Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Get Lost Again with Emma Wildes!

Get Lost in This Story…



Twice Fallen is the second book in the Ladies in Waiting series, finally featuring Lord Damien Northfield (yes, Emma listens when readers ask!) from Lessons From a Scarlet Lady. Damien meets his match in Lady Lily Bourne, a disgraced beauty with a scandalous past. Just the perfect woman for a wily spy who specializes in secrets, isn’t she? When Lily proves to be the key to catching a ruthless killer, he decides fate might just have brought them together…

Welcome to Get Lost in a Story today, where I am excited to welcome back my friend and fabulous historical romance author, Emma Wildes!



Emma Wildes is an author of numerous Regency and other historicals novels. Twice nominated for an RT bookLover’s Reviewer’s Award (An Indecent Proposition, 2009, Our Wicked Mistake, 2010), An Eppie winner for best erotic historical, Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, she writes for NAL’s Signet Eclipse line. Emma lives in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and a temperamental cat named Poot. You can visit her at www.emmawildes.com

So, let’s get to the Get Lost Interview!!!

Heather:  What’s your favorite “love” word?
Emma:  I like captivated. It implies intelligence and sexual pull.

Heather:  What turns you off like nothing else?
Emma:  A person without a sense of humor.

Heather:  Where do you read and how often?
Emma:  I read EVERYWHERE. In my office while I’m working, on vacation, on the place, in bed…

Heather:  Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Emma:  Classical, preferably Baroque. Very soothing.

Heather:  Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
Emma:  I think writing. I like to play with how the words sound together. But, of course, a good story is important!

Heather:  If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
Emma:  If I couldn’t be a writer I would be bereft.

Heather:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
Emma:  Actually, I take a glass of wine and go sit by the lake. I tell my children I am going out to contemplate life, but I doubt it is really that cerebral <laugh>. I just go out and enjoy that there is really a lot of beauty in this world. Water, blue sky, birds, a warm breeze…

Heather:  What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?
Emma:  Swedish Christmas dishes. Just a few days away!

Heather:  What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Emma:  We have a second country home now and really love it. No lake like our other house, but two small ponds and fifteen acres of woods with deer and wild turkeys wandering through. It is pitch dark at night, and so quiet you can hear every creak and rustle. I keep telling my husband a rabid badger <very unlikely, that is my vivid imagination> is living under our front porch because I do hear whatever it is come home each morning at dawn. Lots of thumping. A growl or two. This creature and I have an understanding that no sighting is mutually good for both of us. I don’t want to see him, and he doesn’t want to see me. Perfect.

Heather:  What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
Emma:  I don’t know if it is a quirk, but I hate loud noises. Music? Please keep it very soft. I went to about two concerts as a teen and then gave it up. I don’t even like the fan on in the bathroom. No wonder I live in the country.

Heather:  Have you ever written a character who wasn’t meant to be a hero/heroine but he/she wouldn’t go away?
Emma:  Well, now that you mention it, Damien Northfield from Twice Fallen (January 3rd, 2012, Signet Eclipse). He is a middle brother and he didn’t really have that big a role in Lessons, but readers loved him. I have seven current mass market paperbacks with NAL, plus two eSpecials out there with NAL (Spanish Lullaby just came out on the 5th of December), 29 books with Siren Publishing, four with Samhain, and he is hands down the character that has gotten the most fan mail! I found it all so astonishing. So I wrote his story, and honestly, he and Lily were just perfect for each other.

Heather:  Dog person or cat person?
Emma:  Love dogs, and love cats. I adore Poot. So handsome. But he is an exceptional cat <laugh> At our country house the neighbors have the most fabulous dog who comes to visit…Blue is an English Spaniel and he is so sweet. He’s gentle as can be but just barges in if you open the door. One night he watched a movie with us on the couch <invited himself> and his “parents” came looking for him. I felt a little guilty when he was sacked out on my lap. They were worried.

Heather:  What is your favorite thing about you?
Emma:  I think I’m extremely calm in a crisis, emotional, physical, etc. I immediately go to the “it-happened-it-needs to-be fixed” mode. It probably says something weird about me…please don’t tell me what it is, but at least I don’t go to pieces.

Heather’s GOTTA ASK – Emma’s GOTTA ANSWER  J

Heather:  What has been the most unexpected thing about being a published author?

Emma:  I don’t think I expected ever to be this busy. It is such a lovely gift. I write books and people actually want to read them <seriously?>. Heaven on earth.

GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?

