Emily Robertson graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas with a degree in Theatre. She is an avid reader and enjoys reading New Adult and Romance as much as she does writing them. She currently resides in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and two children. She loves connecting with and talking to other readers by e-mail, or on Facebook or Twitter. You can get information on her upcoming works by signing up for her newsletter.
What inspired you to write your first book? The first one that I claim, or the very first one? Both were kind of the same. I have these really vivid dreams, and the first time my son woke me up in the middle of a scene. Usually it’s forgeable, but after a day and a half, I was still thinking about that scene and what the guy was about to say.
For the first book I published, I had been dealing with a lot of issues surrounding my TBI. The book was a good outlet for me to work through some of my frustrations and just escape.
How much real life do you put into or influences your books? There’s always something that is me or my life in my books. For Playing by the Rules, it’s TBI. In Playing with Fire, the hero is in the military, a life I live in. The characters might like horror movies or love 90s music.
I also write real places. Southwestern College, where Josh and Payton are attending college, is my Alma Matter. I was actually on campus for my ten year reunion when I wrote “The End” on that book.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? Figuring out what’s going to happen. I’m a total pantser. I don’t usually plot much out in my books before I sit down to write. Something will strike, and I just jump in with both feet and go for it. There are times when something will happen that came from so far out in left field, and I want to yell, “PLOT TWIST!”
It’s because of this though that I often find myself stuck. I wonder what will happen to keep the story moving or what happens next. It usually works itself out, but sometimes it holds me up.
What are your current projects? Right now I’m working on the final novella in the Portwood Brothers Series. When I sat down and wrote Playing by the Rules, I wanted it to be a series. I thought it’d be fun to write about Josh’s roommates, and that was the plan. Jackson, Josh’s twin brother, came along and hijacked my series though, and the rest is history. People who read the book early on asked if Wes would ever get a book, and I always said there was no way. I’ve learned never to say that since I’m now writing a novella about Wes.
How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? I have a BFF who’s my title generator. Seriously, I suck at titles. I don’t think I’ve named one book I’ve written. Ask me to write a novel, I’ve got it covered. Ask me for a blurb, that’s going to take some thinking. A tagline or title, forget it. The fewer words it requires, the harder it is for me.
What is your favorite genre to write? All of my books but one have been New Adult Romance. The other one was Contemporary Romance. There’s something about 18-25 year olds that I love. It’s about the new experiences, living life on your own for the first time. Those things really call to me, and I love writing about it.
Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? It depends on what’s going on in my life. I spent a couple of years writing as much as I could for me. I wrote what I wanted, when I wanted. There were times I could pump out a book in a couple months, and there were times when it’d take much longer. I’m never idle though. I’m always writing something be it drafting a new project, revising something I got back from a beta reader, or working on edits.
Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? All the time. There are times when I’ll get stuck, and I’ll call a friend and talk through stuff for what seems like hours. You’d think that we were talking about real people sometimes. Sometimes I just need to talk it through so I can move on, and sometimes I can’t the forest through the trees. Having people who will listen and offer up suggestions and advice are golden.
Do your travel to research for your book(s)? Not on purpose. That said, I really want to write a book that takes place on some tropical island so I can go there for research.
Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? It seems like I learn something new with every book I write. While writing one book I learned a lot about the legal system and what could happen for certain situations. I’ve learned about medical situations and diagnoses, spent time Googling airports and flight schedules, and so many other things.
Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? I have a file FULL of ideas that I haven’t written yet. I had an idea several years ago for a sort of suspense/romance/maybe a touch of sci-fi. With all the other ideas lingering around, that one will probably never make the cut.
When writing, do you have a process? It goes something like this:
- Sit down at the computer and open the file I’m working on.
- Work for a bit and then check Facebook
- Realize the world isn’t ending, and I’m just distracted. Turn off WiFi.
- Work for a bit longer
- Grab my phone and check Facebook again, because the world might be in trouble NOW. I don’t want to miss the start of the zombie apocalypse!
- Put the phone down and promise I’m going to work for real.
That isn’t totally how it goes, but some days it feels like it. I’m pretty easy going. I survive on Coke and mindless games on my phone.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for people who encouraged me, helped me, and pushed me along the way. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You’re going to have to at some point. Don’t be scared of hearing something negative. Use that to make yourself better. Find someone who’s where you are in the process right now and become friends. Being an author is a lonely business. Having friends who are in the same boat really makes a difference. Most important is never give up. Never be afraid to change and adapt. Always live your dreams.
