Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Please welcome my guest, Emma Lai

Today I'm interviewing Romance author Emma Lai.
Welcome Emma, I'm so glad you could join me.
How long have you been writing and what made you decide to pursue a writing career?      
I have always loved writing--from the first moment, my chubby hand picked up a crayon, I’m sure. I’ve always loved reading as well.

Before that time, I wrote for work--technical documents and such--and school--paper after paper for my masters. I also wrote the occasional poem and diary entry. However, it never dawned on me that I could write what I love to read until a little over three years ago.

After I signed my first contract, then I decided maybe I should try writing as a career. Now, three years later, I have seven published short story romances--paranormal to contemporary erotic--and another under contract with several more in the works.

Wow, I wish I was so prolific.  Do you have a writing routine?  Where do you usually do your writing?
Right now, I have no set routine. Pre-baby, I woke up and wrote until my stomach reminded me to eat then I wrote some more...until hubby demanded my attention, or I got hungry again, or tired. So many stories to tell, so little time.

Post-baby--in a toddler world now--I write whenever I can sneak away from home to the library or coffee shop. I’ve found writing at home to be nearly impossible. I’m always on the alert for the smallest peep during nap time, which makes it hard to become lost in another world.

Why do you write in the genre/sub-genre that you do?  Any plans in the future to write in a different one? 
The two broad romance sub-genres I write in are paranormal and erotica. The paranormal series I write spans from the futuristic to the historical and involves science fiction as well as otherworldly beings. The erotica I write spans from the historical to the contemporary. So, I feel like I get to explore a broad range of genres.
I hope to write a paranormal novel myself in the near future.      Who is your favorite author?  (I know, an unfair question.  I couldn’t name just one myself.) 
I have lots of favorites though the one I’m currently most impressed with is Steven Erikson because of his ability to build such a complex world rich in history, politics and theology.
How do you stay motivated when writer’s block hits or your muse 
won’t cooperate? 
I take a break and go see a movie, which almost always inspires me to write something.
I love the idea of taking a break and going to a movie.  I might have to try that.  :o)  Do you have a critique partner or partners?  If so, do you think they help more in terms of moral support or in terms of line editing, brainstorming, etc? 
I have numerous critique partners, who each help in his or her own way. I have a couple I turn to when I need to brainstorm. Then there are a couple of awesome editors. Finally, they’re all great in terms of moral support.
What’s the best writing advice you were ever given?  
      Submit. You can write the best story in the world, but if you don’t submit it, then it won’t get published. Of course with self-publishing, that’s not entirely true anymore. So, my advice is no matter what road you take, make sure your work is as polished as you can make it before sending it out into the world.

Good advice.  Tell us about your current release in a couple of sentences. 
     Riding Rodeo is part of The Wild Rose Press’ Cowboy Kink line. With that in mind, cowboys, broken hearts and second chances can present all kinds of interesting situations. 

     Can you tell us a little about your next project? 
      Which one? I have four actively vying for my attention: a sequel to the Regency erotica Twice is Not Enough; a contemporary menage; a M/M contemporary western; and the fourth book in the Mates of the Guardians series. It really depends on what kind of mood I’m in, on what will get finished first.
I know what you mean  I have a couple of projects currently vying for my attention.  Anything else you’d like to share?  
Readers can find me...
Facebook: AuthorEmmaLai
Twitter: @emmalaiwrites

Thanks Emma for the great interview.  It was fun learning more about you.


  1. Hi Katherine Hi Emma. Great interview, I wish I could say I enjoy going to the movies, but getting out the house does help inspire the muse.

    I read Twice is Not Enough. Absolutely LOVED it. Your writing makes me really miss historicals.

  2. Katherine, thanks for hosting me today! I failed to mention the type of movie I see, if available, rom/com, of course. :)

    I also failed to mention I'm giving away a copy of Riding Rodeo to one person and all entries go in the bucket for a $25 gift certificate to Amazon, The Wild Rose Press, or B & N (winner's choice).

  3. Hi, W. Lynn! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. So glad you enjoyed Twice. :)

  4. Nice interview ladies :-) Best of luck with all your books Emma!

  5. Great interview. Emma, any hints/tricks on world building? Now I have to go seek out your paranormal books to read.

  6. You're welcome, Emma. I love the idea of doing a gift certificate giveaway to the winner's choice of Amazon, The Wild Rose Press, or B & N. I've posted the giveaway info to my Facebook page.

  7. Hi W. Lynn & Sandra, I'm glad you like the interview. I had fun learning more about Emma. Thanks for stopping by. :o)

  8. Thanks, Sandra! I strive to one day have as many titles as you do!

  9. Marie, I don't consider myself a world-building expert by any means. However, the art is in the details--in my opinion as a reader. So, I try to include bits of history, customs, sayings, etc--all those things that make it interesting to visit new places as an interested tourist.

  10. Thanks Katherine! I tend to come up with these things and forget to include them in my posts and notes. One day, I'll be more organized. :)

  11. Ladies~
    Great interview.

    I'm not much of a movie-goer. Once the *coming attractions* are over, I start thinking about all the things I could be doing instead of sitting in a dark theatre. Ya. My hubby doesn't think I'm fun either. LOL

    Have read and thoroughly enjoyed Riding Rodeo. Best of luck on everything, Emma!

  12. Thanks, Lynda! Movies are one of the few times, I let my brain shut down, which is probably why the story ideas pour in. :)