Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Author Interview: Emma Carlson Berne

Today Never Let You Go by Emma Carlson Berne hit stores! 

A love triangle goes horribly wrong in this dark, romantic suspense-thriller from the author of Still Waters. Megan never meant to hurt her best friend, Anna. She made a mistake, and she’s spent all year trying to regain Anna’s trust. So when Anna invites her to spend the summer on her uncle’s farm, Megan is excited…and relieved. The past is finally behind them.

On the farm, Anna quickly falls for Jordan, a rugged summer-hand. Megan and Jordan have their own spark, but Megan’s betrayed Anna once before and she’s not about to do it again.

Still, the more time that Megan and Jordan spend together, the harder it is to deny their chemistry. But Anna doesn’t like to be ignored—and she doesn’t forgive and forget. What started out as the perfect summer is about to take a very dark turn...

To celebrate, I interviewed Emma and found out a little bit about the new book. 

BornBookish: Who would play you in a movie?

Maggie Smith. 80 year-old British dame, that's me.

BornBookish: In addition to your YA novels, I see that you’ve written a lot of non-fiction. Do you prefer one to the other?

The non-fiction satisfies my huge inner nerd - I love reading long biographies of Sacagawea or articles about the Marines. And the fiction takes care of my active imagination.

BornBookish: You did such a great job creating a creepy atmosphere in Still Waters. When you're writing those scenes do you ever scare yourself? Find yourself looking behind doors and hearing noises?

Oh yeah. I remember finishing a scene at dusk when we were living out in the country. My husband and son were at my parents' house so I could write. I had to go outside and walk around a little to de-freak myself.

BornBookish: Which character was easiest for you to write? Why? 

Both Megan and Anna were easy in that I felt like I'd met them both before--Anna in particular is an amalgam of all the mean girls I've met. 

BornBookish: Do you find it hard to throw obstacles in your characters way or make life difficult for them? 

No, I love it. What story would be good without juicy conflict?

BornBookish: Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? Do you make yourself write a certain amount of words a day, etc.? 

Yes, I'm a big scheduler. I set myself a word quota per day and I write it all down in the same brand of planner I've been using since college.

BornBookish: Your second YA novel, Never Let You Go, hits stores on December 4th. Are you doing anything special to celebrate? 

Biting my nails, most likely.

BornBookish: Do you have any new books in the works that you can tell us a little bit about? 

I'm moving back into the sweet end of things this spring with a new romance that will be out in 2014--a girl, two boys, and a ranch in Colorado.

BornBookish: Here at Born Bookish I have a weekly segment called, Breathtaking Book Covers, where I post the cover image of a book that I think is just stunning. Is there a book cover that has ever taken your breath away? If so, what book?

I just love the cover of 50th anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird--it looks like a woodcut.


  1. How was this book not on my TBR yet? Just added!

    I can only imagine how hard it is to write creepy stuff. I would need a walk to de-freak myself too! Thanks for the interview and introducing me to this novel! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    1. My idea of de-freaking would be to lock all the doors and curl up in a corner Hahah!! I'm glad I could introduce you to a new book! I also highly recommend Emma's first suspense novel Still Waters =)


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