This week’s interview is with, Laura T. Emery
1. Have you ever written something that made you upset?
My first book, Disposition of Remains, is a lighthearted novel about a woman who finds out she’s going to die. A normally upsetting topic, but I wanted to look at the other side in that for a short time her situation made her truly live.
While I don’t think that I’ve written something that made me upset per se, and have found upsetting things in my research of a subject. My third book in the Remains Series, currently in progress, is set in the secluded Native American reservation of Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I was recently able to interview a council member and medicine woman of the tribe and wanted to know as much as possible before going down there. The more I researched the indigenous people’s history of the United States, the more upset I became at the genocide that took place over hundreds of years. I think I was most upset at myself for not realizing that Native Americans were not only corralled and forced into Christianity, but also systematically slaughtered. In addition, their rights are still being infringed upon to this day.
2. Who is your favorite character that you have written?
That would have to be Stacia. She is the main character of the three book Remains Series. Stacia is a very flawed protagonist who is not always positive, but always on the go. She lacks a verbal and mental filter and stands up for herself—always in a humorous way.
3. If you could write a book based on one character from television, books, or someone you met while developing your author career, who would it be and what type of story would you write?
After reading many books on the Renaissance, I fell in love with the story of Simonetta Vespucci. She was said to be the most beautiful woman ever to live in Florence, and was the model and muse for many great artists, including Botticelli. Not only was he in love with her, but also painted her for years after her tragic death. I decided for book two in the Remains Series, I would reincarnate Stacia into Simonetta’s body in What Remains of the Fair Simonetta. Stacia is her modern, sassy self living in the perfect body of a Renaissance noblewoman, who socializes with important men in history including Lorenzo de Medici and Leonardo Da Vinci.
4. What is the worst/hardest question that you as an author have been asked during an interview?
What is your book about! I tend to write complicated plots with twists and turns that are difficult to summarize. I find the tagline to be a ridiculous challenge!
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