Em muslin is the author of Before You Were Mine, she loves words that capture an experience or emotion in a singular form: her current favourite, describing herself, isnemophilist. Her writing focuses on the texture of domestic life, relationships, family and the pressures of social convention. Her characters are often fighting to become the hero of their own story, searching for hope, despite the adversities that life inevitably brings.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
When I was 17/18 I lived in a homeless shelter for a year. It was a difficult period in my life. But it is one I look back on and can feel proud of myself ~ for being able to cope and become a stronger person for it. I managed to continue my studies and went on to University and have a successful career. I look back on that time and think it was another life. I think I have had several!
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
I have been blessed (so far!) with my reviews – the book seems to have really touched people and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I take great pleasure in making people cry. I am sadistic like that. However, it is so nice (and reassuring) to get such wonderful reviews from fellow authors such as Jo Ann Mapson and Karen Katchur. They make you feel humbled. All reviews do. Even the bad ones!
This was a particularly lovely review:
‘The language is sensuous, the observations original and the evocation of Eli’s daily life in rural America is rich and compelling. I loved it.’ Holly Scott – Amazon Reviewer
I don’t think I really took on board how it important it is for readers to leave a review after reading someone’s book. I have been selfish enough to read people’s reviews before purchasing, but not left them. Even if it just a starred review, without explanation. I need to change my habits!
What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?
That they couldn’t finish the book. However, I completely understand that not everyone is going to connect with the book. I don’t bond with all books. Sometimes, I can’t see what it is that everyone loves about something. But that is good. It means there’s a range of novels out there for a whole raft of people. Wouldn’t it be dull if there wasn’t? I am chuffed to bits that my book has garnered more positive reviews than negative though! PHEW!
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Kathy Bates – I can’t watch Misery without laughing. She’s brilliant.
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Finding the confidence to continue writing it, when some days it felt like an uphill struggle. All the little demons come tapping on your brain, telling you that you are wasting your time, that it’s rubbish. You really do have to push through that. I think the only way I have found how, is to lower my expectations of that day. Instead of writing 3000 words, write 300 – and then of course once you’ve written 300 you generally end up writing more.
How do you remain sane while working?
That question assumes I am sane. I am not.
Where do you find your inspiration?
By reading. Reading reading reading. Life’s greatest pleasure.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
You can find Before You Were Mine in Paperback and Kindle format here:
Amazon – Before You Were Mine
And, you can meet Em online on her website here: www.emmuslin.com/
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