And if the writer is a published author – indie or traditional – it’s a whole other animal, isn’t it? It’s hardly surprising for an author to get bogged down in the ‘business’ end of publishing. Why we began this journey is almost forgotten in the work of marketing and deadlines, as well as trying to balance it all with the rest of our lives. Believe it or not, authors have to remind themselves now and then of that ultimate question.
My new book that just came out, The Easter Lamb, I took from my family when I was a child. My father would buy a live lamb on the morning of Good Friday, fatten it up all day Friday and Saturday, then slaughter it, skin it and cook it for our Easter dinner. Of course, we kids saw the lamb in a different way.”
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/T.W.-Embry/e/B00FYA91NS/
Having my work in print is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. There may be millions of published authors out there, but I'm one of them. Other people have read and enjoyed my work. That rewarding feeling goes beyond my ability to describe. Many millions more never are published and never get that wonderful feeling. Why do I write? It makes me feel good about being me and about my gift which I share with the world. When you write something and you know you nailed it, you can't help but beam with pride. So I continue to write because I never want to lose this feeling.”
I was a solitary kid growing up, so my imagination was my best friend. I never knew the meaning of boredom – and I still don’t. I’ve got way too much stuff going on in my head to EVER run out of things to think about. In my own situation, it all boiled down to a loss of control. I didn’t like the way things were. I didn’t know or like the person it forced me to become. I made Eeyore look positively giddy by comparison and I knew for a fact the light at the end of that tunnel was an oncoming train. So what happened next was second nature – I created a fantasy world with imaginary playmates. I controlled everything right down to where the grass grew and the outcomes were all like I wanted them to be – a heady feeling, to be sure.
After a while I started making notes. Those notes turned into chapters and the chapters eventually turned into books. When I wasn’t writing, I was reading about the process, devouring everything I could find on how to write query letters, how to submit manuscripts and how to write more efficiently. I did research to write knowledgeably about things I knew next to nothing about. I used Google Earth to describe places I had never been. I read novels by my favorite authors and started a notebook of things I liked/didn’t like. I knew the layout of my local library better than the librarians did. And as the tiny snowball of my imaginary world started rolling downhill and gaining momentum, an amazing thing happened – I started taking back control of my real world and learned how to be happy again. Now I can’t imagine my world without it.
I write about what is familiar – growing up in a close knit Scot-Irish neighborhood with magic simmering just below the surface of everyday life. My Arcana Love series is about a large Irish family living in the U.S. When complete, there will be four books in the series, each based on a suit of the Tarot. The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups is the story of Ian, the middle son of the Kelly family and how he met his true love Lily…again…and again. The next book in the series is The Gypsy Ribbon: Suit of Wands and after that one…well, you’ll just have to wait to see. Rogue on the Rollaway is a time travel that runs afoul of faeries and ends up in medieval Ireland (all are now available from Kensington Books and Lyrical Press). I’m currently working on another time travel novel, with a really quirky and unexpected twist. And after that, I have a psychological thriller outlined that I’m certain will give Stephen King nightmares and possibly even another Tarot book.
I could be really dramatic and say that writing saved my life, but that is closer to truth than fiction. For me it’s the best therapy ever and costs no more than the price of pen and paper (The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups was first written longhand, in red ink because I thought it more romantic *rolls eyes*).
I received an email a couple months ago with a wonderful question posed by an aspiring writer. She asked “What is the most important thing you can tell me about writing?” I thought about that long and hard before I replied. My answer was simple:
Just do it.
I don’t care if Nike said it first, this is more important. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before – start now, this minute. Don’t worry about your spelling or if your participles are dangling. Write. Even if you only write three sentences a day, write. Do it on the back of napkins or carry notepads in your pocket. Do it by flashlight after lights out, on the bus, in the bathroom, but do it. Everybody has a story that needs telling - don’t deprive the world of hearing yours.”
for me to stay alive. I’m not waxing poetic here…this is a cold, hard fact. For me, writing is who I am, the same as my DNA. Can’t live without it. There hasn’t been a time when I didn’t write. When I was nine, I had my first ‘book tour’. I wrote and illustrated a story I called “Dimples
the Adventurous Flea”, about a flea that hopped from dog to dog to ‘travel the world’. When Dimples was on a French poodle, he thought he was in France. An English setter had him in the UK. I made copies of the book and went around my neighborhood selling them to my friends’ parents. No one told me to do that. My parents weren’t even aware I was doing it. You
either want to write or you don’t. If you find yourself making excuses not to write, then you need to find what speaks to your soul. For me, writing does that.”
One day it occurred to me that why not satisfy their curiosity and enlighten them through a book. This brought about the inception of my novel, Of Kismet and Karma. In its pages I decided to share my thoughts about the three cultures I was familiar with- The Indian, English and African. Since my aim was also to find similarities and differences, in my novel as well as poems, I try to throw light on the diversity of our beautiful world and drive home the fact that though we all differ in looks and ideologies, the color of blood is always red!