Emma:  I am so curious to know if readers like it when authors switch paths and cross into other genres. For instance, I have a new series coming with Tor/Forge to be released next year that is thriller/suspense as Kate Watterson. The books are contemporary and the first one involves a serial killer…quite a switch for me. Thoughts? I will still write historicals, of course, since I love them, but I am quite a mystery buff also, so this was just a delightful challenge. I’d really like to hear what you all think!


WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?**

Emma:  A signed copy of Twice Fallen since I JUST got my copies yesterday.

Thanks so much for being with us today, Emma!

Emma:  Thank you for having me here at Get Lost in the Story. I have really enjoyed it!

Best to all, Emma

If you missed Emma’s previous visit to GLIAS, learn more about her here!

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20 comments:

  1. Congrats on the upcoming release, Emma. I will definitely check out Kate Watterson books when they release. I'm always willing to follow an author as they cross genres. I'll give it a try and if I like it as their other books.

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  2. Congratulations on the new book Emma! I don't mind when a favorite author switches genres. I do like it when they use a different name because that does tell me what type of story it is going to be.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  3. Emma, I grabbed Lessons from a Scarlet Lady by accident it was the best mistake I could have made. After reading it I was hooked on your writing. I love that you do not only have the story focusing on one story line, but also on the secondary characters as well. I can't wait for Damien's story!

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  4. Congrats on your upcoming release Emma, I've had this book on my wishlist for quite sometime and I can't wait to read it. I love your books. I don't mind when authors crossover into other genres. Sometimes I'll read their books sometimes not. To be honest it just depends on the story line if I'll pick up the book or not.

    iqb99@yahoo.com

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  5. Lovely feedback! Hmm, Readers are such a great way of finding out what is going on instead just shuffling about in my abstract world, book in hand, looking vague....

    I admit I can be like that.

    So happy to be here and thank you so much for the generous comments.

    Em

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  6. I would love to win Twice Falle. It's on my wish list!

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  7. Congratulations on the new release. I just found your books this year and have enjoyed what I've read so far. I will follow an author into another genre and give them a chance. I'm glad you'll still be writing some historicals.
    penfield716(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  8. I love when authors write in other genres! It just means more books to read! :-)

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  9. I think that switching genres shows versatility -- and allows authors to play around with non-conventional plots/character types/etc for a specific genre (mixing a bit of romance into sf, etc)

    Congratulations on the new release!

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  10. Great Interview Emma!
    I definitely like authors that write a variety of genres. Two of my favorites are Leslie Kelly who write paranormal and contemporary and Victoria Dahl who write historicals and contemporary. As long as the work is well written and the characters are easy to love, then I love the book!

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  11. Emma. love "If I couldn't be a writer, I would be bereft." Bereft is a wonderful word--sounds like exactly what it is. If you couldn't be a writer, I also would be bereft! Great interview!

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  12. Emma, sounds like you have such an idyllic life. :)

    I don't mind authors switching genres, but if you're writing a series and it's not done, and then you write something else, I will be mad at you! :)

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  13. Congrats on the upcoming release! It has been on my wish list for awhile now and I can't wait to read it :) I don't mind when authors crossover into other genres, but I may or may not read them. If it sounds interesting, I may give it a go based on if I like their other work.

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  14. Great interview! I enjoy it when an author writes something different. It gives you a chance to try their other work. I get tired of reading the same thing all the time so I switch around with my books.

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  15. Yes I love several genres and always follow my favorite authors when they switch.

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  16. I have a few of Emma's books. I just love 'em!

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  17. I do adore Regency (or I wouldn't write it) but am also a mystery buff. Actually, my next book with NAL is a mystery/Regency, which was really fun. Poor Ben, Lord Heathton...I really gave him a spirited wife (I know. They are already married but haven't really yet started their love affair!) who wants more than his distant attention. Enter a missing heiress, a notorious viscount who has vanished at the same time, and suddenly Ben is knee-deep in intrigue and his well-meaning wife wants to help.

    I feel a bit guilty, really, for so bedeviling him, but Ruined by Moonlight (Sept. 2012) was delightful to write from beginning to end.

    The foray into pure suspense is a personal indulgence. Like the chocolate I keep in the closet in my office...

    Emma

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  18. I love it when authors have different genres. A wider selection for me to enjoy. Thanks for the Q&A and giveaway! :)

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  19. Hi Emma, sorry I missed your actual interview day...I was making Divinity Candy with my family.

    Congrats on your success! Merry Christmas to you and POOT (love that name).

    ~Angi

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