Interview with Author Emerald Barnes

Tell us a little about yourself and your work.

Hi, Belinda!  Thanks for having me today.

I’m Emerald Barnes, a young adult author with two books published so far.  I started writing when I was in high school, but I hate what I wrote back then.  With lots of practice and wonderful writing teachers in college, I learned more about the best way to write.  However, the longer I’ve been in the game, the more I’ve learned.

I’m the author of Read Me Dead and Piercing Through the Darkness.  I mainly write suspense/thrillers in the YA genre but dabble in other genres.

I’m constantly working on new novels and have more ideas than I know what to do with.  I blog at, and which takes up more of my time than I anticipate, but I love it so very much!  I’m also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is so amazing!

I’m an auntie to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of my time, but I couldn’t imagine spending my time in any other way!

I’m a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, writer, and a family-oriented person.  God is number one in my life, and I thank Him continuously for His love and favor. 

What does your writing practice look like? How has this practice changed from when you first started?

Well, my writing is kind of sporadic.  I write when I’m able to, but I usually try to make time each day, unless something is going on with my family.  But, I’m generally a “pantser”.  I write by the edge of my seat, unless I get stuck.  If I do get stuck, I tend to sit down and write until something makes sense, and I know where the story is going.  But yes and no when it comes to changing; it has changed some but not very much.  I pants more now than I used to.  I don’t know why, but planning just isn’t in my book now.

You have two published novels – “Piercing Through the Darkness” & “Read Me Dead”, as well as numerous short stories; do you have one in particular that holds a special place in your heart?

This is a difficult one to answer because I love every single one of my books.  However, I have to say, a book I’m currently working on, a romantic suspense titled The Double Dare Bridges, has a special place in my heart.  I’ve been writing it since I finished high school, and it’s finally coming together for me.  I absolutely love it, and I cannot wait to finish it and share it with the world.

What one piece of advice could you offer someone who is just starting out as a writer?

Learn how to be subjective with your own writing.  I can be subjective when I read other writers’ works, but I cannot for the life of me seem to be as subjective with my own work.  I’m working on it, and I’m getting better.  It’s important though to understand what you need to cut and what you need to keep to make your work the absolute best it can be.

What is your outlook on writing and life?

My outlook on life and writing is very similar.  No matter what happens, life goes on.  Rejections hardly mean anything because eventually you will succeed and, neither should be something you worry about.  Things have a way of panning out.  It just takes a little patience, determination and never giving up.

Where can we find your work?

You can find me here:



Inspiration Blog




Google +

Amazon Author Page

Buy Links

Read Me Dead

Amazon UK

Amazon US





Read Me Dead Trailer

Piercing Through the Darkness

Amazon UK

Amazon US




Piercing Through the Darkness Trailer

A big Thank You to Emerald for taking the time to answer a few questions for us! 🙂


Weekly Writing Spark~November 26th, 2012 || via

Reality shows are all the rage. What if you could create a reality show for your favourite literary characters. Would they be stranded on a desolate island? Will they be locked in a house together 24/7? Will they be singing, dancing or racing against the clock? Describe what happens and who wins!

Get creative and have fun!

Information, Quotes

Quote of the Week~November 23rd,

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.” 

~ John Steinbeck



The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I was recently asked by S.L. Coelho, the wonderful author of Black Loon Lake to take part in this Blog Hop, which started on the She Writes website

For this Blog Hop I am to answer 10 questions about my work in progress then tag another author to do the same.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Right now the working title is “The Morrigan” because a great deal of the story centers around the Celtic “Raven” Goddess.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

My main character Katie has been the protagonist in previous unpublished work and I simply fell in love with her spirit. I had a story rolling around and just felt the character would fit in perfectly.  Also an interest in my Irish heritage and Celtic mythology is something I have always wanted to explore.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It would most likely fall under  Young Adult, Mystery and Fantasy.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

To be honest I haven’t really thought about this.  I think my characters are very distinct in my head so I really don’t want to mess with a good thing! 😉

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Fourteen year old Katie has endured more than her fair share of hardship: an accident, her parents divorce and moving to a new town but when she finds an ancient artifact, the real trouble begins.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It is to be published by Professor Owl’s Publication Centre,  a small online publisher.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It’s still a work in progress. I have spent a great deal of time working on research and although it’s taken a while to flesh out the story, I am happy with the way it’s turning out.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It’s hard to say – I think it’s pretty original in some aspects but it would be along the lines of (and perhaps wishful thinking) Percy Jackson meets Harry Potter with some Agatha Christie for good measure.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A love of archaeology, mythology, my Irish heritage and a need to share a protagonist who despite challenges, lives a full and interesting life.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I think it will be relatable to readers in the fact that it shows that although you may have limitations, you can still triumph over adversity.


So if you’re an author and I tagged you for this Next Big Thing Blog Hop, read on. Here’s how it works….

Rules of The Next Big Thing

Use this format for your post. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you for participation. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress). Include some pictures if possible. Tag at least one and up to five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post. Their answers should go up the week after.

Your blog post follows a week after mine November 22nd – 29th . If you are on She Writes, you put the post up there too. Your blog post should be labeled: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

Here is the author I’m tagging: Sylvia W. McGrath  @


Weekly Writing Spark~November 19th, 2012 || via

In the spirit of the U.S. Thanksgiving, we should all take a moment to reflect on what we are grateful for.  For some going through trying times, often focusing on what you have as opposed to what you don’t can add perspective. Sometimes even in our darkest days there is something positive to be seen.

What is there about the challenges you have experienced or are experiencing that you can be thankful for?

Reflect and write