A little about Emily:
I grew up with a very famous name (my maiden name is Dickinson) and a mother who dreamed of seeing at least one (preferably all) of her daughters get published. Writing was just something I knew I would do for the rest of my life since I could first scribble lines on a piece of paper. It wasn't until my second year of college that I started the first novel-length story I would actually complete.
Can you tell us a little about your debut novel, Elemental?
Sure! The long, official version is this:
Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should.
But she wants to.
For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner on an interstellar starship. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.
Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?
Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who's destroyed?
The shorter version is this:
Elemental is a YA space opera about a girl who struggles between between her destiny to save the galaxy or her overwhelming desire to destroy it. And there are fairies. Teleporting fairies.
Where did you get the idea for Elemental?
I love mixing genres and I always wanted to take a paranormal creature and put it into a completely different world. And not just a fantasy world vs. being on Earth. And then one day, the MC just started tapping me on the head and I knew where to start: On a ship with a girl who had no memory and no idea what she was capable of doing.
You call Elemental YA Space Opera, why? :)
Big stakes, big explosions, and the battle between good and evil. And it's set in space. This is what typically defines a Space Opera. Elemental has all this and plenty more. Oooh!!! The explosions! Mwahahahaha!
The cover of Elemental is beautiful. Who designed it and did you have much say in the designing process?
The lovely Miss Victoria Caswell Sketcher Girl Studios, LLC made the cover for me. I actually had a LOT of say in the process. I provided the model and secured the photographer (since the model lived near me in NY and Victoria lived way too far away to do the pictures). After that, she'd ask me what I envisioned for the cover. And believe me, it changed a lot. I feel bad for her. My vision changed almost daily. But she was very patient and in the end, we both kind of thought, "A nebula!" But thinking something is not even close to doing it. I still can't believe how talented she is. She took the photo of my model and blended it seamlessly with the image of the nebula. And she designed the font. I might have danced like a little when she showed me that.
It's still very surreal. .Sometimes it hits me (often at very inopportune times) and I clap my hands and squeee. It can get a little embarrassing. :)
Why should we read Elemental in one sentence?
You should read it because it's different and also because I think it's a story that will resonate with a lot of people, the struggle between the good and evil inside ourselves.
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