AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: EMMA HILLMAN
She may write about football but all you will find her doing while the game is on is watching to see which is the hottest player…
Meet Emma Hillman
Tell us a little about Someone Like You.
It is Nick’s story. Yes, No, Maybe, the previous book in the series ends with him leaving Kevin and Mia’s house, and you can’t help but feel sorry for him. I needed to give him a happy ending! There’s a line in Yes, No, Maybe where Nick says that he wants to find someone just like Mia. I thought about this and decided that he’d see someone who looked just like her and decide to go after her. Of course, he can’t help but mess up, so half the time you want to hit him…
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I usually have an idea of how I want the story to end, but not always. I definitely don’t plan ahead, as my characters tend to just do whatever they want and the book ends up completely different to what I had in mind. If I can manage to get to the ending I’d thought of, I consider myself happy!
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I’ve always written romance and erotica. It’s what I read, ergo it’s what I write too, I guess.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
For obvious reasons, I love Kevin in the Ex-Footballer Series. He’s a very nice fantasy J
Do you have a character that you look back on now and don’t like?
Well, some people don’t like Jace in One Thin Line, but hey, he comes through at the end! I’ve thought about it and realized the whole story would have been pointless without him acting up so there ya go.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Sure! I wrote Man Frame after my mother-in-law told me one morning how she’d gotten up during the night and had seen our neighbor, standing stark naked in front of his bedroom window. While the thought made me cringe at first, I started thinking what would happen if the neighbor was a hottie. And what if he could see the heroine too?
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I know nothing whatsoever about football and yet my first series is all about football players. I actually had to Google helmets, just to make sure I had the correct word!
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Amazon. Our postman told my husband that they’d talked about us at the post office and decided we must really love reading. I get parcels of books every few days. Oops.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I don’t really need anything. I like listening to music but it’s not a necessity. I even wrote a short in the train the other day. I saw someone, had an idea, typed it up on my BlackBerry and emailed it to myself so I had it on my computer as soon as I got home. Hey, it worked!
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Not really, but I listened to The Black Eyed Peas’ THE E.N.D.. while I was writing Man Frame. For some reason, the tempo really suited me, and I wrote like a lunatic.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
Considering my heroines are usually Rubenesque, that’s a tall order! I have no idea but would welcome suggestions J
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I was eating breakfast at home. I tend to check my emails every morning, when the house is quiet. I rushed upstairs and made my husband read the email straight away. I jumped up and down, then remembered I had to get ready to go to work!
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
Probably in my early teens. I read a lot even then and I’d finished every book in our local library so my mother took me to another one. I stumbled upon the Angélique series which I gobbled up in one go. I probably shouldn’t have read it at my age, but it was so good (and sexy!).
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
Oh, I’m always writing on several different manuscripts at once, but the main one is (for now) entitled One Shot. It’s an erotic comedy, featuring a curvy heroine and the two men who want to share her for one night. It’s very hot and funny, but I have no idea how it’s going to end!
Where can readers find you?
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark chocolate with praliné. Yum!