Welcome Emma Right – Author of Dead Dreams

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 1. Are you a reader? Absolutely. There’s not enough hours in a day to read, read, read!

2. What are your favorite books? I read all sorts of fiction! From British classic authors like Dickens and Thackaray to authors like Agatha Christie, Harper Lee, Margaret Maud Montgomery and Laura Ingalls, and contemporary thrillers….I am an eclectic reader in that i enjoy almost all genres. i even enjoy reading cook books! The only genre I don’t read are erotica and some really dark noir. It’s  a personal preference.

3. What is your path to publication? Write,-edit,-write,edit, some more, hire professionals-to edit, to do a cover design, publish, first the e-book, then the paperback version (and there’s a lot to learn there) and then book marketing–which is the most time consuming. JA Konrath a traditionally published author but now a self-pubbed ones said in a blog that most times he spends more hours marketing than writing. And I guess I’d have to do the same. Which is a pity because I really enjoy writing the most. But as a self-publisher that’s what is expected.
And why did i choose self-publishing?
I find that with e-books and Amazon and accessibility for the writer to publish, it feels silly to spend time and energy wooing an agent, then having to split 15 % of the royalties with that agent, and then, once the agent finds the publisher, the publisher will take another 12 to 24 months to get the book out, and they take about 70-80 percent of the royalties–and that’s not too bad, I guess, but the worse is that the traditional publishers nowadays expect the author to promote herself and spend time and money to expand her reach. So why pay for the services of a publisher, right? Yes, it would take a longer time to make a name for myself, and loads of money to market the book and author name, but if an author is in this for the long run –las  I am-why not self-publish? It’ll take longer, but in 3-5 years I’d reach my audience, at least that’s what I’m hoping for.

4. How much time do you spend writing each day/week? I grab any time I can. If I am not doing stuff for my kids, or my pets, or my husband (rare!) I am either writing or reading. So, it’s hard to quantify. It could be as often as two-three hours a day to as little as two hours a week! I am a homeschool mother, so my time is limited since I have kids with me 24/7.

5. How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself? Or part of a larger community?
I could be an island, that is my natural tendency, but I force myself to be part of a community, so I would consider myself a peninsula. Hah!

6. What is your favorite thing about writing? Putting my ideas onto paper and sharing this with others. Least favorite? Editing!

7. Are writers born, taught, or both? As I read more about the craft of writing, I feel that it’s 99 percent perspiration and one percent inspiration. So, yes, there is that imagination which is intrinsic in a person, but the craft itself can be learned (at least that’s what I have read).

8. What would you tell younger and less experienced you if you could? Write a million words, then, read, read, read, and write a great story that’s been trying to bust out of you. Read as many books as you can on crafting great fiction that deals with all the elements of a great book. Writer’s Digest has plenty and I practically spent thousands of dollars trying to educate myself and soak in as much  as I could when I had to re-revise Keeper of Reign, which was my first novel–only about 17 times. And never give up on your dream no matter how many problems life throws at you! If a person is called to write she will know this in her bones, even if it’s something she has been pushing aside due to life’s commitments. Don’t give up. You’ll eventually get published if you keep trying.

~ About the Book ~

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~ Synopsis ~

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines,  an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

~ About the Author ~

Emma Right
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after too many pets, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before having children.

~ Excerpt ~

They say each dead body, a human corpse, has a scent all of its own, a sweet-sour smell. A cadaver dog picks up the scent as clearly as a mother would recognize the photo of her child. Of course, I wouldn’t know, for I am no dog. I might as well have been, the way I’d stooped to yield to my basic instincts. My mind wandered to her, what her unique smell would be when, and if, they ever were to find her.
After what happened, I decided to write out the events that led to that day and details that might help, in case I’d missed something, or might need it for defense, or in case they found me dead. My relatives might need to piece together the things that had spiraled out of control, if they wanted closure to put me to rest, to forget me altogether. That would be least painful for them. I nodded to myself as I sat in the car. I thought of my most favorite girl in the world: Lilly. At least Lilly’d have my dog, Holly, to remember me by.
My friends used to call me Brie, short for Brianna. But, I could hardly count anyone a friend any more. I’d have to resort to back-watching if I wanted to survive.

~ Book Trailer ~

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