About Emerald O’Brien:
Emerald O’Brien is a Canadian writer who grew up just east of Toronto, Ontario. Emerald studied Television Broadcasting and Communications Media, and graduated from the program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. She loves writing new adult mystery novels that include suspense, thrills, and twists. Expect mystery, Suspect everyone.
When she is not reading or writing, Emerald can be found with family and friends. Watching movies with her husband and their two beagles is one of her favourite ways to spend an evening at home.
What inspires you to write?
Stories that I hear or read inspire me to write and tell my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
After I get my initial idea, I write it down, as I would a synopsis. I flesh out the story chapter by chapter as long as it feels natural. Sometimes I plot the ending, while most times, I know it will change and I don’t bother. As I write, I either stick to the plot, or go off on a tangent that the story or characters take me on. I try to stay true to that.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
In my mind, the story plays like a movie. While I don’t interact with my characters, I can hear the voice they speak in, and the tone they use.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell other writers who love to write that they should decide what their goal is. Write for fun/as a hobby? Freelance writing for articles? Publish fiction or non-fiction? Once you have a goal, you can map how to get there. In the meantime– write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I researched traditional and self-publishing. I decided self-publishing was a good way for me to stay in control of my creative process and the final product once it was published. I knew it would be a challenge, but I made my choice based on the ability to control my own path.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s easier to predict the immediate future of publishing, and almost impossible to predict the long-term changes that will occur. I think those who keep themselves informed and change with it will have a positive future.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Mystery, New Adult, Suspense, Thriller
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print