Gwen’s hunt for answers will test her superpowers and endanger her family, her friends—even her country.
You can preorder THE MASKED SONGBIRD here (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JD7TWZK)! Released in a box set, you get four great paranormal and urban fantasy books for less than $4!