Monday 7 April 2014

Author Interview ~ Emma Jones.

Today I'm welcoming the lovely Emma Jones to the blog. Emma recently released her debut novel The Awakening which is on sale as from today for the bargain price of £.99/$.99! Check it out and grab yourself a copy below.

Title: The Awakening.
Author: Emma Jones.
Genre: Young Adult.
Release Date: December 7, 2013.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

Do you believe in vampires? Ghosts? The supernatural world?

Meet Lauren who instantly clicks with Gavin at a friend’s BBQ. Everything goes well until Lauren starts to experience strange things and hears a weird voice. It seems like a warning but from what? Lauren eventually makes the startling discovery that Gavin is a vampire and it has profound consequences for herself. The arrival of Daniel makes things even more confusing for Lauren as she is warned he is bad news from a ghostly source. Laurens life is turned upside down as things she thought were myths and legends become real and she struggles to cope with everything she has discovered.

Will Lauren and Gavin’s relationship survive and what about the mysterious Daniel?

Tell us about yourself!

Hi my names Emma, I'm 35 and a mum of two (1 boy & 1 girl). I've always loved reading and remember when I was younger loving The Worst Witch and Point Horror. As an adult Marian Keyes & Emily Barr became favourites. I love weekends at the park with the kids, followed by a nice meal out or BBQ (weather permitting) with family and friends. I'm also slightly addicted to First Choice/Thomson holiday website & Tripadvisor.

What inspired you to base your first novel on vampires?

I've always loved the vampire genre (long before Twilight came on the scene). I love the films Blade, Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire. Currently I love the series Vampire Diaries although the Katherine storyline is getting on my nerves and The Originals.

I love the cover for The Awakening – who created it?

I found a brilliant company who created it for me. They are called ebook-designs. I gave them several covers I liked, colours I wanted and brief. I liked the idea of having an image with key words or names intertwined but was unsure if it was possible.

What have you found the toughest aspect of self-publishing your book?

Without doubt the publicity. Naturally I'm not very good at blowing my own trumpet and do not know anyone in the industry. I've had to make contacts entirely from scratch.

What have you enjoyed the most since the launch of your debut novel?

I've enjoyed the sense of achievement and meeting some like minded bookish people on Twitter.

What are you currently writing – can you tell us anything about it?

I'm currently writing the sequel to The Awakening. Its just called Book 2 at the moment which is not terribly imaginative. I'm nearly at 50,000 words and have already written the end which I love. I'm hoping everyone else will too.

As a reader, do you prefer ebooks or print books?

Ebooks. Since having my Kindle I haven't bought a paperback. I do miss the feel of a real book but the storage is always a problem and obviously they can be bulky if travelling. I do still have a browse in Waterstones or WHSmith to see what's in the charts. For children I think print books are important. My children have loads of books and I think it is vital for learning to read and stimulating their little imaginations.

Standalones or series? Ooh that's tough, I think standalones. One series I have loved is Julie Kagawa Blood of Eden.

What are the three best books you’ve ever read? Did they inspire your writing?

I always find this a really tough question as it often depends on my mood. I love S J Watson before I go to sleep for psychological thriller, The Tent, the Bucket and me - Emma Kennedy for humour & Last Chance Saloon - Marian Keyes for chicklit which is an oldie but goodie.

Thanks for joining us Emma!


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