Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Of course! The first thing I’d like to tell you
about myself is how delighted I am with the BookBuzzr community which was
introduced to me by book marketer, Lynnette Phillips. I discovered
Lynnette when, during a web search, I realized that she had done an unsolicited
review of JENKINS for her blog. I’ve followed her ever since.
I’ve been storytelling since I learned to talk, and have
been a writer since second grade; which is when I learned to string two
sentences together on paper. My mother used to warn, “Emily, if you
don’t be quiet you will run out of words. We are each only given one
hundred thousand words to speak in life, and you are coming very close to your
quota!” But, she never minded my hopping into the living room to
hand her a story that I had written while sequestered in my bedroom.
Describe your book ‘JENKINS: Confederate Blockade Runner’
in 30 words or less.
JENKINS is a work of tightly researched historical fiction
that follows one man’s quest for forgiveness after brushing off his family ties
in a brash moment of youthful misjudgment.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing JENKINS: Confederate
Blockade Runner was knowing when to stop! It was written
under the most intense compulsion I have ever experienced. One
pre-dawn morning in 2009 I was working on a genealogy project that concerned my
father’s ‘Jenkins’ family who are early settlers of Baltimore. That
morning I made ‘a discovery’ from reading through Baltimore’s archived
newspapers that was so startling that I burst into tears. A wave of
two hundred years of family history overtook me; taking my breath away. I
remember standing up and stepping away from the computer screen, and then
pacing the room. It was at that moment I began writing
JENKINS. And it was not until my editor, Jacob Black, admonished me,
“Stop!” that I did.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
The Two Deaths of Senora Puccini, by Stephen Dobyns
literally rocked my world when I read it – and each time I have re-read
it. I have probably purchased fifteen copies of the novel as gifts
for friends, and have read it over twenty times. At first read I was
in a relationship that was … consuming. I felt that I understood
every element of emotion Dobyns’ characters were facing. I identify
with his writing. A close second to Dobyns work is The Death
of Artemio Cruz, by Carlos Fuentes. You might conclude, I
suppose, that I am fixated on grave matters, but really it’s the writing style
of each of these gentlemen that inspire me.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
Oops! Did you hear me laugh? Marketing and being
a writer, simultaneously, is difficult. On some level I understand
Amanda Hockings’ decision to sign with St. Martin’s in the hopes that
someone would take over marketing and networking details for her. Time
But, I’m not there yet, so it’s a teeter-totter between book
sales, sequester to write; book sales, sequester to write. Right now
I am writing, so I appreciate the generosity of this interview. My
most significant book marketing plans lay at the feet of Lynnette
Phillips. When I am ready to market – which I have learned is different
from social media networking – I look to see what is happening in Lynnette’s
world; her blog, her YouTube videos, her book reviews. I also stay
connected, through Facebook and my own website, with the people who have
expressed an interest in my writing style. My web address, as a
writer, is http://www.emilyHillwriter.com.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
I own a publishing company, and am an IndiePub Coach in my
hometown of Edmonds, Washington. So, when not writing, I
am preparing for workshops and assisting clients with their own self-publishing
needs. I have helped twelve authors get to publication, and am proud
of every single one of them.
What are you working on next?
Thank you for asking that question. I am working
on Ghost Stories…And The Unexplained. This eBook title
will be released within the next two weeks – in time for Halloween and All
I have had a series of unusual, and beyond
explanation, occurrences in my life. It dawned on me that I have
never ‘collected’ these occurrences on paper – well rather – electronically. Ghost
Stories…And The Unexplained is a set of seven stories meant to send
shivers down the spines of all who those who love a good tale from the world Beyond.
Like all of my titles, it will be available on Kindle and