An Interview with Emma Kaye

Hi, Cindy! It’s great to be here today. Thanks for having me on your blog.

  1. perf5.000x8.000.inddHow did you get started writing?

I started writing when my kids were babies. I had this story in mind that wouldn’t leave me alone. One day the crazy idea came to me to try to write it down. Just the idea made me nervous. What was I thinking? But the thought stuck in there. I needed something to occupy my mind other than diapers and spit up. So I—very nervously—approached my husband with idea that I was going to write a book. To my surprise, he thought it was a great idea. He actually thought it was something I could do well. I’m glad he had the confidence in me that I lacked, because it turned out I loved writing. I’ve been doing it ever since.

  1. What is your next project and when will it be released?

I’m almost to the end of the first draft for my next project. Together with my writing partners, the Timeless Scribes—Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, and Nicole S. Patrick—I’m working on a novella that will be released in May. WELCOME TO HAVENPORT will be the beginning of a series set in the small town of Havenport, Rhode Island. My story is called UNDER HER SPELL—about a missing book of magick, the witch trying to protect it, and the man who loves her. All four novellas will take place at the same time and you’ll see familiar characters appear throughout the book.

  1. How has your experience with self-publishing been?

Self-publishing has been a great experience. I love having the freedom to pick my own covers, hire my own editor, write what I want, and be as picky as I want with formatting. Little things can drive me crazy, so having control over some of the little things is fun for me. That being said, I self-publish with partners, so the responsibility is not entirely on my shoulders. We share the burden. And we’ve been very lucky in that our strengths and weaknesses are varied. Where I’m weak, one of my partners is strong. So we capitalize on all our strengths and manage to have a good time with the whole process.

  1. What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

Do your research first. I’ve found writers to be a very helpful group who are willing to share their knowledge with beginners. You can save yourself from making very simple mistakes simply by listening to those that have gone before. Join a self-publishing email loop. There are plenty out there. Read the posts and ask questions.

  1. Do you have critique partners?

Yes, I have three amazing partners. I have to admit, we don’t do as much critiquing as we would like. We’re all so busy writing and a good critique takes an awful lot of time. Instead, we do a lot of brainstorming and, lets call it—issue resolution. If we’re feeling stuck on any issue in our writing we get together and help find a solution. For the series we produce together under our publishing company—Timeless Scribes Publishing—we do a thorough read through and critique as well as look for areas to layer in details from all the stories into our own. It’s a fun process. Then we send the entire book out for two rounds of editing with two different editors to make sure the entire collection of stories is the best it can be.

  1. Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like?

I do not have a view. My writing space is one of those desks where you can shut everything up and hide it when you’re not working. It’s in a corner of my living room, but it’s all mine, so I love it.

  1. Do you prefer to read in the same genres you write in or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?

I don’t avoid my own genre when writing but I don’t stick exclusively to it either. I like to read in multiple genres. The only time I pick a book specifically based on what I’m writing is if I’m going to write a time travel involving Regency England. Before I start writing, I like to pick up a good regency to remind myself of the feel of the time.

  1. What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was young. I think I pictured I’d be petting puppies and kittens all day. Once I learned you need an affinity for science, that idea spluttered out. But writing? No. I never pictured myself as a writer. I thought for a while I might like to be an editor—read all day, imagine!—but I went into advertising for a while. Yuck. It wasn’t until later when I was a stay at home mom that the idea of writing took hold.

  1. What is your favorite dessert/food?

My favorite food is sushi. My husband and I have a favorite hole-in-the-wall sushi place we love to go for special occasions. It’s expensive, though, or we’d go a lot more often.

  1. Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?

FOR YOU is a time travel romance set during the Regency period in England. I always write paranormal of some type. My published books so far have been time travel, but I also like to write magick and fantasy.


It’s Valentine’s Day, and candy heart sayings mock Drew Engledown’s lonely state. He wants more in his life than work, but hasn’t met anyone he can imagine spending his life with. When he puts his own life at risk to save a friend, he’s sent back in time to Regency London and mistaken for a murdered earl. Has he been given a chance at love with the earl’s beautiful widow, or will he suffer the same fate as the previous lord?

When her husband’s heir lays claim to all she once owned, Lady Engledown is left nearly destitute. So she doesn’t know whether to be relieved or angry when the earl returns but claims he’s not her husband. Could he be telling the truth, or is he toying with her? She doesn’t know what to think of this man who is so different from the husband she never loved. Can they find happiness together, or will this man she comes to love leave her worse off than before?

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Emma Kaye is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an insane amount of time driving around New Jersey. Before ballet and Scouts entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She’s been writing ever since. Add in a hyper dog and an extremely patient cat and she’s living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach theirs.

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