Please welcome another wonderful and truly inspirational writer to the proverbial chopping block!
What would your bio say?
I’m shy, awkward, strange, and quiet, but I’m a force to be reckoned with when it comes to my feelings and the feelings of others.
When did you start writing and why?
I just released my very first book, In the Shadows, and it feels incredible. I never thought about writing before, but my editor, publisher, cover designer, and friend- Genevieve Scholl- convinced me to tell my story. She told me that it wasn’t just for my benefit, but for the benefit of teenagers that find themselves in similar situations. I thought about it for a few months and realized she was right. I got through my situation, but other people are still struggling and my book might just help someone.
Who is your favorite author and why?
My favorite author would have to be Arthur Conan Doyle, because… Well, because he’s a fantastic writer!
Like I said, I just hope my book touches or helps someone. There will always be bullies in the world, but there will also always be fighters, and as long as fighters fight, the battle will never be lost.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
Well, technically self-publishing, but Genevieve Scholl actually did the submitting and stuff, because I had no clue what I was doing J
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.
There isn’t much to say. Genevieve Scholl published hers and I felt so proud of her, but- admittedly- I was also a little jealous. Now, I’m published and it feels incredible!
Tell us about your book (s)
In the Shadows is about my journey with bullies and the complications from a particularly traumatic event.
I, Emma Mayweather, was the victim of bullying. Some of the students at my school thought it would be funny to charge the other students to see a particularly embarressing video of me in the locker room, and as a result of the trauma I endured, I lost my eyesight and now I have to get use to living life without the benefit of my eyes. I spend most of my days in the shadows, because that’s where I feel the safest and don’t feel like an outside in the school that I’ve attending for the past fifteen years, but when I overhear someone say something that could be potentially dangerous to another student, I have to decide whether to come out into the light and reveal the truth or sit on my hands and keep my mouth shut.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
My true life events.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
You should love Emma, because she is strong and independent, but she’s also skeptical and worried about disappointing her parents. She’s average, she’s shy, she’s awkward—She’s human.
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
It doesn’t, but if it did, I would say that a lot of Alanis Morissette songs would be part of it.