Today I have the immense pleasure of introducing you to the amazing Emma Hart. If you guys ever had the opportunity to read some of the teasers she posts for her WIP and Never Forget, you’d know how awesome her writing really is. Without further ado, let me introduce you to Never Forget by Emma Hart Releasing on February 22nd, 2013.
A city girl.
A small town boy.
A summer they’ll never forget.
Spending the summer at her Grammy’s in Lilac Bay, Devon, is city girl Alexis ‘Lexy’ Edwards idea of hell. That is, until she reconnects with her childhood friend, Jen, and meets Alec Johnson.
Alec is the kind of guy Lexy knows she needs to stay away from. He’s the village flirt, ridiculously hot and very dangerous to her self control. But there’s a problem – she can’t seem to keep him out, even though she knows he’ll break her heart.
As Alec slowly strips away Lexy’s defences and the two embark on a summer romance she never wanted, their feelings grow to more than either expected. But nothing lasts forever, and reality intrudes.
As her world is shaken to it’s core, Lexy’s self made prediction comes true when she discovers she’s spent six weeks surrounded by secrets. Kept out by her family and the only guy she’s ever trusted, she falls apart.
And when Grammy tells her that ‘you might not end up where you wanted to be, but you’ll always end up where you’re meant to be,’ she has to figure out if her meant to be is back home in London, or if it’s been in Devon the whole time.
NOW for a special Guest Post for Emma about Experiences!
Does Experience Make A Difference In Novel Writing? How Can You Make It Work For You?
You hear it all the time – the more life experience you have, the more insightful you’ll be. Or something along those lines to do with age. But, is that true? Is it your age, or what hand Mr Man up in the sky has dealt you?
I don’t think age has anything to do it. My life hasn’t been plain sailing – I lost my father at 20 months old – and some other things, but am I any less wise than a fifty-year-old author because I’m so much younger? No. I’m not.
And neither are you.
But experience does make a difference. I’ve written scenes, two in fact, that are death scenes of family members and I’ve had people tell me how hard it made them cry. How real they felt. How emotional they were.
Well, know what? I cried while writing those scenes. Like a baby. Full on chest heaving, blurry eyed, snotty-nosed sobs. Okay, not quite snotty-nosed, but there was some serious tears going.
I put my experience in there. I know the pain of loss. I channelled that pain into my characters, mixed it with their gut feelings and voilà, there you have it. An emotional little scene that I could read now and still cry at.
I’m a teenager, so I know a teenager’s mind. I know the slang and (I imagine) how carefree and easy their lives are. I don’t have the carefree, easy option but I can imagine what my life would be like without my daughter. I know what’s important, what isn’t, and how you can grow. While different, I fell pregnant at sixteen and had to grow a lot in those few short months. I put that into my characters. (The growth, not the pregnancy.)
With Never Forget, the setting is my home county. I know Devon. In the nineteen and a half years I’ve been alive, I’ve only ever lived in the same town, Barnstaple. While it’s not set actually in Barnstaple, I know every part of the setting described because I’ve been there. I’ve seen there.
And there’s nothing I can search online and find that I can’t top seeing with my own eyes.
Knowledge is a powerful thing. Knowledge builds a novel. Knowledge comes from experience.. No matter what that experience might be.
You could be a ballerina and write a book about a ballerina, but would that make that any less powerful that a scene that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you reach for the Kleenex box you keep hidden under the bed, just in case? Nope. Not at all.
People look at me because I’m young and a parent and a writer. (I don’t know if they get shocked about the fact I’m a teen mum that does something, or just the writing in general, mind you.) But I have knowledge they’ll never gain – and they have knowledge I’ll never gain.
I just choose to use mine.
Use yours. It doesn’t matter if you’ve only ever sold hot dogs at the fun fair for a living or if you’ve travelled the world in a diamond studded jet. We all have a little bit of knowledge to apply to our work.
Experience is knowledge, and knowledge is believability.
By day, Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of wine and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She has two new series planned as well as her New Adult Romance, Never Forget, due February 2013. She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes.
Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller – and this makes Emma excited.
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