Interview with Emma Barrett-Brown

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote a short story called "mask" when I was about 15. A cute little Victorian love story very obviously written by a 15 year old! I still have it in my "old work" file, maybe one day I will revisit it!
What is your writing process?
Very very random! I tend to start a piece the old fashioned way, putting pen to paper and seeing what spills free. After the initial burst, I start to get some idea of where I am going with it and then write up a very basic plan. I also tend to draw up housing plans and family trees etc..
I write the first draft by hand generally, not necessarily linear to the story, and then type it up and start the editing process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the title, but the first real book was a fantasy children's/teen book about Mermaids. Yes, and I still remember it fondly!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything from epic fantasy, to horror and of course my old favourite: romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an old style Kindle, I also use my Ipad.
Describe your desk
Fairly tidy! I have a photograph of my mother and a painting of a seascape next to the monitor! Normally a reference book or two sat on the edge!
When did you first start writing?
I have always loved to write, I started my first novel when I was 19 and worked on that for several years, since then I have written several novels as well as some poetry and short stories.
What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the mix! I am currently editing my other 6 novels ready for smashwords publication as well as being in the beginning stages of one novel, and the final/mid stages of another 3
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mainly Studying. I am studying for my masters in Psychology which takes up a lot of my time. I also work as a writing mentor at Plymouth University Writing Cafe.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a dedicated photographer and cover designer who does this for me.
Published 2014-04-21.
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