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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Five Questions with Emilie Richards, author of "Sunset Bridge"

I'm thrilled today to be hosting best-selling author Emilie Richards. Her latest novel, "Sunset Bridge: A Happiness Key Novel" releases next week (6/28), and Emilie was kind enough to share a few thoughts on writing and her upcoming projects.

Sharon:   At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Emilie:  I loved writing from the moment I could form letters, but I was in my early thirties before I had time and courage to write for publication.

Sharon:  At what point in your career did it finally sink in – “hey, I’m famous,” and did it make a difference in your writing?

Emilie:  That happens?  Really?  I can’t wait.  Seriously, success just makes me try harder.  It’s like a good marriage.  You do not take anything for granted and expect it to continue.
Sharon:  Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?

Emilie:  I have many, and since many of them are friends, I hate to make a list in case I forget somebody.  But everyone who writes with insight and joy inspires me.

Sharon:  What do you have coming up in the future?

Emilie:  I’m beginning a new series, which will debut next year and it’s both maddening and exhilarating.

Sharon:  What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into the writing biz today?
Emilie:  Study the market carefully, because these days it’s changing so fast, you must keep up.  Then, with that in mind, write the book your heart tells you to.

My thanks to Emilie for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit with us.  And special thanks to Sarah Wesley with Planned TV Arts PR for making the arrangements for the interview plus the review copy of Emilie's new book.

Be sure to check out Emilie's latest book, "Sunset Bridge," the final book in her "Happiness Key" series.  

Here's a little about the book:

Five very different women find friendship–and unexpected love–on the barrier island known as Happiness Key.

Former socialite Tracy Deloche has nothing to her name but five ramshackle beach cottages and the unlikely friendships she's formed with her tenants:  Wanda, the wise waitress turned popular pie-shop owner.  Janya, the young Indian wife whose arranged marriage surprises her every day.  Alice, a widow raising her complex tween-age granddaughter.  Maggie, Wanda's daughter, a former Miami cop with a love life as complicated as Tracy's own.

The new man in Tracy's life hasn't mentioned love or commitment–and suddenly Tracy needs a big dose of both.  Janya longs to be a mother–and inherits two young siblings to care for.  Alice may lose her beloved granddaughter to someone no one expected. Maggie helps out at Wanda's Wonderful Pies, but is the kitchen big enough for both Gray women when one of them is looking for a murderer?

As a tropical storm brews, the wind carries surprises and secrets over the bridge to Happiness Key.  Now, more than ever, five friends will discover just how much they need one another.

I found "Sunset Bridge" to be a fascinating look at the power of women's friendships. The five women featured in this novel are strong and individually unique, but it is their friendships with each other and how they sustain each other through tragedy and happiness that was very satistying for me as a reader.

I've been a fan of Emilie Richards' writing since her "Shenandoah Album" series. Her writing is full-bodied and well crafted, and just a joy to read and savor.  I think that you'll like her "Happiness Key"  novels as well.  I highly recommend them!

For more information on Emilie, check out her website at http://www.emilierichards.com/

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