For seven years, Alex has lived with this secret that haunts her memories. And when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued by the fear that her parents' murderer will soon find himself another victim - her.
As she follows her heart, the murderer follows her.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part about writing my books is that I’m not a planner. I’m a pantser, and will forever be, I think. I have gotten software to help me plan my novels. I’ve sat down and wrote the word “Outline” on a sheet of paper and stared at it until I couldn’t see straight. I just cannot write an outline or plan ahead no matter how hard I want to be a plotter. Sure, I do write down ideas. Sometimes I have to stream of conscious write in order to get my thoughts together, but aside from that, I start writing and see where my characters lead me. I like that and hate that. So, trying to plan out a novel is the hardest part for me.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I usually end up searching for beta readers around the second or third draft of a novel. By then, I want a fresh set of eyes on my work because things have begun blurring together for me by then. I want new opinions and ideas on my work. Sure, I search for “This is the most brilliant novel I’ve ever read!” but I never get that until the finished product. ;) I fight with being discouraged though after beta readers have torn apart – I mean – critiqued my novels, but eventually, I look at it with a new fervor and get the job done correctly. Beta readers are very important in my writing process.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
I do! I love hearing from my readers! I love it when they tell me their opinions on my novels. The question I get asked most is whether or not my novels will have a sequel. I usually leave a huge twist at the end or leave them wanting more. Which is good! I love hooking readers, but I do have ideas for sequels although I cannot promise more at this point. I just have ideas which may or may not turn into anything.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story to me is when I cannot bear to set the book (or my Kindle) down. I want to feel like I’ve not had enough sleep because I’ve stayed up reading all night long. I hope that I can put that into my stories. I want my readers to blame me for sleepless nights.
Tell us about your family.
My family is fantastic! They are my world, especially my nieces and nephews (All under the age of 4)! I am fortunate enough to work from home where I get to see them every day. There’s nothing like having them crawl all over me while I’m trying to work! But I’m close to my mom, dad and sister. I can’t imagine my life without my family. We’re all so close. It’s wonderful.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
This one is easy to answer since I’m actually working on the series now. It’s about a young girl, Myka, who has ended up a private school full of vampires. They all have this secret, and when she finds out what this secret is, her world is tossed upside down. And then she discovers that she is possibly a mythical creature she recently discovered existed. The story follows her as she fights evil and becomes something she never dreamed she would ever be.
DOCTOR WHO!! The Vampire Diaries, Bones, Teen Wolf, Castle, Dexter, and well, the list could actually go on. I’d rather watch TV shows over movies any day!
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
My book is about a young girl who strives for normality in a world that would see it otherwise. She’s thrown into a race against her parents’ murderer who would see to it that everyone she cares about is dead, and she’s torn between her ex-boyfriend and best friend who both love her and who she loves.
Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in
(and has the accent to prove it), where she writes novels and short stories as well as blogs about writing when she isn't spending time with her nieces and nephews. She works diligently to make a name of herself and has published two young adult books, Piercing Through the Darkness and Read Me Dead. She has also been published by Phyllis Scott Publishing in their book Blue Legs and Other Coming of Age Stories. She works diligently to finish more works for publication. Mississippi
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