Monday, December 20, 2010
Author Interview: Steve Emmett
Please welcome to Lauracea blog an excited author. And just why is he excited?
So put your hands together and give a big welcome to Steve Emmett! (I know I sound like Kermit the Frog)
Sue: Now you're a (very soon to be) published author, what is your writing routine like?
Steve: Monday to Friday I tend to get up about 7am and aim to be at my computer by 9am. I then work rather haphazardly, doing bursts of writing interspersed with other related bits and pieces. I stop around 5.30pm.
(Oh I can relate to that - except I spend 7 hours doing other bits and pieces!)
Sue: What was your journey to publication like?
Steve: I think we are supposed to say it was really hard, took years and hundreds of rejections, aren't we? It wasn't that bad when I look back. There were times I considered giving up but fortunately my partner wouldn't let me. I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing professionally just about two years ago. One of the first things I did was join Litopia and got great help there and from friends I made as a result. The second thing I did was to look for a suitable course that would teach me the basics. I think I was lucky in choosing the novel writing course run by the London School of Journalists, it helped me enormously.
When I thought Diavolino was ready I sent out ten queries and got ten rejections back. I then did some more polishing before sending out another half dozen queries and got a half dozen rejections - except two of these were highly complimentary. I was encouraged by this so did some more polishing before sending out another six queries. My contract with Etopia Press came out of this last round of six. So in all, it hasn't been too bad but had you told me on day one that it would take six months I may have been disheartened.You did get off lightly, I think. I was told that most new authors can expect somewhere in the region of a hundred rejections before they're accepted.
Sue: Apart from read, read, read, if you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Steve: Get the right advice and, if you can afford it, take a course.
Sue: You're also an actor. Tell us how that came about.
Steve; I'd wanted to be an actor for years. I can't count the times people have said 'you should be on the stage/TV.' When we came back from living in Italy I started to look for contacts in this area. I came upon a fairly well-known actress in the north west of England who was running courses but, eager as I was, it was just too far. She put me in touch with Jo Adamson-Parker, a respected casting director in Leeds. My brief to Jo was simple: 'If I'm rubbish, send me away.' She didn't. So I signed up for her course and within four months I'd got an agent. I've had some offers recently and one - in which I would have appeared on national TV in my underpants - I would have loved to have done but the weather stopped play! LOL, what a shame - we'd have looked forward to that.
Sue: If your book, Diavolino, was made into a film and you could appear in it, which character would you choose. And who would you like to appear with you?
Steve: I definitely want to play the hapless mayor, Giuseppe Palmerin. In fact, when I was creating the character I really felt that I was inside him. He's clumsy and prone to disaster, like me. Tom Lupton, the protagonist, should be played by Matthew Macfadyen. The villain, Clavelli, is an ideal role for the great Christopher Lee.
That's a great choice. I think we can imagine the characters in Diavolino already.
Sue: What books are on your nightstand right now?
Steve: On Writing, by Stephen King. I read it at least once a year, and dip in and out regularly, just so I don't forget.
Superhorror, an old anthology of short stories published in 1976.
Necronomicon, by H P Lovecraft
The Satanist, by Dennis Wheatley.
Sue: What books are you raving about?
Steve: Hmm. I'm not really raving about anything. As you'll see from the above, I tend to read old stuff and this is because as a horror fan I find it increasingly difficult to get satisfaction from contemporary writers. I still rave over "In the Flesh" by Clive Barker and that's nearly twenty-five years old! My kind of horror is more than just guts and gore. Off genre, I was blown away by "Flesh House" by Stuart MacBride and the "Cooking with Fernet Branca" trilogy by James Hamilton Patterson.
Sue: As soon as you're published, you'll be expected to have a "platform". Do you have any clear plans about this?
Steve: I've had a blog for a while and have been busy updating it. I also have my own website. I guess I'll be spending a lot of time developing these and networking. I have a business background so I don't find the task daunting, I rather relish it in fact.
Steve, thank you so much for sharing this with us. Anyone who'd like to keep in touch with Steve - here are his links:
In the meantime, I hope you have lots of success and sales with your new book. Oh and Merry Christmas.
If you'd like to ask Steve any questions, feel free to post here or on his blogspot.