Monday, August 3, 2015
Meet the Blogger with Emily Ann Benedict
Emily Ann Benedict and I met through blogging and quickly learned that we share a love of books and chocolate. (Not necessarily in that order...) The motto on her website is Live, Love, Edit. I love that. This sweet and talented writer has written several books, including Only Angels are Bulletproof.
Welcome Emily! Why did you start blogging? How long have you had your current blog?
Thank you, Karen! I started my blog back in 2008 in conjunction with the release of my first novel, Only Angels Are Bulletproof. Blogging has been a recommended source of outreach for writers as long as I've been writing. I don't think I ever would have started without all the marketing gurus saying it was absolutely necessary.
It is a good way to get the word out about your books, isn't it? :) What is your blog about?
My blog focuses heavily on books and writing. I love to showcase good authors as well as talk about the craft and industry, but I also have plenty of posts just on life in general. God has never let my life go according to plan, so my journey has not been boring.
Seldom is a writer's journey boring! What benefits have you gained through blogging?
Honestly, the best part has been the people I have met through blogging. A lot of the people I have corresponded with, worked on projects with, or have learned a great deal from I met through blogging. The blogging community is also very supportive of one another.
I agree, the blogging community is wonderful. What projects are you working on right now?
I am planning putting out the final book in my Father Christmas series in the Fall of this year. So, some serious editing is in store. I am also in the beginning stages my first joint project in a new genre altogether. I am hoping we will get to reveal more details about it soon.
Looking forward to hearing about the new project. What might people be surprised to learn about you?
It usually throws people off to find out my day job is in the construction industry. My dad inadvertently raised me to follow him into construction. So, by day, I'm a project coordinator for an architectural firm.
Sounds interesting! What advice would you share with a newbie blogger?
The two best pieces of advice are post as consistently as possible and visit/comment on other people's blogs. I actually struggle with both, due to time constraints, but if you want readers, you have to reach for them. Plus you do get the benefit of blogging buddies!
Good advice. Thank you so much for joining us, Emily!
Thank you so much for letting me do this, Karen!
More About Emily in Her Own Words...
Project Coordinator by day, Writer by night, and frequent Blogger during lunch hour. So, basically, I'm an average American. I specialize in writing Suspense and Comedy with a healthy dose of Hope mixed in.
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Do you have any questions for Emily? Do you blog during your lunch hour like she does?
I've a guest post up on my publisher's blog, if you have a minute, stop by and check it out.
Have a great week!