May 14, 2013

interview with the author of 'nobody's damsel'

Blogger's Note: I'm pleased to once again welcome EM Tippetts, the author of Someone Else's Fairy Tale (read an excerpt here and my review here) and Nobody's Damsel (read an excerpt here and my review here) to the blog.

Change the Word: What was your inspiration for writing this book?
EM Tippetts: I'd already written one book with these characters and loved them. I had fans who loved them too, so that was my inspiration, to find an excuse to spend more time with Jason and Chloe and figure out a plot structure that would allow me to do it again and again. Because book one was a romance, I needed to shift the plot structure in order for it to be repeatable without being stupid. If I'd kept the books pure romance, Jason and Chloe would need to have the rockiest marriage ever and the end of each book would be beyond predictable, so Nobody's Damsel is a police procedural for the main plot, and the romance issues are the B plot. Because criminal investigations are the kind of thing that repeat over and over with different outcomes, this will enable me to expand the Fairytale franchise into an ongoing series.

CTW: Were there any surprises that came up while writing it?
EMT: I corresponded with a forensic scientist while I figured out the plot and many times I'd have an idea for a twist, email her, and find out that the twist wasn't really possible. While I do take some liberties with how forensic scientists interact with the police, I try to keep the science and investigation procedures as accurate as possible. That's just a personal preference of mine. I always dislike books that don't even try for some modicum of accuracy.

CTW: What was the biggest challenge you faced writing this story?
EMT: Creating that plot structure. I've never written a mystery or a police procedural before so this was all new, but now that I've done it once, I think it'll be much easier to do again (famous last words...)

CTW: Do you share any characteristics with your MC? If so, which ones?
EMT: Randomly, we have scars in the same places. Actually, that was probably just my subconscious at work. Chloe survived a homicide attempt and has bullet wound scars in her right shoulder (I've got a little scarring on my left shoulder from where an IV was implanted when I was a child), stomach (I've got a surgical incision scar on mine) and left shin (where I used to have a scar from where I fell climbing the stairs of a bus, but it has since faded. It was very visible for decades, though.) She was also the same age I was when nearly killed, only she was shot by her brother and I was in a car accident. We were both eleven.

CTW: Who would be your ideal hero to save you if you were a damsel in distress?
EMT: Myself, because that's whom I want to be able to count on. Not that I mind anyone riding out to my rescue. If someone wants to help, I'll take it, but my ideal would be becoming so super-capable that nobody could ever put me in distress. I know it's unrealistic, but a lot of ideals are.

CTW: What is the best piece of advice you have received as a writer?
EMT: The day it's not your fault is the day your career is over. "It" refers to whatever you're complaining about as the reason why you don't have the success you want. Gaining as much control of your career as possible is the name of the game. 

CTW: What is your favorite book of all time?
EMT: Here I'll be a boring religious person: The Bible. It's the one I read the most. As for fiction books, there are just too many to name.

CTW: What literary character do you have the biggest crush on?
EMT: None really. Even in my own romances, I put myself in the guy's position and try to think out how and why he's attracted to my main character. There has to be chemistry and they both have to be desirable, but I get to that via an intellectual route as much as an emotional one. When I was a kid, I had a crush on Luke Skywalker, though. Loved him. Now I see the movies and note that I'm nearly twice his age. Oh well...

CTW: What's next for you and your writing career?
EMT: I am currently working on a new adult romance called Love in Darkness, and then I will write the next installment of the Fairytale franchise. The working title is: The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf.

CTW: Anything else you would like to share?
EMT: Just my thanks for the opportunity to be featured on your site. I very much appreciate it!

Check out an excerpt of Nobody's Damsel here and my review of it here. Check out an excerpt of Someone Else's Fairytale here, my review here and an interview with the author here. Also, return tomorrow to read a new interview with the author.

**Everyone who leaves a comment on E.M.’s tour page will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Nobody's Damsel before May 20 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

About the Author
E.M. Tippetts grew up in New Mexico and now lives in London, where she raises two boisterous toddlers, designs jewelry, and writes novels. A former attorney, she used to specialize in real estate and estate planning, specifically literary estate planning. She currently has five novels out, Time & Eternity, Paint Me True, Someone Else's Fairytale, Castles on the Sand, and Nobody's Damsel (Fairytale 2).

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  1. Thanks for being in the tour!

  2. Yay! Thanks for having me. The interview was long enough ago that it doesn't have the latest on the book I was working on then. The title's been changed to LOVE IN DARKNESS (Ali Cross used the title "Personal Demons" a couple months ago) and it launches next Tuesday.