Monday, February 20, 2012

Author Interview Emily White-Elemental

Could this cover be any more GORGEOUS? OMG I love this cover. What a BEAUTY! I am so excited to present my interview that I had with Emily White, the INCREDIBLE author of this GORGEOUS book! I will be giving away 5 book marks of Elemental (see bottom for picture)! They are GORGEOUS too! My picture does them no justice. Now without further ado...

Hi Emily! It is so nice to meet. Let me first say THANK YOU for taking time to interview with us here at Books Complete Me. I am SO EXCITED to read your debut novel Elemental. I don't usually hold interviews by the book so to speak so we will touch on all types of

**Thank you for having me!! I love things that don't go by the book. This should be exciting!!**

When did you first know that you were going to write a book?

**I've been writing books since before I could actually write. I used to draw pictures and squiggle some lines underneath them, and then staple all the pages together. Usually the stories were about a little blonde girl (who was, of course, gorgeous and wonderful) who had two cruel sisters and a very wonderful mommy and daddy who'd come to her rescue. But I really didn't take writing seriously until about six years ago. Writing a book used to be a wonderful idea and a lofty goal, but it wasn't until a very low point in my life when I decided that I needed to take charge and actually do it.** 

Your first reaction to having Elemental published by SHP? 

**(I have a picture that I'll have to figure out a way to get to you)**

Who is the most famous person you have met?

**I've met a few famous people, but the person most everyone would recognize is Gavin Rossdale from Bush. I went to L.A. with a college friend and we attended a live taping of some mtv show. He and the rest of his band were there and my friend and I were sitting right by the stage where he was. When the show went to commercial break, a bunch of girls rushed over to meet him and as he moved to leave, he hit me in the back with his knee. Actually, at the time, I thought it was one of the fan girls who did it and I turned around to glare at the person. He apologized, I decided not to glare (because really, he was just trying to escape), and he offered to get his picture taken with my friend (she was a HUGE fan of his).**

Who do you consider inspirations in your life?

**Other writers. When I hear stories of other writers and their successes or the way they overcome a difficult hurtle, I really get inspired to work harder and write more.**

What was the first item you AUTOGRAPHED as an author?

**My Elemental bookmarks. It was really weird, too. I still can't wrap my mind around the fact someone would actually care about having my name on something.**

Elemental is a you have estimated dates of when we can get the rest of the series?

**I'm working on revisions for FAE, the sequel to Elemental. When I get further along on that, we should have an idea of when it will be ready. Hopefully sometime this Fall!**

What is the HARDEST part of writing?

**Writing the next word. After I push through and write that scene at near super speed because I love it so much, finding the next word to write after that is the hardest. Sometimes it will take me hours, maybe days to figure out.**

What is your favorite part of writing?

**Revisions. I LOVE them. I know I sound crazy, but it's true. I guess it's the same reason my favorite chore at home is polishing the faucets. You get to see it sparkle.**

What does your family think of having an author in the family?

**They are thrilled. My parents and husband brag about it to everyone they know. For my mom, this is like a dream come true. She always wanted to be a published author, so now she gets to celebrate along with me.**

What is your favorite type of book to read?

**I love reading anything YA, but my heart still belongs to the classics. Anything by Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis.** 

What is one thing that you would like us to know about you?

**I am VERY shy and kind of a dork. I know a lot of mundane facts that are great conversation starters (or ways to get people to look at me strangely). :)**

Do you talk to your fans a lot on Facebook if they give you shout outs?

**I LOVE to talk to people on facebook. But let me just say something that goes along with the previous question. I'm kind of a dork, so it is REALLY hard for me to come to terms with the fact that I might have fans. Just reading this question has me blushing. So I like to consider people who are excited about my book, or about me in general, my friends. Me and fans? That's just craziness!** 

How deep into your books do you get as you are writing? Do you connect with your characters? Do they "haunt" you while you are writing them?

**Oh, they definitely haunt me. Writing Ella's character was so hard for me sometimes because she goes through so much. I definitely connected with her.**

Favorite color, animal and food?

**Pink, chipmunk, and cheese.**

How important do you feel a book cover is?

**Equally important to the writing. If you don't have reviews to help you along, it's the cover that sells the book. It needs to stand out on a bookshelf and connect with a potential buyer immediately.** 

How do you feel that social sites like FB and Twitter have changed the writing industry?

**On the one hand, I love it because it's so much easier to connect with people. On the other hand, I wish it didn't eat up so much of my writing and family time. It's all about finding a balance. I'm still trying to work that out. :)**


Emily White will be at BEA in NYC this June, signing books at the SHP (Spencer Hill Press) table in the morning on June 6th! (me being green with envy as I want to go so badly) 

ELEMENTAL--Available in 2012! Pre-order now!
Elemental is available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N

Just because seventeen-year-old Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should...
but she wants to.

BOOKMARKS UP FOR GRABS!!! oh and they are SIGNED! I need five winners! Fill out the rafflecopter and good luck!

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  1. Thank you again for having me!!! :)

  2. Emily, you are SO WELCOME anytime!! I can't wait to read Elemental!!!

  3. Sweet!! I love bookmarks!!

    Yes, I will grab a book by the cover, not knowing anything about the book!!

  4. Thanks for interviewing, Mindy! And Emily, I now have a strange impulse to get you a chipmunk carved out of pink cheese.

    1. ME TOO! My mind totally went there! I LOVED interviewing Emily!!!!

  5. Great interview!!!!! Ahhhhhh such a beautiful cover.

    1. Thank you Lisa! Are you next? *waggles eyebrows* I have read your book so we could REALLY have fun with it!

  6. Oh, Emily. I'm glad to see you're just as much of a dork as you've always been. It's one of the reasons I adore you so. :-)

  7. Michele--That is how I ALWAYS buy books. If they don't come recommended, I judge by the cover.

    Kate--Ha!! I would love to see that! And I would eat it. Yum!

    Lisa-Thank you! :)

    Christi--Don't you worry. My social ineptness will NEVER go away. :D <3

  8. Great interview Emily! And oddly enough my mind went there with the Chipmunk made out of pink cheese as well. Guess great minds (or at least crazy ones) think alike. :)

  9. Great interview, Emily! Your favourite animal is the chipmunk? That made me grin because it was so quirky and you!


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