Q) How did you come up with the idea for The Thirteenth Chime?
A) I had the inspiration for the book shortly after coming to Washington one night during a bad storm that knocked the power out in my area. We went next door to share a few candles and for the company. Thunder shook the house, lightning flashed, lighting up the room we were in, even through the draperies. Then the the sky was silent. The silence made my breath catch and in the next moment, the antique grandfather clock in the house began to chime. The sound echoed throughout the house and made my heart jump into my throat. I unconsciously reached out to hold someone's hand, desiring to feel a bond, and it was in that moment that "The Thirteenth Chime" was born.
Q) Who or what inspires you the most?
A) God. I am not a deeply religious person and there is a lot I haven't made my mind up about yet, but I do feel that much of inspiration comes from somewhere. I have also been fortunate in that my fiance and family supports me in my writing endeavors.
Q) Do you have any helpful techniques that help you write?
A) If I am writing a particularly emotional scene, I find it helpful to immerse myself into the moment by listening to music that matches the mood. I also believe that it is very important to write every day because writing is like a muscle and working out - if you want it to grow and get stronger, you have to work at it.
Q) Are there any authors you look up to?
A) Tamora Pierce is someone that not only inspired me when I was younger, but she has helped to encourage me to in many ways. I had the blessing of meeting her in person and it was a wonderful experience for me.
Q) What are you reading this summer?
A) I just finished "Shiver" (great book!) and I am about to read "The Dark Divine". After that, who knows but I am looking forward to "The Dark Divine" and really want the sequel to "Shiver", "Linger"!
Thank you so much for the interview and to everyone reading! Your support means so much to me! I hope you will love "The Thirteenth Chime"!!! -Emma
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Releases: August 13, 2010
Publisher: Bokheim Publishing
No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs. In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives. The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge. With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago. Hatred never dies.
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