Interview with Adam Emanon

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In a multitude of ways - reading, crafting, going for a bike ride, talking to friends, designing things, listening to music, going on a photography adventure, watching movies/TV...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't actually read ebooks, most of my reading is done in article form these days. I used to love reading sci-fi novels when I was a teen (Arthur Clarke, and later the Halo books for example), then in my 20s I got much more into non-fiction. The last few books I've actually "read":
-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (liked except for the final twist)
-The Martian (audio book, really liked)
-Wool (by Hugh Howey, EXCELLENT sci-fi)
-Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin (excellent)
-The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin (since I've read it I think every human on earth should, so much insight into people, neurotypical or not.

I listen to podcasts a decent amount, because I can do that while cooking or working or while on transit (without having to worry about dealing with bookmarks and juggling items in my hand while transferring)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first real ambitious story I attempted to write was a futuristic, semi-dystopian sci-fi novel that featured 3 factions, lots of politics, betrayal, romance, and more. I've attempted other writings since, mostly sci-fi or dystopian.
What is your writing process?
Start with an idea.
Start writing an intro.
Make a rough roadmap of what topics I want to cover and in what order.
Start filling the sections in.
Finish a rough draft, then review, see if anything needs to be added, removed, or moved, re-written.
Finish a rough final draft, walk away for a couple days (ideally send to a few people to read for feedback).
Publish, give it a week or so, review again with a clear mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it might have been the book "Frog and Toad are Friends" (I loved frogs as a kid). I can't think of any specific impact it had on me.
How do you approach cover design?
I make something tacky and overly busy/detailed first (for fun, for myself, and to satisfy my need to break the rules and be different), then I refine back to a simpler version that I don't like as much, but recognize is better for the masses.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I kind of answered this before, sort of.

Animals Make Us Human and The Autistic Brain for the universal insights into behavioral/social psychology.
House of Leaves because it's just a fantastically f***ed up book (with a great unofficial accompanying soundtrack in the album "Haunted" by the artist Poe, the author's sister)
God's Debris and The Religion War by Scott Adams - setting aside his unfortunate sexism and other regressive views/ideals, God's Debris REALLY blew my mind open as a teen, and I feel the sequel definitely have me another hefty mental bone to chew on. I also think both are very timeless.

Those are the first 5 that occur to me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading about science, psychology, philosophy, empathy, hockey history and trivia, political history (and political science), and of course, dystopian sci-fi.
Describe your desk
An organized mess, just like Einstein.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
It wasn't so much where I grew up as the fact that I spent much of my time in my head/in my imagination. As an adult this has persisted, but I am far more social now. It has become clear to me that I am more interesting in ideas than people, but thankfully, ideas tend to bring people together :)
When did you first start writing?
In respect to the current form, 3-5 years. I started to seriously focus on curated writing in 2013, but I was doing it before that, just far less frequently.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As of this writing, my latest Curiosity Guide is about Media Literacy, which I've learned in the last few years, cannot be understated. If you don't recognize the signs and tactics of manipulation and deception, it's easy to be tricked into going against your own best interests. So I have written 3 books (likely to be combined together) that address this issue, to educate the reader on how to notice when they or someone they care about is being manipulated or abused (physical abuse isn't the only kind!), and stand up to it.
Published 2016-06-27.
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Books by This Author

The Curiosity Guide To Learning Japanese for Beginners
Series: The Curiosity Guide To. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,410. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Japanese
The Curiosity Guide to Learning Japanese is targeted at absolute beginners to help you get past many of the biggest common hurdles to beginning to learn Japanese (including how to read the characters). The guide features a mixture of tips, product and service reviews, and researched history of the language to demystify this beautiful language and help you keep up your motivation to really learn it
The Curiosity Guide to Learning Computer Programming for Beginners
Series: The Curiosity Guide To. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Programming
If you want to learn how to code a game, an app, a website, or something else, it's hard to know where (and how) to get started with so many online resources. This guide will fast track you to key resources and provide valuable guidance so you can get started in your learning journey right away and avoid wasting time when and where you don't need to.