Today, we have author Emma Lai visiting Just Write! Her second story, His Hope, Her Salvation, was released on Dec. 16, 2009, and has garnered some great reviews! Congratulations, Emma!!!
So, let's ask Emma some questions . . .
~ What kind of stories/books do you write?
~ I write romance and science fiction/fantasy. In the romance genre, I write paranormal, historical and contemporary. I’m also trying my hand at romantic suspense.
~ How long have you been writing?
~ I’ve been writing romances for the past couple of years. Before that, I was writing term papers. Lots and lots of term papers.
~ How long have you been writing and seriously pursuing publication?
~ I’ve been pursuing publication for the past year. I started after my mother-in-law encouraged me to submit after reading a partial of a young adult sci-fi/fantasy I had started.
~ How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?
~ Seriously. You’re going to hate me. One. I sold the first short story romance I completed to the first publishing house I submitted it to.
~ Please tell us about receiving “The Call.”
~ Since, I write shorts, I had to find a publisher whose guidelines I met. I found The Wild Rose Press in the 2009 Writer’s Guide and liked their business model. So, I submitted His Ship, Her Fantasy and within two weeks, I heard from one of the Senior Editors. She liked the story, but requested some changes. I had to expand the story from 5K to 7.5K and do some other requested edits. Ever heard of show don’t tell? ☺
~ To expand on your "Call Story"— What did you do when you got the call or read the email? Scream? Faint?
~ I’m sure I squealed and then danced around on one leg.
~ How did you feel when you found out you sold?
~ Nothing compares to the feeling I experienced when I read the email! It’s quite a sense of accomplishment as far as career achievements go. It was a better feeling than my first job offer and my first raise combined.
~ Who was the first person you told?
~ My husband. He’s so supportive, and the stories I wrote were for his entertainment originally. Then I told his mother. I wouldn’t be published if not for the two of them.
~ How did you celebrate?
~ Sushi. It’s our common way of celebrating. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was pregnant. Sushi and pregnancy do not agree.
The Wild Rose Press.
Promised in marriage to an abusive oaf, Judith resolves to find out if there can be passion without love. Snatches of conversation overheard at the local inn lead her to a mysterious American merchant who might be able to satisfy her carnal curiosity and capture her heart.
Donovan, a Guardian Hunter, is on the trail of a rogue Elysian in Georgian England. As the son of the First Hunter, he long ago gave up hope of finding his heart's mate. When Judith appears in his study, his inner beast and his heart demand he answer her plea for help.
Will their passion answer their hearts' pleas, or will it wither under the threat of reality?
Thanks for a great interview, Emma!!!
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