Featured Friday! Em Frappier
Em Frappier is an author and playwright, as well as a theater nerd and hiker. She likes conflicted characters and fantastic situations. When not writing, you can find her on the top of a mountain somewhere in Vermont.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
My favorite part of the author lifestyle is getting up early and writing. It’s quiet, and I feel like I’ve accomplished something before my family wakes up. I find writing to be very meditative, and I enjoy the times when I can sit for hours telling myself a story.
What made you start writing?
I’ve always loved books. My dad used to read me poetry before bedtime when I was little, and I think my love of books started there. I’ve always been creating stories. I remember writing my first two books in second grade, and I wrote my first play in high school. Writing has always been a big part of my life.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
I find inspiration in most of the books I read. Plays as well. Some of the authors I take inspiration from are Stephen King, Ursula LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, and Ernest Hemingway.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
My number one tip for an aspiring author is to never give up. The author life is filled with criticism and rejection, but you have to stay vigilant. Don’t worry about other opinions. Just create. There is someone out there waiting to read your book, and you are the only one that can write that story.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I will read pretty much any genre. I do tend to enjoy science fiction/fantasy and horror, which are the genres I write. I also really enjoy thrillers. I’m so impressed by the effort put into plotting out a really great thriller.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
My characters tend to be pretty terrible people, so I don’t know if I would like to spend much time with any of them.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
There are so many! For authors, I think it is important to read about writing. I love Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running because it appeals to both the author and the runner in me. Stephen King’s On Writing had a huge influence on my writing style as well.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
SuperGym was my hardest edit and really my most difficult project so far. I ended up rewriting the entire book. I was not satisfied with the first draft and decided I needed to tell the story differently. It also went through numerous edits, and I cut it down to the bone. There were several side stories that I wanted to tell, but they took away from the main plot. It was difficult to cut them out, but in the end, it made it a much better book.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
There are a few books I would like to live in. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway would be ideal for an author. Cafes and writing and talking about writing. I would also love to live in Middle Earth, so any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as long as I could be a hobbit.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
I would want Margaret Atwood to write my biography. She is a brilliant writer, and I really admire her style.
Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?
The challenge of writing in a specific genre is always a bit of a conflict. I don’t feel that my books always fit neatly into a single type. There is always some crossover. I have also found that while I may like to leave the ending of a story open to interpretation, readers tend to want a more solid ending. It’s something I have really been working on over the last few years.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
When I first started putting my work out into the public, reviews affected me greatly. I would focus on the negative ones and really start second-guessing myself. It started to impact my writing because I was always thinking of some comment or another while I wrote and trying to please everyone. My skin is a bit thicker now, and I can look at negative comments more as suggestions for improvement. If I do not agree with a comment or do not see anything productive in a review, I just ignore it and move on. I also try to give more weight to the positive comments. You can’t make everyone happy, and the ones who enjoy my writing are the ones I need to focus on. They are my audience.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
She lives in a world of her own creation.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
I am currently working on a new novel, and it incorporates some of my favorite things, cats and dystopia. It is also exciting because it is the first big idea I have had after a bought of writer’s block. I’ve never had writer’s block before, and I have not enjoyed it. Happy to be writing again and to have a good idea of where the story is going.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
The world is as beautiful as you make it.
Thanks Em for that insight into your writing life!
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