Emily R. Antonen


Emily R. Antonen made her debut as a published novelist on Smashwords with her ebook, Counting On You, now available on Amazon Kindle. She has published non-fiction articles for Intermezzo, Diabetic Living, Chess Life, and Accent Travel magazines, won First Place, Adult Category, in a Miami Inner City poetry contest, written, edited, and published newsletters, lectures, brochures, web content, etc. for various house organs and organizations, and sporadically maintains the blog, Emily Antonen IMHO. She's been an “incidental writer,” catching paying work where she could, almost always non-fiction. Forced by circumstance into early retirement, she now has time for writing fiction.
Residing in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, with her family and their pets, she's a member of the Maryland Writers' Association.
Counting on You is the first book of four planned in her OCD Murder/Mystery Series, which chronicles new adult Buddy Eckes as he pursues a career in forensic sciences. Each title focuses on obsessive-compulsive behaviors: counting, ritual making, minimalism, and germaphobia. Ritual Beatings, the second in the series is in revision, Minimal Damage is in draft, and Germetically Sealed has been outlined and is in the research stage. Other works under development include: Fuzzy Findler and the Extinction Event (Science Fiction), The Writings of Gaspar Devereaux (Literary Fiction), Hounded by Love (Romance), In the Cards (Fantasy), A Commoner's Tale & Other Stories (Personal Essay), The Bad Housekeeper's Cookbook (Humor) A Collection of Dystopian Confusion (Horror), untitled (Speculative Collaborative Fiction). She believes in attempting the various genres in order to develop as a writer.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
To me, this question is sort of like, "When did you learn to walk?" It was early in life, and just as essential to me. I suppose what everyone really wants to know is when I started making money as a writer. It has almost always played a part in the jobs I've held over the years. My first paid freelance article was in 1984, with a story about "Videotaping Your Vacation" for Accent Travel magazine. I've published articles with Intermezzo Magazine, Diabetic Living, and Chess Life. My first novel, written in 1984, was about a woman taking alternative means to survive her cancer. All Good Things in Their Time was rejected many times, often with kind personal comments from editors about having limited budgets and the autobiographies of stars to consider. Most refused it because they said people did not want to read anything about cancer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Writers are also observers, especially of people's behavior. From small town ideologies to big city campuses, I pulled from my experiences to create these fictional characters, allowing them to veer from several outlines to experience the changes they wanted.
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