Hey everyone, today I’m excited to welcome Emma L. Adams, author of the paranormal young adult novel The Puppet Spell, to Twilight Sleep!
TS: Emma, there are probably some people who don’t know much about you so how about you start by telling us a bit about yourself and how you got started writing?
EA: I’ve always had a vivid imagination, but it was when I was ten that my teacher first suggested that I could be a writer. And that was it: I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wrote endless short stories and planned huge epics, but it wasn’t until I was 14 that I actually sat down and wrote a novel. It was terrible, but it taught me a lot about writing. I continually rewrote it until I was 18, when I decided to make the jump and sent it to agents. After a year of rejections, I decided to put it aside and wrote something completely different. This was The Puppet Spell!
TS: So what gave you the idea for The Puppet Spell?
EA: The original idea for this was in an old notebook I found in my room. I’d written the beginning of a story about a hidden laboratory a few years back, and I started thinking about how I might finish it. One idea led to another and The Puppet Spell was born!
TS: A lot of people have said that it reminds them of Pan’s Labyrinth combined with bits of Oz, Narnia, Harry Potter, and more. How do you feel about the comparisons? Do you think that’s pretty accurate?
EA: I think that writers subconsciously draw on everything they read and watch, and there are probably elements from all those things and more in there. But what writers are best at is putting a new spin on ideas – that’s how the same stories have been retold for thousands of years.
TS: What has been your worst experience so far with publishing The Puppet Spell? What’s been your best?
EA: The best part was when I finally got to hold a copy of my own book. I really felt like a proper writer then! :) The worst part was seeing my bank balance after paying to publish the ebook…
TS: Oh no! That’s a bummer. But hopefully only temporary! Do you have any advice for any of our readers out there who want to publish a book?
EA: Get feedback on your work first. Work at your craft and persevere. Decide which path is best for your writing, and don’t rush into publishing or submitting. Write for the love of it. And if it’s what you really want, never give up! :)
TS: Back to The Puppet Spell – is it a standalone book or will there be a sequel? If there will be a sequel, is there anything you can tell us about the next book?
EA: It can work as a standalone, but there is potential for sequels. I’m holding out until I see how well the paperback sells! If there’s enough interest, I may well write other books set in that world in future. :)
TS: Awesome! We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out then! Thank you so much for stopping by to chat with us!
EA: Thanks for having me! :) You’ll definitely be seeing more of me in the future, since the first in my next book series, the Darkworld series, is being published in September by Curiosity Quills Press!
Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master…