Please welcome Kim Mutch Emerson, author of teen read Digitus 233.
Why do you think Teen Read Week is important? It is important to me that we keep quality literature an option for all readers and that includes teenagers or young adults. Teen Read Week helps promote that end.
How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more? Offer them books that excite them. Give them books that are relevant and meaningful to their lives.
When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character? More than anything, when I was a teenager I wanted to read something about people who were “real” and who had challenges in life. The same holds true for me today. It can be any genre, but the characters have to have enough depth that they could be real people living real lives. One book that comes to mind in the young adult genre is The Pigman by author Paul Zindel. It is a timeless classic with characters that stay with you and change you somehow to become a better person. This is what I tried to do with my novel, Digitus 233 and by the reviews from readers I was able to achieve that goal.
Were you writing as a teenager? If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write? I have been writing since I was six. As a teenager I was focused on becoming a published author. I wrote about people who faced challenges and learned to rise above those challenges. I write the same type of stories today. When I was six, the first author that inspired me to be a professional writer was Wilson Rawls, the author of Where the Red Fern Grows.
Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (hee hee)? Absolutely! It’s an exciting time to be a writer. In today’s book publishing world there are thousands of options. Writers no longer have to wait years and years to see their work published. Through social media and internet searches they can find hundreds of publishing options from the big six, to smaller companies, to publishing on their own.
What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing? First and foremost, take joy in writing! If it is something you want to do as a career then go to school and study the art of writing. Realize it takes practice to become a master. Take your writing seriously, study your craft and become the best that you can be. Learn to take constructive criticism as a way to grow and become better. If it is something you want to do as a hobby, then simply write and enjoy it.
What is your latest book about? When Zeph, the adventurous son of a millionaire hid in the cargo hold of the Learjet carrying his brother to camp he had no idea there was anything ominous going on. That was, until he watched his brother Zander ejected from the plane onto a barren arctic island and Zeph, trapped on the plane, found himself headed for South America. Will he be able to expose the truth behind Digitus, the world’s dominant corporation, or will they succeed in their sinister plan to control his brother and destroy the world?
Are you working on anything new at the moment? I am an author and I also own a publishing house, so I have no end to new projects. My main focus as a writer is the second book in the Digitus series. I am also working on a book to assist writers in the publishing and marketing process of their books.
What do you love about being an author? Creating new worlds and the people that inhabit them. I also love connecting with my readers.
Want to win a free ebook copy of Kim’s book?
Here is a list of possible things that K.D. Emerson could have done in her life time. Pick one thing from this list that is false. The first three who answer correctly win a copy of Digitus 233 (there is more than one correct answer).
- Ridden a wild horse
- Ridden an unicycle
- Worked at a bank
- Worked at a carnival
- Got expelled from school a week before high school graduation
- Never got expelled from school
- Sold her first story at age eight
- Was in a traffic accident with a truck that had no driver
- Won a dance contest in high school
- Loves cotton candy
More about Digitus 233
What Readers are saying:
- Looking for fantastic characters and a breath-holding, heart-pounding, hair-raising edge of your seat good time? Then look no further, Digitus 233 has it all ~ Maria
- This knocked The Hunger Games right out of the running for me (and that’s one of my favorites!) ~ Dominique
- This sort of tale-spinning takes TALENT! All I’ve gotta say is this: KD – you’d better get the sequel written pretty darn quickly…!! ~ Liberty
- Digitus 233 is an excellent example of an author whose characters look and sound real, and whose behaviour – while not always exemplary – rings true to me ~ Lynette
- If you’re a teacher, this is a book that is sure to capture the interest of your entire class! If you’re a parent with a reluctant reader, I’d definitely suggest downloading this book to get him/her interested in reading! ~ Anne
More about KD Emerson
K.D. Emerson loves writing thought provoking and action filled stories that bring her readers back for more. Although her writings deal with the evils of the world, she dishes out healthy doses of laughter and fun along the way.
K.D. spends her free time wrangling wild horses, rafting down the Amazon, hang gliding on a toothpick and when she’s awake you will find her working on her next adventure or assisting others in creating their dreams.
Visit K.D. on her blog: http://digitus233.com/category/blog/
Or connect with her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson
Twitter connection is: @MstrKoda