Saturday, 27 October 2012

Am I in it?

No.

There you go. End of post.

Only kidding! I wanted to post about something I imagine a lot of writers encounter on their journey at some point. It's regarding those people on the periphery of your life who show an almost unhealthy interest in your work.

It's all very nice and supportive but then you get THE question.

Oh, you know the one....

Outsider: "Am I in it?"
Me: "Excuse me? Are you in what?"
Outsider: (Chuckles) "In your book of course! I read it cover to cover just seeing whether I got a mention."
Me: (Eyes dart to the side in panic) "Well...it's a bit difficult to thank everyone in my life. I don't get a lot of words to play with for my acknowledgements and-"
Outsider: "No! I mean, actually IN your book. As in, one of your characters! Am I Denzil? No, no wait! I'm Noah aren't I?"
Me:...............................................

Seriously.

I've had it a lot from really random people so let me set the record straight.

No.

No. No. No.

It's a strange assumption people assume they'll be in there. Don't get wrong, its amazing they think that. I suppose I'd just hate for it to work the other way with someone believing a crap character is based on them and that I'm having a pop.

My characters, along with the story, are completely fictional. All out of my crazy little brain.

Now, there is one teeny, tiny little thing. It's no secret that I have a pen name - I've been quite open about that due to my unpronounceable Polish surname. Not only did I steal my Mum's maiden name of Silver (thanks Mum!) but I dropped the 'G' from my first name, making me....

Gemma.

Little Miss Gemma Jones in Blackbrooke isn't based on me though, I swear! Well, not much anyway. I don't have her mean streak but I suppose there are tiny elements of the cheeky sod from me ;-)

I'd love to tell you I'd taken traces of myself and put them into Liberty Connor. I bloody wish. That girl is insanely brave whereas I'm a complete wimp (I can't even be in the same room as a spider, it's pathetic). In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion I created Liberty as the girl I've always wanted to be. It's funny because I actually try and spot elements of myself in her when I read Blackbrooke....

Wait a second.

I started this blog post having a rant about people who ask whether they made it into my books and yet, I've just said that even I look for myself in there and I BLOODY WROTE IT!

The mind boggles.

To conclude: You're probably not in my book...and neither am I, much to my disappointment.

Em x


Thursday, 4 October 2012

My graphic dreams

No, not those types of dreams...

Most writers envisage their novels as movies and I'm no different. I've cast the actors I want and I'm ready to take my place in the directors chair. It won't be easy seeing as I'm hoping to play one of my beloved characters, as well as write the screenplay and produce the entire thing but I'm sure I'll manage...

ANYWAY, Hollywood aside, I have another dream for Blackbrooke and that's for it one day to be adapted into a graphic novel.

Now, I'm not saying that I'm a graphic novel fangirl. In fact, if you quiz me, I'd struggle to give you my top five favourite graphic novels. And please don't get me on the topic of Marvel vs DC. Not because I'll bore you to tears but because all I'll be able to offer is a mumbled, "um...DC...I think."

Writing Blackbrooke, I was aware of how visual the story is, from the look of the characters through to the Crits. I'd sometimes see the characters as cartoons, other times as though it was a computer game.

It's niggled at me for a while and I decided to do something about it. Sooo, as a gift to myself and to anyone who may be interested, I employed top Manchester artist Dave Merrell to draw some of my characters and now...they're complete!

I'm going to be revealing the drawings imminently one at a time. Just need to decide what order to do it in. Decisions, decisions...

One thing I always maintain is that the reader is free to imagine the characters however they please and the drawings isn't a way of me telling everyone what to think. It's merely Emma Silver's interpretation of Blackbrooke - yours might be better! After all, Stephanie Meyer imagined new Superman, Henry Cavill as her Edward...

So, there's nothing left to say other than watch this space!

Thanks for reading,

Em x

Photo from http://bookzone4boys.blogspot.co.uk