Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Emily Irons: Writing my books by hand, I am often plagued by hand cramps. I can’t seem to create and type in tandem and I seem to be able to convey situations far better with a pen. Needless to say, after my book is „completed,” I have a typing task to accomplish.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER
Emily Irons: Absolutely. My stepdaughter is proud of me and my husband although, he doesn’t quite understand the fictional writing aspect, he is a very supportive and is my technical support expert when it comes to glitches and tech problems.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Emily Irons: I would not have discarded my earlier works and given up on becoming an author years ago.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Emily Irons: No time frame. My second book which is longer and far more involved has come together easier and far more swiftly than the first. I approached „Brotherly” with apprehension. The second in this series, „Rutherford Knolls,” I wrote more freely.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Emily Irons: Absolutely. It lasted for nearly six months. The best remedy… allow your mind to take a vacation from it by reading a book by another author. My go-to book is Stephen King’s „IT”. After the first 100 pages, my writer’s block dissipated and the flood of ideas came through like a tsunami.
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Emily Irons: One can call themselves a writer as soon as they pick up a pen or type their first word, as long as they have an idea, plot, and character in mind.
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Emily Irons: An author can call themselves a writer, if they so wish but, not all writers are authors. If it is regarding a published work or a manuscript the writer/authors seeking publishing for, the titles are interchangeable.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Emily Irons: I have never had a negative review… yet. I am sure it will happen though. My topic and plots aren’t for everyone. They are twisted, and can be upsetting for more sensitive readers. I expect a negative review at some point and it’s okay.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Emily Irons: Finishing the book when nearing the end. Before finishing a book, I am bombarded with ideas and characters for my next book project. It’s difficult to halt ideas when they are freely flowing in when trying to smooth out your current manuscript.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Emily Irons: I began writing my first book on a very controversial subject at age 9. My mother found it, asked me what I was writing about. When I informed her, she forced me to throw it away.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Emily Irons: My advice would be to write because you enjoy it and not to hold high expectations. we can always hope that our work will be successful but, one must be realistic.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Emily Irons: Being unpredictable.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Emily Irons: Well rounded characters are as important as the plot. You can never outdone above the other.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Emily Irons: My characters are far from perfect. Some are quirky, and they all have their flaws, just as we, as people do. The characters you like, you admire. Those I want you to despise, you loathe. I make my characters as relatable as possible. The plot comes beforehand and I create the scenes to develop and support it.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Emily Irons: As soon as I decided to rewrite „Brotherly,” and planned on its publishing. „Brotherly,” was initially written 25 years ago. I updated it to be more current with a far different ending.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Emily Irons: Social media allows me to meet with other authors and readers to sometimes gather their opinions regarding book covers.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Emily Irons: My favorite part of the publishing process is deciding on the book cover design and seeing it on my selling site. My least favorite has to be formatting.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Emily Irons: I would say, „If you can do it successfully, by all means do it.”
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Emily Irons: I have 1 published and currently finishing my second in the series.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Emily Irons: The most difficult part to write was the end. I grow fond of my characters and don’t enjoy saying good-bye.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Emily Irons: I enjoy the emotionally charged scenes whether it is anger or passion.
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Emily Irons: I relate mostly to the main character in my first book. She is unsure of herself but, through her life and the reclamation thereof, discovers how strong she is.
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Emily Irons: It is in the making. I am typing my second handwritten book, of the ‘my scream,” series. It’s title is „Rutherford Knolls.” It is written entirely different than „Brotherly.” Written in different point of views, the main characters take a turn in telling the story while they round out their own characters. This second book, although can be read alone, adds much worth to the first of the series. There is such chaos and abuses in this book, I wish to forewarn my readers.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Emily Irons: As an avid animal lover, my husband and I treat our 3 dogs and three-legged rescue cat like children. We talk to them like babies – yes we babytalk them and make up songs with their names in it. They sleep in our bed and even lay parallel on our pillows. They also love door dash and pizza delivery. They always get something special.
Romelia: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.
Emily Irons: Although my books are fiction, there are some truths in it. The emotions are real. The main plot, not-so-much. Regarding the world…I would like to say the world is a beautiful place but, I can’t. Surely I know there are kind people in the world but, it seems they are becoming fewer. I’d like to hope that some day people will become kinder to one another and all people could simply check the ‘human’ box under race. I’d like to see less poverty not only in my own country but, globally. There is so much room for improvement in our world.