Please help me welcome new author Emily Guido as she stops by Once Upon A Book during her Charmeine blog tour!
Q: Emily, what was your inspiration for Charmeine?
A:I was thinking for a few months about a couple who had to battle Heaven and Hell to stay together! Yet they were not mortal! They made for each other but always seemed they had obstacle after obstacle but some wonderful and terrifying things happened to them during the process. But before that when I was little my big sis, Connie, had Leukemia. We used to watch the soap operas together in the afternoon like All My Children and Dark Shadows. She was all caught up in the men on the shows, I was too young to notice, but those stories of love, mystery, and terror seem to play like a movie in my mind. When Connie passed away, it left a hole in my heart but it left me with a passion for Paranormal Romance. A passion to write for Tabbruis and Charmeine and their love.
Q:Who are some of your favorite authors?
A:I love so my great authors but Dylan Thomas, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Bram Stoker, Teresa Lilly, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, Guy de Maupassant, and present day Diana Gabaldon, and Felicity E. Heaton. I know it is quite an eclectic list, but I have tastes that are very broad.
Q:Did you have a lot of support from friends and family while you were writing?
A:Oh my Husband, Matt, for sure. It is just us and the three cats. We have no family in New Jersey because we moved here for his job. He is from Long Island but I’m from Southern Indiana. But Matt was very supportive and didn’t mind me typing until 2:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m. listening to my songs playing in the background! He’s not a reader either. I forced him to read my book. Pretty funny really that I write and he hates reading.
Q:Is Charmeine self-published?
A:Oh yes, I got three books at Christmas 2011 on how to publish your novel. However, I did not get back anyone who said they would give Charmeine a chance to be read even. I was crying about it with my friends over a big bottle of wine one night at a pub close by. My friend said to go and put it on Amazon by myself. So, after my alcohol induced coma cleared in a couple hours, I sat down and emailed an author that I dearly love asking her how she did it, never thinking I would hear back ever! She answered me back within hours and not just a sentence or two but a long email! That was all the motivation I needed.
Q:Did you have to do a lot of religious research?
A:Too funny, no as a matter of fact! Born and raised Catholic, this kind of mysticism and concept are sort of inborn in the teachings of the Church. I took specific things from the Bible and incorporated them into the book like the Day of Judgment, the Lake of Fire and Torment, the Wrath of God, and the light of Angels who walk among us.
Q:Are you religious?
A:Yes; however, I am not super religious. I believe in the tenant to be good to one another and treat others how you would like to be treated. I think that commandment says it all.
Q:Do you have any advice for new writers?
A:Please just keep trying and do not give up. Remember Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and emails are your best friends. Be sure to blog every day snippets of your novel and make a trailer of your book. Read other people’s indie work and review it for them. Get to know the reviewers, bloggers, and other authors. Believe me it is true what they say, connections, connections, connections, the only way to make it in this business.
Q:What are your future plans?
A:I work full time at a college in Campus Life and go to MBA school full time also. I will have my MBA in January 2014! I hope to have all “The Light-Bearer Series” done by then and published. Then I will work on another Paranormal Romance series after that. I will be the only MBA writing about Paranormal Romance instead of General Ledger Reports, Physical Plant reconciliations and Budget Transfers…Hopefully!
A:Thank you, Emily, for stopping by today!
E:Thank you for letting me visit you today!
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