Thursday, July 28, 2011

Interview with Emerald Barnes

Tell us about your book Piercing Through the Darkness:       
My novella, Piercing Through the Darkness, is based on a college student named Kandi with repressed memories of a tragic accident.  Her family took her to see a psychiatrist who tried hypnosis to recover the memories, but it didn’t take.  So, they had to pretend like nothing ever happened to her.  She has this huge secret that could potentially kill her, and she doesn’t even know it.  Her best friend, Jimmy, has to protect her, and when the man who’s out for revenge threatens her life, he feels like there isn’t anything he can do to protect her.  The novella is told in three different character’s point of view, and as we follow them through the story, it’s all about these characters finding their way through the darkness that is figuratively surrounding them.

Where is your book available? It's available through Amazon Kindle for 99 cents.

Where did you get the idea for your book?  The novella was derived from a short story I wrote in my first creative writing class in college.  There was more to it that I didn't get to tell in that version, and their story had to be written.

How did you come up with the title?  The title came about as I was thinking about how Kandi is in the dark, trying to figure out why she is being threatened by the man coming at her for revenge.

Who designed the cover?  My sister, Hannah Plunkett, designed it from my ideas.

Who was your inspiration for writing? Wow.  That's a tough one.  As long as I can remember, I've always loved making up stories, but when I was in high school, I read a lot of Dean Koontz books and loved them.  I wanted to write like him, so I'm pretty sure he was my inspiration.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?  In total, I have three books written.  Only one is currently published and that would be "Piercing Through the Darkness."  My favorite one would probably be my current work in progress titled, "Read Me Dead."

Do you have to travel a lot for your books?  No, I don't have to travel for them, but the setting for my first novel is based on some small towns I've seen in Tennessee while traveling.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?  I started my first full length novel seven years ago when I was around seventeen.

Do you think your book has the potential for a good movie? I actually think it could turn out to be a good movie.  A lot of people who have read my works tell me that they could see them being turned into movies.

Do you have any suggestions for me on how to become a better writer?  As cliched as it is, just write.  A teacher once told me that a great writer writes constantly, listens, and revises.  Revision is also a huge factor.  It's the difference between a good story and a great story.  

About Emerald Barnes:
I am writer, and I have a BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing. I have been writing since high school, but I became really serious with it after my first writing class in college. From then on, my writing has blossomed, and I love to share my writing with others. I have always believed that reading is a way to live life through another person's world and escape ours for a little while.
So far, I have one novella published as an ebook, "Piercing Through the Darkness," and my short story "Wishes" has been published in Blue Legs and Other Coming of Age Stories by Phyllis Scott. It's available as a paperback on Amazon or for Kindle.
You can follow my writer's ramblings at
"Piercing Through the Darkness" Book Trailer can be found at

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 Follow her on twitter: @emeraldbarnes.

You can follow me on twitter:@spencerbrokaw, or you can follow my in character twitter account:@ImpenetrableSpy.



    My book is now available through Smashwords as well :)