Interview with Emily Eck

What's the story behind your latest book?
Him & Her is hard to explain without giving too much away. Yes, it's an interracial romance, but I believe it to be just a romance novel. The hero and heroine deal with many of the same challenges all relationships do. There is an added layer that brings Michael and Denise together that has nothing to with race, and is the foundation for their love. This is the focal point of the book and it will likely make you cry! I cried writing it. Happy reading!!
What are you working on next?
My current project is darker than anything I've written before. It's not dark in the erotic sense, but it's graphic. What I will say about the nature of the graphic content is that its all real. Each scenario is pulled from my current career as a social worker in a large city. You get a glimpse of social work as both the hero and heroine are social workers in the child welfare system. The book addresses how our early life informs the field of work we chose. It also explores how mental health issues don't go away until they're dealt with--no matter how hard one tries to power through it.

Our hero pulls our heroine out a funk. Can she pull him out of a mental health hole way deeper than she ever imagined existed?

Current Title (subject to change): The Violence of Birth
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Insomnia. Elle's story was keeping me awake at night. I had to purge it from my mind onto the page. After that, the stories just kept coming.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to live vicariously through my characters. I wrote a scene based on a real life situation. When I was in that situation, I remember wanting to kick a chair over. In real life, you can't go around kicking over furniture. In book land, I kicked that chair AND I growled. It was awesome.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. It was about a girl losing her best friend.
What is your writing process?
It varies. An idea usually comes to me and I jot down the general idea of it. Then I create a loose outline. I add to the outline as I think of different pieces of the book. This part is all done on paper. I am old school like that. Words flow better out of my pen than on a keyboard.

Once I have an idea of what needs to happen in the book, I go to the computer and type scenes as they come to me, usually out of order. I often know a scene that needs to be created, but wait for it to naturally come to me. When it does, it often is like a movie in my head. I see the characters, the location, and the action happening in my mind's eye. Then I try to use words to capture the scene.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. Not at all! The first story I ever read was probably Blue Bug.

I do, though, remember the first time a book really spoke to me. It was Belinda by Anne Rice. The protagonist was a sixteen year old girl having to do adult things. I was in a similar situation so it resonated with me. One minute people treated her like a kid, and the next she was enduring adult sized pain. I related to it. Plus it was the first book I read with sex in it!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
My kitchen table. A blanket next to my computer where the cat lays. A blanket under the table where my dog lays. It's a family affair, this book writing thing.

Update: My beloved cat passed after 17 years of life, 14 spent with me. Now it's just the dog doing her best to touching me in some way while I write. Though she misses her feline brother, I believe she also likes having me all to herself now.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is user-friendly. I feel like they WANT me to succeed, and do their best to help me. The autovetter rocks! Plus, as a first time author, they handle A LOT of the stuff I wouldn't know what to do with. ISBN numbers, distribution, managing royalties, etc. I can focus on writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The youth I work with.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Goodreads is a big source for me. I follow people who read books similar to me. I like gritty romances, as well as the cry your eyes out ones.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
For brilliance, inspiration, and ALL the feels:
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
In the Stillness by Andrea Randall
The Thompson Sisters Series by Charles Sheehan-Miles (It's a crier in the best possible way!)

The King Series by T. M. Frazier - More specifically, Preppy. God how I love Preppy.
The Artist Trilogy by Karina Halle and all subsequent books with Javier - Really, any book where Javi makes an appearance.
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice - I love how it spans generations. Julian and Mary Beth is my favorite era.
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez - It gives me hope, and inspires me to keep my day job.
Published 2018-07-03.
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Books by This Author

Him & Her
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,930. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
This is a story about two people on a journey, but their journey isn't about falling in love. Falling in love was easy. The journey is about staying together when everyone is hell-bent on tearing them apart. ...just because he's a black man, and she's a white woman.
Fighting Words
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,510. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sara has lived most of her life in silence, her only outlet being family BBQs where she sings like an angel. When her wild, guitar playing cousin talks her into singing at a club, her world is turned upside down. She is forced to face a world she has spent most of her life avoiding and is crippled with fear. One set of dark, brooding eyes at a show in Cincinnati changes everything.
Us
Series: L & J, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,270. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Told from dual points of view, Elle and J must figure out how to bring down an MC, steer clear of flying bullets in Missouri and south of the border, all the while making sure Fernie is out of the line of fire. Elle's love for J is tested, as is her belief that she will ever find "normal" with the man she loves.
J Roars
Series: L & J, 2.5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,530. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
I'd tear the world apart for Elle, and I just might have to after what happened in the park. I won't stop until she is safe. I won't sleep until she is next to me. Because if she dies-- so do I.
Melted & Shattered
Series: L & J, 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,600. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
The continuation of Elle and J's story. Elle must decide if she can love a killer, as J tries to be a man not a monster in order to keep the woman he loves.
J Speaks
Series: L & J, 1.5. Price: Free! Words: 17,780. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Part two of Elle & J's story. J speaks on how he met, fell in love with, and lost Elle. He's not giving up, though. He's had a taste of the sun, and refuses to live in the dark again. J has a plan. It may kill him, but he'd rather be dead than live a life without Elle.
Steel & Ice
Series: L & J, 1. Price: Free! Words: 89,330. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A not so chance, but definitely hot encounter on a crowded dance floor should be enough for J, but he can't seem to stay away from Elle. As she begins to melt his steel heart, and he manages to chip away her ice, his forced loyalty to an MC threatens to tear them apart. When the risk becomes greater than J expected, will love be enough to keep Elle from freezing her heart to him?