Author Interview Blitz: Ferris Robinson

The next installment of the Emerald Musings Author Interview Blitz features Ferris Robinson, author of Making Arrangements. Once again, we’ve found another writer brave- or foolish enough to answer our five-question blitz.  Please enjoy!

Question # 1: Let’s start with a fun question– Why do you write?

book cover making arrangementsI have written for almost as long as I can remember. When I was very young, I made little storybooks out of old cardboard and scratch paper, probably one or two words on a page and misspelled.

I spent a whole lot of time at my grandmother’s house in Athens, Tenn., as a child and I didn’t really have any friends there – I lived 2 hours away. She had a vast collection of books – all the classics – so I read. And read. And read.

I was painfully shy until I was about 16 and went to a high school an hour away from my home, and again, knew no one there. Sooooooo I read – I think I read every book in the lower school library. I was so absorbed in stories and I suppose I learned at a young age that taking a pencil and writing things down was just part of life for me – I didn’t obsess over what words worked or didn’t. I just wrote them down willy nilly. There are stacks and stacks of journals that I’ve kept over the years – all of them mostly illegible. But I’ve always found it easier to write than talk, especially when I have something important to say.

And I get pleasure when I tell a story the way I think it should be told – when a piece evokes the emotion I intended.

Author Interview Blitz: Jay Lemming

The latest installment of the Emerald Musings Author Interview Blitz features a conversation with Jay Lemming, author of Billy Maddox Takes His Shot.  As always, we’ve asked five questions, and this author is brave enough to answer them.  Please enjoy!


Question # 1: Let’s start with a fun question– Why do you write?

View More: think this question gets to the heart of personal identity. Why do any of us do what we do? Why do we have the personalities we do? If we are compulsive writers, it is because of a combination of the love of imagination (and the love of the stories that develop FROM imagination) and the desire to create. I can’t see making money being fundamental to the love of writing, since making money from writing is much more difficult than it is from being a lawyer or a doctor, though not impossible. I also can’t say that self-expression is the best reason, though many people, including some writers, say it is true. People from all walks of life affect different personalities and I think writers who buy into affectation like that really need to knock it off, even those who have succeeded in their work.

One thing I will add is that writing provides a place of safety, where one can’t be hurt. People get disappointed by so much in life, from the disappointments created by others, from the frustrations that come from things not going our way. Writing is a place where we play God and basically make anything happen that we want to. That’s not to suggest writers are power-hungry in a megalomaniacal way but more that they are tempted to take on a role where they know they can avoid pain.

Author Interview Blitz: Pauline Yates

The Emerald Musings Author Interview Blitz continues on with a conversation with Pauline Yates, an up-and-coming blogger, and writer trying to navigate the waters of our world. Please enjoy! Question # 1: Let’s start with a fun question– Why do you write? I’ve always considered myself a storyteller. Writing allows me to express the stories

Author Interview Blitz: Elena Hartwell

We’re continuing our Author Interview Blitz series today with the delightful Elena Hartwell, author of the Eddie Shoes Mystery Series.  Please Enjoy!

Question # 1: Let’s start with a fun question– Why do you write?

HartwellHeadshotIt’s not really a choice. It’s more that I am compelled to write. Even if I take a break away from writing, for example, if I’ve just finished a big project, I soon find myself back at my computer working on some new piece. The characters start getting very loud in my head and I have to put them down on paper (or at least into a computer file!).

Question # 2: What is one “piece of writing advice” that you wish you’d never taken?

“It’s fine the way it is” from an agent about one of my novels. It wasn’t fine, it needed rewrites. Now I know to trust my instincts.

Five Question Interview: Jaye Shields

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  1. You have a degree in Anthropology specializing in archeology from San Francisco State University. Was there a particular time period or area of archeological study that held a fascination for you during your study?
    1. Great question. My emphasis was Maya Civ, including Olmec, Zapotec and Aztec peoples. I also took a lot of great classes on Classical Greece, which is where I got a lot of the inspiration for my Immortals in Alameda series.

Five Questions for Adrian Lupsa, author of Necessary Evil

cover_necessary_evilYou’ve written quite a number of short stories in your earlier years. Do you think that writing them helped you prepare for writing Necessary Evil? If so, how?

I started to write in primary school when my compositions (homework) were really appreciated by my teachers. In high school, I continued writing poems and short stories, but I never published them. I believe that all this work was not in vain, and somehow prepared me for writing a novel.

How does being a student at the Faculty of Math and Computer Science at the University of Constantza influence your creative writing? Do you see an influence from those subject areas that people might not expect?

It’s a bit funny, because writing as a hobby has nothing to do with what I study. The good thing is that I can use my computer knowledge to edit my manuscript without problems, create a website and other promotional materials without the necessity to hire someone to do it for me.

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