Today I have Emma on the blog, with a guest post about her new release: As Darkness Gathers. Details for the book and about the author can be found below!
Guest Post: Talk us through your journey from starting to write to getting published.
I don’t recall a time when I didn’t love stories. Hearing them, reading them, telling them… My love of reading only fostered my love of writing, and soon I was creating my own versions of the books I read. After a stint in the pre-med and pre-engineering departments at college, I studied literature and the craft of writing. Finishing a novel was my goal from the time I was a teenager. Over the years, I started many stories, and I have binders full of Chapter Ones, but no story ever gripped me or stayed with me past a couple of lines of dialogue or setting.
In 2011, I was in a transitional phase of life. I was working as a nanny and a waitress at the time, and one day while at the library with the little girl I cared for, a kitten named Dewey entered my imagination and with him came two lonely, misunderstood people. Those three characters formed the basis of my story and while my small charge napped during the days and during breaks from waiting tables at night, I began to write the story that became A Thin, Dark Line, my first novel. It took me a year and a half to finish it, and after I did, I set a new goal: become a published author.
The first publishing house rejected it immediately (and got my name wrong in the rejection letter); the second was TWCS, and the acquisitions team there saw potential in the story and offered me a publishing contract after reading the full manuscript.
Two years later it still feels surreal, and I’m still perfecting my craft and setting more goals.
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-325-6
When their plane goes down in the Canadian wilderness, Finch Rhodes’s and Clay Gandy’s lives become entwined. Together they face the unforgiving elements of unfamiliar terrain in winter. With their lives at stake, Finch and Clay are forced to rely on one another to survive, and they forge a bond that lasts even after they are rescued.
Finch struggles to adjust to normal life upon returning home, hindered by seemingly harmless mishaps that soon escalate into brutal attacks. She once again comes to rely on Clay, but as the connection between them deepens, the threat against her grows.
Emma Elliot first developed a love of suspense when she was six years old. She was hiding from her cousins and sister in a closet in her grandmother’s house when she discovered a passageway, though not so secret, linking to another closet. She stumbled upon a stack of worn Bobbsey Twins mysteries in that seeming labyrinth, and she spent much of her childhood there, by choice, reading mystery novels by flashlight. Her love of reading and writing grew simultaneously. Soon she was creating her own variations of the stories she read and penning her own tales. Through bouts of working as a tutor, an editor, an apple- and peach-picker, a waitress, a dog walker, a nanny, a retail associate, and a reservationist at a ski resort, writing has remained her passion.
She currently lives on the eastern seaboard and considers herself a wandering homebody. She travels often for work, which provides fodder for the imagination and plentiful hours to write her next novel while sitting in airports.
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