NLP: Eric, thank you for granting us this interview.
Eric Emery: You’re welcome. This is an exciting time for me.
NLP: How long did it take for you to write Bay City Tower?
Eric Emery: It took me three months to write the manuscript plus another six months to get it the way I wanted. Out of everything I’ve written, Bay City Tower has been the most changed manuscript I’ve written.
NLP: How long have you been writing?
Eric Emery: I remember writing my first short story in the sixth grade. I was also heavy reader at that age. And then the fever hit hard in college when I discovered that I really did enjoy writing term papers and got good marks for them.
NLP: Bay City Tower is colorfully described, where do derive your imagination and inspiration?
Eric Emery: Thank you. That was the outcome I was looking for. Something that I find fun to do is carry a pocket notebook with me and write down specific visual experiences wherever I go. It could be anything from sitting in a bus to having a drink in a jazz club. I thought “Wouldn’t it be fun to up the visual and characters a little in a future world I created?”
NLP: What role does the San Francisco Bay Area play in Bay City Tower?
Eric Emery: I think San Francisco is a place that embraces change and open-mindedness. It’s a place where new ideas are more plausible. It’s a great place for music and the place is not afraid of new technology.
NLP: How did you become interesting in writing science fiction?
Eric Emery: For me, science fiction is less constricting to the imagination as far as storytelling. I’ve met professional science fiction writers in my life who were approachable and open to talking about anything.
NLP: Describe your writing routine:
Eric Emery: I write everyday before work at the same place and time. I usually just scribble at first and then get serious, or I go back to fix what I wrote the previous day.
NLP: What do you like to do in your spare-time?
Eric Emery: I like to practice jazz on my trumpet just for fun. I’m not any good by any means. It’s just another creative outlet. I go to movies that are a little different, and I like to browse bookstores, with coffee of course.
NLP: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Eric Emery: Be a doer, not a talker. Turn off your cell phone and get it out of your sight. Disconnect from the internet when you’re on the computer. Check your e-mail after you write.
NLP: Tell us about your next book:
Eric Emery: Right now I’m writing a mystery that dives deep into characterization more than anything I’ve ever done. Haven’t decided definitely on a place, but somewhere in the Northwest. And yes, there will be another wild ride.
NLP: Is there anything else you’d to say to your fans?
Eric Emery: If you’re a fan, you don’t know how grateful I am. There’s nothing more fun than entertaining through storytelling. I will keep bringing you more.
NLP: Congratulations Eric on your novel, Bay City Tower, and thank you very much for spending this time with us!
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