Author Interview: E.M Denning


I have another fantastic interview for you this week.  Our featured author this week is E. M. Denning.  I hope you enjoy finding out all about her in this interview.  JazzHandsCheck out her latest release Jazz Hands:

Tijuana:  What made you take the plunge into writing?

EM:  I’ve been writing since I was ten years old, but I wasn’t really serious about it until 2012. That’s when I decided to work a lot harder to improve. I wanted to be a published author one day and I knew that I had a lot of hours to put in before I would be capable of writing something publishable. I’m not sure there’s any one thing that made me decide to take it to the next level. It’s something I’ve always wanted and I knew that unless I started working toward it I would never get there.


Tijuana:  What’s your writing style?  Are you a plotter or pantser?

EM:  I’m a total pantser. I can’t outline…at least not on paper. By the time I start writing a story, I’ve spent many, many hours thinking about it in my head. I don’t outline. It kills something magical about the whole process for me.


Tijuana:  Have you always been an author at heart?

EM:  Absolutely. It sounds dreadfully cliché, but I’ve always loved reading and writing. It’s an escape for me. I spend a lot of time living in my own head and writing is a reprieve of sorts I suppose. I’ve always wanted to be an author.


Tijuana:  Tell us all about your current or new release.

EM:  Oh gosh. *swoons* Break. My baby. My first ever Male/Male romance. It has a super special place in my heart. I wanted to write a M/M romance because it wasn’t something I’d written yet. When I was writing Jazz Hands, Katrina’s brother was mentioned and I just knew that Break would be about Scott. I love how selfless Scott is and I adore the fact that Darien wants to take care of him.


Tijuana:  What scene was your favorite to write?  Were any scenes difficult to write?

EM:  My favorite scene to write was the scene in the car at the beginning. I love watching people reconnect. It gives me warm and fuzzy feelings.

The sex scenes were difficult to write. I really wanted to do a good job. It was nerve wracking for sure.


Tijuana:  Is there a general takeaway you want readers to experience after they read your novels?

EM:  I aim to please. I just want my readers to come away feeling satisfied with my happy feel good stories.


Tijuana:  Are any of your characters based on real-life people or experiences? If so, who?

EM:  Not consciously, no. My characters sort of just appear in my mind and slowly build themselves up while I day dream. I don’t make an effort to inject people I know into my work.


Tijuana:  Do you have any advice for other writers?

EM:  Write things. Write badly. Write in as many different genres as you can think of. Finish things. You’ll learn more about yourself as a person and a writer if you finish what you start. You’ll learn where you’re strengths are, what your weaknesses are. You’ll see weird themes pop up in your writing. Don’t worry about writing well just yet, just worry about writing. Writing well comes with practice and you’ll never improve if you never let yourself write badly. Not everything you write is going to be published, so don’t worry if your story isn’t quite what you thought it would be. That’s what the rewrite is for.


Tijuana:  What can we expect from you next?  Any new works in progress?

EM:  I don’t have a release date for the final story in The Studio Collection, but The Forbidden Dance is written and being edited as I type this. In addition to that, in June I’ll have a full length novel coming out. ALL FOR HIM is a book about a 36 year old child-free by choice divorcee and her relationship with a younger man.


Tijuana:  Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

EM:  The standard haunts. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and my website.

I also have a fan group on Facebook and a newsletter if people want insider info and to be notified of any new releases.

Thank you so much EM for answering my questions!


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