Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dead Dreams by Emma Right: Interview and Excerpt



Title:   Dead Dreams

Author:   Emma Right

Published:  September 2013

Word Count:  approx. 50,000

Genre: YA Psychological Mystery

Recommended Age:  11+

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines,  an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams--of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.



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Prologue from Dead Dreams by Emma Right:

They say each dead body, a human corpse, has a scent all of its own, a sweet-sour smell. A cadaver dog picks up the scent as clearly as a mother would recognize the photo of her child. Of course, I wouldn’t know, for I am no dog. I might as well have been, the way I’d stooped to yield to my basic instincts. My mind wandered to her, what her unique smell would be when, and if, they ever were to find her.

After what happened, I decided to write out the events that led to that day and details that might help, in case I’d missed something, or might need it for defense, or in case they found me dead. My relatives might need to piece together the things that had spiraled out of control, if they wanted closure to put me to rest, to forget me altogether. That would be least painful for them. I nodded to myself as I sat in the car. I thought of my most favorite girl in the world: Lilly. At least Lilly’d have my dog, Holly, to remember me by.

My friends used to call me Brie, short for Brianna. But, I could hardly count anyone a friend any more. I’d have to resort to back-watching if I wanted to survive.

Welcome Emma!  Thanks so much for stopping by and giving us this opportunity to find out a little more about you. Ready? 
Have you developed a specific writing style?
I am more of an organic writer since I always have a story in my head, an idea I'd like to grow, and once I start with the character and the conflict, the story blossoms on its own. I just keep writing until the end. Then I wait a few weeks and work on other stuff--cover design, arrange for ads or blog tours, write guest post--while I let the story settle, sort of like waiting for wine to age,  in its oak barrel. You can't rush it,  After this, I go back to the piece (about six-seven weeks later) to rearrange scenes and plots so that it has the traditional structure that is recognized as the basic architecture of what a good story should be--the 1/4-1/4/1/4/-1/4 structure.
What was your first sale as an author?
To be honest, I really don't know. I put it out there on Amazon and cross my fingers. I am not much of a sales person to begin with so you can imagine why I wouldn't know.

What do you think makes a good story?
One that has a great voice, a compelling plot, imagination, characters I would probably enjoy meeting, even if I might not personally want them to me my bff , or anything, and  most importantly the story that keeps me thinking, long after the book has ended.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I recently lost a childhood best friend--seeing that both of us came from dysfunctional families and were latch-key kids. She was really my constant companion from when I was twelve to about seventeen and we did everything together--ran track, did some bowling, went to the beach, shopped for bras like maniac teenagers--you know all the girlie things teenagers do with their bffs! But with college we drifted away and pursued our own destinies. Off and on through the years we saw each other maybe a half a dozen times but we still felt close in that we realized what a big part of what we had become was due to what we had been to one another.
I just wish now, on looking back, that I had told her, that last time I saw her, three years ago, how I'd miss her if i could never see her again; that she was my best friend then and a part of her will always live on in me. That's what we do, you know, when we build relationships-- we deposit a part of ourselves in that person, like a seed that stays dormant.Three months ago I found that she had died of breast cancer. Even today i cannot accept the fact that she had died at such a young age. I wish i could apologize to her for not being a truer friend, that I had to find out she'd passed on from an obituary, and i wasn't there for her in the last months of her life to help her somehow. But it's too late.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Probably when my OB told me that the baby i was carrying was a down syndrome child. Fifteen years later, and having birthed a perfectly healthy baby girl, i realized that worse things could have happened, but at the time I was filled with terror and images of what the baby would look like, how I was going to care for the girl, etc, whizzed through my head. I am so glad i never listened to the doctors though or my beautiful ballerina daughter, who came out without a trace of down syndrome, would never have been born! Of course, I would have still loved her even if she had that abnormality, but as a young mom then that news filled me with such horror and fear.
Does your significant other read your stuff? Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
My husband reads my books at least twice and since he's not much of a fiction reader I value his critique since I figure if I can capture a non-reader's attention it must be a good thing, right? My older kids read my books, too, pretty much toward the end when it's all cleaned up--just so they don't shock themselves at my typos and errors, especially since I am often times their teacher, too. Then I also belong to a an author group and we have beta readers who point out issues. Of course, I find what my editors have to say very helpful as they are the pros and they have been doing this much longer than I have.
Are you working on any other books right now?
I am  currently finishing up Keeper of Reign Book 2 and hope it will be out early 2014. Some readers have asked me to write a prequel for Keeper of Reign. I might. Time is my enemy these days. Once I am done with this I will be working on Dead Dreams 2!

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Alaska. I' d love to see its raw beauty.

Tell us about your next release.
I am finishing up Keeper of Reign, Book 2, a Middle Grade/ Young Adult adventure fantasy about a breed of half-elf, half fairies, called Elfies.
Who is your favorite author?
J.R. R. Tolkien.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Finishing it and saying enough is enough.
Where do you research for your books?
Mostly on the internet.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
That the more I write the more ideas spew out of me.

What are your favorite TV shows?
I love 24 and Downton Abbey, and also Sherlock Holmes' Elementary.
What is your favorite meal?
New York or LA? Why?
NYC--I love plays.
What makes you happy?
Seeing people I care for happy, and also seeing children laugh.
Do you have a Website or Blog?

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please visit my blog and sign up for my quarterly newsletter.  
If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?
Yes. Gone with the Wind. I hate the ending!



Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after too many pets, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before having children.

Visit Emma Right at her home site and sign for her blog feed and newsletter @ and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps from self-publishing to book marketing. Follow Emma Right on Facebook and "like" her Facebook Fan Page for the latest events. Follow Google Plus emmarightbooks, and Twitter @emmbeliever. She'd love to hear from her readers.



There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • If US winner is selected, they will receive a print copy of Dead Dreams and a $15 Amazon gift card. If INT winner is selected, they will receive an eBook copy of Dead Dreams and a $15 Amazon gift card.


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