Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, 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 she settled down to have children.
What inspired you to write your first book?
When I first heard the Switchfoot song , "Meant to Live" (for so much more) it got me thinking about how far short many of us fall from our true potential. The trials and troubles of this world reduce us, and for me, most days, I feel overwhelmed, and it feels that the troubles of this world is so big. Too big. That was what Jules Blaze, the protagonist of Keeper of Reign felt. but he persevered and even though things did get worse for him, he never gave up. He kept trying and that's the message I would like young people to realize. If you keep trying, you will succeed. And that's what inspired me to write Keeper of Reign, to show young people that it's okay to feel small, but in the end, they can overcome this feeling and triumph in life.
What books have influenced your life the most?
I like classics, like Lord of the Rings, and the young adult book, "Hobbit" and the Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, To Kill a Mockingbird…there are so many wonderful books out there that have influenced me in so many ways. We've also enjoyed the Laura Ingall's series as a family read-aloud and as a family have been amazed at the trials young Laura had to face as a child of the Pioneer Era. Mostly, as a Christian, the Bible is also forever full of treasures, for me. Like recently I just found out there are 365 verses that cover fear--one for each day of the year! So this helps me to remember, to never be afraid. And it's something I'd like to remind children, too--to never live in fear.
What are your current projects?
I am currently editing Dead Dreams, a young adult psychological mystery/ thriller, and that should be ready Dec. 2013. And I hope to have Keeper of Reign Book 2 out early 2014. Some readers have asked me to write a prequel for Keeper of Reign. I might. Time is my enemy these days.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Maybe I would have slowed the pace down and added more to the world building but I felt that since I was targeting readers 10-16 who are used to cyber speed on everything these meanderings would have bored them. When I first finished Keeper of Reign 1, it was 250,000 words long with much descriptions not the Elfies' diet, recipes, how they lived naturally and all kinds of tit bits about their culture. But I cut all of that out and the present book is only 78,000 words long. If I have time I'd probably dedicate a few pages on my site to the history of the Elfies and their lifestyle. So many projects, but not enough time--that's my sorry story these days.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
That some unkind reviewers accused me of having friends and family review the book and gave it a great rating. If only they knew! I had a total of ONE friend write my review. None of the friends I mix around with are into reading--mostly homeschooling mothers with a half a dozen kids and certainly no time to read, let alone review books! And my family--not even one of my kids wrote a review for me. So there! I felt sorry for my reviewers who were so wrongly accused--who for the most part are people I have never met or even spoken to.
What has been the best compliment?
When readers/reviewers tell me they have been touched by the book, or that it was more than just a fun read, that it spoke to them in some positive ways.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write a million words, read, read, read, and write a great story that's been trying to bust out of you. Read as many books as you can on crafting great fiction that deals with all the elements of a great book. Writer's Digest have plenty and I practically spent thousands of dollars trying to educate myself and soak in as much as I could when I had to re-revise Keeper of Reign--about 17 times. And never give up on your dream no matter how many problems life throws at you! You'll eventually get published if you don't give up.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
That I feel for people.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
That I feel for people too much, and their burdens can so easily become mine!
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Please visit me at my site--http://www.eammright.com. I'm the sort who holds nothing back so I'm pretty much an open book there--for better or for worse. If you'd like to subscribe to my blog, or newsletter, please do so, i won't inundate your email, box. I'd love to hear your comments, and try to put helpful tips on my site, from reviews, to homeschool ideas, and how to get published or market your books. There's a lot there. Even giveaways which I try to do every month. I just feel it's a place I can try to connect with readers.