Interview with Debie Esmeralda

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was thirteen years old. I was lying on my bed listening to some music to lull me to sleep when the next track on my music player came. It was Heaven’s Missing Angel by 98 Degrees. The song was about a man who sees the girl as an angel, that the heaven was missing one of its angels because she is down here on earth. Then suddenly an idea for a plot came into me about this fallen angel that was being punished and as a penalty she has to stay in the human world. Then she meets a man and they fall in love. I started writing it on a notebook because I didn’t have a laptop of my own by that time. I was not able to finish the novel, but when the time I finally got my own laptop I instantly jump into action and finished the whole story. The writing was not at its best but after finishing it, even though I was not able to show my first work to the world, I know right then what I love to do. That is to write a story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To share my stories to readers. After finishing a book, one of the thrill of publishing it and showing it out to the world is waiting for readers to review and give feed backs about your works. knowing that your book became like a form of escape from the stressors of reality is like music to an author's ears.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author were mostly those of the same genre as I was writing. They were like my idols, the people I look up to when it comes to writing. Some of them were Julie James (Just The Sexiest Man Alive, A Lot Like Love), Susan Elizabeth Phillips (This Heart Of Mine, Match Me If You Can), Emma Chase (Tangled) and Tina Reber (Love Unscripted, Love Unrehearsed)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading as much as I can. I was a reader before I was even into writing so I never put my reading habit out of my life. Whenever I was having a hard time writing, I would stop and read a book to freshen up my mind.
But if The Vampire Diaries was scheduled to air on that particular day I would stop everything that I was doing just to get a glimpse of Ian Somerhalder.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a fallen angel who was punished to become a human. Then she fall in love with a man and got in the middle of a love triangle with his big brother. I still have that story and someday, maybe I can get back and work on it so I can show it to the readers as well.
What book has the most impact on what you are now?
Yes. Every since I was little I was a born reader. From fairy tale books, academic books and even medicine labels, I read them all. But the book that really opened up my eyes to what I was currently in love with now was Abby Gaines' Married by Mistake. It was currently free and it still was until now. I was never a romance reader before that, but after reading that book, I instantly became a romance reader. Now it was my favorite genre to add on my reading pile to read and was also the genre that I love to write.
What is your writing process?
First I create the characters. I will write down their physical characteristics, their pros and cons, how they would be portrayed in the story. Then I would leave them sit in the pages of my notebook for I few days. I would listen to music, read something or just do whatever I feel like doing. And then the story would start to unveil to me, scene by scene, line by line, until a whole story line was created. That's the time I would start writing and injecting these characters I constructed. I don't write down the chapter outline or I don't create such because I believe that for a story to be created you should just let it unveil itself to you slowly. Mostly I would finish the book around 2-3 months but if I was really into the zone, less than the said time frame.
Where do you get your ideas for a plot or a character?
Ideas can be found everywhere. Unlikely To Fall In Love was mostly (but not all of it was) from Pretty Woman. Damon Rhodes was inspired by Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries.
I can think of a plot from anything around me, even you can do it, but mostly the music I listened to sometimes helps the flow of how the story would be.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was watching Pretty Woman for the third time and to me it still hasn't lost its magic for me. Every time I watch it, I fall and fall in love with it all over again, but then the ending was quite not satisfying for me. Because there is no finality to it, they didn’t get married or something like that, they just rescued each other and then what? So I started searching for a book relatively equivalent to it, a prostitute and a billionaire love story but I found none of the same plot as it was. So I said, if there is no book written like one of the best romantic movies of all time, why not write it myself? So I started doing the plot and said to myself that this time I would extend the love story and put more depth towards it. So I wrote a billionaire and a hooker love story almost like Pretty Woman with a much different character backgrounds and storylines. And that was how Unlikely To Fall In Love happened.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the second book in the Unlikely Series. I am also planning the plot of the other books included on the said series and also further developing the growth of my characters especially Damon and Amanda.
Published 2013-09-24.
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