How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? I’ve written 5 books, and I’m about to finish up the 6th. I’ve already started the 7th. As for a favorite, I don’t know if I can pick one. If I did, I’d feel like I was cheating on the rest.
Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? I am actually self-published. There were a lot of factors that went in to my decision. It wasn’t an easy one to make. I went back and forth for about a year before going the self-publishing route. What it came down to in the end was control and royalties. I wanted to have control over when my book came out, what the cover was, and all that stuff. Some authors just want to write and let someone else take care of everything else. Some don’t. It’s such a personal choice. I’d just encourage anyone looking into publishing to do their homework so they can make an educated decision on what’s right for them.
Where do your ideas come from? Everywhere. If you’re in my life, online, at the table next to me at Chili’s, you’re subject to be in my book. There have been so many ideas for scenes that have come from random places. There are snippets of conversations that my friends and I have all over my books. There are things that I see while I’m at the mall or at church that will make it in books. Anything and everything is fair game for me.
How many books do you currently have published? Currently I have one book published with another set to come out mid January.
Are you working on anything right now? I’m finishing up a novella for my Portwood Brothers Series, and then I’m moving back to a book I started this spring about a rocker who’s from a small town. I’m really excited to be back to that.
Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why?Again like the book question, I don’t know if I could pick one. That’s like cheating. Maybe if I pick a secondary character. I’d say my favorite secondary characters are O’Malley and Murphy. These two are in Jackson’s unit, and they are a riot.
Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? For those that have read my book, thank you! I couldn’t do what I do without you. For those that haven’t read my book, I hope you give it a try. If you do, I’d love to hear from you. I love talking and connecting with readers.
More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty
Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you.?I’m a preacher’s kid
Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? I probably shouldn’t say. My mom and dad are probably reading. :p
What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards?Chocolate Donuts
Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? Wine!
If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go?The beach. I love the sand and water.
If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? My man, Nick Bateman. Because he’s Nick Bateman.
Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? A mix of bikini and hipsters
Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? I could go either way. I like both.
Homebody or Party all the time girl? I used to be a party girl, but as I’ve gotten older, I’m more of a homebody who likes to go out from time to time.
Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? Smart and Sexy all the way. Throw some glasses on him, and that’s even better.
Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Significant other
Favorite social network and why?Facebook, because I’m an old dog who hasn’t learned new tricks yet.
What was your “dream” job as a child? Gah, I was all over the place. I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, the President, or work with power tools.
What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? I’ve been lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom for the past 10 years. That said, the middle of the night feedings was a pretty bad phase. Potty training is a close second.
What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? I don’t really see myself doing anything else. I would do whatever it took to make sure our family was taken care of, but I don’t have any dream career that I’d go after.
About Your Latest Release
Introduce us to the main characters:
Josh has lived his life as one of two. He always felt like he was interchangeable with his twin brother. Being at college was supposed to help him get his confidence back, but when his long-term girlfriend left school and strung him along; he started to wonder if he was as special as he thought. Once Payton came into his life, he knew there was something about her, something that kept him coming back for more even though she told him she had a rule about dating. When Josh decided that he wanted Payton to be his, he was ready to show her that some rules were made to be broken.
If you looked stubborn up in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Payton next to it. She doesn’t mean to be that way, but with her world so out of control, the only thing she has control over is the rule she made for herself, no dating until college is over. Over the summer, Payton was in an accident that flipped her world upside down, and she’s holding on to anything and everything she can. What she doesn’t count on is someone like Josh who isn’t put off by her inability to let go of something that’s been a part of who she’s been for so long.
How do these two meet? Both of them were meeting with the Dean of Students for different reasons. Neither said a word to each other, but that one meeting changed everything.
How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end?
What three words would you use to describe this story? Heart Warming, Unpredictable, Charming (Yes, I know that’s four words, but like I said before, the fewer the words, the harder it is.)
Payton always had one rule she lived by, no boyfriends until after college. No one seemed to agree with her, even her own mother who had her at age sixteen. Returning to school after an accident that flipped Payton’s world upside down left her feeling out of control. Holding on to her rule seemed to be her only lifeline.
Josh had been letting the past rule his life for too long. Finally being at school, he’d become his own man, and he’d been putting all that behind him. Just when he thought he had it all put together, life got crazy. Not only did his ex show back up, but Josh also found he couldn’t get Payton Whitmore out of his head.
Playing by the Rules