Interview with Emma Star

Describe your desk
I have a corner desk with speakers on top on either side of my modem. It's got shelves, with my monitor in the middle. I try to keep it neat and tidy, as I dislike a messy work space. If it's messy I find myself having to stop and clean which takes away from other activities, such as playing video games, or writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started making up stories, songs, poems, and writing as far back as I can remember. I even remember getting poetry awards in elementary school for creativeness... whether or note that was in the era where they give awards to every kid for effort or not, I don't quite remember that. But I had a lot of encouragement to keep up with my writing and that I had some talent for it as I grew into adulthood.Being dyslexic didn't help my grammar or spelling though.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just felt like if I ever wanted to achieve my dream of being a published author, I just had to put myself out there. Being autistic, I'm not so great with dealing with other people, or deadlines, and I have enough going on in my life that I had to be the one to set my own schedule. If I was on someone else's deadline, I wouldn't have the freedom to write authentically me. I don't like forcing my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like bringing a good story to other people, characters they enjoy reading about. My goal is to make my readers want to know more about my characters and see what happens next.
What are you working on next?
I want to work on compiling short stories, in-between working on some longer, bigger projects.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs. If I don't get out of bed, they come push me around with their nose... and when a mastiff puts it's head in our bed and starts nudging you,you get up out of bed before they decide to join you. They are very persistent.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family pets, my kids, my husband... playing video games, browsing the internet, reading the occasional book when I have time to find a quiet place for a few minutes to slow down.
What is your writing process?
I kind of just spew, let my characters tell me who they are, and mold the story as I go. It makes it so I have to go back and flush out details and edit a lot later - especially because of my learning disabilities due to dyslexia and autism, spell checker is the greatest invention ever!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know, I hope it does - we will see what the future holds.
How do you approach cover design?
One of the things I hate about books is when the cover doesn't relate to the inside, I often buy books based on the cover and it was my biggest pet peeve the main character was a brunette with brown eyes and the cover would have a blond model with blue eyes. I think the cover needs to match the content, even if it's kept simple.
Published 2014-09-05.
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