A very welcome guest for Friday Night Drinks tonight, it is blogger and editor….Emma Mitchell
Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening, Emma. First things first, what are you drinking?
Well, I’ve recently taken a liking to larger and lime, so I have a nice, cold pint of Carling and lime … I’ll be moving on to the vino shortly though.
If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
There’s a lovely pub near me called The Swing Gate. We’d probably have a game of pool before either the karaoke or live band started 😊 either that or we’d be snuggled on my sofa in our PJs as I don’t tend to go out often!
I’m terrible at pool and karaoke, so the latter might be the better option! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
From the literary world it would have to be Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. Both their books played a massive part in my reading addiction as a child and I would love to get inside their heads and pick their brains about where they got their ideas from.
Great choices. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
Well, in my day job I’m a freelance fiction editor and I adore it. I’m working with some amazing authors at the moment and there are some wonderful books on their way. I’ve just finished working on the debut by follow book blogger (Chapter in My Life) Sharon Bairden, it’s a gritty psychological thriller and it blew my mind! Sharon has a real talent with words, and I cannot wait to see this on the shelves!
Away from my day job, I have coordinated twenty-three authors to write twenty-four short stories for a charity anthology. We have a mix of genres, but each story is Christmas themed and all the money raised will be donated to Help For Heroes. It’s called When Stars Will Shine and is available now for e-book pre-order and will be released on 9 December with the paperback.
When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.
With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.
From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!
I have this on pr-order and am so excited to read it. I hope it does really well. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
I have two moments, if that’s OK? Conrad Jones has been a favourite author of mine for years, then two years ago, I became his editor! That was the most surreal thing ever. And I still get a thrill when another of his books lands in my inbox for me to work my magic on.
The second was when author Angela Marsons sent me a cheeky screenshot of her then work in progress … with me as a character! I burst into tears and my hubby thought someone had died. I won’t say what I did next as it’s rather embarrassing … but it involved tears and snot for at least an hour! I have adored every single book in her DI Kim Stone series, and Silent Scream, the first one, was the first book I ever reviewed. In fact, I’ll tell you a secret, whenever there’s a new one out, I buy new bedding, have a long soak in the bath, get wine and munch ready, get into bed, and don’t leave until I’ve finished the book (whenever possible!). I also channel my inner Kim Stone when I have to go in the cellar! So to be named in the book, well … my mind was blown!
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, it’s just us talking after all!
I would LOVE to start my own publishing house.
I’m dipping my toe in the waters with the anthology … with help from three amazing #Queens in the industry. Kate Noble, from Noble Owl Proofreading, Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, and Shel Baker from Shell’s Not So Secret Book Blog have all been behind me from day one with this and I adore them for it.
The whole process, although stressful at times, has been so exhilarating, I’m loving every second, so it may be something I look to do in an official capacity in the future.
Wow, that’s a massive ambition, good luck with it. What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
When Stars Will Shine!
Also, Sally Rigby, one of my amazing clients, is about to release the fifth book in her Cavendish and Walker series and it is BRILLIANT! A twisty police procedural that really leaves you guessing. She’s a fantastic author so if you’ve yet to read her books, go and check them out!
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
OK … here goes … I LOVE tomato soup, it’s the only soup I like, tomato sauce is the ONLY sauce I eat … but I HATE tomatoes! I cannot stand to eat actual tomatoes!
Strangely, two of my sisters are the same! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
Louise Jensen’s The Sister. I still have a book hangover from that one and am constantly asking Louise to revisit those characters.
‘I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me . . .’
Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear that there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.
When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.
But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?
There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie . . . Or was there?
That is a great book. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
So, I’ve already got my hangover PJs ready for the morning … the absolute failsafe is hair of the dog, but I can never seem to bring myself to have a drink until a few hours later, even though I know I’ll feel better for it! Food wise, it has to be Frazzles … bags and bags and bags of Frazzles, then pizza. Ham and pineapple washed down with orange Tango.
I love Frazzles, never tried them as a hangover cure before. Ham and pineapple pizza may prove controversial! After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Snuggled up reading, or, if the hangover’s that bad I can’t read, I’ll watch some serial killer documentaries on the TV and not move all day!
Sounds marvellous, especially in this appalling weather. Emma, thank you so much for joining me, it’s been a joy and I wish you great luck with the anthology.
Emma is a freelance fiction editor and you can find her business website here, which is full of useful information for authors. Emma also blogs about books over at Emma The Little Bookworm, and you can catch up with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Next week on Friday Night Drinks, I will be joined by blogger Llainy Swanson so make sure you join us.