Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chasing Flames by Emily Fogle with Interview


1)      First, tell us about yourself – where  you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I live in Southern California and have all of my life. My wonderful husband and I have two beautiful sons that keep us super busy and on our toes. All of my time is spent on my family. And when I'm not keeping them entertained, I find a few minutes here and there to write!

2)      How long have  you been writing?

I've always loved writing. However, it wasn't until I took a creative writing class in college with a wonderful professor that I truly unlocked some of my ability. My professor is actually the one that drove me to start writing novels.

3)      Do you have a favorite place to write?

Before I had my baby, I would stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning writing in the quiet of the playroom. Now, however, I sneak in some time downstairs while the baby is sleeping. I think my ideal writing spot would be anywhere I could see it raining, though!! Since rain doesn't happen very often where we live, I'd get very little writing done!

4)      Why did you decide to write Chasing Flames?

Actually, this book was created out of frustration. I had written my middle grade novel, Dragon Wars, and was trying to get an agent for it. I received quite a few responses praising the book, but in the end they want novels geared toward young adults. So, I decided to try my hand at a YA story!

5)      Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Adam! Adam is so mischievous and a total smart ass. There is a lot of my husband in this character.

6)      How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

My true least favorite character doesn't show up until book two actually. His name is Sigmund. Without spoiling too much of the plot, I will say that he is just a pompous, arrogant jerk! However, in this book, I'd have to say my least favorite is Mr. Morrano. He is one of Aydah's teachers and is inspired by a teacher I had in high school.

7)      Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I am a very anal editor!! I go over my books many times with a fine toothed comb, but that is never enough. No matter how many times I go over my work, I am bound to miss something. So, that is where Melissa Ringsted comes in! She is the editor for Anchor and has done a great job.

8)      What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Spend time with my family! I am either playing with my son's, volunteering in my older son's classroom, doing something Scout related, camping, or just plain hanging out and enjoying my boys  - and yes, I include my husband in the 'boy' category.

9)      Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I read when I can and it isn't as often as I'd like! I love Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, Ken Follett, Stephen King's Dark Tower Series, and I've grown to be a fan of Alicia Michael's and Stacey Rourke's work!

Book Info-

Title: Chasing Flames
Author : Emily Fogle
Genre: YA Paranormal
Audience: 13 and up
Formats: Paperback and E-book
Publisher: Anchor Group
Cover By: Robert Immings
Pages: 169 pages
Published Date:      Oct 31, 2013

Aydah Bell was happy in her normalcy; she was never the class clown or the sports hero, never the beauty queen or little Ms. Honor Student. One day, after a pointless family mini-vacation, Aydah returns to school and finds that her sheltered little world has turned upside-down. Besides the fact that she is beginning to crave raw meat, people are also disappearing.

Suddenly, an alarming disappearance in the quiet and serene city she calls home puts the whole town into high-alert. One of Aydah’s schoolmates vanishes during the weekend and is conveniently replaced by a newcomer. To Aydah’s surprise, the new boy is the completely beautiful and oh-so mysterious Liam Bailey.
Aydah finds herself drawn to Liam. He consumes her thoughts and she aches to be with him. In the mix of passion, jealousy, and hatred that follows, Aydah is too distracted to see the horrible fate headed straight for her.

There was so much pain. My skin was on fire and sweat dripped from every pore of my body. There was nothing I could do to make it go away, nothing in the world that could stop it. My flesh was being ripped from my bones, and my insides were being torn out. I was dying … what else could it be? Nothing besides death would feel so terrible. My head pounded and my brain ached. Hot pokers seared into my eyes, and my ears throbbed with sharp, shooting pains.


For just a moment more, his fingers continued to touch my forehead. He was perfectly still. His eyes were riveted to my face, like he was memorizing every line, every curve, with his fingertips and copying the image of my features into the palm of his hand. When he lowered his hand slowly, the tips of his fingers traced the bridge of my nose and followed down my jaw line. Frozen feathers, velvety and invigorating, awakening my body with their soft tickling chill. He cupped my chin in his hand and I could feel how powerful he was. He could bring down a mountain, reducing it to dust, but he was also gentle. There was safety in his stone caress and tenderness. The tips of his fingers rested beneath my chin and lifted my head slightly. As he brought his face to mine, my heart caught in my chest and my breath stopped completely. My head was a tornado of want and need. The temperature of my skin began to boil, but Liam’s skin sent a shiver down my spine. I was burning with fever, but shivering against the cold.

Book Links-


E-Copy of Chasing Flames by Emily Fogle
E-Copy of Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle
Signed Bookmark
Chasing Flames keychain
$10 Amazon Gift Cards

About the Author –

Emily Fogle was born and raised in Southern California. Her dream and ultimate goal was to get her Master’s degree in English and become a teacher with enough time to write, as well. However, she soon found out that the best dreams often come true when they aren’t planned. Instead of fulfilling her teaching goal, real life took over and she married the man of her dreams. She now has an amazing 7 year old son and another beautiful baby boy on the way.

She dedicates the majority of her time taking care of her family, volunteering at her son’s school, and being a Cub Scout Den leader. And though she loves every minute of it, the thought of being a writer still tugs at her heart. So, after the busy days are done and everyone is finally sleeping quietly, she squeezes in time for all the other loves in her life: the characters running wild inside her head.

     Now, incredibly, her writing dream is also coming true. Her first novel, Dragon Wars, is being published by Anchor Group. Emily feels sincerely blessed to have been given so much in life and can’t wait to start the next chapter.

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