Interview with Edward Emerson

Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorites are: Stephen King, Thomas Mallory, Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, and many more. I've been an avid reader since I first learned to read.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work a full time job as a system administrator, but when I'm not writing\editing I like to exercise, read, and play paint ball.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to take a look at the recommendations that the e-book retailers offer based on my purchasing history. I also like to take a look at the self published offerings on the bigger retailers, I've found some of my favorite books that way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was titled "Going Home", and was a poorly written short story about a dwarf warrior returning home after a long war. He was looking forward to seeing his sister and her children, and wanted to get back to running his farm.
What is your writing process?
I like to develop a rough outline just for the sake of keeping my thoughts in order. After I have that I sit down with a number two pencil and a stack of yellow or white legal pads and start writing my first draft. Most of the writers I know don't hand write anything, but I find that that step helps me keep my thoughts and story line more focused.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, it probably would have been something assigned in school. I do remember the first book I read, it was Daniel Defoe’s 'Robinson Crusoe', and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came to realize that the story and subject matter made a big difference in my desire to read something. That was a long time ago, during grammar school!
How do you approach cover design?
I get my cover inspirations from movie posters, and usually have some what of an idea of what I want my cover to look like. I then work with a graphic artist to get what's in my head out into a medium that everyone can see.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have a long list of favorite books, and each one has a different reason for being on my list.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading action/adventure, fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, and spy novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook tablet, but also use my PC as an e-reading device.
Describe your desk
It depends on where I am in my writing cycle. It tends to be a mess if I'm working on my first draft and getting it from the hand-written document to and electronic document. If I'm at the editing stage, the desk tends to be a whole lot neater and uncluttered.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a New Englander, and when I write I tend to put the seasonal changes into the stories.
When did you first start writing?
In 2007 after being laid off. I had always wanted to write a book and having the time to do it really made a difference for me. If it hadn't been for that layoff, I never would have found out how much I enjoy the writing process.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always enjoyed sword and sorcery type tales, and have wanted to write one of my own for quite a while. I also like stories where people are able to come together and find a solution to a problem by working together. With Anawyn I was able to put both of those together.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The enormous difficulty in trying to get my work out to the public with the larger publishing companies, and the lose of control that authors seem to have once they are working with them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I actually have two, creating the characters, and being able to spend some time in the world I've created.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me! If it were not for them, I wouldn't be here right now!
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on books two, three, and four of Anawyn, and then I want to take some time away from there and write an urban fantasy novel that has been kicking around in my head about a gut who hunts werewolves.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I like to spend an hour of so writing before going to work in the morning, that gets me up and ready to go everyday.
Published 2014-09-29.
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