About Emily Bergren:
Hi! My name is Emily, and I've been writing pretty much all my life. My first books were dictated to my mom by me, then I would hand-draw the pictures. I think I was about three at the time I started doing that.
I recently published my first book on Amazon. It is called, "Memory Lane Was Moved". I won't spoil it, but just know that is about a boy who wakes up in a strange room with amnesia. With the help of friends he encounters along the way, he must find out the truth about his past. Soon, he discovers the whole thing is much bigger than he at first realized. There is a nationwide threat to security…and the clock is ticking.
I started this book about two years ago, and since then main components of the plot have changed several times. But that comes with the writing process!
What inspires you to write?
I love stories, so it all sort of comes naturally. I'll be riding my bike, for example, and suddenly I'll hit on an idea. It could have been prompted by something I was thinking about, or by something I just saw.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I love the books written by Trenton Lee Stewart. He wrote the Mysterious Benedict Society series, and it actually is similar to my book, "Memory Lane Was Moved" in some ways. Also, some of the books by the late Andrew Clements are my favorites, too. Actually, last year, shortly before he passed, I sent him a draft of my first chapter. He responded, and said it was "a compelling start, and made me want to read more".
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm not too much of an outliner. I'll write down my ideas for the story, but I won't always incorporate every thing I think of into the book. I know that some people absolutely love outlines, and I do use my version of them, but I'm really kind of an impromptu person.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do finding something I found in a book called, "Spilling Ink" where you basically do an interview with your characters. I remember writing some of the interview questions out, but I can't seem to find them so I'm not sure I actually answered them on paper.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say to take lots of notes and have another person look over your work when you are finished. I had my sister edit my book, and she spotted so many things I'm not sure I would have caught!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Amazon will let you publish an e-book for free. I remember years ago some acquaintances of mine published a book on Amazon. I found out some things about Amazon publishing, then decided to give it a go!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is becoming increasing more easy to publish a book, so that seems to be the direction it's heading: a more reachable goal.
What genres do you write?: children's fiction, mystery, historical fiction, adventure, comedy, school stories
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Link To Emily Bergren Page On Amazon
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