Interview: Emmalee Aple

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of reading Neophyte by Emmalee Aple as part of a Read to Review group. I was instantly in love with the story of Addisyn and her Angelic Link and devoured it in a day, even though I tried to prolong the inevitable end.  So I invited Emmalee to visit us at Romancing the Book.

Angieleigh: What does your writing space look like?

Emmalee: Right now, it looks like a park. I sit on my brand new patio furniture, on my newly landscaped patio, with the fresh smell of roses and the hot sun beating down on me. At least that is what it is today, tomorrow I might be holed back up sitting on the floor in the kids playroom!

Angieleigh: Who is/are your writing influence(s)?

Emmalee: I don’t really know who influences my writing, but I have always had a vivid imagination, and I think that is what influences me to write and create the characters and worlds that I come up with.

Angieleigh: What’s the one book/piece of writing you wish you had written yourself?

Emmalee: Who ever does not answer this question with Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars… is lying. Who wouldn’t want to have come up with something as elaborate as that? Yes…I am a geek, but I embrace my inner geek and let my geek flag fly!

Angieleigh: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about writing?

Emmalee: Don’t give up. You can’t please everyone. Use your negative feedback as positive and improve yourself.

Angieleigh: What are some inspirations that sparks you into a writing frenzy?

Emmalee: It all kind of depends on my mood. Sometimes a movie I am watching or TV show will spark a scene in my head, or a character in a show. Lots of times it’s music.

Angieleigh: Do you have a personal soundtrack you listen to while writing? If so, what are some of the songs?

Emmalee: I do, and I add more and more music to it daily. Off the top of my head, the song.. We Are Young by Fun, inspired a few scenes in Rogue (the second book in the Neophyte Series). And I listened to a lot of Secondhand Serenade when writing between Addi and Greysan in Neophyte. But I listen to all different types of music, so there isn’t a certain sound that would build a soundtrack, it would be a garble of everything.

I can’t thank Emmalee enough for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions for me! Check out Neophyte as I wait impatiently for Rogue!


Emmalee Aple was born and raised in Wisconsin, but always dreamed of life on the coast. Now, grown with a handsome computer geeky husband and two beautiful blonde monsters of her own, she uses what spare time she can manage to squeeze out of her day, writing, sewing and crafting. Emmalee’s debut novel, Neophyte, was released in February 2012. She is excited to share the beginning of this story with you, and is currently busy working on Rogue, the second book in this series.