Guest Interview with author, Em Barrett
Describe yourself in five sentences: For some reason, bios are incredibly hard for me to write – mine always end up sounding like a terrible online dating profile! Here goes though: I grew up outside Detroit and went to college and law school at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). I’ve been living in Chicago for five years and although I love it here, I still feel like a Michigander at heart. Growing up, I spent a ton of time in northern Michigan (nowhere nearly as swanky as Green Island…), which inspired much of the backdrop for Leaving Green Island. Right now I’m busy working on a sequel to Leaving Green Island and spending as much as possible with my (amazing) husband and (also amazing) baby girl.
What are your books about? Leaving Green Island is a modern love story, but I think it’s more than that as well. The plotline focuses on protagonist Brecken Pereira’s conflicting emotions as she reconnects with an old flame while also engaged to a wonderful guy. As she navigates these relationships, she also struggles with issues relating to her work and her friendships, generally grappling with the complex world of today’s twenty-something women. While the romantic plotline is what drives the pace of the book, Brecken’s close and complicated friendships are central forces that shape the story as well.
People would be surprised to know that you…? I really hate flying! While I do fly to get the places I want to go, I dread it every time.
What are your guilty pleasures? The Bachelor, watching “Call Me Maybe” Youtube videos, and eating Jeni’s Ice Cream.
Explain what a typical day like for you: Well, I have a baby girl who is amazingly awesome but she literally does not nap or sleep through the night. She basically does not stay asleep at all. Ever. I’m afraid that telling you what my typical day is like would scare a lot of your readers off from ever having kids, so let’s just say that my typical day and night are very busy and do not involve nearly enough sleep! :)
What is you favorite word? Why? I have so many! Right now “ethereal” is definitely one of my favorites – I love how it sounds and the image it evokes.
How did you celebrate your book being published? Leaving Green Island was published on the 4th of July, so I spent a nice long weekend hanging out with my family doing 4th of July-ish things like watching fireworks and barbecuing. If Leaving Green Island ever becomes a bestseller, I’ll definitely be taking my husband and some friends to dinner at Moto Restaurant – also the site of Brecken and Will’s engagement dinner :)
If you could meet another author, who would it be? Hmm, that’s a tough one! I think Antoine de Saint-Exupery… The Little Prince is such a unique and creative book, and it has held a special place in my heart all my life. It would have been amazing to have met Antoine de Saint-Exupery in his lifetime.
What was your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process? And your least? My least favorite part is probably the editing because it’s so tedious and never seems to be done. As far as my favorite part, I think that was the surreal experience of seeing my book listed on Amazon for the first time.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be? Why? Right now I work as a lawyer and I’m a mom, so if I wasn’t an author, I think those other two roles would still probably take up most of my time. Being a writer is something I sneak in when I have bits of free time. Looking back though, I wish I gotten an English PhD instead of going to law school so that I could be an English professor…
What is the best advice you’ve been given? My mom is always reminding me to “be here now”. Life goes by so quickly and we all have a lot to manage, so I think just trying to live in and make the best of each moment is really important.
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects? I’m glad you asked this, because I’m hard at work on a sequel to Leaving Green Island! It will be coming out in 2013
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