Interview with Emily Thorne

What do you read for pleasure?
Romance, sci-fi/fantasy
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone :)
Describe your desk
Cluttered but organized
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
All over the place. You meet new people everywhere you go and it began to inspire me from a young age. I’ve also seen a lot, so it’s easy to pull inspiration from my past.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 8. I wrote a story about a girl that lost her book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest story is about travelers that are a towns only hope, but they don’t know it yet ;D
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It’s kinda hard to break into the industry, no one ever tells you this, it outside of self-publishing, finding the right fit for you can be really challenging.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just started! x
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To see my characters come to life in worlds I have designed for them. And then to see them flourish and find each other in those stories. Best feeling ever.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I had any, they would mean everything.
What are you working on next?
I’ve been really interested in writing/drawing my own manga series, on the comedic side. But I’ll probably just keep writing my book.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the classics: Dostayevsky, Wilde, Verne, Lovecraft, Tolkien, Doyle, etc. I could go on for ages.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gaming, watching movies, being a mom, and writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Various mediums.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was 8 and it was about a young girl that lost her favorite book.
What is your writing process?
You know... brainstorming, plotting, world building, storyboarding, gallons of coffee, more storyboarding, more coffee, then the giant web of connections, little bit more storyboarding, then first draft, second, third, final edit, print :)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was in third grade, I read the Animorphs series by KA Applegate. It sparked something in me that I don’t think has fully left me. An intense desire to create something new.
How do you approach cover design?
I let my artistic husband do that for me hehe
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I love hearing that a book is being made into a movie. It makes my want to go read the book then see how other people imagine it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Umm I don’t have just 5... this list would be several pages long if I had to write all my favorite ones hehe.
Published 2018-03-04.
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