Welcome to April’s Featured Blog, something I’ll be posting here on Lit and Scribbles most of the month to introduce all of you to perhaps some new future friends and get to know a little more about your blogging community.
Today we’re going to chat it up with my friend Emmie Mears whom I got to know via Pitch Wars and who has recently acquired representation. Emmie writes about vamps, Scotland, writing and other fun stuff over at EmmieMears.com and soon she’ll be the published author of SHRIKE, an urban fantasy.
WHO IS EMMIE MEARS?: Student of history. Gamer. Language nerd. Displaced Celt.Emmie spends at least an hour a day preparing for or thinking about the zombie apocalypse.Future calamity notwithstanding, Emmie hunts stories in dark alleys and in stone circles and spends most nights listening for something that goes bump.
Emmie lives outside D.C. with her husband, a husky puppy who talks too much, and a tabby who thinks she’s a tiger.She is currently mucking up the lives of demon-hunters and mythology professors for her current projects. Emmie is represented by Jessica Negrón of Talcott Notch Literary Services.
J: Okay Emmie, when did you first start blogging and what is your blog about?
EM: I’ve been blogging for over a decade, but I started this blog about four years ago. At first, I wrote intermittently about writing, but in the last couple years I’ve moved toward writing about fantasy, urban fantasy, television shows, and superheroes. For the funsies!
J: Which of your posts was the most fun to write and why?
EM: Oh, there have been a ton! Anything Buffy-related is usually a blast to write about, because a lot of my readers are big Buffy fans. I also have enjoyed some of the list style posts, ie: Top 10 Superheroes It Would Really Suck to Be.
J: What type of stories do you write?
EM: I write adult urban fantasy, usually of a gritty-yet-quirky variety. My books tend to get dark, but I am an adherent of Joss Whedon’s admonition: “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.”
J: Protagonist excluded, which of your characters is your favorite?
EM: Hmm. Good question. I have a character called Jezebel in the trilogy that was my first real fiction project. She started out a secondary character and had such a distinctive voice that she became a POV character sheerly because she was so fun to write. In my current WIP, I really love this half-demon hybrid called Mason. He struggles against his nature and has a deep love of the mother who died giving birth to him, and he wants more than anything to believe that others like him will try to be better than they were born to be.