Emma Meade lives in Ireland where it rains a lot. Reading and writing supernatural fiction, watching marathon re-runs of Buffy and drinking lots and lots of tea are some of her favourite activities. She’s never met a vampire, but thinks it would be kind of cool to meet one. Visit her on her blog, Emma’s Ramblings on Supernatural fiction at emmameade.com or on her website emmameadebooks.com
November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.
Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy - And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.
Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?
*Beneath Manhattan Skies is a standalone story, following the character Erin Harris from Under the Desert Moon.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A tweet from a reader of my first published novel, Under the Desert Moon definitely helped get me in gear. She queried whether or not there would be a follow up. While I hadn’t originally planned on revisiting Erin Harris’ story, I found myself wondering how the small town girl would get on after high school. Beneath Manhattan Skies developed from there and it can be read as a standalone.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
I wrote the bare bones of Beneath Manhattan Skies over Christmas last year. I’d say about a month for the first draft, the fastest I’ve ever written a book! And then many tortuous months of editing and revising.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Creating new worlds and connecting with characters that I’ve created. Writing is pure escapism from the real world.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Sometimes it’s the writing! There are times when every word is a struggle and you have to resist throwing the laptop across the room.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Tough question. My mind is going to River Phoenix. I loved him in Stand By Me and Dogfight, and I’ve always found his early death tragic and a waste of talent. Stepping inside his shoes for a day and seeing the world through his eyes appeals to me. He grew up in a commune type setting and experienced a nomadic lifestyle. I’d like to experience the world through his eyes for a day.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Ha ha. There’s probably some cheese growing mold in the back. I can just do a Bridget Jones on it, scrape off the mold and munch away if things get bad.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More vampires, and hopefully, at some stage down the line a science-fiction novel featuring aliens. I was a major X-Files addict when I was a kid and through my teen years, so I’d love to write something along those lines.
Thanks for the great questions, Pembroke.