Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today we welcome Emerald Barnes, author of Piercing Through the Darkness and her latest release, a YA Romantic suspense novel, Read Me Dead.
VH: If you knew the exact date of your death down to the minute, what would you change about your life starting tomorrow?
EB: Absolutely nothing. I live my life according to never knowing when your life is going to end. I think that's a good way of looking at life, because we aren't promised tomorrow.
VH: For what are you grateful?
EB: This list could be forever long, but I'll keep it short. First of all, I'm thankful for my Savior, Who has been so kind in giving me everything I need. I'm grateful for my family who has supported my crazy writing habit along the way. I'm grateful for my amazing friends, and all of the people I've met along the way in my writing career, specifically the amazing support group of the WLC.
VH: What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?
EB: That I'm a good writer. I think it's working out okay. Maybe one day I'll actually believe it! ;)
VH: Amen. Me too. Thank you Emerald.
Piercing Through the Darkness
It’s on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can’t remember what it is to save her life.
Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?
Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness?
Read Me Dead
Alexia Wheaton’s problems go beyond picking a dress and a date for homecoming.
For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory - her parents' horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet to protect herself, but when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents' murderer will soon find her - and silence her forever.
Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents' murderer to justice.
Emerald Barnes graduated with a bachelor's degree from Mississippi University for Women in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing. She resides in a small town in Mississippi, where she writes novels and short stories as well as blogs about writing when she isn't spending time with her nieces and nephew. She has self-published an e-book, Piercing Through the Darkness, and has been published by Phyllis Scott Publishing in their book Blue Legs and Other Coming of Age Stories. Her YA Romantic Suspense novel, Read Me Dead, was released just this last week.
4/30/2012 01:17:12 am
Thanks for hosting me today, Van!
4/30/2012 01:36:41 am
I am reading "Read Me Dead" now--not finished yet but as well as enjoying the story--the first thing that struck me was how Emerald has matured as an author. I enjoyed "Piercing Through The Darkness" immensely, but as soon as I started reading "Read Me Dead" I felt a difference. Great work Emerald and congratulations!
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