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.
She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
She also 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.
Enjoy this interview as we learn more about Emma Right.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I started homeschooling my son (now he’s 19) sixteen years ago, and even though some days I complain about how difficult it is to homeschool, I know I won’t have it any other way. I only have four left at home–my eldest is finishing up college. I am from sunny California, and enjoy the weather here. I have been writing from as young as I can remember, but I would say the first story I told which friends kept asking me to continue on and on, until I had to basically tell them, enough is enough, was when I was eight.
Tell us about Keeper of the Reign. What do you hope readers take away from it?
I hope my readers can see that with the power of the gospel, we can overcome our problems and difficulties. I want to empower young readers with this message, that if they seek the truth (the Ancient Books, in Keeper of Reign) they will find wisdom and answers to life’s problems. It doesn’t mean the answers are going to come easy, but persistence will pay off, and the Bible has the answers.
Blogging can be a challenge for authors sometimes. How often do you update your blog and what types of things do you cover?
I try to update my blog once a week. I have everything from homeschooling tips to book reviews, to book lists, and bible studies, and even some articles for those starting their self-publishing journey. Also, right now I am trying to build a google plus account (emmarightbooks, and please include me in your circle) as I hope to post things I’ve learnt in my authoring journey. I hope other authors will be blessed by it and find it helpful.
I’m always interested in what people are reading, so… what’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Aside from the Bible, I’d have to say Lord of the Rings. I love the fantastical world that Tolkien created, complete with customs and traditions, and histories, and I don’t know if people realize all the biblical imageries he’d put into the books. I find these things fascinating.
What are some of the authors that have inspired you?
Dickens. I love his belabored style and deep characters.
William Thackeray, who wrote among other books, Vanity Fair. I love the way he builds so many parallel plots, and nothing makes sense until you finish reading the book and think deeply about it and one day while you’re staring out the window, your hands deep in soap suds, you will have an Aha! moment and see the puzzle coming together.
Then there’s C.S. Lewis, and J RR Tolkein and Austen.
Of course, I love contemporary authors, too, like Jerry B Jenkins (of the Left Behind fame), and Suzanne Collins (what else? Hunger Games…not her other MG insignificant “cockroach” series), and I find YA authors like Lois Lenski and JK Rowling with her Harry Potter’s series, very imaginative.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I am currently editing Dead Dreams, a young adult thriller, and that should be ready Dec. 2014. 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.
Anything else you’d like to add?
For me, the most important thing for an author to remember is that the story must have a message. The greatest stories have one, or more. Otherwise, it would be like eating candy–tastes sweet, then it’s gone. There’s no real nourishment. But real food leaves something of its nutrients inside of a person and I feel that’s what a great story must be like, and that to me is even more important than the world building, or anything else. It must leave something of what the author believes in strongly inside the reader. And for Keeper of Reign, I hope the reader will see that with the Bible, it is possible to reign!
Where can we learn more about you?
Please visit my blog and sign up for my newsletter. I promise not to bog you down with emails. Only a few emails a year to announce no purchase needed contests, and when my next book with its promotional price will be available. (Also check out Emma’s website.)