Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Emmy Z. Madrigal, San Francisco Bay Area, I write about women who overcome large obstacles to love or be loved.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I began writing when I was really young as a way to escape my real life. My first novel was 56 pages of scrawled, bubbly, pencil lead writing when I was twelve-ish. It was about a teen actress who saves her friends and family from a plane hijacking.
I started writing my Sweet Dreams Series in High School when my grandfather was on his deathbed in the hospital. Dreaming up this fabulous romance was the only thing that kept me sane in a time of super emotional distress.
Although I had no idea I would be a writer, my stories kept me stable and out of trouble when my life spun out of control.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?My newest release, Ink Dreams, is about an octo-gal who feels alone despite living amongst other supernatural beings. Teen life sure sucks when you're half-octopus. Living on land with her mortal mother seems safe for Tealy McKracken until she comes of age and inks herself in front of the town's mean girl. It doesn't help that her childhood crush is dating the annoying fashionista werewolf. Disturbing dreams of singing sea creatures aren't helping. Can Tealy possibly control her inking, stay away from an evil vampire witch, and win the heart of the vampire prince? Find out in this tentacled love story.
What is the most challenging part of writing paranormal romance?
I actually don’t find it challenging at all. I would much rather write in a paranormal world than a normal one. When you can stretch what the reader believes to be reality into something other-worldly, paranormal, or spooky even, you get to build a world where you make the rules. Just try not to break your own rules!
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book
Research is undefinable for me at the beginning. What usually happens is, I start writing the character that is in my head and wants to get out. As he/she starts forming and telling me what their story is, I find all kinds of facts to research. For instance, Tealy being an octo-girl started with a deep delve into the octopus, its habits, and attributes. Discovering that the ink of an octopus is made of mostly melanin led me to learn melanin is an effective absorbent of light and UV radiation, which led me to the villain in this tale, a vampire who wants Tealy’s ink to protect herself from the sun.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
Just keep writing. Write and write more. Don’t pin your hopes on one book or one genre. Try your hand at everything and anything you can. Some will suck, some won’t, but you don’t know until you challenge yourself.
Do you have any work experience involving the elements of paranormal?
I’ve been involved in haunted house exploration and psychic rescue situations. I read tarot cards when I was in my 20s and have had many supernatural experiences.
What is your favorite paranormal-related (horror or fantasy can be included!) books, author, or movie?
I really love the romantic twist to all of Anne Rice’s series. The Vampire Chronicles are (of course) my favorite, but she also lets love and relationships poor into her mummies, wolves, and witches. Watching Interview with the Vampire is a nice treat any time of year.
If you could be any paranormal creature for a day, which would you be?
Most definitely a vampire. I’ve always been fascinated with their powers to read minds, control humans, and live forever. The real test of my powers would be… Could I control my thirst and use my powers for positive deeds? Perhaps one day I will get to find out.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
I hope the readers have a fabulous Halloween season and don’t let themselves be hampered in by age, disability, or small budgets! You can dress up at any age, with any body shape, and with just the stuff in your home. Be creative and have fun!
City, suburb, or small-town? CITY with a Capital C!
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Milk chocolate
Alpha, beta, or both? I really hate cocky males.
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel? Vampire!
Wine, whiskey, or punch? Diet Dr. Pepper?
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other? Halloween with a Capital H!
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Boxers.
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Boots.
Leather, lace, or silk? All of the above?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Brownies. (I know, I have to be difficult!)
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Humm… There is a time and place for everything. J
Biceps, abs, or buns? Abs.
Cats, dogs, or exotics? As long as it’s not a monkey, I’m good. I have a big fear of monkeys.
Teen life sure sucks when you’re half-octopus.
Living on land with her mortal mother seems safe for octo-gal Tealy McKracken until she comes of age and inks herself in front of the town’s Mean Girl. It doesn’t help that her childhood crush is dating the annoying fashionista werewolf. Disturbing dreams of singing sea creatures aren’t helping.
Can Tealy possibly control her inking, stay away from an evil vampire witch, and win the heart of the vampire prince? Find out in this tentacled love story.
More About Emmy
Emmy Z. Madrigal is the author of the Regency novella, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe. Her previous works include the Sweet Dreams Musical Romance Series and the novelettes Anime Girl and Anime Girl 2. Emmy has been praised for her realistic portrayal of modern female characters and their will to survive in a world of adversity, prejudice, and economic hardship.