Today we have a special treat for you , an interview with J.D Brown . She is the author of the Ema Marx series and has a new book coming out Monday Oct 9
Thank you for coming and spending time with us today
Thank you for having me .
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is J.D Brown and I am the author of the Ema Marx series. I am a Neflix addict , book hoarder and coffee lover . I live an hour outside Chicago and I am a Pomeranian mom
Tell us about your books
The Ema Marx series includes four novels . Dark Heirloom. Dark Liaison . Dark Becoming and the new book Dark Ascension and two novellas Athena's Oracle and The Warrioress. The story follows a recent college graduate and historian named Ema Marx who mysteriously becomes a vampire and must fight her way through a paranormal underground she never knew existed .
What is your writing style like
It is a little dark , a little witty . Equal parts contemporary and magical with a dash of romance for good measure. I am pretty descriptive with my writing. I like for the readers to feel as though they are Ema able to step into her skin and experience everything she does . If you ever wondered what being a vampire might be "feel" like this is the series for you . You'll smell the blood as you hear the thump of a speeding pulse.
When you write your characters do they have pieces of you in them
I am sure there's a little off me in them since I imagined them up but they're also very much their own people . I love creating backstories for them all . It's one of my favorite parts of writing .
If you didn't write, what would you be doing with your life
Gosh , I don't even want to think about that because I don't know. Haha. I'd probably go back to grooming or dog training . I love working with animals .
Do you read your reviews and what do you do if you read a bad review .
Sometimes I do if I happen to notice a new one . I don't respond to reviews because everyone is entitled to their opinion and art is meant to inspire debate
What aspect of the writing / publishing do you like and what part do you dislike .
Connecting with the readers is the best part / Knowing that I've built this fictional world and populated it with fictional characters that real people like me actually want to escape to . That is the coolest feeling .
The worst part? Gosh , its so time consuming . Being your own boss is exhausting and can be really scary sometimes . Having to make the big executive decisions when it comes to marketing or advertisements or traveling . Knowing how to handle the business side of things .... there is always a struggle
If there was a movie made out of your books who would you cast as the leads .
I have a better question: who would you guys want to see . The Casting pros can handle it .
If there was one thing you could do differently as a teenager to help you become a better writer today . What would it be
I'd start sooner . I'd writer more and faster I'd tell myself that it doesn't need to be perfect or the best or even that good . You beat 50% of the competition just by finishing a manuscript . Perseverance is so much more important than talent .
What was the first book that made you want to become a writer.
Can I blame Twilight? LOL. I probably shouldn't because Lord knows Meyer did something right. Don't get me wrong , I have the entire saga in hard back sitting on my shelf , but Bella Swan really made me want to take a crack at writing better . Justice was needed for those of us who wanted a more badass female .
NOW FOR SOME FUN QUESTIONS
COFFEE , TEA OR OTHER
Coffee but I like tea also
FAVOURITE SNACK FOOD
Vinegar and sea salt chips . Though I try and not buy them because I always end up eating the entire bag in one sitting
ooh those are my favourite chips too and yeah once you start you don't stop :)
IF YOU HAD A SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE
I don't have one there are so many to choose from
DO YOU BINGE WATCH YOUR FAVOURITE SHOWS
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
I ask every author this question. What would you tell any aspiring writer out there .
Don't be afraid to write crap because there is no such thing as perfect . A finished manuscript is the most important part of the entire process. you can fix a finished manuscript . You can edit , tweak and polish a finished manuscript . You can sell a finished manuscript even if it sucks . you cannot do squat with a partially finished draft or ides . End of story (no pun intended )
Where can we find you