Abbie Emmons has been writing stories ever since she could hold a pencil. What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into her lifelong passion. There’s nothing she likes better than writing (and reading) stories that are both heartrending and humorous, with a touch of cute romance and a poignant streak of truth running through them.
I asked Abbie how old she was when she started writing, and if she always wanted to be a writer. She explains, "I started writing when I learned how to write. When I was growing up, my mom read me and my sister so many books. It was my favorite thing, and I quickly fell in love with the way stories can transport you to other worlds and let you live vicariously through a character. I always knew I would be a writer, but I didn’t know writing would be my career until about 4 years ago.”
When I asked Abbie if she planned to make writing her full-time career she said, "I can definitely see myself making a career of being a writer and a teacher. I love writing fiction, but I also love writing non-fiction and teaching creative writing through my YouTube channel. I hope to eventually produce courses and workshops. I find writing incredibly fulfilling and exciting, and I love sharing my experiences with other writers in the community!”
Abbie's debut novel 100 Days of Sunlight was published on August 7, 2019! When asked to give a brief synopsis of her novel she said, "When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson temporarily loses her eyesight in a car accident, the only person who can help her is Weston Ludovico: an optimistic boy who, unknown to Tessa, is missing both legs. Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston is able to connect with her – reaching into her darkness and showing her that there is more than one way to “see” the beauty in the world. But when Tessa’s sight returns, will Weston be able to overcome his own fear of being seen?”
When asked about her favorite character in this novel, Abbie said, "I know I’m not supposed to play favorites, but I would have to choose Weston. He’s just so special to me, for many reasons. I fell in love with his character, and it was amazing to be able to write his backstory and journey. What’s not to love about Weston? He is like literal sunshine in human form and I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.”
I asked Abbie what her favorite part of the writing process was and she said, "Coming up with new ideas and finding ways to incorporate them into my story’s outline. Anyone who follows my YouTube channel probably knows that I’m a major plotter. I love the process of brainstorming and playing with ideas. Working out a tricky story beat and connecting everything to the internal conflict of my characters – that’s the best part of the writing process, in my opinion.” When asked what she considered the hardest part of the writing process she replied, "The first round of edits. I look forward to editing and improving my stories, but at the same time... I kind of dread it. Especially the first round of edits, after you finish a first draft and it is the messiest it will ever be. Yikes! Diving into a project like that takes lots of patience. And caffeine. And waffles.”
I asked Abbie if she had any writing quirks and she said, "Hmm...I must always have tea! Music really depends on my mood, sometimes I just need silence in order to think. Other than that, I just need my laptop and Scrivener!" When asked if any other authors had inspired her she said, “Yes! Mostly classic authors, because I’m a nerd. Jane Austen inspires me in every possible way – she was the original queen of rom-coms and her ability to create characters is just mind blowing. C.S. Lewis because Narnia is perfection and his talent with weaving allegory into fiction is something I aspire to. Harper Lee because To Kill A Mockingbird is my all-time favorite book and the way she writes from the perspective of a 6-year-old is so impressive! Charlotte Brontë because JANE EYRE. (need I say more?) I could go on rambling about the authors who inspire me, but I’ll stop there.”
This is an impressive list! I love many of the same authors!
I asked Abbie how long it typically takes her to write a book and she said, "About 4-6 weeks, usually. I tend to write one or two books every year, one for NaNoWriMo and one in the spring or summer. But even when I don’t have to, I prefer to set a deadline for writing a first draft. It allows me to carve out that amount of time on my schedule and dedicate myself to just writing the book.” Abbie also has advice for writers just starting out on their writing journey stating, "Know why your story matters to you. What is the theme/message you want to proclaim from the rooftops (but instead you’re cleverly weaving it into your story?) If you always remember why your story matters to you, then you’ll never lose your motivation to write it into existence. Beyond that, focus on your characters – not your plot. Remember that story is not about what happens; it’s about how what happens affects and transforms the characters.”
I asked Abbie about her plans for future books. She said, "I have several more books in different stages of doneness – the next book I release will be another standalone in the same sort of genre, but more than that I cannot say! For now it’s a secret. ;)”
To wrap up our interview, I asked Abbie what she was currently reading. She replied, "I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis – both very different from each other but both very good!”
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