Long and Short Reviews welcomes Emi Gayle, whose debut novel After Dark, the first book in The 19th Year series, was released October 31. The second book, Day After, and third book, Darkest Day, will be released next year. Leave a comment and you might win a download copy of After Dark and a signed bookmark (open to international commenters!)
Emi's been writing since 2009 when she wrote her first novel—111,000 words.
"I tucked it in a box and am purposefully letting it collect dust," she said.
Between her alter-ego and herself, she's written eleven books.
"What drives you to write books for kids and teenagers?" I asked.
"I liked the idea of going back to my younger years and of a time when I didn't know what I didn't know."
Emi read a lot of classics when she was a teen, but now she loves reading (and writing) paranormals. She told me that very little of her writing is based on her own experiences—because as far as she knows, she's never been a vampire or a werewolf or a fairy or anything supernatural, however her main character can be all of those things.
"I just think it's super cool to WANT to be those things -- which is kinda what we do as kids - try to figure out what we want to be when we 'grow up'," she said.
I wondered, "What challenges do you think teens face today that you did not?"
"Teens today are bombarded with technology and social elements that we never had. Not only can they deal with bullying and their own growth issues in school, it's also online so going home isn't necessarily 'a break' as it was 20-30 years ago. Being constantly connected is actually a detriment, I think."
Emi told me that, in her opinion, good writing is great and good storytelling is great. However, bad writing or storytelling is not. It's not one or the other, but it's a mix that works together.
Currently, the hardest part about writing for Emil is finding the time to write, between marketing, her alter-ego, drafts, edits, beta reading for friends—on top of being a wife, mother, and worker-bee. Luckily, she works from home, so as soon as she's finished with the day job she can switch to writing.
"Often though, work bleeds into my time and then I end up not writing," she said with a frown. "It bums me out, but it happens."
She loves hearing from her readers—whether it's email, tweets, or Facebook messages. She thinks it's awesome, claiming, "It's like Christmas in email any time I get a message."
"If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?" I wondered.
"Already did it. When my son was about 5, my hubby and I both called our parents and apologized for being kids. To this day, I think they both saved those voice mail messages."
About the Author:
Ironically, those years were some of Emi's favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she's still in love with him to this day. She'll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.
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What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.
In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.
She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.
Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists — which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.
In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.