I’ve always been an avid reader of mysteries. I prefer lighter kinds of suspense stories, with a nice helping of romance thrown in for good measure, over anything too violent, dark or gritty. As an aspiring fiction author, I realized that what I wanted more than anything else was to write that kind of book—the kind of book you curl up with on a stormy afternoon with cocoa and a blanket, or throw in with your sunblock and snacks to take down by the pool, or read far too late into the night because you just can’t put it down and have to find out what happens next. Books that are satisfying and interesting and fun.
I still hoard collections of battered paperbacks by Dorothy Sayers, Patricia Wentworth, Mary Stewart, Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels and Georgette Heyer—as well as Ann Bridge, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman, L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen and Elizabeth Cadell. These days Kindle makes it all too easy to carry my ever-growing collection everywhere with me.
As an independent author with a full-time day job, I also try to share my experiences in writing, editing, publishing and marketing my own books through my blog. It would be delightful to make a living with my novels, and I admit I still get somewhat ill with envy when I read about fellow indie authors making it big in the traditional publishing industry. But we all get to define success for ourselves, and it’s truly a dream come true to be able to write and share my work with readers all over the world.
When I can turn off my brain and escape into a story, I consider that one of the greatest gifts and pleasures possible. If you also enjoy a lighthearted suspense/romance, my hope is that my books can give you the same pleasure so many wonderful authors have given me.
– Emily Senecal