Join us as we peek behind the scenes of our upcoming anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about Emerian Rich in her featured interview.
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
When my mother lived in L.A., we always lamented that there wasn’t a quick-transfer tunnel from San Francisco to L.A. that would save us the 8-10 hour drive to get to each other. “PODs” expanded that dream. If a tunnel, why not a single-transport? What could go wrong, right?
Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?
Kelly is a college graduate, wanting to work at the most prestigious animation company in the world. She is full of dreams and doesn’t realize just one POD ride can destroy all her chances.
What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?
The tunnels and the POD system. It’s not supposed to be for time travel. It’s an ingenious way to get from one part of the world to another. Need to quickly get to Tokyo from London? Board a POD and as long as you have enough transfer tokens, you’ll be there a moment later.
What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?
I would say it’s SciFi- Horror. Accidental time travel meets the horror of what Kelly’s innocent trip may have caused.
How have your personal experiences influenced this story?
Besides the fact that I love time travel stories and yet haven’t written one (til now), Kelly is a graphic artist and so am I.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
That by using new tech, they may inadvertently cause disaster? But despite my Luddite message, I actually love new tech. Can’t get enough! That may be why I like scaring myself about what evils this new tech may create in the future.
What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?
I really love the part when Kelly arrives in L.A. and at first does not understand what is going on. I’ve always loved fish out of water tales when it comes to time travel. “What is this thing you call a ham-burger, madame?”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When did you write your first story, how old were you, and what was it about?
I began writing when I was really young as a way to escape my real life. My first novel was 56 pages of scrawled, bubbly, pencil lead writing when I was twelve-ish. It was about a teen actress who saves her friends and family from a plane hijacking. Very over-the-top, afterschool special type. Although I had no idea I would be a writer, my stories kept me stable and out of trouble when my life spun out of control. I’ve used writing many times when my real life was too sad, to depressing, or too hard to deal with. It’s my escape.
What is your writing survival checklist? (Aka, what helps your write the best: music, snacks, coffee, complete silence, a stress ball, a cat, or an outline, etc.)
I’ve learned to pretty much write whenever and wherever I can. I used to have a set place, quiet, music, etc…but being the mom of an autistic child sent all that order out the window. And yes, I am a pantser.
What has influenced you most as a writer?
Probably my life in general. I was a preacher’s kid and lived in 32 places before a graduated high school. I’ve always been inquisitive, curious, and love to think…WHAT IF?
What font do you prefer to write in?
Believe it or not, I “write” by hand. Then, I speak it into the computer. Finally…I’m a fan of Garamond.
Do you have any writing blogs/vlogs/podcasts, etc. that you would recommend?
I am so busy with my own podcast, HorrorAddicts.net, and recording audiobooks that I rarely get to listen to others.
What is your favorite and least favorite word, and why?
Favorite: Alacrity. I just love how it rolls off the tongue.
Least Favorite: Mucus? Just because…ew.
Emerian Rich is the author of the vampire book series, Night’s Knights. She’s been published in a handful of anthologies by publishers such as Dragon Moon Press, Hidden Thoughts Press, Hazardous Press, and White Wolf Press. Emerian is a podcast horror hostess for the internationally acclaimed podcast, HorrorAddicts.net.
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