Interview with author…Emily White!
1) If the genre of your novel was changed to Sci-fi, what changes would we see?
Well, actually the genre is Sci-Fi, so there probably wouldn’t be many changes. 🙂 But if I were to change it from Space Opera to let’s say, hard sci-fi, I’d probably include a bit more on the different technology of each civilization Ella encounters. I do touch upon a few of the more interesting techs, but I’d probably make them stand out more in hard sci-fi.
2) Do you have a certiain routine you have found that helps you write better or do you just wing it and let the inspiration flow?
I am a stickler for routine. I must write at the same times each day (10am-noon and 6:30pm-8:00pm) and I must sit on the same side of the couch. Okay, this little bit of information will probably make people think I am weird, but when writing a first draft, I have to sit on my couch and when revising, I have to sit on the loveseat. I know I sound crazy, but if I don’t do this, I just can’t write! As far as the routine you were probably referring to (now that I’ve reread the question and thought about it), I do write out my plot points and pinch points so I know where I’m going with the story. I can never really just “wing” it. I always have to know where my characters are going and how the story will end.
3) Since Christmas is just around the corner, what does it mean to you?
Christmas is my second favorite Holiday, preceded only by Easter. It’s a very solemn time, but also very happy. I love being reminded of my need for Christ, but also His love for me.
4) How did you get the idea for the novel?
I actually got the idea when I was in high school. I wanted to take my favorite paranormal creature and put it into a sci-fi with grandiose civilizations and new sci-fi specific abilities. I didn’t start writing the story until a few years ago, though. The main character lived alone in my brain for a long time (and actually changed quite a bit) before I fleshed out her world and her motivations.
5) If your book were to be turned into a movie, would your dream cast be?
Oh, this is such a hard one! It’s not like I haven’t thought about it before (believe me, I have!), but I’ve never found the perfect cast. I’ve found people who are similar, though, so I’ll let just go with those for now.
Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn’t mean she should. But she wants to.
For ten years—ever since she was a small child—Ella has been held prisoner. Now that she has escaped, she needs answers.
Who is she? Why was she taken? And who is the boy with the beautiful green eyes who haunts her memories?
Is Ella the prophesied Destructor… or will she be the one who’s destroyed?
Coming in May 2012.
Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She’s spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more. And when she’s not doing that, she’s usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables. Emily’s debut YA Sci-fi novel, ELEMENTAL, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in 2012.
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