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Today, we welcome Author Emily Shore to THE KATY!
Emily Shore has enjoyed writing books since she was very young. With time, her passion only increased and drew her to earn a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University. Since graduating in ’09, she’s penned seventeen books. She is represented by Allison Singer of ZSH Literary out of New York and Boston for her anti-sex trafficking dystopia due to ship out to publishers soon! Emily writes full time and is a stay-at-home mother to precious toddler, Emmy. In her free time, she enjoys baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, scrapbooking, campaigning against sex trafficking, and spending time with all her gorgeous nieces!
CHeck out Emily’s post for the BOD ZOmbie Crawl ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE, complete with amazing giveaway!
How did you decide to become an author? Any books, movie, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?
I don’t think I really chose. Ever since I learned to read, I started to write. I never could write short stories very well. From the beginning, it was always long fiction. From Boxcar and Nancy Drew type books to epic fantasies (i.e. thank you, Lord of the Rings) in high school to paranormal series in college, I have always felt drawn to long fiction and specifically the YA market. When working at Barnes and Noble, my favorite thing to do was recommend books for teenagers and tell them about my books. I love connecting with YA audiences and influencing the next generation, particularly females, to be stronger and more empowered.
Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?
I actually was a victim of self publishing once upon a time. Years ago, I signed with a marketing agent who I believed was a professionally literary agent. Turns out he only did the literary agent gig on the side. After pressuring me into self publishing two of my beloved paranormal works and having a failed turn around, I ended my contract, removed my books as quickly as I could, and rewrote one from scratch. It is all the more improved from that re-write, and I took the few reviews I received from it to better the work. It was a lesson on my journey as a writer, and I’m glad it happened since I started focusing on my anti-trafficking dystopia, The Menagerie, which is now signed with Zachary Shuster and Harmsworth.
Are you a plotter or a panster?
Depends on the book. I’ve written seventeen of them after all. One I researched plot outlines in depth and spent hours at a coffee shop until I’d hashed out the entire plot. Others, I begin with an idea and go with the flow like my Greek mythology meets Modern Day inspired by a fanart picture online or my Sci Fi/Alternate Universe novel crafted from a dream sequence.
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
I think most of my characters have bits and pieces of me in them. Some more than others. The Menagerie book has a good amount of ‘me’ in my main character. My Roseblood, vampire book’s MC is very much based off of me and my family and those in my inner circle. Only a couple characters I’ve written aren’t like me at all.
What draws you to writing Dystopian literature?
Initially, I got my feet very wet with dystopia during the Hunger Games craze. My first dystopia was a total flop in my opinion (though it has since become seed ground for a new idea). My second dystopia became The Menagerie, but that has been a work in progress for the past five years. It has gone through a fierce evolution but all has revolved around one question: What would the world look like if prostitution were legalized across the board? That gave birth to a host of images – ones involving museums where girls are displayed as living art. And The Menagerie’s world came to life from those images.
What does the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group on Facebook mean to you?
I love this group. I came upon it by happenstance. I enjoy the support authors give each other. I found one of my all time favorite indie authors through this group, and I can’t imagine my reading life without her *cough Lauren Taylor cough* It’s encouraging to see all the work that goes into this group with the many posts and threads and little contests. And of course sharing photos and quizzes is always a plus.
What do you see as a future? Are zombies a possibility?
I tend to see terrorism domination more of a likely scenario, possibly a police state, or even a new Civil War based off racism, but I don’t experiment in those when it comes to writing. They terrify me. I’ve written three zombie series, but I don’t dabble too much in current events leading to an apocalypse.
Do you have a favorite zombie book or movie? Which one and why?
Favorite zombie book: The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I love Carrie Ryan’s symbolic-style writing, the vividness of her world, and the coming of age struggle of her characters. Favorite movie: The Returned. Probably the most creative zombie film I’ve ever seen-based in a dystopia type of society as well!
Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?
Get involved in contests as much as you can. If you can’t afford to hire an editor (like me), then enter as many Twitter pitch contests as possible where editors and agents are prowling to find new authors. This is how I was chosen by my fabulous freelance editor, Kate Angelella formerly of Simon and Schuster, who selected me from 2000 other candidates for The Menagerie, and I will always be indebted to her. Trust me, editors know what they’re talking about! Their input is priceless, more valuable than gold! I can’t imagine my book without my editor’s experienced hand.
Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
Just be on the lookout for Menagerie news and any upcoming book deals because we are sending out to publishers soon! And Rick Richter’s name will be attached to the project. He represented some little known titles oh *scratches head* trying to remember…oh that’s right! The Mortal Instruments Series, The Uglies, and The Spiderwick Chronicles to name a few. He also happens to be the former President of Simon and Schuster, so it’s pretty doggone amazing that he’s reading my book and offering his support!
Ok, really important question here. What are you going to be for Halloween?
Actually, my family doesn’t do Halloween, we just spend the evening away from the house going on a family date. But if I were to dress up, my husband and I would go as Westley and Buttercup from the Princess Bride. Or I’d go alone as Rapunzel, my favorite Disney Princess.
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