Interview with Emily Josephine

Published 2015-10-21.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read clean romance novels - preferring ones with a bit of suspense - the occasional historical fiction, and Christian thrillers, Ted Dekker being my favorite in that genre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle! Very easy on my eyes (I have Irlen Syndrome), and the text-to-speech makes editing my manuscripts a breeze.
Describe your desk
My desk is white with black trim, rather curvy and cute. (Geez, sounds like I'm describing a heroine of one of my novels!)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southeast Minnesota. I think like most authors, I tend to set my stories in places I'm familiar with, so my novels tend to take place either in northern Midwest settings, or in the Southwest where I have lived since the age of 23.
When did you first start writing?
The first story I can remember was a third-grade Language Arts assignment, entitled "Turkey Escapes." Mr. Gilbertson told us to write a story about Thanksgiving, and where most of my peers wrote a few paragraphs summarizing what they knew about the first Thanksgiving, I came up with this crazy plot of a turkey who escapes from the farmyard before the farmer can catch him and butcher him for the holiday.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest novel, not to be published until I finish the whole series (a trilogy), reveals some of my more unsavory experiences with the multi-level marketing industry.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In 2004, I attended the Glorieta Christian Writer's conference in New Mexico. There, I was told by then-editor for Howard publishing, Terry Whalin (I think he is now on his own), that "somebody should publish this book", but it couldn't be his company due to funds and me being a untested author. A stack of rejection letters an inch thick piled up over the next couple of years, as agent after agent and publisher after publisher rejected me.

A few years later, I tried to sell a few non-fiction e-books from my website and failed miserably. By then, the Kindle store was perhaps three or four years old and I decided to try my hand at self-publishing. Finally, the novel whose first pages had impressed Mr. Whalin so was published - and I was the "somebody" that got it done!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Figuring out an interesting twist, or solution to a plot hurdle that propels the story forward.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are so wonderful! Their reviews and comments let me know that I am succeeding with my purpose of inspiring people to move forward in their lives, to forgive and to go after their dreams.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
We live on five acres of beautiful wooded property in the mountains. What further inspiration do I need?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I are part-time homesteaders, and full-time parents to a son with ADHD whom we homeschool. Enough said.
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Latest books by This Author

Christmas Mercies
Price: Free! Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A music teacher determined never to celebrate Christmas again…the ninety-year-old woman weighed down with guilt and remorse…and the man who wants nothing more than to bring the light of the holiday back into both hearts…
“Rock Star Husbands” Series Boxed Set
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 321,100. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Many young women dream of marrying a rock star. But some…don’t. As is the case with the women who populate the four novels in Emily Josephine’s “Rock Star Husband” series.Romance and suspense mingle with a good dose of humor in this sweat, clean romance series.
Worth The Risk
Price: Free! Words: 67,720. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(5.00 from 1 review)
A small-town, simple living girl, terrified of being in the limelight… …the most famous celebrity on the planet, convinced that she’s his soul mate… …and an untimely lawsuit that forces them to make choices that will either make or break their lives...
Pine Mountain Estates Boxed Set, Books 1-3
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 214,670. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Christian » Romance
This boxed set of Christian novels consists of the first three books in the "Pine Mountain Estates" series. Beginning with the first novel, Pine Mountain Secrets, it leads you into a small community set in southeast Oklahoma, into the lives of characters struggling with life's trials, and encountering God's grace along the way.
Pine Mountain Secrets
Price: Free! Words: 66,970. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 1 review)
What if the one secret you were holding was the one thing holding you back from a life of complete freedom? A teenage girl and a middle-aged woman must stop hiding their past and their pain if they are to ever move into healing and wholeness.
Take Back Your Life: Three Steps To Designing The Life You Really Want
Price: Free! Words: 11,910. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
If you’re leading a life of “quiet desperation” rather than a vibrant, fulfilling life, and you want that to change, this book is for you. If you don’t like the way your life is going right now, and you’re ready to do what it takes to change it, download this book now and read it from beginning to end. You’ve got nothing to lose.
Abundant Living Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 185,660. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
If you’re life most people, you want more freedom and abundance in your life. You want more leisure time and less time at work, more money and less (better, no) debt, more energy and vitality and less illness. If you need a great resource to help you develop greater freedom and more abundance in your life, this e-book set is for you.
Revenge: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In this short-short story, when unconventional Rachel reluctantly attends her best friend's pool party with upper-class women from the nearby country club, she encounters the predicted shuns and snide remarks. But she bides her time while waiting for her husband to come home from a month-long absence, because once he shows up, the joke will be on those women.
Mastering Minimalism: Eight Steps To A Life Of Less Stuff And More Freedom
Price: Free! Words: 8,570. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Sustainable living, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Green living
If you are looking at becoming a minimalist, or you have already begun moving toward it but need some encouragement to “fight the good fight,” read this book. It WILL help.
Savoring Singlehood: Nine Ways To Transform Your Single Life From Miserable To Marvelous
Price: Free! Words: 8,680. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Do you have trouble sleeping at night because you feel so lonely and yearn to find your soul mate? Are you stuck in a rut at your job, hoping that one day soon, your Knight In Shining Armor will come and rescue you out of it? Has dating become just a way to fill your time instead of a way to enjoy life and other people? If so, this book offers ideas that can alleviate the pain of an empty heart.
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