Can you introduce yourself? Hello there! I’m Emily Rachelle, from Emily Rachelle Writes. I’m the author of soon-to-be-self-published eBook novella Sixteen, and a teenage girl in love with God and the world He created. My favorite things include chocolate, pretty trees, the ocean, weddings, crafts, and books - rows upon rows of books, neatly lining library shelves or messily stacked in the corner of a bedroom. To get to know me better, check out my About page.
What was your reaction when you learned you won our competition? Haha, actually, I was a bit taken back. Adriana posted the link to the announcement in the Go Teen Writers Facebook group. I clicked over just to see and congratulate the winners - I’d forgotten that I’d entered! When I got there, I had to reread my name a few times before it registered. Then I proceeded to comment on the winner announcement and Facebook with laughter and surprise. The crazy thing is when I had to email you to ask for a reminder as to which story I’d entered the contest with!
What was your inspiration to write THIS story? When I first wrote it, I had just learned a lot about abortion and was mostly processing my thoughts and feelings on the issue. I gave the story a major facelift later, turning it less into a message and more into a story about relationships.
When and why did you first start writing (in general)? I enjoyed writing in elementary creative writing classes, so it just kind of stuck. Not writing never even occurred to me - it was a normal thing that everyone did, I thought. Now I know that writing is not for everyone, but not writing is still just not on the table for me. It wouldn’t end well for anyone involved.
What's your favorite part of the process? I love plotting and making notes ahead of time - how will this scene play out? What big secret connects these two characters? What is she hiding? What does he look like? What’s the perfect name - in meaning and origin - for her personality and background? I write thousands of words in notes before typing a single word in the first draft.
Least favorite? Definitely editing. I’m not too great at it.
Favorite character to write and why? I really don’t have a favorite character to write so far. I loved writing Nikki in Sixteen because she was fun, even if she was troubled. I loved Christy, her best friend, because she was a sweet girl and their relationship is not one you’d expect at all. In other books like Beila and the Griffin or Kaimalie and the Mermaid, I generally enjoy writing the main characters, but I also really love the supporting children - like the daughter of Beila’s friend Adele or Vivica the mermaid’s half-sister.
Favorite book to read for fun? My favorite book to read for fun varies based on my mood and especially what genre we’re talking. A few I’ve returned to more than once include A Family Forever by Brenda Coulter, The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye, The Red Gloves series by Karen Kingsbury, or any of the Christy Miller or Katie Weldon books by Robin Jones Gunn. Another author I’d like to point out - my personal favorite, although I haven’t yet reread any of her books - is Cidney Swanson. She writes YA sci-fi that I just can’t put down!
How long have you been working on this project and what stage are you at? Sixteen was started in late 2010... I want to say late fall? I finished it within a week or two if memory serves me correctly (10K words, keep in mind). I tucked it away in my computer until Mother’s Day 2011 approached and I decided to revamp the story for a Mother’s Day gift. That never happened; I ended up pulling it out again the next year, when I did give it to Mom. Now I’ve gotten back my edits from the lovely Rachelle Rea and intend to work on those when I have the time. My plan is to have it available for purchase on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords by late 2013 or early 2014.
Some advice for other writers? My advice would be to (1) read like crazy; (2) write always - even if you’re taking what feels like a guiltily long break from fiction writing, you can still blog, write poetry, keep a journal, have fun with fanfiction, just something with words; (3) and find a good writers’ community. You’ll know it in your gut when you’ve found the right environment for you; mine is definitely GoTeenWriters.
And links we can find you at? Oh, the fun part! Haha I’m at the following sites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, GoodReads, and LibraryThing.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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