Friday, August 10, 2012

Emily White Author Interview


Book Nerd Interview

Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She's spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more. And when she's not doing that, she's usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables.

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Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?

Oh yes, absolutely. My maiden name is Emily Dickinson, so everyone always told me about this woman, but I never really understood she was. When I was finally old enough to understand what a poet was and what a writer was, I knew that's exactly what I wanted to do.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?

I know how to kill a man with my bare hands. 'Tis true.

I served eight years in the U.S. Army and my MOS (occupation) was Civil Affairs, which is a Special Operations occupation. We were trained to be able to keep up with all military types (Army Rangers, Special Forces, etc.), so we had a lot of hand to hand combat training.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?

Life is unfair. And then I learned how to deal with it.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?

Keep at it. Don't give up. I hit a lot of lows when I'm writing (I think most writers do), so it's very important to just keep working, even if it feels like everything I'm writing is crap.

Can you tell us when you started Elemental, how that came about?

Elemental came about after my first child was born. I'd been working on another book for a few years and I'd gotten as far on it as I could. So I decided to work on something else. There'd been an idea brewing for a little while about fairies that teleported rather than flew with their wings. And then Ella showed up! And everything took off from there.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Ella?

How different she was from me. Just starting out with the book, I didn't know if I'd be able to write a character who was totally herself. I was afraid I'd put too much of myself in her. It's nice to see that she came into her own and started making decisions that I wouldn't necessarily make.

If you could introduce Ella to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

Mackie Doyle from The Replacement, by Brenna Yovanoff. I think they'd get along very well. Also, I think Ella needs to meet someone who's as broken as she is.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?

Probably the same great advice I'd received: don't give up. If you want something, go for it. Even if you fail and you fail and you fail, keep trying. Giving up is the worst failure you could ever do for yourself.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?

Hmmm...that's a hard one. I don't know if I have anything I always lie about. I'm pretty open and don't really care if people know the truth about me.

What’s your most missed memory?

Probably the day some evil punks had smashed my very first pumpkin when I was four. I don't miss it because it's a good memory, I miss it because I wish I'd done more than run down the stairs, screaming. I wish I'd kicked them in the shins.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?

The only summer job I'd ever had was babysitting and I have to admit that I loved it. The kids were always great and I had a lot of fun.

When was the last time you cried?

Just the other night.

Most horrifying dream you have ever had?

A few weeks before my wedding, I dreamt I saw my fiancée getting eaten by a lion.

Where can readers stalk you?

My blog: www.emilytwhite.blogspot.com
Facebook (me): https://www.facebook.com/authoremilytwhite
Facebook (Elemental): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elemental/212879475408278?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Emily_T_White
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/emilywhite24/



Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should. But she wants to. For ten years--ever since she was a small child--Ella has been held prisoner on an interstellar starship. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers. Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories? Is Ella the prophesied Destructor. or will she be the one who's destroyed?

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Emily for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Signed copy of Elemental & Signed Bookmark by Emily White.
3 Winners will receive one Signed Bookmark & Tattoo by Emily White.

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74 comments:

  1. What I was doing at midnight last night?
    I was watching a movie.

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  2. i was watching Ice Age 3 with my brother... :)

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  3. I was reading Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang

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  4. I was reading Endure by Carrie Jones.

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  5. I was reading Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter!! Such an amazing book =D

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  6. Eating candy and watching a movie with my little brother :)

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  7. Thank you so much for having me, Jean! I'm so glad you liked Elemental! :D

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  8. Nice interview. I guess her first child gave her the inspiration :)
    About the question, is surprising no one has said that was sleeping. I guess we are all night creatures, lol.
    Well, at that time I was watching a series named Pretty Guardians, based on Sailor Moon anime. I was remembering my childhood :)

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  9. I was reading My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent and I can't stop reading so I was up until 3am.haha!
    Thanks for the giveaway! :))

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  10. I was reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and when I finished it, I read Lord Loss by Darren Shan. Love this book!

    Awesome interview and giveaway , thank you soo much. Elemental sounds great. I have this book on my wishlist a long time and I can´t wait to read it (:

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  11. I was reading Enna Burning by Shannon Hale.

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  12. I was sleeping. My 2 year old had me up at 6am and I was so tired :)

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  13. Hanging out with a friend in my house :)

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  14. I was writing a "bon voyage" letter to my husband before his business trip! :D

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  15. I was reading City of Bones while having a few drinks :)

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  16. I was reading a book (I think) lol :) well I was planning to read or I've already started ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Watching Doctor Who :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. at midnight last night I was entering a giveaway lol

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  19. Probably doing stuff on my laptop like hanging out on Goodreads. :P

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  20. shutting off my pc and goint to bed

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  21. Fast asleep already. I had a very long day! ;)

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  22. Reading Loyalty In Death by JD Robb! Soooo GOOD!
    (Ileana-Rafflecopter)

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  23. Listening to music on WMP, and talking to my cousin on WLM.

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  24. How weird... I was sleeping!

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  25. I was sleeping.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  26. I was sleeping. Super tired after watching Polictical Animals (on USA) at 10 pm. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  27. Watching Big Brother. LOL I take advantage of the time I have while my kids are sleeping

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  28. Watching a movie with my two sisters!

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  29. Reading the remainder of Dreamless by Josephine Angelini!

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  30. I was studying for our exam in Statistics..

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  31. Sleeping at midnight last night :)

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  32. i was reading karen morning's first book :)

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  33. Reading and finishing up decorating a cake...
    Thanks

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  34. I was finishing up homework and finished reading Widow's Web by Jennifer Estep.

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  35. Midnight last night I was watching family guy with my little brother :)

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  36. Unfortunately, I was trying my best to get comfy on an airport chair while waiting for my next rebooked flight.. missed my connecting flight and had to sleep in the airport :(

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  37. Sleeping soundly to soothing sounds of Florence and the Machine

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  38. At midnight last night i was watching Paranormal Witness on my laptop :-) im a night owl

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  39. At midnight last night, I was messing around on FB trying to get to sleep, unsuccessfully, & watching The Real Housewives of New York City LOL

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  40. playing the plum rewards game :)

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  41. :D reading - Across the Universe :)

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  42. I was chatting with my bf via skype and watching a Miss Marple episode in youtube instalments... the joys of long distance relationships!

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  43. I was in my bed reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. :]

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  44. Listening to If I Die by Rachel Vincent

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  45. i was working! I drive transport truck so I was driving down the highway

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  46. Actually sleeping...very surprising for me

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