Hi there! My name is Emma Khoury and I’m a writer/soon to be published author. My first book, The Sword & Shield is coming out March 2020 with Black Rose Publishing Company! I have many Works in Progress and one completed young adult fantasy manuscript out for consideration at several publishing houses. I went to Ferris State University for Criminal Justice and have Studied Abroad in Ireland and Japan. I live with my two cats, Echo and Kira, who were the inspiration for my first book The Sword & Shield.
What inspires you to write?
I’m not entirely sure. I do know that, when I don’t have inspiration I will search for something new, be it online or out in the world, to trigger a burst of creativity.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a plantser who uses Microsoft word. I usually start with an idea. Like ‘what if an assassin had an autoimmune disorder?’. Or something. Then I’ll think about the person/character that a story prompted by that idea might revolve around. After I create my character I usually scour the web till I find an actor/actress/model who fits my vision for said character. After that I start my story with a general idea of where it will take me while also being open to pit stops along the way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Writing is a bit like having a possessed Oujia board. If you really want it you can move the indicator/character where you want them, but it’s usually easier to let them do what they want.
Who are your favorite authors?
Laini Taylor, Cassandra Claire, and V.E. Schwab make up the triad of women whose writing prowess and whose books I worship.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I got the agent who connected me with my publisher through a writer’s conference. It never occurred to me to self publish. I knew there was a publishing house out there for my book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be dreamers and wishers and adventurers who keep the world of books and publishing alive.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, scifi, action
What formats are your books in?
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