Jen: Please help me welcome Emily March to Romancing the Book. Emily, will you please share a short bio with us?
Emily: Angel’s Rest is my first book written as Emily March, but I’ve had 22 novels published under the name Geralyn Dawson. I’ve written for Bantam, Pocket, Harlequin, NAL, and now Ballantine. I’m a USA Today bestseller, 3 time RITA finalist, recipient of RWA’s Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year award, and Romantic Times Career Achievement award. I live in Texas, volunteer for a boxer rescue group, and love college sports.
Jen: Tell us about Angel’s Rest and where it’s available.
Emily: In Angel’s Rest, John Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that ever mattered to him. All he wants is solitude at an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor—vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan who tempts him with the possibility of a second chance.
Angel’s Rest is a story about hope and healing and the power of love, family, and friendship. It’s widely available, being released in paperback, as an ebook, in hardback by the bookclubs like Doubleday and Rhapsody, and as an audio recording. I was thrilled to learn that Publisher’s Weekly gave it a starred review—that was a first for me. Also, I’d like readers of Geralyn Dawson’s Callahan Brothers series to know that Angel’s Rest is John’s story.
If you’d like to read an excerpt, visit here.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Emily: I began writing when I was a stay-at-home mom with three pre-school children. I did it for fun and for therapy–it was the one thing I did just for myself. I took four years to write my first book, joined RWA, and sold it six months later. I got the call on Valentine’s Day. We hadn’t planned to go out that night, but once I got the call, my husband actually arranged a babysitter (that was always my job) and took me out to celebrate.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Emily: Heartwarming, character driven.
Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
Emily: A little of both. I’m a car going up a mountain road. I take some twists and turns, but I’m always climbing toward the end.
Jen: Have you noticed your writer’s voice has changed over the years due to your experience? If so, how?
Emily: I think all life experience is reflected in the depth of the work, but I don’t think it has changed my voice. The editor who bought my first book told me my voice sold the manuscript. I don’t think I could change it if I tried.
Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Emily: Yes. I’m working on the fourth book of the series now and Eternity Springs and its people are as real to me as my own hometown and girlfriends. The guys are all fantasy, but every hero I write has a little of my husband in him, and I’ve been married since the earth’s crust cooled (quoting Christina Dodd) so I know those heroes well, too. No, I never dream about my stories. However, when I am stuck on something, I will take a nap and so often when I wake up, I know the answer. My subconscious is very involved in the work.
Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Emily: I’ve tried my hand at a number of subgenres and I like the fit I have now better than ever before. I don’t see myself ever writing YA. My voice won’t go there, and besides, I don’t enjoy the whole love triangle thing that’s so popular these days.
Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? And if you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?
Emily: Ooh, fun question. 1885, the Colorado Rockies. I have a whole backstory for the founding of Eternity Springs that I’d like to go live. My three things? Tampons, birth control pills, contact lenses.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
Emily: I hired a housekeeper to come twice a month. I cannot tell you how exciting that was for me. My husband and I also took a couples vacation to the Yucatan. That trip turned out to be research for at least two more books.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Emily: Hmm…this one is hard. I think the one that sticks in my mind the most was when the non-romance reading mother of one of my son’s schoolmates told me she read one of my books and “actually liked it.” She was so shocked! I don’t think she ever realized how insulting that was.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Emily: www.emilymarch.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/emilymarchbooks, Twitter @emilymarchbooks Please consider this an invite to you all to like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. I will admit I’m much more comfortable on Facebook, so that’s where I spend most of my time.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Emily: Yes! Are your readers primarily ebook readers, print readers, or a combination of both? If they have an ereader, how long have they owned it?
Jen: I understand you have a special contest for our readers.
Emily: Yes, I’d like to give away 3 copies of Angel’s Rest. Due to shipping costs, the winners need to be US residents.
Jen: Readers, to enter Emily’s contest, you need to leave a comment or question for her. Then to finish your entry, you must either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winners will be chosen on Sunday, February 27.