Author Spotlight: Emma Mountford
May 30, 2022 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
EM: I’ve always wanted to write; I was that dorky kid who read and wrote high fantasy throughout my teen years ha-ha and then for a long-time adult life got in the way. Work, kids, the usual responsibilities. I don’t think I wrote anything at all for a good fifteen years or so and then one day I picked up a book by Milly Taiden and I loved it. The whole PNR thing was new to me, but I devoured everything I could find. That’s when Roman (My first ever book as an adult) was born. I was extremely lucky with that one as it was signed on a reding app very quickly. My writing career kind of moved quickly from there. It was about a year after that, that I thought I might be able to do this crazy author thing full time.
Now I’m living the dream, quite literally and have books on Amazon and reading apps.
CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?
EM: Oh, there’s so many rewarding moments. I do love it when a reader gets in contact, and they love the characters as much as I do. Or they send me little things based on my characters. I have a lovely reader who owns a wax melt company and has named some of her scents after my book boyfriends!! That made me cry happy tears.
As for the hurdles?
I’m a pretty emotional person so hearing constructive criticism was really hard at first. But sometimes you have to swallow your pride and listen. That’s how you low and grow.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
EM: Another hard one. Can I say my newest release? Saints and Sinners. It’s strange because it was a hard story to write but it left me with a great sense of accomplishment when I finished it. Maybe because it touches on some very intense situations. I just hope I’ve done it justice.
CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?
EM: Havoc (Savage Sons book 1) it’s a MC romance but not too dark. And Havoc is kind of a lovable rogue.
CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?
EM: Fang (Savage Sons book 3) it has got everything. Love, betrayal, and a climatic ending. (No pun intended). Although I have no idea who would play Fang and Gypsy. Maybe I should ask about that in my readers group.
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
EM: I actually got asked this by a friend in the navy just last week. So, I will give the same advice as I gave him. JUST WRITE. It’s really that simple. People get so bogged down with the business side of things that they forget the most important part. THE ACTUAL STORY. So, write the book, fall in love with it and the characters and world you have created. The rest you can learn later.
CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
EM: Oh, I have too many, so I’m not going to answer. I fan girl over so many.
CJC: Favorite motto?
EM: I don’t really have one. I have things I say out loud all the time, but they can’t be repeated here ha-ha.
CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
EM: I clean. I know it sounds strange, but the music goes on loud, and I just clean things. It helps clear my mind and more often than not a scene will pop into my head.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
EM: Realistic… I hope.
CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?
EM: Covers, definitely. I’m pretty sure I’m the reason my eldest daughter didn’t pursue a career in graphic design… oops.
CJC: Do you have authors who inspire you? And if so, who and why?
EM: Oh my god YES, I have been so fortunate to have made some many friends in the author community. They all inspire me. From reading rough drafts and giving criticism, to late night brainstorming when I’ve been stuck, to hours at a time phone calls, they have all been amazing. And I’ve learnt so much from them.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
EM: I’m a single mum so I work around the children. Usually, I’m at my desk between 8.30 and 4ish Monday to Friday. Coffee is important… like really important.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
EM: There are so many exciting things happening this year. His Stolen Mate (Paranormal Heroes book 1) is with the editors. Judge and Jury (The Family book 2) will also be out later this year. But if I’m honest I am most excited about my secret Rockstars Romance. I can’t give too many details but it’s so much fun to write.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
EM: I just want to say thank you x
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