Interview with Emma Davies

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Hello my lovelies 🙂

Well it’s been a while since I’ve added an interview to my blog (really don’t know where the time has gone). I’d like to introduce Emma Davies, author of Letting In Light. Emma works full time as well as looking after her three children and writing (how do you do it??). Emma was very kind and sent me a copy of her first book (fingers crossed there will be a second), I have posted a link to my review below, just in case you missed it.

Anyway, take the spotlight off me and away you go Emma Davies…

What is your name? (This can be what you are referred to in your books or any nicknames you may have)

Emma Davies, sometimes shortened to the very imaginative Em. At work I’m known as M (as in Miss Moneypenny) as I hold the purse strings.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a finance manager for a group of three (soon to be four) schools. This means I talk in numbers a lot, so I’m probably really boring. It does mean though that when I get hold of words instead I have great fun with them, and on a good day get to practice putting them in actual sentences!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? (sorry I know that sounds like an interview question, but do you have any goals i.e. a film made based on your book, or written ten novels)

You know that question above, what do you do for a living? Well in five years’ time I’d like the answer to be ‘write’.

Do you have any public media sites such as Twitter that you care to share with the readers?

Yes, you can wave to me on twitter @Emdavies68 where amongst other things you can hear me extolling the virtues of Pringles.

If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be and why?

1. David Tennant; for no other reason than to listen to his gorgeous Scottish accent all night.

2. Douglas Henshall; ditto

3. Julie Walters, because she looks the sort of person you could have a good old chinwag with, and wouldn’t be adverse to you having pudding i.e. not a stick thin, totally obsessed with her appearance sort of celebrity.

Ok, now we know a little bit more about you, why don’t you tell us more about the author side of your life by answering the questions below (again, just answer the ones that you want to)….

What books are you known for writing?

My debut novel Letting in Light has just been published as an ebook. (Helpfully provides link!)

If you have written more than one, which is your favourite and why?

Not applicable just yet, but I think Letting in Light will always be a favourite.

Who or what inspired you to write and why?

I’ve been reading for forever, and so in a way writing just seemed to be a natural extension of this. I’ve been scribbling since I was about 15 (now forty- something). My main inspiration though has been my characters in Letting in Light. I’ve had them, and their story in my head now for so long they feel like a part of me. I was terrified they’d get fed up with waiting for me and wander off to find some other author who had actually got his/her act together. Fortunately they didn’t, and I hope I’ve done them justice.

Are your books based on real life experiences?

No, they are as they say book worm droppings.

What is your target audience?

Anybody who loves good characters and wants to lose themselves in a good story.

Name five favourite authors or books (I know this is a difficult question)

Favourite book is probably Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard. After that the books I return to again and again are Precious Time by Erica James and The Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher. I’m also a big fan of Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. Sorry, that’s probably more than five ….

If your book became a film, who would you want to star in it?

Not a clue

Describe your book (if you have more than one, then you can just pick any)

Letting is Light is romantic fiction, with (I’ve been told) a weepy ending, but happy weepy not sad weepy. It goes something like this;

Rowan Hill seemed like the perfect place for Ellie to escape and lick her wounds; a huge estate surrounded by a nice big wall and plenty of peace, quiet, and time to think …

Will has a reputation for being a humourless grumpy recluse, but it’s his estate and he doesn’t want anything to change; things would be perfect if everyone would just leave him alone. Maybe it’s not that he’s grumpy at all though, maybe it’s the big fat secret he’s keeping that makes him act the way he does …

Finn ran away from his past, but is now planning a return home to Rowan Hill. What he finds when he returns though is not quite what he was expecting …

The perfect solution for all of them is staring Ellie in the face, trouble is she’s been accused of meddling before; should she follow her heart or her head?

With old friends and new pulling together, the course of the year plays out amid the challenge of building an exciting new creative community project. As romance and friendships blossom however, the complications of the past are never far away, and a shocking revelation soon threatens their hopes for the future. Suddenly the beliefs they once held true become the biggest obstacle they have to overcome. Will they find the courage to learn from the truth?

After all, life, like art, is all about perception, and sometimes it just depends on your point of view….

 If you could be one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Probably Ellie, as I’ve always wanted to be tall and willowy with pre-Raphaelite hair of the auburn variety.

Do you plan to write anymore novels/books in the near future, if so, can you give us a little sneak peek into what it is and when we can expect it?

I’m currently writing my second book, which has the working title of The Angelic Amos Fry, and have plans for the third which will be a sequel to Letting in Light.

Are there any authors you would recommend to other readers, or authors that we need to watch out for?

There are so many fantastic authors out there I find this really difficult. What I would say though is that I have found some great reads by trying books from different genres than I normally read. I try not to pigeon hole my reading habits, and the library is a great place to pick up something a bit different from usual. It gives my reading a whole new lease on life.

Finally, do you have any advice for wannabe authors like myself?

Take small steps. I work full time, have three children and my Mother in Law lives with us, and people often ask me how I have found the time to write a book. I’m not quite sure myself at times, but little by little it has been written, and the sense of achievement I feel now has outweighed all the negative thoughts I had that I would never get to the end. I did, and you will too, just keep going!

Well, that’s the end, hopefully you enjoyed completing these questions as much as my readers will enjoy your answers.

I’ve really enjoyed this too. Thanks so much for the invite!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Emma Davies
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 18:41:57

    I really enjoyed answering these questions, so huge thanks to Angie for inviting me!


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