Double Decker Books: It’s nice to have you here today, Emma. Can you tell us about how the hurricane affected your life?
Emma: Yes. The storm affected my life in several ways. There was destruction up and down the east coast, my home town and in my own life at that time, I suppose.
Double Decker Books: Was there anything about that time period that you could look back and say was positive or hopeful?
Emma: Well, yes. I consider myself lucky in so many ways that my loved ones were safe. That’s the most important thing to keep in perspective during difficult times. That being said, I was able to get back to the basics, so to speak when I lost power. There’s something to be said for coming home and cozying up with a blanket and a reading a good book.
Double Decker Books: Is that the only positive experience that you can recall from the storm?
Emma: (smiles) No. I met the most wonderful man during that time, I wouldn’t have has the opportunity to meet Jake if he didn’t come from Georgia to help restore power.
Double Decker Books: That was admirable of him, coming up north to help out, leaving his friends and family.
Emma: That’s Jake. He’s the most selfless, caring man I have ever met. He has proved countless times that he will put his own needs to the side for the sake of others.
Double Decker Books: So…how did things work out with you and Jake, if you don’t mind me asking.
Emma: Let’s just say that it was a complicated situation. Jake has a beautiful little daughter and his entire family in Georgia.
Double Decker Books: And you have an important career in New York. I can see how your situation could be challenging.
Emma: Yes, it was very challenging. (sighs)
Double Decker Books: But true love can overcome obstacles, right?
Emma: I suppose it can sometimes, but at other times life can get in the way.
Double Decker Books: Can you give me an idea how things worked out for you and Jake?
Emma: That’s my story and Jake’s to tell. If you’re interested, you can find out if true love can overcome obstacles by reading The Calm after the Storm.
Double Decker Books: Thank you so much for joining us today, it was a pleasure to meet you. Can I just ask if you’re in a happy relationship now? Did you find true love?
Emma: (winks) You’re just going to have to read my story to find out.
Q. What made you decide you wanted to write Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy?
My daughter was about 10 at the time and we were reading and loving Harry Potter and I thought it would be fun to write a story for her. But the more I wrote, the more I loved it and I ended up writing what I wanted to read.
Q. What about magic draws you to it?
Everything! The unknown power, the unlimited possibilities, the sheer fun of magic – what’s not to like?J
Q. If you could have any magical, item from any book, what would it be?
Q. If you could spend a week inside any book what book would it be and why?
I’d go to Hogwarts in a second. And Diagon Alley and that whole world – so much to do and explore! Inside and outside the castle.
Q. Where did you get the idea for The Faerie Ring Series?
When I started writing The Faerie Ring I wasn’t intending to write a series. I had just read a faerie book that I had expected to love and instead really disliked. So I decided to write the book I wanted to read – voila! The Faerie Ring. But when I got done with the first book I realized the story was far from over…..
Q. What is your next writing project and can you tell us a bit about it?
I have lots of things in the works – one is a time travel novel, one is an alternate history story about the Enigma machine that I started about four years ago, one is a contemporary romance and one is on off-shoot of The Faerie Ring but set in present times……however, I’m so busy in my real-world job I don’t know which one I’ll actually finish next.
Q. Do you read every review you get?
Haha – I try NOT to read any of my reviews. I do occasionally read a review or two, but I don’t write for the reviews – I write for the love of the story that only I can tell. People can be so mean for no reason. I don’t want that in my head.
Q. How do you go about developing characters?
I write in layers – structure, plot, characters, details. Each revision brings depth to the story and the characters. As you write, you learn backstory about them that you didn’t necessarily know when you started. Some parts of revision are very purposeful – to deepen the story – to make it three dimensional. It takes a lot of time and hard work! But in the end, hopefully, the characters feel real and the story one that stays with you even after you finish reading the last page.
