Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years.
Ironically, those years were some of Emi’s favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she’s still in love with him to this day. She’ll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. What was the spark of inspiration for After Dark?
One day I was thinking about how my life and career has changed over time, but what if I could never change my career and worse, had to decide what I’d be for the rest of my life when I turned 19 — 1 year after i’d become an adult (officially). No chance for change. No chance for ‘parole’ from what I’d chosen. Never, ever, ever get to go back. Hmmm …. that became After Dark.
2. Which character trait to you share with Mac?
Stubborn. I’ve been termed ‘stubborn as a mule’ since I was a kid. I am the epitome of stubborn. Mac is too.
3. If you could go back in time, what era would you visit?
Why does everyone make me go BACK in time? I want to go FORWARD. 🙂 I want to see the future. The past I can study in books … I like the idea that there’s something out there I can’t already know and if we have the technology to send me back we surely have the technology to send me forward, right? So I choose the read 2099. No reason … just to see. 🙂
4. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write, write, write, write, and write, more. Then, once you’ve done that, write more with a critique group that is not made up of your friends, family or coworkers. Get people who have experienced the publishing world. One vs. the other is a world of different.
5. Finally, Vampire or Werewolf?
Changeling. She can be both. 😉
About After Dark: What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.
In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.
She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.
Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.
In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.