Interview with Emily Eck

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have come to think of my heroine, Elle, as Emily 2.0. Much of the book is based in real life experiences. I'm an avid romance reader as well as daydreamer. I was at a stop light thinking about my early 20s and how I had been trying to get my life together. I thought, "What if...." So I took my early 20s and added a hot, broken, alpha male to the story. Voila. Steel & Ice. It kinda took on a life of it's own after that.
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.
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.
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 are you working on next?
The final book in the L & J series. Its action packed. Book one was really an intro to the characters. Book two is a taste of our hero's voice and a hint of what's to come. Ish pops off in book three!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The teens 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?
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. It's part of my personal bible.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I love how it spans generations. Julian and Mary Beth is my favorite era.

Reflected in You by Silvia Day. One word. Gideon.

Always Running by Luis Rodriguez. It gives me hope, and inspires me to keep my day job.

Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky. Also part of my personal bible.
Published 2014-02-10.
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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?