GUEST POST FOR THE JOHN 3:16 BOOK LAUNCH BLOG TOUR
STOP FOUR ON THE TOUR
Get to know Emma Right
Author of young adult psychological suspense thriller, Dead Dreams, Book 1.
Who am I?
I am a child of the Living God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian, so the common vernacular would list me. I am also a wife, a stay at home and drive a lot mom, caregiver of many pets in the home and amongst other things, also an author. I came to know Christ in my teens. That has been the major fulcrum in my life. Everything seems to pivot around this event and has shaped every the direction in my life, including the stories I write.
Why I wrote Dead Dreams.
I wanted to write a story for young ladies—girls between 13 and 18—on the cusp of adulthood, but who are not quite out of the house yet. Dead Dreams is a suspense thriller, yet it is much more. Without being preachy Dead Dreams hopes to impress upon the young readers the deceit out there in the world.
Having homeschooled my children and being around other girls coming from a more sheltered lifestyle, I noticed that in their innocence and youth, they tended to jump into things that looked attractive without weighing hidden consequences. I wanted to explore possibilities that could be present in each young person as she travels in this journey of self-discovery and finding out for herself, when enough is enough—that limit that separates what’s acceptable from too dangerous, and the possibilities these choices could lead to.
I have always enjoyed a good thriller mystery so I wanted to write a young adult book that has a strong message yet is still filled with intrigue, mystery, and suspense. Hence, Dead Dreams. It is a part of a series, and the first book leaves questions that will be answered in book 2.
One of the most common questions I get is: how do you find time to write with homeschooling five? (Well, now only four, since my son has graduated and is working.)
As a busy mom I feel it’s important to carve out a small piece in my life for personal growth. To me being organized is the key. When life is in chaos it’s hard to be organized, but it’s possible and, in fact, needful. We need to arrange our lives into manageable sizes to stay sane–at least for me. I’m not saying it’s easy–my husband travels about 60% of the time, and it can be emotionally draining dealing with whiny kids–but if we can lay railroad tracks for our daily lives it’s easier to function.
On a week to week basis I have my tracks laid down–I know which kid is doing what, when and what meals to be served throughout the entire week–this would cut down on unnecessary time making extra trips to the grocery store. I do most of my shopping on the Internet–like books, supplies, clothes, and make-up, to save on time–and it’s less expensive too, with free shipping, and I can shop at 2am!
Also, on my site, I have some blogs on using free things to give the kids a great education (and I hope to input more of such things) but still give us, moms, some time to gather ourselves before we fall apart at the seams. One example is using Netflix movies to help in the homeschooling–make movie nights a meaningful and educational experience. And a mom can take a break as the kids watch something that benefits them.
I’d advise young moms to audit their time–find out when or which time block they spend their time on doing meaningless tasks–it’s like budgeting with time as your currency.
Another advice, and this may seem unrelated, is to stay away from negative people as much as possible. There is something draining about being around negativity and this mental torture will translate to stress, illnesses (which will make us even busier and serves no purpose) and there is something about peace that even sucks out whatever little time and energy we have.
But having said that, about the homeschooling, it’s good to have a schedule but if things fall apart and some kid didn’t finish up whatever task was given, I’ve learned through almost 17 years of homeschooling that the best thing is to just move on and not fret. There will always be another day, and in every stormy cloud there truly is a silver lining.
Prisoner of Reign, the second in the Reign Fantasy Series, is being edited. The book is scheduled to be available in the summer of 2014. I am finishing the final touches for Dead Dreams, book 2 before I send it out to be edited by two different editors. I am also having a series of books for girls 6-10 years of age who love princess-type books (Princesses of Chadwick Castle Series). It will have color illustrations and will be available as eBooks and paperbacks. I hope to have that ready for Christmas.
Award Winning and Best Seller author, Emma Right, is a happy wife and Christian 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. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Emma 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. Emma Right is currently features in Authors’ Network latest book, 50 Great Authors You Should be Reading. She can be contacted through her website at http://emmaright.com.
DON’T MISS OUT ON THE NEXT STOP!
John 3:16 Book Launch Blog Tour Schedule is as Follows:
Check out the Rafflecopter drawing on Facebook!