Friday, 10 February 2012

Blog Tour Stop: Interview with Emma Mills

Emma is the author of newly-released UK-based paranormal YA  Witchblood and she's kindly stopped by for an interview to tell us all about Witchblood, her publishing journey and what's in store for her next.

In the spirit of Twitter, can you tell us about your book in 140 characters or less? 
Girl dies, gets saved by a vampire, turned into a vampire & fights to keep her soul, as she attempts to control her desire & newfound power

What tempted you to write YA, and why paranormal YA in particular?
It had to be YA, because that is what I love reading at the moment. I am in a book club and read other prize winning type adult books each month, but YA gives me the most enjoyment. I went for paranormal because I’ve always had an interest in Wicca, witches and had a secret love of vampires!

The setting of Witchblood is really unique, both in the sense it is set in Britain and that it is then set outside of London. What was your reasoning for this?
It was after loving the Twilight Saga, then the Evernight, Wings, Morganville, & House of Night series, amongst others that I came up with my own idea for a book series and I thought it would be great to add a British voice. There seem to be plenty of UK YA writers, but not many seem to do paranormal…or maybe I haven’t found them! It was an obvious choice to then set it in Manchester, rather than London, because I’ve grown up here and know it well, where as I’ve only been to London a couple of times. Plus in my opinion Manchester is a great city, which has everything, and is currently very ‘in’.

I've been following your blog posts about your journey through self-publishing, has it been easier or harder than you imagined?
Both! On the one hand it is far more time consuming, and has had many more facets to it than I initially thought – for example Blog tours & Book trailers were something I didn’t know about, and it all seems rather daunting. Yet once you get into it and learn about each thing you realise that, yes it is extremely time consuming, but it is also very ‘do-able’, so things I initially thought would be impossible, become possible.

If you could choose to become a paranormal creature, which would you choose?
Hmm I’d probably choose to be a witch! I love the idea of spell casting and potion making, and if I could fly a broomstick and have a go at Quidditch I’d be in heaven! Although, after loving Aprilynne Pike’s, ‘Wings’ series I would also quite fancy being a faery!

Can you tell us a bit about what you're working on right now? 
Currently I am writing ‘Witchcraft’, which is the sequel to ‘Witchblood’.  I was doing really well and writing 1000-1500 words a day a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately it has been neglected the last couple of weeks, due to me arranging this tour, designing the poster and other promotional issues. My last word count was 13,661 and I’m at chapter 5. You can keep an eye on where I’m up to with Witchcraft and read sneak excerpts on my blog. 


When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on. 

With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants. 

Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood


Emma is very generously offering up an eBook version of her fantastic new book to one lucky winner! 
Giveaway is completely international and will end 17/02/12
To enter, simply leave a comment  with your email address!


  1. Lovely interview, this book is in my amazon wishlist. =)

  2. Great interview! The book sounds very good.


  3. Fab interview! Definitely intrigued by this one - it sounds great, and I've always loved vampire novels. The cover is so creepy too, but very eye-catching. Thanks for the post! :)

  4. the cover is very eye catching :) sounds interesting and great interview :)

  5. First that is just one awesome cover. Second this a paranormal read which I am all for. Vampires are always interesting to read and Witchblood sounds really great. I like that Jess is trying extremely hard not to become the monster part of being a vampire and I definitely can't wait to meet the boys lol. Thank you for the giveaway I am excited for this book.

  6. It seems interesting. I like witches and vampires, so this book is right up my alley.

  7. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the giveaway!

    kpg813 at gmail dot com

  8. I love the idea of a vampire book in the UK!! You're right when you say I can't think of any others - although there are some great UF set in London. Count me in on for the giveaway!


  9. You had me at vampire! This sounds like a great read, it's going on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win!


  10. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!!

    Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

  11. Sounds like a great book! and I like to read YAs... must-read.


  12. That cover is really creepy! Really want to read it though - creepy or not it really draws your attention.


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