Monday, November 11, 2013

Tour Kickoff {Meet and Greet & Giveaway}—Dead Dreams by Emma Right

We're kicking off the Dead Dreams blog tour! Meet the author, Emma Right, and enter to win an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Visit the Dead Dreams tour schedule for a list of reviews, excerpts, guest posts, and interviews!

Dead Dreams
by Emma Right
Dead Dreams  #1
Publication: August 26th, 2013
Genre: YA Psychological Mystery Thriller

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams—of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

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Welcome, Emma! The blog tour for Dead Dreams kicks off today! How are you feeling?
Top of the world, thank you!

Describe Dead Dreams in one sentence.
A young adult psychological suspense thriller and mystery.

What inspired the idea behind the book?
We've all been there—at least those of us who are over 21—revving to grow up, the world at our feet, the stars reachable. Wonderful, wondrous future. But in wanting to get there, we forget to smell the roses, we trample on thorns and we get sorely poked and pricked, and alas, some of the barbs could be poisonous. Except for the Grace that watches over me, over you, (whatever you believe in, call it LUCK if you wish), all it might have taken for any of us was that wrong turn, that grabbing of something that looked good, and coupled with a strong desire to make it in life, we might be blinded and grab the adder's tail. That is the story of Dead Dreams; of Brie O'Mara, a good girl, someone who'd never even gotten a traffic ticket, even a Miss Goodie Two-shoes. But, let's face it we can all be tempted, just a tiny bit. And sometimes that's all it takes to have things spin out of control.

What inspired the idea behind the series's premise?
Brie O'Mara's story couldn't be told in one book. There were too many loose ends and back story which needed to be straightened out and this would take at least two more books.

What was the most challenging part of writing it?
Finding the time to finish it.

How many installments do you plan on being in the series?
Three, hopefully.

Besides writing, what other artistic talents do you have?
My kids would say scolding. But I'd say I have a good ear for songs.

Are you currently writing another book?
I am currently writing Keeper of Reign Book 2, a Middle Grade/YA adventure fantasy, hopefully it could be out early 2014. Some readers have asked me to write a prequel for Keeper of Reign. I might. Time is my enemy these days. Once I am done with this I will be working on Dead Dreams 2 and hope to finish this by middle of 2014.

What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Write a million words, then, read, read, read, and write a great story that's been trying to bust out of you. Read as many books as you can on crafting great fiction that deals with all the elements of a great book. Writer's Digest has plenty and I practically spent thousands of dollars trying to educate myself and soak in as much as I could when I had to re-revise Keeper of Reign, my first book—about 17 times. Fortunately I didn't have to edit quite so many times with Dead Dreams—hopefully that means I am getting better.

And never give up on your dream no matter how many problems life throws at you! If a person is called to write she will know this in her bones, even if it's something she has been pushing aside due to life's commitments. Don't give up. You'll eventually get published if you keep trying.

Current Obsession:
Nutella on tortas bread
Last thing you Googled:
How to write a press release
You’re stressed. What’s the first thing you do or reach for?
You write best with __COFFEE SOMEWHERE CLOSE BY__ while __ON MY COMPUTER__ and in your __EVERYDAY WEAR__.
Inspiration hits, but you're not home or near your computer. You _____.
Write an email to yourself in your smart phone.
Best writing resource:
Writer's Digest
Guilty pleasure:
Too much chocolates and coffee
Automatic buy-list author:
Too many to list
Character you wish was real so you could meet.
Beatrice Prior of Divergent

Emma Right

Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

★ One (1) $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card {INT}


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