Sunday, February 05, 2012

Interview with Emma Mills + Trailer reveal

(Emma Mills)
Bookworm since as long as she can remember, Emma Mills was a teenager when she decided she wanted to be a writer, but it's only recently that she's seriously started to follow her dream. She lives in Manchester with her husband and her two lovely kids and she's currently promoting her book called "Witchblood", the first instalment of a promising series.

For those who don't know about the book, I invite you to check my review, while here you can read the summary: When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on. With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants. Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?

Tell us a little bit about you, Emma.

Well, I’m a 35 year old mum of two gorgeous kiddies, but sometimes I still feel 20! I have been a bookworm as long as I can remember & started school being able to read. I’ve wanted to be a writer since my teens, but I never put the work in, and never got past one chapter! I’m a dreamer and love to lose myself in a book or movie…or just my own dreams. Oh yeah…and I love purple!

Do you remember the exact moment you realized it was time for you to write?

No, I would love to be able to say ‘yes’ but sadly I have a peanut sized memory-bank and I’m quite ditzy! I just knew I was getting more free-time as my eldest child started school, and my baby boy turned into a toddler. I had a sudden idea for a story, and I wanted to give it a go.

You’re an Indie writer. Would you like to explain if and how hard it is?

I guess the problem with being an indie writer is that you are also a publisher, editor, cover designer and PR team! Of course you can hire people to do these jobs, but if you are trying to earn money from your writing then every penny counts! All the jobs are possible, they are just very time consuming.

(book cover)
Witchblood is the first instalment of your YA paranormal series. Have you planned it as a Trilogy?

Yes, originally I planned it as a trilogy, with book 2 being Witchcraft and lastly Witchlove, but last summer I started writing a new story, which ties into Witchblood. It actually tells us about Luke’s past. So once I have written books 2 & 3 I will probably write that next.

Let’s talk about the vampire clan in your story. What is its power? What makes your vampires so attractive?

In short I imagined my vampires would naturally form ‘clans’ as the strong lead the weaker etc. The UK being quite small has only two clans – the Northern and the Southern, and these two clans have an uneasy truce and are led by equally strong vampire leaders – Sebastian and Cole. They are naturally powerful due to their strength, beauty and money accumulated over so many years. They command respect and are not happy being challenged!

Is there a character of yours you feel particularly close to?

Maybe it’s just me, but I’d imagine it’s fairly natural to find yourself subconsciously writing from the heart when you write in 1st person. So as I have written through Jess’s eyes, I guess in many ways they are my eyes too.

I have to say I’m a fan of all the TV series you mentioned in your book! Do you have any favourite in particular?

When I was writing WB I have to admit to an addiction with pretty much all the Top Model series! However, I think I over-dosed on them because I am ‘so over it’ and haven’t watched one episode for at least a year. But I have to say that I have got a little bored of reality TV competition shows. At the moment I’m into crime TV. I love CSI, Criminal Minds and the best thing I watched last year was The Killing – Amazing!

You recently appeared in your local newspaper, The Manchester Evening News. That’s great! How did you feel about it?

Yes I was in the M.E.N which was a bit of a coup for me as it’s the regional paper and covers a large area! And the same week I was also in my local paper – The Glossop Advertiser. They were great articles – you can see them on my blog and even though I was rather embarrassed, I hope they helped spread the word a bit.

On your blog you’re giving an amazing opportunity to your fans to be in the Witchblood sequel, Witchcraft. Would you like to tell more about it?

Yes, I thought it would be nice to give something back to the readers who are helping me realise my dreams by supporting me. So I came up with the idea of running a competition on my blog where you can fill in some answers and then run the chance of winning your name in Witchcraft. By that I mean you can choose what type of character you would like to be: Witch, Vampire or Angel and leave me the name you want (your own or someone elses!) I make up the character – but it will be your name!

Thank you so much for the interview, Emma! I can't wait to find out more about your great story!

If you wanna know more about Emma visit her blog: http://www.witchbloodthenovel.com/
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And now the moment, both Emma and me, have been eagerly waiting... We're ready to show you ...*insert suspense*... Witchblood book trailer!

A huge thanks to Emma for choosing me to create the trailer for her book! *Yep, you heard it right, I made it! ;)* It was a total pleasure and I could've been happier to hear you're so in love with it and to be called a 'video wizard'!
Thank you! ♥

And now enjoy the trailer, buy the book and don't forget to let us know what you think of the interview! :)



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