Born an Army Brat and now a recovering Army Wife, Emily lives in Tucson with her husband, two sons, and two cats. When she's not schlepping her boys around town, petting the cats, or tapping the keys to her laptop, she works to improve her kids' schools through the PTA and to eliminate food insecurity among Tucson's children.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a part-time Army brat growing up. My parents divorced when I was little, and I spent the school year with my mom in the western suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. I spent the summers with my dad, wherever the Army sent him: El Paso, Texas, Norfolk, Virginia, Belgium, Memphis, Tennessee, and Louisiana. I met a lot of different people over those years, but still had school stability that many Army brats lack. It gave me a feel for how people speak and enables me to set the books almost wherever I'd like, since I've been to so many places.
Describe your desk
I have a small desk in our family's library. I can close the pocket doors if one of the kids is playing a loud game or TV show, but usually I leave them open, still part of the family even when I'm immersed in my own world. I chose a small desk because I have a pile tendency: pile of bills, pile of notebooks, pile of volunteer paperwork, etc. With a small desk, the piles can only get so big before I have to deal with them. I also keep a small cat tree next to my desk to discourage Edgar from sitting on my computer. It works about half the time. I have four large bookshelves crammed with books and a medium one with my volunteer and writing materials on it. I have a bulletin bar with inspirational quote tacked up, to-do lists, to-read lists, and other odds and ends. On the walls, I am surrounded by photos and prints of our time in Germany, and if I look over my right shoulder, I can see out our sliding glass door to our lovely backyard and the foothills of the Catalina Mountains.
Thrown into a world of magic and monsters, Annie Turner doesn't need anyone to rescue her. The Carter brothers try anyway and quickly find they bit off more than they can chew. Attracted to Rhys Carter, Annie soon find's she's in over her head. She must learn to control her Gift and master witchy politics before the demon hunting her returns.
Little did Rhys Carter know a quick trip to stop a werewolf in a small Arizona town would introduce chaos into his life in the form of a headstrong witch. He is hell-bent on destroying the demon that hunts her. On the run from forces neither of them truly understands, together they must find a way to save Annie, save Rhys, and save their future.
Demons and witches and marshals. Oh my! On the run from the demon that killed her husband, the witches who trained her, and the US Marshals who hunt him, will Annie and Rhys rebuild what she walked away from?