Emma Churchman, aka The Accidental Writer: Hi everyone! Firstly, let me say “Welcome,” and a big thank you to you for taking the time to check out my blog.
I am mother to a teenage son, studied Business and Finance, and was a Library Officer until five years ago. I can’t say I always dreamt of being a writer. I didn’t. From as far back as I can remember, the magic of books for me has always been in my role as a reader. It wasn’t until the landscape of my life dramatically changed that I put pen to paper and began writing the bare bones of a story. Before long, I was totally caught up in the hows and the whys and the whos. The story began to take shape, my characters breathed their first breaths, and I was changed. Four and a half years later I’ve written my first book. It’s a Young Adult novel, a mix of paranormal and history. So here I am, as a writer in training, bringing my thirty-la-la years of experience as a total book nerd and eight years of experience as a Library Officer with me to my new role as Reviewer, Writer, and now Blogger. I don’t have anything published as yet, but it’s not about that right now. It’s about me sharing my love of books and developing my skill as a writer. I may not have dreamt of being a writer, but now I go to bed and dream about writing.
Books: My reading tastes vary wildly. As a child I loved The Water Babies, Roald Dahl and Judy Blume. As a teenager my favourite books were Red Dwarf and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. In my twenties I read things like Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I especially loved Memnoch The Devil. In my thirties I discovered YA books, like the Uglies and Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld, and began to appreciate that genre. Dean Koontz is one of my favourite authors but I also love curling up with one of my cats and reading about one of the Brothers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. When I’m in the mood for heart-thumping adrenaline, throw me a Matthew Reilly or James Rollins for me to get my Action/Adventure story fix!
And I like a story that incorporates real history. A few years ago I read The Medusa Amulet by Robert Masello in which much of the story, though modern, focused on the 16th century artist Benvenuto Cellini. It described how Cellini’s statue of “Perseus” actually contains a self portrait of Cellini himself on the reverse of Perseus’ head. So fascinated was I that I had to pause my reading and immediately go and Google it. Much to my delight it was true!
These are the types of things I get excited about discovering in my reading, and I have an insatiable need to know stuff, an innate curiosity that I must satisfy, whether it’s relevant or not. My friends call me the queen of useless facts, but maybe now I’ve found a place where my discoveries will be enjoyed by others.
Reviews: When I write book reviews, all views expressed are my own.