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Interview with Emma Hibbs

What inspired your new release?

Tragic Silence came from a whole bunch of different directions, so it’s really tough for me to pin it down to just one single point! But something that definitely had a huge impact was being diagnosed with some mild photosensitive conditions called photophobia and PLE. It meant I had to start being careful about how much sunlight I could be exposed to. At the time, I was sixteen, and quite frustrated about the whole thing. So as an outlet, I designed my own take on vampirism, treating it as similar to what I experience, but with a few paranormal things thrown in!

Tell us about any WIPs you have

I have a lot of WIPS at the moment – I actually made a list of them not long ago and there are eight novels in my to-do pile! Next year I’m planning on starting a brand new high fantasy adventure series called The Wingspan Chronicles, which will be six books long, so that should keep me busy for a while!

How many people ask you to read their books?

I get a few requests sometimes, mainly from writer friends. But for the most part, people ask me to proofread stuff for them and make sure the grammar is all correct. I’m honoured if someone wants me to read their work.

In a word sum up your writing style

Oh, wow, this is hard! I really had to wrack my brain for an answer to this one! My books are all very eclectic, but I think the one thing they have in common is acceptance. It’s a theme that always seems to show up in varying forms in my stories. Acceptance of other people; of yourself; of how good or bad the world can be; of letting people into your life; of letting go. Nothing I write about is ever passive, but I think that aspect of my characters’ psyche plays a big part, no matter what the book is. They all have to find acceptance in their own ways.

Do you have a character you enjoyed writing the most?

For Tragic Silence, I have to say the bad guy! I love writing villains anyway; I really enjoy seeing the dynamics of their characters, but the Lidérc in Tragic Silence is one who I’ve been particularly fascinated with. He’s quite a key player in the bigger story that runs through the entire series. When I first started work on him, I was constantly thinking about how I would not want to run into him in a dark alley, but the more time I’ve spent with his character over the years, the more facets I’ve seen. He’s brutal, but composed; relentless, but patient; he plays some very twisted mind-games. And the thing that would probably unnerve me the most if I ever did run into him: he never raises his voice, no matter what.

Is there a genre you would like to try?

I like to take myself a little bit out of my comfort zone with every story, seeing about doing something a different way with the genre. Just as long as there’s some kind of fantasy or paranormal element in there, I’ll happily give everything a try. I’m very excited about doing my first full-length steampunk-inspired novel later this year. And I’m looking forward to a new story called A Sweet East Wind, which I’m vaguely calling a fantasy/drama, but it will really be taking me into some new territory genre-wise. Who knows where that one is going to lead me?

Could you live without coffee?

Definitely – I love the smell of coffee, but I’ve never been one for actually drinking it. I think I’d have a bit more trouble living without chocolate!

Tell us one of your favorite jokes

I can’t really think of any… Can Monty Python sketches in general count?

What’s your favorite thing about the writing process?

Seeing the story come alive around me. I love the feeling of being completely transported to another world, and becoming immersed in everything to do with it. When I look up from my computer and can see it all as clear as day, it brings such a huge smile to my face.

Three facts about you

  1. I collect old books – my oldest one, The Works of Alexander Pope Esq., is 250 years old.
  2. I’ve worked with over 80 species of animals, including black rhinos, ring-tailed lemurs, and grey seals. And I love them all!
  3. I can sing Let it Go from Frozen in Greek. Yes, I love the song that much!

What was your favorite snack growing up?

Chocolate! Especially Kinder Eggs and Terry’s chocolate oranges – they are still a Christmas treat for me!

Pick one book that is your all-time favorite?

As always – The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver. I can’t pick a single book out of all of them, so I’ll just say the series in general. It’s a brilliant mix of fantasy, prehistory, animals, adventure, friendship, and coming of age. I’m a bit desperate to see it made into a film – it would be so easy to mess up in movie-form, but if it’s done right, I think it would be amazing!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Again, it depends! I suppose I can come across as a bit introverted, but I do love having a laugh. Once I get to know someone, I completely let loose with my craziness and then it can be difficult to get a word in edgeways!

Favorites:

Muppet -

Animal! He always makes me burst out laughing!

