JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Emma Meade, author of Night Sighs
Meet Alex and Tristan, modern star-crossed lovers of the supernatural variety. Alex is running-on-empty one year on from the death of her fiancé, and the only thing that keeps her going is her romance with the young vampire Tristan. Tristan meanwhile has a serious obsession with Bruce Springsteen and is battling a can’t-live-without-you sort of love for Alex. He’s trying to persuade her to come over to the dark side but so far she’s resisting his efforts.
So come and sing along to Tristan’s band, The Dead Beats, the hottest group in London right now and walk with Alex as she teeters between this life and the next. Because when you’re around Tristan, you’ll see how much fun it is to be alive when you’re dead…
Night Sighs consists of five short stories: ‘The Dead Beats’, ‘The Ancients’, ‘Until My Body is Dust’, ‘Bourbon & Jazz’ and ‘West of Forever’.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Night Sighs?
Emma Meade: I have always been fascinated by the supernatural, having grown up devouring Point Horror books and watching The X-Files with my dad and sister.
Night Sighs started out as a single short story called ‘The Dead Beats’ which I wrote immediately after watching a Bruce Springsteen video on YouTube. It was a live version of Because the Night from 1985 in Paris. The music haunted me and the character Tristan was born.
JP: What sets Night Sighs apart from other books in the same genre?
EM: Night Sighs is a paranormal romance short story collection, and it’s for adults. So many of the vampire tales we see these days are written for the teen market. I love young adult books but with ‘The Dead Beats’ and the rest of the stories that came to make up Night Sighs, I was able to pursue the sexier side of vampires without having to hold back.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Night Sighs getting out to the public?
EM: I started a book and movie review blog this year and at the same time began my homework on self-publishing. I joined Twitter and connected with other aspiring authors and decided to release Night Sigh as an ebook for $0.99.
Now I continue to blog as well as promote my book via online sites such as kindleboards, twitter and mobileread, as well as interacting with other writers online.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Night Sighs?
EM: I wrote ‘The Dead Beats’ over a couple of days. That story came naturally and easily. The other four stories followed later and took weeks to complete and then I spent a lot longer rewriting and editing, sending it to my editor to go through before I released it online.
When I am writing a novel I can have a first draft prepared in a few months but will spend years revising.
JP: What’s next for Emma Meade?
EM: I’ll continue to promote Night Sighs, read a lot and work on improving my young adult paranormal novels.
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