Interview with Emily Sargent

Who inspires you the most to write?
My fans and myself. I like to take inspiration from dreams, things around me, events that have happened to me, people who are in my life, and things I find to be beautiful.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very poor part of my city. I didn't have much growing up but my family didn't have much want for material things. As long as we had a roof over our heads, food on our plates, clothes on our backs, and the strength to keep going forward, then we were perfectly content. In my writing I kind of portray my emotions into my characters. I usually try for positive character interactions because I've always tried to be a positive person.
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer romantic Fantasy books but just about any fiction genre can capture my attention. I'm not picky when it comes to books.
When did you first start writing?
Honestly? I can't even remember. I've been writing for so long that I don't know when it began. But I do remember the first time I was recognized for my writing. I was in 6th grade and I was writing a narrative about my life if I were a cat. It was a student study to try and understand how our brains were working. I suppose the piece interested some of my teachers curiosity because she pulled me aside and told me she wanted me to read the piece at the next assembly we had.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember the first thing I ever wrote, but I do indeed remember the first book I ever finished. It was a rather short book but not exactly considered a short story. It was a novel on a girl who wanted nothing more then to race her horse but she wasn't considered old enough. Her sickly father told her that any dream she had wasn't out of reach as long as she never gave up. At the end of the novel the girls father dies right after she wins the race she was fighting so hard to be in. The epilogue explains how she went on to be world known.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I haven't exactly figured it all out my self. I'm working on a short story book right now. I've only got a few completed and none have been edited but hopefully I will pull through.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a new world that I can escape to without worrying about troubles of everyday life.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Harry Potter series. I love this series do to the amazing detail, the unexpected plot twist, and the fact that there are so many books and yet it never gets boring. The author holds the readers attention and that is amazing.
2. The Percy Jackson series. Much like the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series is very enthralling. The adventure and the attention to detail really keeps me captivated while I'm reading.
3. The Twilight series. When I say the Twilight series I in no way mean the movies. The books written by Stephanie Meyers are rather amazing. I love the scenery she describes along with the moments of angst. The books are surprising and heart wrenching.
4. The Great Gatsby. It portrayed the 1920's in a way I hadn't ever thought of. Me being a 90's baby though, I never really thought of the 20's that much. I picked up the book on a whim after seeing a commercial for the movie and I fell in love with the characters and their own turmoils.
5. Dr. Seuss and all his stories. From Cat in the Hat to Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss's books have taught me good moral understanding and amazing life lessons that were hidden in the depths of those wonderful rhyming words. His books were some of the first ones I ever picked up to read on my own and I'll never forget my first book loves.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them sometimes I worry I wouldn't have the motivation to continue writing. I try my best to talk to as many fans as I can when they reach out to me. Their much like a very extended family.
Published 2016-10-10.
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