ALMOST NIGHT by Emily White Release Date: May 5, 2013 Paperback, 303 pages Genre: YA / Fantasy / Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Lilly Grey exists in two worlds at the same time. She just doesn't know it.As the only albino in a million mile radius, Lilly is used to being different. Pink eyes and white hair aren't exactly the best camouflage in the harrowing jungles formally known as high school. And yeah, she's used to being an outcast and seeing the world in a slightly different way, but she never guessed how literally "different" applied to her.Not until a clan of shape-shifting dragons tell her she's not just albino. She's a unicorn and the only mortal alive who can live on both Earth and its antithesis, Morcah. Now all those times she thought she saw a floating brown blotch in the sky or eyes peering out at her from the bark of trees make sense. She's been seeing Morcah, a land that exists in the exact same spot as Earth, just in a different phase.But it's not all sunshine and rainbows for this unicorn. As the only one who can live in both phases, she's also the only one who can bring Morcah--and all its inhabitants--to Earth. And creatures who've been trapped on Earth since the Dark Ages are willing to do worse things than kill to make that happen.Again.
Welcome to The Cover Contessa, Emily!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Oh, I definitely always wanted to be a writer, but there were plenty of other careers I thought I’d pursue as well. Paleontologist, lawyer, President of the U.S., empress of the universe. You know the usual.
How do you come up with themes for your stories?I usually see something while out and about, or while watching TV or reading a book. I’ll see an idea and think, “Yeah, that’s neat, but I wonder if...” and go from there.
Do you have a schedule of when you write? I TRY to write during my kids’ nap. This does not always happen. Sometimes it’s a very rough day and nap time is Netflix time for me.
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing? Through constant stress and the aid of alcohol. LOL! No, but really. Stress. Lots of it. And a feeling that I’m never getting anything accomplished. And for a lot of things that’s true. I can’t get EVERYTHING done, so my house is sometimes a bit messy and my wardrobe remains in the jammie category.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book? Reading it after the first draft and not immediately throwing it in the garbage. I think it’s hard to write something that you poured countless hours into only to realize it’s so far from being done that the end of the road is almost completely out of sight. It’s very discouraging. Especially when you have a tendency, like I do, to read while you write. You see these great examples of art and you have to convince yourself not to give up quite yet on your trash. And maybe the hardest part is convincing yourself that those great examples were just as bad as first drafts, too.
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? I have written four books so far! I’d have to say my favorite is always the one I just finished. So Almost Night is at the top of the list right now, but ask me in a few months and I’ll tell you that my favorite is Destructor, the final book in my space opera series.
Do you have a favorite character? I love Nat from Almost Night. I love her so much. I love her bright red hair, her blasé attitude, her inability to control what comes out of her mouth. I love it all.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing? I love to draw, go hiking in the woods, and play British by attempting afternoon tea. Pretty much anything that’s quiet and outside.
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? Write; surround yourself with other writers, read widely, and experiment.
Are you working on anything now? I’m working on three projects right now, actually! Destructor (book #3 of The Auri Wars), #2 of Tales of Morcah (title to be revealed on the fb tour page on May 30th), and a super-secret project I’m doing with another amazing writer. Be sure to friend me on Facebook because I tend to post sneak peeks and other goodies. :)
Thanks so much for being here Emily. It was great to have you!
Emily White is a nerd.She prefers her men fully clothed and donning bow-ties, her commas British, her books cheesy with big, overly-dramatic explosions, her characters awkward and endearingly real,* and watching her movies in authentic turn-of-the-century theaters. When not exposing her nerdy self to the world, she's creating her own friends and putting them in horrible, yet sometimes humorous situations.Check out her YA Space Opera series starting with Elemental (Spencer Hill Press, 2012), continuing with FAE (February 2014), and ending sometime in the near future with a book she has yet to write. She's also authored a collection of Steampunk (zombie, werebot romance) flash fiction, if you're into those kinds of things, titled "To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World."