I am super excited to have Emma Carlson Berne by the blog today for an interview! Emma is the author of Still Waters and Closer. She lives and writes in Cincinnati. You can find her on the web at her website and blog.
Hannah and Colin sneak off for a trip to the lake house. Do you have a vacation that has been a favorite?
My grandfather was in the Air Force, and they were stationed in Colorado Springs when I was growing up, so all of my favorite vacation memories are linked up with red mountain dirt, the smell of sagebrush, and Mexican food—all of the things I associate with the many trips we spent in the Rockies. We’d often go fishing with my grandmother at the lake on the Air Force Base—there were two good things about this trip, as a child. The first was that Grandma usually had some kind of cracker or candy in her tackle box. The second was that within a couple hours, Grandma would catch a dozen or so lake trout, take them home, gut them, and fry them in cornmeal and bacon grease for dinner.
If the characters from Still Waters got stuck on a deserted island, who would fare the best? The worst? and who would get them off the island?
Colin’s mother would probably fare the worst. She’s pretty messed up and wouldn’t do too well in stressful situations. Hannah would do the best. She’s terribly practical, to her dismay sometimes, but she’s the one I’d want on my team. And who would get them off the island. . .um. . .Hannah’s mother seems like she’d be the one to exhaust all resources to get them back.
Say you co-wrote a book, what author would you want to co-write a book with?
Such a fun question. I’ve heard Joyce Carol Oates is a very organized, calm writer, so she would probably be the easiest to write a book with. But Roald Dahl, one of my favorites, would be the most entertaining. He seems like the type to have an endless supply of good, possibly inappropriate, stories.
Since you like coffee, what is your favorite drink at Starbucks?
I have one of those embarrassingly long, Starbucks-specific drinks that people make fun of. My dad, for instance, is the type to go into Starbucks and defiantly order a “small coffee.” My drink, on the other hand, is a tall nonfat one-pump peppermint two-Splenda latte. I even know how to order it in Starbucks-speak.
So what is next for you?
Things are already moving ahead for my next thriller, CLOSER, which will be out in Fall 2012. This is about a twisted love triangle, and is a little darker and more gory than STILL WATERS. My editor has told me I’ll get a look at the cover sometime after the holidays – always an exciting moment.
Thanks so much for stopping by Emma! Make sure to check out my review of Still Waters, which went up today as well. You can check out the rest of the schedule of the blog tour here. Also, check out Still Waters on the web on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N and The Book Depository.