Emigh Cannaday


After bouncing around from Paris to Portland, Emigh Cannaday now lives in Wisconsin with her husband and a pack of Welsh Corgis. She grew up drawing, painting, and writing down her elaborate daydreams that focus on nature, intuition, and a bit of magic. She spends her free time testing out new recipes in the kitchen and playing with houseplants and horses. She also co-hosts the Wine Wars podcast, a show dedicated to all things wine and Star Wars. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter or visit www.emighcannaday.com to get the latest author updates and connect with other fans.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a visual artist at heart, and grew up drawing and painting along with scribbling stories for my own amusement. Artistic integrity has always been very important to me, and I swore I would always stay true to those values. After writing my first book I tried traditional publishing for a few years, but had a difficult time getting my foot in the door. Years later, I now believe it was meant to be, because I think I would hate writing if I had editors chop up my beloved stories until they were completely unrecognizable, or publishers dictating what I should write and how I should write it. I'm proud to be an indie author and I deeply value the creative freedom it's given me to write what I want and stay true to who I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
When Mark Coker says something, I listen. His tutorials and insights have had a huge impact on how I market myself, and how I'm able to be marketed. I feel liberated through the knowledge that he so freely shares. Smashwords has also taken the headache out of formatting and distribution of my books. I love that I can come to one place to make an update instead of wasting a weekend going to each individual retailer's publishing website and learning so many different forms of software. As a writer I spend a lot of my life alone at my desk, so the time spent with friends and family is precious to me. Smashwords has given me the rare gift of having more hours in a day, and that's priceless.
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Where to find Emigh Cannaday online

Where to buy in print


The Annika Brisby Series
Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby gets tangled up in a parallel world filled with elves, wood nymphs, shape-shifters and vampires. Chaos, tears, laughter are par for the course as she navigates her newfound friendships, love interests, and her ultimate destiny in life.


The Flame and the Arrow
Series: The Annika Brisby Series. Price: Free! Words: 155,680. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.80 from 10 reviews)
Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby knows exactly where her life is going until she slips through a broken portal and lands in a world of fairies, nymphs, vampires, and a wild woodland elf named Talvi. Arrogant yet alluring, he's the perfect distraction while Annika's new friends help her get back home, but the brazen bad boy gets under her skin, making her question whether she truly wants to return.

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