Interview with Emigh Cannaday

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a visual artist at heart, and grew up drawing and painting along with scribbling stories for my own amusement. Artistic integrity has always been very important to me, and I swore I would always stay true to those values. After writing my first book I tried traditional publishing for a few years, but had a difficult time getting my foot in the door. Years later, I now believe it was meant to be, because I think I would hate writing if I had editors chop up my beloved stories until they were completely unrecognizable, or publishers dictating what I should write and how I should write it. I'm proud to be an indie author and I deeply value the creative freedom it's given me to write what I want and stay true to who I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
When Mark Coker says something, I listen. His tutorials and insights have had a huge impact on how I market myself, and how I'm able to be marketed. I feel liberated through the knowledge that he so freely shares. Smashwords has also taken the headache out of formatting and distribution of my books. I love that I can come to one place to make an update instead of wasting a weekend going to each individual retailer's publishing website and learning so many different forms of software. As a writer I spend a lot of my life alone at my desk, so the time spent with friends and family is precious to me. Smashwords has given me the rare gift of having more hours in a day, and that's priceless.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are two particular joys for me. The first one is watching a character come to life and then take on a personality of their own. Talvi was originally supposed to be sweet and somewhat naive, but we know that's a far cry from who he really is. It was as though he flipped me the bird and told me, "Oh no, no, no, love. I'm not doing that. I know you want me to, but I have other plans...and they're better than yours."

When my characters talk back, I listen to them. So far I haven't been disappointed.

The other greatest joy is when a reader tells me how much they've enjoyed the story or how much they love a particular character. When they light up with enthusiasm and ask when the next story's coming out, it's one of the best feelings ever. I seriously have the best fans, and consider myself very lucky.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the third book in The Misadventures of Annika Brisby. I'm also a co-host of the Wine Wars podcast, where my friends and I nerd-out on wine and Star Wars. Mostly it's Anne Spectator and I cracking jokes at our husbands' expense. Check it out!
Who are your favorite authors?
I mostly read non-fiction, but I absolutely adore stories by J.K. Rowling, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Herriot, Anne Rice, Oscar WIlde.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have three Pembroke Welsh Corgis that don't understand what 'sleeping in' actually means. Their level of enthusiasm in the morning is pretty motivational.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love horses almost as much as dogs, and I'm lucky enough to be a part-time cowgirl when I'm not working at my day job repairing old buildings. I like DIY home improvement projects, cooking & baking from scratch, and spending time with my friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I told stories with pictures since I was old enough to hold crayons, but "Away with Mitzi" is the first one that I published. It was in Third grade, and I won my elementary school's "Outstanding Young Author" award, which I still have.
What is your writing process?
I have a loose outline and then pants my way through it. Mostly I revise, revise, revise. And then revise some more.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a professional graphic designer that I work with. I give her ideas and direction, and she gives me a remarkable product.
Describe your desk
If you visit www.emighcannaday.com there's a picture of it on the home page. It's usually covered with papers, leaves, feathers, stones, antique personal items, and a coffee cup or wine glass. That's why I took a picture the last time I cleaned it.
Published 2015-10-06.
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Books by This Author

The Darkest of Dreams
Series: The Annika Brisby Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,350. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Darkness has fallen on the Marinossian family, leaving ruined lives in its wake and leaving Annika to pick up the pieces. A world away, Talvi fights for his sanity inside a notorious prison. When he befriends the inmate across from him, he begins to question his beliefs. He vows to get some answers...if he ever gets out alive. The question is, will Annika be there if he does?
The Scarlet Tanager
Series: The Annika Brisby Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 158,300. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When Annika disappears without a trace, Talvi launches the hunt for his most infuriating rival yet. Meanwhile at the family’s country estate, his brother Finn is blindsided when the missing redhead turns up injured with no idea of how she arrived. He’s given the task of restoring her memory, but playing mind games is like playing roulette—and someone’s luck is about to run out.
The Silver Thread
Series: The Annika Brisby Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 162,270. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
After finding himself involved with a forbidden 'Modern Girl,' Talvi soon discovers that life with Annika is less harmonious than he anticipated. Just when they start to find their rhythm, Talvi is called away on business and whisks Annika off to Paris for what is supposed to be a working vacation. But one bad decision leads to another, and the chaos that ensues may cost someone their life.
The Flame and the Arrow
Series: The Annika Brisby Series. Price: Free! Words: 155,680. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.80)
Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby knows exactly where her life is going until she slips through a broken portal and lands in a world of fairies, nymphs, vampires, and a wild woodland elf named Talvi. Arrogant yet alluring, he's the perfect distraction while Annika's new friends help her get back home, but the brazen bad boy gets under her skin, making her question whether she truly wants to return.