I wish you a New Year full of amazing books! ❤️❤️
Today I have three posts for posting, all for the book tour for Love and Other Sins by Emilia Ares, hosted by Turn the Pages Tours. The first post is the Author Interview!
About the Author – Emilia Ares is an Armenian-American actress best known for American Horror Story and Bosch, producer and now the author of Love and Other Sins.
Let’s start the interview!! 🔥🔥
1. Where did you find inspiration for your book, Love and Other Sins?
I began writing while on set for a movie just after graduating high school. There are times when actors wait hours between takes if there’s a new set-up happening. In those situations, it’s best to do something productive and take your mind off the scene you’re filming. Having an activity during breaks helps me keep my acting fresh and my reactions natural. Reading is a great go-to, but it just wasn’t doing it for me on this particular day. I had a story and characters – Oliver and Mina – who were living in my head and nagging at my brain. I needed to get them on paper. I wrote a chapter of their story into my notes on my iPhone. I also jotted down some ideas about what would happen to them on their journey. Then, I just forgot about it for a while. Months later, I found the note and showed it to my sister, who said she loved the story and thought it would make a good book. So, I transferred it into Microsoft Word and began fleshing out the story that eventually became Love and Other Sins.
2. How was your writing journey while writing the book?
I like to initially write at night and edit during the day. I wrote the first draft at the pace of about a thousand words a day. Sometimes, it would be three thousand. Sometimes, I’d take days off. When I was editing, I tried to get through about a chapter a day—more or less—depending on the chapter’s length. I do set deadlines and goals for myself. I hold myself accountable by hiring the editor in advanced and booking three months ahead of time for instance. It did take longer than I thought it would but now I have that experience under my belt and I know what the hold-ups are and I can avoid them next time.
3. Have you encountered any incident that inspired a scene in your book?
The scene where Mina’s mother, Lily, gets berated by a woman at the pool in Palm Springs and gets told to “go back to her own country”. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed my mother have that experience more times than one in real life.
4. Name three books you can read for the rest of your life and tell us why you chose those books.
a. Into the Wild Light
b. The Dutch House
c. Where the Crawdads Sing
Because they are simply beautiful: poetic, sad, rich with life and hopeful.
5. How do you stay inspired/motivated while writing?
I just think about the characters and how I owe it to them to tell their story. I let them lead the way.
6. Who are the authors who inspire you for writing?
Jodi Picoult is definitely an inspiration. Her writing is beautiful in a gut-punch, rip your heart out stomp on it and shove it back in kind of way. So, so good.
7. Any advice you would like to give to aspiring authors?
If it’s what you truly want to do, it makes you happy and you have a story to tell, then you must tell it. I truly believe that. Read as much as you can. Write as much as you can. Write about things that excite you. Have fun. Write the book you wish you could read.
That wraps up my interview with Emilia Ares. I have the favourite quotes and the book’s review posts coming up! I can’t wait to post those two posts! ❤️
*This interview is a part of my tour stop (yesterday) for the Book Tour hosted by Turn the Pages Tours.*
*I thank the author and Team Turn the Pages for giving me a chance for this interview*.