Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a librarian who crochets more than is socially acceptable. I’m almost never found without a book, notebook, variety of pens, and/or cup of coffee within arms reach. I started writing when I was in second grade. After many years of scribbling in notebooks and on scrap paper tucked into said notebooks, I finally finished my first novel, A Tendency Dark and Dangerous. It’s a genre-bender, straddling literary and erotica. My work has been published by both print and online literary magazines though not extensively. This writing thing is hard, y’all. But it’s a best friend I can’t ever leave behind. Those notebooks won’t fill themselves, after all.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called A Tendency Dark and Dangerous and it’s a genre-bending story that straddles both literary and erotica. It’s written in free-verse poetry. It was inspired by a question I had floating in my mind: could I write something to make my old English teachers proud and blush feverishly at the same time. More than that, I wanted to know how these ingenues in romance novels might deal with someone far more experienced, far more uncaring than the usual sexy hero. When the “love interest” is dominating and destructive and the woman becomes hooked on him. This story was also a challenge for me because it stretched my writing to its limits. Which ended up being thrilling and freeing.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so. I will sit down to work on a scene or a chapter, write for a while, or check Twitter for an hour, then start the laundry, then write some more. Take a break for coffee or a snack. Write a bit, check Twitter again, switch out the laundry, then sit back down to write. I wish I could make myself sit for 12 hours straight and just write but honestly the breaks give the words a chance to bloom. It gives me a chance to look at my characters away from the page. I can ask them questions, dig into their psyches, and chat with them over fresh coffee. I think that’s pretty normal though, at least for most of my writing friends.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Shakespeare, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Erica Jong, Jericho Brown, and too many more to list here.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on submitting poems and short stories to literary magazines and outlining a new novel set in the South in the 1920’s. It’s dark literary with strong romantic themes but not erotic like A Tendency Dark and Dangerous.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m actually still trying to figure that one out but pretty-hot.com has been fantastic!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write and join a writing group. You’ll need the feedback and support more than you know. A good group can help you bloom as a writer.
What are you reading now?
I’m listening to By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Probably A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemmingway.
Author Websites and Profiles
Emmalyn Danvers Website