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Chance rolls out of her bunk, rubbing her eyes, resisting the urge to sneeze and infect the entire ship with her cold. A soft murmur comes from the deck above, so after thoroughly cleaning her hands with disinfectant, she determines to see what is going on.
- “Damned germs!” she curses before climbing the steps. As her head clears the deck, she spies Lady Jane, in full Scarlett O’Hara regalia. Hoops skirt, great big hat, ruffles and bows scattered about the huge skirt. Across from her, being careful not to step on the elegant fabric, sits the guest Chance had invited aboard some weeks before.
- “Oh, blast. Knew I’d forgotten somethin’!” Chance shook her head, grateful Lady Jane had taken over the duties of the day.
With a furtive glance, Chance raises her keyboard onto the step at chest level and types, putting the blog together from the questions Jane so eloquently asks…
“She do owe me,” Chance mutters as she types. “And I’ll give ‘er credit. Maybe…”
Jane and I met Emily Bryan at the Orlando Romantic Times Convention. Well, that is where I met Emily. Jane had already wheedled her way into the author’s confidence some weeks before via Emily’s most excellent blog, www.emilybryan.com. Emily was new to me, but I dove in and read two of her books right away, VEXING THE VISCOUNT and DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS. I bought PLEASURING THE PIRATE, but held off. (I admit to a jealous nature when books with pirate themes hit the shelf…) I finally tamed my jealous nature and read PtheP. And really loved it. I enjoyed the other two, but the nautical nature of PtheP caught me right off.
Emily writes lovely “wickedly witty historical romance.” The story of a landlocked former pirate, learning how to be a gentleman is full of fun and lots of nice steamy sex. My favorite line from PLEASURING THE PIRATE?
“Aye, ‘tis easy enough to fall in with villains, bad company being so much more pleasurable than good company as a general rule.”
Totally seems to fit the theme for the ship, don’t it!?
Now, let’s continue with Lady Jane’s well thought out questions and Emily’s very educational answers!
- “Sin, ya keep that undead monkey out from under Jane’s skirts!”
- “Jack! The pleasuring be done in the book, ya want more, ya go find Hellion! Quit lookin’ down Emily’s dress!”
Now, we let Jane take over the interview…
I didn’t have a web presence prior to publishing, but I wish I had. Instead of a full-blown website, I’d recommend a blog for pre-published writers. (I like ‘pre-published’ better than ‘unpublished.’ It’s more hopeful.) It’s a great way to make professional connections and using Blogger or Wordpress, it won’t cost you a dime.One thing to keep in mind, though. Remember to be kind. My mom always says every bad thing you say about someone else is a prayer to the devil. Publishing is a very small world. The author you diss now, you may want a cover quote from later.
Now that I write full-time (Thank you, God and my DH!) I aim for 10 pages a day. It’s a good thing to try to stay ahead of schedule, because you never know when life is going to throw you a curve. When I was unexpectedly diagnosed with colon cancer before last Christmas (I’m doing great now! No chemo, no radiation, the surgery seems to have worked!) I still had 30 pages to write on my Christmas novella in A CHRISTMAS BALL (due out 09/29/09). Between pain meds and my 50day/50 blog tour to promote VEXING THE VISCOUNT, my page count fell to under 2 a day. But because I had worked ahead, I still made my deadline and my editor said it was the funniest, sexiest thing I’ve ever turned in.
My writing day starts around 9 and ends when my DH comes home from work. I sneak in a blogpost while I have my morning coffee, then I pick up where I left off writing the day before. I write linearly—I start at the beginning and write straight through, editing as I go. I check my email at lunch and walk the dogs. Then it’s back to the 19th century. If I have time after I finish my page count, I tweak my website or visit other blogs. I really should add 30 minutes on a treadmill to my schedule, too, but sweating is so overrated.
“When putting together a story do you usually have characters first? an idea? a place, how does your story sometimes unfold from a seedling?”
Romance is character-driven fiction, so I have to start with the characters. Once I figure out who they are and what they want, then I can devise fiendish ways for them NOT to get it. Until they deserve it, of course.I talk about how to choose which premise to work with at www.emilybryan.com/Which Rocks to Polish which is one of my Write Stuff pages.
I’m inspired by lots of things. Music, art, a walk along the river. I really got jazzed up when I was at RT last April and saw a picture of my hero Crispin Hawke, almost exactly as I imagined him at the Fortin and Sanders booth in Club RT. Crispin’s story STROKE OF GENIUS will be out next summer.
“Emily, you write under both Diana Groe and Emily Bryan, when writing do you find it hard to "switch hats" between the two different styles in order to keep up with your readers expectations?”
- “Splendid! Jane-o, you did great! Where did you get that dress? The fabric looks like the curtains in Hellions’ cabin… Emily, welcome aboard the ship. I be mannin’ the bar now and lettin’ the crew gather ‘bout fer questions…”
“Glittery Hooha? Anyone!? Oh, and I gots me a new drink here…Stephanie’s Double Stuffed Flaming Twinkies…jus’ give me a moment ta stuff the chocolate chips in and set it afire…it be a drink and snack in one!”
Ask away, crew and guests! Ya mights win a critique from Emily!