Sunday, August 24, 2014


Hello beautiful people of the internet.

I was nominated by Amy Kidd  for #PitchWarsAMA, so I was asked five questions, here are my answers... fair warning. I am a pretty quirky person, I apologize in advance.

@EGMooreWriter asked: what's the weirdest character you've written?

That would have to be my darling Drea. She is a character I came up with years ago for an group story I was writing with some friends. She is mana welder who can't really control her mana very well. Nor can anyone else. Her mana is controlled by her emotions. She is kind of like a Luna Lovegood if Luna Lovegood randomly grew flowers from her ears or crumbled cities on a bad day. She is by far my favorite weird character, she always keeps me on my toes.

@MichaelMammay asked: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Um.... yeah. For 1. I am terrified of birds. And two... I am way better at English then math or science... so I am going to go with 42. That sounds about right, right?

I believe the correct answer was already answered anyways by "European or African"

But I could also answer with 24 miles per hour. (Because that's what google says)

@D.R.Perry asked: How do you get plot ideas, Emmalee?

Good question. Honestly, I don't have a method to my madness. One book came out of pure thin air. Another was a dream I had. There was one that came from watching a movie. And my kids are always a good inspiration for imagination.

@E.L. Wicker asked: Is there a particular book or author that inspires you more than any other?

Honestly, it changes with the day. When I read I absorb so much from each book. Thinks I like, thinks I don't, feels... etc. There isn't one book that I can pinpoint more than another. But I can say that the FIRST book to ever inspire me was Alice in Wonderland.

And last but not least the question that had me up for a few hours last night....

@Eris0303 asked: Who wins - ninja vs pirate?

I feel like the answer to this should also be the answer to all the worlds questions and therefore should be 42.

But that doesn't explain it.

I think it depends on location... because in the water pirates would totally rule... but on land... pirates wouldn't have a chance and ninjas would totally dominate.

I sat up last night thinking of scenarios and that is what I came up with. Lame I know. But that's my answer and I am sticking to it! Plus, I am working on minimal sleep because I was up all night thinking about this.

And with that, @EGMooreWriter you're up!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#PitchWars Mentee Bio

For those of you here looking for more info on me… you have come to the right place.

Insert awkward pause…

Hi, I’m Emmalee. I have been writing since I was about twelve, and I haven’t had writer’s block in about three months.
End Writer’s anonymous speech.

I am a little crazy, a little quirky, a lot random and a splash hippie.

8 years ago, I married my high school sweetheart, about a year and a half after that I became a stay at home mom and really started writing.

This was the only serious picture I could find from that day. We are so not serious people!

I have two blonde haired monsters, Tuca, our son, who’s seven. And Goosie, our daughter, who’s four. (Clearly, those are not the names on their birth certificates, but they both answer to them) 

My husband, D, is a computer geek by day, volunteer EMT by night. 
And by night, I mean, dead of sleep, middle of the night, pager going off and scaring the crap out of you to the point where you thrash around in bed trying to figure out what the hell is going on for about five minutes before realizing it’s not the fire alarm and you’re not having a heart attack.

I write Young Adult Fantasy and New Adult contemporary.

I did at one point try to self-publish, but after falling hard on my arse and making a complete fool out of myself for doing it when I wasn’t ready, I have taken that book off the market, put on the cone of shame, tucked my tail and started to edit hardcore.  Since then, I have gained two AMAZING CPs and grown a ton!

I tend to learn lessons the hard way.

I’m the volunteer coordinator for the PTO at my monster’s schools.  And I volunteer a lot of time in the elementary schools.

Right now, I have three little girls playing Princess Tea party on a sleeping bag in my living room. My son has escaped from girl world going on here and ran across the street to the neighbors to play. There was too much dress up going on, he said.

I love vanilla ice cream and fresh out of the garden tomatoes. (We planted 52 tomato plants this year… I am going to regret that statement come the end of August). 

I have no tattoos but I love tattoo shows.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a cheerleader when I grew up. After doing that for 12+ years plus coaching for 6, I have hung up my pom poms.

I’m willing to edit quickly, especially since school will be starting in T minus 3 weeks!!! 

I am horrible at public speaking but I am a great party planner. I am very detail orientated.

I love to craft, but I don’t have a crafting niche. I sew, quilt, do paper crafts, cut vinyl… pretty much I will try anything crafty at least once. 

My favorite holiday is Halloween. I love skittles and gummy bears.

I will definitely work hard as a mentee.

Thank you Brenda Drake and #PitchWars for this amazing opportunity.