Interview with Emma Meade, author of Beneath Manhattan Skies

Publication Date: November 2013

Book Links:  Goodreads

Synopsis: November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.

Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy – And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.

Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?

Excerpt: Did she have a boy or girl?” Erin shrugged in apology for not remembering.

A boy. I feel sorry for my sister. She was surrounded by us growing up.

I'm sure it wasn't that bad. She had a cool big brother.” She groaned inwardly. Why did she have to say that?

Tommy looked at her. Erin thought she saw a hint of a smile hovering around his lips. Where the hell was Sadie with the drinks? That girl was in big trouble for setting this up. A blush rose in Erin’s cheeks. She was grateful for the dim lighting in the bar.

So, I'm cool, am I?” Tommy said after a moment, smiling easily again.

The tension alleviated and Erin breathed normally. “I thought you might have noticed that. You have a motorcycle. That automatically puts you in the cool club.

I'd like to take you out on the bike.

And the hard-to-breathe thing started again.

Interview: Thanks for having me, Star.

Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

I can’t seem to fight my natural inclination to write about vampires, read about vampires and watch TV shows and films based on these wicked creatures of the night, so of course these guys appear in my latest book, Beneath Manhattan Skies.

Last winter, I saw a Tweet from a reader of my YA novel, Under the Desert Moon, wondering if there would be any follow up to Erin’s story. When I wrote the words “The End” on the last page of that novel, I believed my tale of a small town girl who dreamed of breaking free from her desert home was complete. But then that tweet came to my attention, and at just the right time.

My two week break from work was coming up and I thought, hmm, maybe I could write a short story about what Erin was up to after high school. Did she move to New York as planned? Did she hold fast to her first love who happened to be a vampire, or was there a new guy in her life, someone human? Curiosity got the better of me, and so over Christmas last year I wrote the bare bones of what is now Beneath Manhattan Skies. While it features some of the characters from Under the Desert Moon, this novella can be enjoyed as a standalone story.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

I was completely hooked on The X-Files when it first came out. I spent many years in love with Mulder and wishing I could work alongside him and Scully. An alien tale has to be in my writing future, well, fingers crossed anyway.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

I wouldn’t mind being Erin for a day. She’s got a hot vampire (James) and a sexy motorcycling enthusiast (Tommy) who are both into her, and she’s also living in a cool apartment in New York while attending art school. Life as a college freshman in the Big Apple is pretty good for her. But if we’re talking long term, I’d love to be Alex from my adult paranormal romance, Night Sighs. She’s a vampire, a confident woman and a tough cookie, and she’s got a rock star vampire boyfriend. Not too shabby.

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to fly, not a plane, but fly like a bird. Do you think they’ll invent a way for humans to fly in our lifetime? :-)

Q. What are you currently reading?

I’m re-reading The Mortal Instruments to keep myself going until the sixth and final book comes out next May. I hope Jace and Clary will finally get a few moments of happiness together.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If it’s a short and not too serious read you’re after, and you fancy spending a few days hanging out with a bunch of humans and vamps in New York, then give Beneath Manhattan Skies a try. :-)

Author Bio: Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She loves vampires, slayers, witches, ghosts, aliens & shadow men (or at least the youngest of the Shadow Men), and regular people who live extraordinary lives (think Slayerettes and you’re on the right track). Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on. Writing supernatural stories and watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

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