Book Nerd Interview
Academically, I learned to appreciate classic literature. Personally, I learned how to get by with as little effort as possible.
Is there such a thing as a formula for storytelling?
Every story requires a beginning, middle, and end. I’m not sure what other formula you need besides that.
What are “Character Rules” and give us some examples.
I have never heard of Character Rules before, but it’s important to try to make your characters as realistic and believable as possible, which means giving them desires, regrets, and flaws.
What are some of the common challenges that new and experienced authors face and what advice do you have for over-coming them?
Just sitting down every day and writing words is a challenge for new and experienced writers. There are so many distractions, especially on the internet. It helps to have a goal each day, like a certain number of words to write, and it doesn’t hurt to make a few writer friends to cheer you on and provide some accountability.
In your newest book, Through to You; can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel?
Through To You is about a heartbroken guy named Cam who finds a door to a parallel world where his dead girlfriend, Viv, is still alive. Only she’s not quite the same girl he remembers…
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Camden?
I was surprised how much I enjoyed writing from a guy’s point of view and how natural it became. I felt so unprepared at first, but now I kind of miss being inside Cam’s head.
Do you have a favorite quote that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire you?
Nope, just a bunch of random post-it notes with ideas or notes scribbled on them.
If you could introduce Viv & Nina to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’m not sure I’m ready for inter-dimensional-inter-book travel, to be honest.
What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?
I have actually never been asked this question before. So thank you!
Most horrifying dream you have ever had?
I used to have this recurring dream when I was little that I was crossing a ravine on a small plank that would break and cause me to fall every time I reached the middle.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
I think it’s the one about what happened to me on Mount Olympics that one time. Or it might be this one…
If I came to your house and looked in your closet/attic/basement, what’s the one thing that would surprise me the most?
That I actually don’t have a basement or attic and very little closet space!
When was the last time you cried?
A week ago. I cry so easily…
Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
My husband. Poor guy. There’s nowhere he can run.
Where can readers stalk you?
They can go to my website: http://emilyhainsworth.com
Follow me on Twitter: @Emily_YA
Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.
The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.
Although Cam is dealing with the pain better than anyone could, the turmoil he goes through is truly heartbreaking and for him to endure so much inner pain was so difficult to read through. The story turns to more heart-wrenching turn of events once Cam goes into this new world. In this world, Viv is alive but is not the same girl that Cam knows. He has a best friend named Nina but she does not even exist in his real world.
Emily has written such a compelling and unique science fiction/fantasy story. Her writing style gave so much authenticity to Cam’s voice. He naturally sounded like a male character which I commend Emily for doing a great job since it can be difficult to write the perspective of a character of the opposite sex. The emotions packed into this debut novel are immense. Through to You is an emotionally driven story with scenes that will creep you out.