Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a drink>
Zombie Blast on the rocks please.
Zar, our Zombie Butler will fetch that for you. Zar…
Thank you Zar
*Drools* while handing drink over…
*Rolling eyes* You may return to your quarters now. Please don’t mind him, sometimes he just gets so excited when we have guest authors. He’s only ever bitten somebody once, *grins*.
No problem, *sips from glass* this Zombie Blast is delicious. Zar might drool but he makes one hell of a cocktail. Thanks for inviting me on your blog and offering up such delectable concoctions.
Now that we’re settled in, let’s chat. Shall we?
BK: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was in college, about 22 years old. After high school I moved straight to London and started working as a photographer. While that was great and took me some amazing places including four months in Brazil, I realized it was not the job for me. So I went back to school unsure where I was going.
My boyfriend at the time, my best friend, and my brother, all pushed me toward writing. I shied away from it at first because I’m very dyslexic which makes spelling and grammar tough for me. I felt that I could not write professionally with my disability.
But I loved reading! So one day I’m on the subway headed to class reading a mystery novel when I realized it was terrible. I mean absolutely awful. That’s when it dawned on me: I can do better. So I did. And I have a great copy editor who cleans up all my mistakes... except she didn’t read this interview so please don’t judge me too harshly!
BK: Please share with us how your current release came to life...
INSATIABLE is the third book in my Sydney Rye series but I actually wrote it second. While writing my first book, UNLEASHED, I created a very detailed outline and a third of the way through I had to throw the whole thing away because my characters took over. So when I sat down to write INSATIABLE I just put my hands on the keyboard and said, “Okay folks, let’s go.” Sydney took the thing from there and I just sat back and enjoyed. Of course, she totally buggered off when it came time to do the hard work of editing.
BK: Do you let your characters tell the story, or do you often fight with them on the direction it will take?
I’ve fought for a couple of things but mostly I listen to the characters. If I try and get too involved it starts to sound forced.
BK: How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?
I am different from all the other writers in this genre so I make sure to fully express myself and that usually takes care of it. When editing if I find something that leans toward cliche I cut it quickly and without remorse.
BK: Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?
I can’t pick! Really, I love them all. Malina is so powerful in her own way, her sexuality is her weapon and she wields it with grace. Dan is super laid back and brilliant not to mention totally sexy. Mulberry is one of my favorite people in the world (and yes, I think of him that way). Besides Sydney and Blue he is the only character to appear in all three books. He feels like an old friend. And Blue, come on, I’m pretty sure that dog walks by my side while I dream.
And then of course, there is Sydney Rye herself. She’s the one who tells me the whole sordid tale with details and excitement. She keeps me interested and on the edge of my seat. Sydney Rye is the reason I sit down in the morning to write.
BK: Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…
A large portion of INSATIABLE takes place in St. Thomas where my Father grew up and I was married. It is a complicated place often only seen from the deck of a cruise ship. I enjoyed bringing to life the character of the island, exposing it’s grimy side, and showing off it’s natural beauty. The scene I had the most fun writing takes place on the island but I don’t want to give anything away by telling you the details. Suffice to say there are guns, a chicken doesn’t make it, and it ends with a drink at the bar.
BK: If you were stranded on an island, which character in your books would you most want to be stranded with and why, and what is one thing that would be a must-have?
Hmm, I’d probably take Blue. He wouldn’t be much help with the building of forts or gathering twigs for a fire but he’d make me feel safe and I’m hoping bring me some creatures to roast over the aforementioned fire. I’d need a good knife. Or a satellite phone... can I have one of those?
BK: Now for a little fun, tell us a bit about what your office looks like. Do you need silence to write?
Right now I’m on a veranda at my friend’s house in Goa, India. I’m lying on the day bed, the sun is just starting to set. There is pink and white bouganvia hugging the boarder wall that separates their property from the dusty, rarely traveled road. Next to me are giant terra cotta pots filled with water plants that have fish darting amongst their roots. Lulu, a street dog my friend’s adopted when she was a puppy, let’s me know when any creature passes our gate by howling out a warning. A man wearing only white shorts ran down the road throwing rocks at a pack of dogs a moment ago.
I’ll be here for another ten days then we’ll go onto Ahmenebad for the kite festival, I’m not sure where I’ll find to write there but I’m hoping it’s a swinging bench or hammock. I love to move.
BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I hang out with friends, cook, read, drink, laze about in my PJs.
BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
I think you can tell from my books that I am a thinking person who loves travel, dogs, and adventure. My stories are dark though, which readers might be surprised to learn I am not. I have nicknames that include “little miss excitement” and “little miss sunshine”, I am often accused of being a “positive polly”.
BK: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever wanted to write, or have written, even if it never reached public eyes?
I wanted to write a series called UNDERCOVER GIGGALO about a sexy man people would hire to help their shy friends come out of their shells. I wanted it to be a serial with each episode being a new case for him to “solve”.
BK: What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?
I’m really trying to cut back on giving advise. But this drink is strong so I’ll dole out some nuggets (she says with a slur). This is an occupation not a job. Like occupy wall street, not like work on wall street. It is not easy to write books, long confusing, delightful, horrible little sh*t’s that they are, so get obsessed. I think about my characters all the time. They occupy my mind and my life.
Also, if you’re an author than you’re not normal so stop pretending to be. Get over trying to look good or be cool. Bare your soul (and avoid cliches).
BK: What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve got a couple different works in progress but I don’t know which is getting done next. The only thing I’m sure of is there will be another Sydney Rye mystery coming out in 2013. Since I’m living in India for the next two months I think she’ll end up here for at least a part of the adventure.
BK: Where can readers connect with you?
I’m on twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and I’ve got a blog. Mostly I post pictures from where ever I am. On occasion I drop nuggets but first you have to get me drunk.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog. Your house is beautiful, your servant gruesome, and your beverages nice and strong.
Emily Kimelman lives on a boat in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sean and their dog Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone). Kimelman has a passion for traveling and spends as much time as possible in the pursuit of adventure.
Her Sydney Rye series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
A Sydney Rye Novel Book Three
Dark Murder Mystery
Number of pages: about 320
Word Count: 75,000
Cover Artist: Autumn Whitehurst
INSATIABLE is the third novel in my Sydney Rye Series of dark murder mysteries. This series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
INSATIABLE begins with private detective Sydney Rye living a simple, disciplined life in London, but when a dangerous man from her past calls, Rye finds she cannot turn him away. Robert Maxim explains that the daughter of a powerful friend has gone missing and he wants Rye to find her. In exchange he offers her something she had given up hope of ever having; freedom from her past.
With her dog, Blue, at her side, Rye meets up with her new partner, a handsome man she's not sure she can trust. Heading for Mexico City, they go undercover, posing as husband and wife. After meeting with the bereaved parents, Rye starts to sense that there is more going on than just a missing girl. But it isn't until they arrive in the Yucatan Peninsula, hot on the girl's trail in Paradise, that all hell breaks loose. Sydney has to reach out for help from old friends and deal with the consequences of her past, if she's going to find the girl and keep them all alive.