Cartoon growing up-

The Raggy Dolls all the way! For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it was a British series set in a toy factory, where any toys that aren’t perfect off the machines are tossed into the reject bin, and they go on all sorts of adventures. I loved how it had a message that it’s okay to be different and that not fitting in with the crowd doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Color-

Pretty much all shades of blue, but I also love black and purple. Sometimes I have streaks dyed into my hair, and they are always a kind of violet colour.

Type of Monster-

Dragons! And also vampires, phoenixes, mermaids, faeries… they can sometimes be quite monstrous!

Do you speed when you drive?

I don’t drive, so no! But I cycle, and I like going fast on my bike if there’s a nice long stretch where I can pick up some speed!

Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?

I do like lasagna, but I don’t think I have much of a taste for it yet because I only started eating it a few months ago. So I’ll pick spaghetti, because you can have that with loads of stuff. I really like pasta in general.

Your thoughts on Self Publishing

I don’t think it’s necessarily any harder to get published traditionally since the rise of the Kindle, but self-publishing and indie publishing really does open up avenues when so many doors may have been slammed in your face. Of course, it has its pros and cons just like everything, but it’s definitely a good route to consider. Some pretty incredible stories and authors are indies, so don’t turn a blind eye just because a book might not have a well-known publisher’s logo on the spine!

Your thoughts on Zombies

I have a black belt, a bow, and a Swiss army knife – bring on the apocalypse!

Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?

Of course! I believe in faeries as well, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Are you a tweeter, a re-tweeter, or you couldn’t care less about Twitter?

I tend to tweet a few times every day, and re-tweet if I see something I find inspirational or which makes me laugh (I think most of my re-tweets are actually weird and wonderful facts from the QI Elves!). It’s only relatively recently that I’ve been this active on Twitter, but I do really enjoy interacting with people there and having a chat when I can!

Would you rather sit on a porch with sweet tea {insert other beverage if tea isn’t your thing} or go hiking with a bottle of water and a smile?

It depends – I go to the Lake District whenever I can and I love trekking through the forests and up the mountains. The last time I was there, I climbed Lord’s Seat, and saw across the Solway Firth to Scotland. But I also won’t say no to curling up with a book, my cat, and a glass of fruit juice!

Your favorite type of music

All types of rock, but I listen to a lot of different types of music. The only stuff I don’t like is rap and blues – pretty much everything else is cool!

Your favorite color of Skittle

Green.

Your favorite memory

The Greek Islands. Some of my earliest memories are of Corfu and Zakynthos. We’ve been to Greece quite a few times as a family and I never get tired of going back. It’s still one of my favourite places in the world; I’d happily visit every single summer if I could! I’ve had five birthdays there, and on each one I’ve done something incredible – including walking across the crater of an active volcano!

Your favorite quote

“If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don’t remove it. I may be writing in my dreams.”

Your favorite way to spend an evening

Evening is my favourite time of day, but I’m a total night owl, so it’s usually my busiest! If I’m not doing work on university projects or promoting my books, I’ll be writing, drawing, reading, or making some kind of craft. But when it’s really time to kick back and relax, I love lighting some scented candles in my room and cuddling up with my cat.

Tell us what you are working on now!

I’m taking a little hiatus from full-out writing for the next couple of months, so I can concentrate on completing my Masters degree. But in the autumn I’m jumping back in with a steampunk story called Run Like Clockwork. I don’t feel bad about a having a break though, because I’ve already written two novels this year, and two last year – and as soon as my university work is over, I’ll be very busy with the next ones!

Anything you would like to say to the aspiring authors reading this blog?

One word: believe. I think that in itself encompasses so much about the entire process of being an author. Believe in everything. Convince yourself that the story is real, and then it will become real. Never lose faith in waiting for an idea – you have to shift through a lot of dirt to find gold! But, most importantly, believe in yourself. This is a long and arduous road; each story will have different quirks and demands; and in the face of creating them, it’s so easy to doubt yourself and your abilities. But never give in, keep writing, practicing and honing your craft. And don’t be afraid to have faith in yourself!

 

BIO

E. C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, north-west England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her first ‘book’ when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children.

Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums.

There are many things she could be without, but writing isn’t one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practicing Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, and playing with her very cheeky kitten.

LINKS

Website: www.echibbs.weebly.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/echibbs

Twitter: https://twitter.com/echibbs

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6571427.E_C_Hibbs

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbjx3A43ygTUWxr3EyFjQTg

Blindsighted Wanderer book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzQDrSgC0i4

Tragic Silence book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7spUY8AZ5Y



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