Q. Do you have any odd writing habits?
No, not really. I just cram it in whenever I have time, which is less and less. I keep everything about all my stories on my laptop so I can write whenever I feel like it. I find that when I write fantasy I write in silence, but when I wrote my contemporary novel I listened to a playlist the entire time. And it’s always nice to have some M&M’s nearby for inspiration! J
Q. Where did you get the idea for Unrequited - One Girl, Thirteen Boyfriends, and Vodka? A. I wanted to tell a story of someone who was emotionally challenged (and doesn’t know it, want to accept it, or care) a mistake maker (without many consequences) but outwardly beautiful and spoiled (but not too egotistical) … and what she would do when finally someone told her “No.”
When that old cliché clocked her in the neck. You know the cliché I’m talking about, right? J
Q. Were you good at English while in school? A. Hmm. I was in AP Eng. in HS and I still remember some of what amazing works we read, and in college I don't think i took one class. I was on another career trajectory... I love reading lit that is good. Usually mid century and older. There are some authors and poets who I like from the last 60 years too. When you look hard, there are so many writers in the world. so I have to weed many out to enjoy reading. But I do think I excelled at English during my education, especially in k-12.
Q. What do you do when you get writer’s block? A. what I get is overwhelmed. Writing takes it all out of me, and when I start a new project, I have pages of notes from everywhere (journals, on the computer, on slips of paper and post its)
That is when I shut down. That is my block. When there is too much to process. And I don’t do outlines or “plans” – that is just more work taking away from the writing. I do more planning for edits. What to watch out for at the end.
Q. Use the first three words that come to mind when you think of your book? A. Rad, underappreciated, and fresh.
Q. Are you working on a new writing project? If so, can you tell us a bit about it? A. Yes always have stuff on backburners. Comeing out in the next two years: Soulcrusher Anti Fat Twenty Something and Blonde
Q. What was the hardest thing about writing this book? A. The re-edits. Sometimes I whimpered and cried at the thought of re-reading hundreds of pages again. and again. And going back and forth with the editor. Then he would make mistakes and the whole thing would be fucked up. And I was so determined to make it to a certain release date. And then you have to step back. That is more time going by. There was no way I was publishing something that had any noticeable typos. And if there are, no one tell me! You can edit something forever.
Q. How did your cover come about? A. Same thing. A million times going back and forth about it with the firm who put it together for me. I designed it but they were crucial in making it beautiful and polished and ready to be submitted. I really wanted something chic and dramatic. I didn’t want a forlorn woman on the front. Next time I don’t think I will give in so easily.
But I have very specific, aberrant taste. In everything! And if readers want a girl on the front, then so be it. I want others to enjoy Unrequited, not me.
Q. What is your favorite website to talk about your book on? A. Christyheron.com, twitter and my blog. Is that selfish? Google is an insane platform too, as is FB… but thank god for Kyrstin Pull, who is the exec VP of SEO for Waverly Blonde Books, my publishing company. She knows what to do. I want coverage. So I will go anywhere she wants. I’m not on FB much. I’m a twitter girl.
Q. Do you have a go to writing snack and/or drink? A. at 5am coffee (but placed far away from my computer!) and afternoon diet coke. But honestly I don’t eat or drink much when I write. I would probably let the coffee sit there for an hour before I touch it.
Q. If you could spend time in your book, Unrequited - One Girl, Thirteen Boyfriends, and Vodka, would you? If so why? If not why not? A. Oh hell yes. Be drunk, be in my twenties, be at the beach. If I were a character I’d be Vanity Fair. She seemed to have her shit together.
Or the owner of the bar. But seriously: I would. For a day to watch January at her worst and learn from her mistakes.
Christy Heron can be reached at:
firstname.lastname@example.org OR through her SEO Kyrstin Pull Kyrstinpull@gmail.com
For many years I lived a life of loneliness, depression, heartaches, sadness, hostility, anger, mad, and about every other negative feeling or emotion pumped through my veins from the time I woke up to, to the time I laid my head down. Believe me, the only thing that ever made my heart happy and full of love was my four kids and my poems. While my kids were my rock, my escape was poetry. Poems became my way of dealing with what was on my plate and what I only dreamed about at night. Phraseology and Letters is the book that I would describe the most during these moments. The first section of the book is about the love I dreamed about and the second half is the way my heart felt. The following poems are the ones that mean the most to me and the ones I want to share about.