Today’s Friday Five focus is Emma Woods, author of young adult novels.
Emma lives in a small town in the Midwest with her husband, daughter, and dog. She vaguely remembers winning a Young Authors award in the fourth grade, and has a bachelor’s degree in Language Arts Education. As a child, she played imagination games all the time and was certain that the neighbors were hiding a roller coaster in their backyard. As an adult, she tries to keep her imagination on the pages of her books, but fun make believe games still happen at her house.
Her novel, Beasts and Savages, is about Lea, who lives where girls hunt boys. When Lea’s prey becomes her captor, she learns more about their lives and herself. In the end, Lea must choose between two worlds, in which neither she belongs.
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1. Why do you write in the genre you listed above?
I got sucked in to the Young Adult realm in college. As an assignment, I had to read The Giver. I loved it and had a heated discussion with a college professor about the open ending. Since then, I read every YA novel I could get my hands on. When I began writing, I decided to write what I love.
2. If you could pick just one book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
This is hard. Just one book? I’m not sure which series I’d pick, but I would definitely pick the end of a series book. Because I would already know the characters from the first books, I could relive the first stories and keep the ending fresh in my mind.
3. What are some of your favorite words and why?
My favorite word is scoot. Like “scoot over here and sit by me.” I have no idea why. I also like trousers, which isn’t used very often in the US. Maybe that’s why I like it.
4. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? How do you deal with this?
Any scene that isn’t dialogue or full of action is hard for me. Describing does not come natural to me and I feel cheesy doing it most of the time.
5. What are three things on your bucket list?
To ride in a hot air balloon. Someone near where I work has one and in the summer I watch them take off on my way in. I think it would be so fun.
Meet Jimmy Fallon or John Oliver. Both are smart, funny, and adorable men.
Watch my daughter grow up and become an illustrator/artist. There is nothing I could imagine better that watching your child fulfill her dream.
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Beasts and Savages is available through Amazon.