Meet the Author:
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.
All my best,
Connect with the Emma Chase:
We are so excited to share this interview with our readers. Emma Chase is one of our all-time favorite authors, so when she agreed to participate we were beyond excited. We know you’ll love her responses as much as we did. There’s also a giveaway included. For a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card, leave a comment on this post. You can tell us what you think of the interview, your favorite Emma Chase book or character, or whatever you feel like sharing. Enjoy!
Let’s start with a few “Getting To Know You” questions:
What’s a typical night like at your house?
Insanity. I have one high schooler and one middle schooler, so much of our early evening is spent in the car, dropping off and picking up from activities (I’m basically an Uber driver). Then it’s dinner (we like to have dinner on the back deck when weather allows), homework and getting ready for the next day. If all goes smoothly, the hubby and I will watch an episode of a series almost everyone else in the world is probably already watching, but we just discovered (lately it’s been House of Cards).
Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
I hate pedicures. I’ll get them when I have to (no one wants gnarly feet) but I’m very ticklish, so it’s basically torture.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Books! I gave the Royally Series to the wonderful woman who takes care of our dogs when we’re on vacation.
You’re one of the rare authors that I idolize. I’ve read every book you’ve written and never thought anyone would top Jake Becker as my favorite BBF. Who or what inspired the Legal Briefs Series and Jake’s character in particular?
Thank you so much – that is such an honor!! The idea for the Legal Briefs series came to me when I was actually in Washington DC for a book signing. I thought of the three main guy characters – Stanton, Jake and Brent – at the same time. Three friends, at the same firm, all ambitious attorneys but very distinct in personality. Stanton was the charmer, Jake the muscle, and Brent the comedian. Pairing a big, tough, seemingly cold guy like Jake with a sweet, selfless heroine and six kids was just the perfect combination to me. He needed their warmth and love, they would thrive under his structure and protection. Together they would fill in each other’s missing pieces and become whole. A family. I couldn’t wait to write that story. While I was writing, the songs Walls by Tom Petty and Love Will Turn You Around by Kenny Rogers were big inspirations for the story and for Jake’s character (“even walls fall down”).
What was your research process like, while creating the Royally series?
For all my books, I try to do research before I start writing – so the information is swimming around my head and at my fingertips. For the Royally series I read about governments that have modern, functioning monarchies – mostly the United Kingdom, Monaco and Jordan. I also did some research on real life modern royals from the British and Swedish royal families as well as the story of Grace Kelly and Prince Renier of Monaco. I was excited to create a new, fictional country in Wessco and make my own rules and history for them – but it was important that it have some basis in reality.
Do you keep a firm writing schedule or write when the feeling hits you?
I’m a procrastinator, so for the first few weeks I tend to write only when the feeling hits me. Then, as the deadline creeps closer, my writing schedule becomes more disciplined.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Plotter. I have the whole story in my head before I write the first word. Sometimes there are tweaks – scenes or characters that are added or taken out – but most often my books end up almost exactly as I envisioned them the very first time I thought of the idea for the story.
What inspires your writing? Where do you get your ideas from?
Sometimes I’ll be inspired by a song I hear, a particular lyric or the feeling a song gives me. Other times, honestly, I don’t know where the ideas come from – they just sort of pop into my head. I get a lot of ideas, everyday. I have lots of notes and future project lists. But then a story idea comes along that really grabs me and says ‘this – this is what you’re going to write next.’ And that’s what I write next.
Name one thing on your “bucket” list?
I want to take a cross-country trip in an RV and visit the Grand Canyon.
What’s one of your weird quirks?
Mmm…let’s see…I read magazines backwards. I don’t know why – I just automatically open it up to the back and flip/read my way to the front.
Where is the worst place you could get stuck?
At the very top of the ferris wheel (my hands are sweaty right now just thinking about it!). I’m terrified of heights and something about the way a ferris wheel car rocks in the wind freaks me out like nothing else.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
To teleport. It bugs me that it takes so much time getting from one place to another. Oh – and to send words directly from my brain to the page – the books would come so much faster that way!
Have you ever tried to do something you knew you would be really bad at, if so what was it?
I rode a mechanical bull once. I lasted longer than I thought I would (but still not long).
If you were stranded on a tropical island name 2 must have items?
1) My husband – because I love him – but also because he’s very good at the ‘surviving in the wilderness’ kind of thing. Left on my own, I’d last a day. Maybe. 2) A copy of Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey, because no matter how many times I’ve reread it, it still makes me laugh and smile and swoon!
Winner is Sarah Scholz
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