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Indie Author Spotlight Interview: Emerson, author of "All is Quiet in the Cosmos"

Hi my little Book Gremlins! I'm here to deliver to you yet another Indie Author who has wormed their way into my heart and onto my shelves. I absolutely adored reading Emerson's Novel "All is Quiet in the Cosmos", a Syfy novel full of dystopian vibes, guns for hire, and subtle romance. If you're interested in finding out more about the book check out the review on my previous post.

Let us get to know you:

1. Where are you from? Does that have any impact on your writing?

a. I grew up moving a lot but my childhood was mostly spent in California! We are current transplants from Texas to Virginia. So, I wouldn’t say it had too much of an impact.

2. How old were you when you first started writing your own stories?

a. Oh gosh, probably middle school? But I didn’t start really fleshing out stories until I was in high school. I had a creative writing teacher who saw potential and wanted to help me flourish.

3. Do you enjoy reading? If so, who would you say is your favorite author?

a. I do! And, honestly, I don’t have a favorite author. I’ve been reading indie a lot lately and so I’ve enjoyed every one of those that I’ve read.

4. Was there any one moment in your life that made you want to become an author?

a. When my creative writing teacher in high school pulled me aside and said he hoped to see me in bookstores someday. That was highly motivating haha.

5. How many unfinished novel ideas do you have lying around?

a. Oh gosh. Umm … so many. Haha. But off the top of my head I can remember four.

6. While I love to rep all Indie Authors I like to spotlight those that are part of marginalized communities, would you say you are a part of such a demographic? How do you think this influences your writing?

a. I’m a fairly private person. My online persona is all about anonymity. But I am a part of the LGBTQ and disabled communities. I am diagnosed ADHD and autistic and I wanted a world where people were just people, regardless of who they loved or how their brains worked. I include marginalized communities as much as I can because I understand growing up in a world that wasn’t built for you and seeing main characters that weren’t like you.

7. If you could change any one thing about our world today, what would it be?

a. Honestly, just more love. I think that would fix a lot of our issues today. Genuine love for humanity, our world, and ourselves.

8. You go by Emerson as your Author Persona, you even refer to yourself as a “Virtual” author, would you care to elaborate on why you chose this persona for your writing?

a. I am a very private person and also a parent. I wanted to share my work with the world and interact with my audience without having to disclose much about me. I wanted my work to speak for itself. Which is why I use the avatar and name. I also am not great in front of people (thanks autism) and the persona really helps me feel more comfortable speaking in front of a camera.

A bit about your writing:

9. How do you go about writing? Are you a planner or do you just write?

a. I typically just write. I’ll do some minor worldbuilding before jumping in but I’ll start with a character or two and let them tell me who they are. I’ve tried to plot heavily or force characters into a certain mold and it always results in writers block.

10. Do you have a preferred writing environment? Such as a Cafe, home office, or just anywhere?

a. On my couch or in my bed haha. I like to be comfy.

11. Are you a full-time or a part-time writer? How do you think that affects your writing?

a. I am part time. I’m currently back in school for a second bachelors so I can become a psychiatry PA, so I’m writing, parenting and going to school. It does make it much more difficult to find the time when I’m not absolutely exhausted.

12. What do you find to be the most difficult part about writing? The easiest?

a. Hmmm the most difficult has to be finding the time. The easiest is dialogue. I love natural and easy dialogue.

13. What comes first, plot or characters?

a. Typically, a small amount of plot first, but then the characters come to life. I’m a very character driven author, and I like them to feel as real as possible, so they typically run the show once they’re around.

14. Is there any writing advice you would like to give to a writer working on their first novel?

a. Just keep writing. You don’t have to publish anytime soon. I wrote for over ten years before Cosmos made itself known in my brain. It doesn’t matter how many unfinished drafts you have, just write. Perfect your craft. The story you want to tell the world will come to you. Be patient.

15. Why did you choose indie publishing for your books? Could you tell us a bit about the independent publisher you use? I had never heard of Perceptions Press until I read your novel.

a. I did originally try for a bigger, more traditional publishing house through agents but no one was biting. I realized very quickly that I was telling a story that most agents would be scared to back. So, I found someone who loved the story and was willing to run that risk.

16. What led you to writing in your specific genre?

a. I’ve always loved scifi fantasy. Specifically Star Wars. And I felt that scifi was a genre that wasn’t recognized enough as being a territory where anything was possible. You can introduce things in scifi that wouldn’t be okay in other places and it’s seen as okay. Star Trek had the first interracial onscreen kiss! I mean, that’s just amazing.

About "All is Quiet in the Cosmos":

17. What was your inspiration for this book?

a. Honestly, it kind of just fell into my head. I have a long time friend that is also a storyteller and I brought it to them. We hashed it out and they said it was amazing, and then I brought it to my spouse who also said it needed to be told. So, I tweaked a few things from hashing it out with my friend and got to writing.

18. Do you have a favorite character? Scene? Personally I love Zen the most, though I also find Lilith’s story to be inspiring.

a. Ah, I know we’re not supposed to have favorites. But … Zen is a favorite. He wasn’t supposed to be a reoccurring character but he stuck around and gave himself a love interest and the plot just worked his way! Lilith is incredible and highly looked over since she can be rough around the edges, but her story is amazing. One of my favorite chapters to write in the first book was Varys watching Zen sleep and contemplating his feelings. It felt very raw and real.

19. You cover some sensitive topics in this book, attempted assault, crimes of war, human trafficking, ect. Why write them? Is there something you’re hoping to bring to light or a reaction you’re hoping readers have to these topics?

a. I write them because in the midst of war, real war, those things happen. People … suck. Most of the time. Realistically, the actions some of these characters take puts them in actual danger. No one has plot armor because war is war and everything I’ve put into the book and everything that happens has a purpose. I want readers to understand that these are real people in a very terrible situation, who are doing the best they know how. I wanted people to see that despite how horrible things can get, there is still light to be found as well.

20. I know in the story you mention that the Serinians are amphibious beings that are based on Sirens of legend (You tie this fact in often and well might I add) but I can’t help but wonder where the other aliens' inspiration came from. Would you tell us how you came up with the Vesunians? The Ursonians?

a. Yes! So the reason Serinians have a tie to humanity in the form of sirens is obviously because they visited earth many times in early years and were the original cause of our siren legends. Canonically, they exist in the closest galaxy to the Milky Way, so traveling (if you suspend disbelief) isn’t as bad. The Vesunians, however, are from a much further galaxy, so I didn’t feel the need to root them into anything earthly. However, they are supposed to be scary. So making them big and strong was a given, but everything about their features and how they are has to do with Nuva, which you’ll find out later on. Ursonians were created as a foil to the Vesunians. Short, loud, somewhat aggressive, but generally kind. The one eye thing was just me being obsessed with Greek mythology and wanting to incorporate a cyclops element haha.

21. Were there any parts of the novel you found challenging to write?

a. Chapter 23. I knew I was planning on punishing Bell for who he is but with how scared Zen is in that chapter, it did trigger me a little as a survivor of sexual assault. But, again, it was raw and real. Also, chapter 33.

22. And lastly, is there anything you wished someone would ask you but hasn’t yet? If so, share that with us.

a. No! You were so thorough with your questioning. I’m just glad you enjoyed it as much as you did. And I’m promoting the sequel, All the Secrets in the Stars, which comes out next summer! I will be looking for betas come December for that as well.


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