Emilee Harris, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Circumstance has placed them at odds, can love lead them to common ground?A woman on the run…

When Sofie Augustine is kidnapped from her father’s estate in Prussia, she finds herself halfway across the world in the United States. Though she manages to escape her captors, she’s not out of danger. They’ve turned the tables and her only chance is to reach her father’s solicitor in Denver for protection.

She soon realizes, however, that she won’t make it alone. Stranded on the Eastern Colorado plains, the only person she can turn to is a man who believes the worst of her

A man determined to do what’s right…

Cleighton Palmer has spent his life trying to prove his worth in a world where good breeding is everything. As a Colorado Ranger, he’s taken an oath to uphold the law in his wild western state. When news of a murderer on the run comes over the wire, he’s not about to let that threat make it to his town.

But Sofie isn’t what he expected, and when she’s put in danger, he has to decide who’s side he’s on.

Sofie and Cleigh battle the elements, hired guns, and growing attraction as they make their way to Denver and put together a plan to clear her name.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Emilee Harris whose book Her Queen City Ranger compelled and captivated me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love romance and western fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Emilee Harris, a biography of the author and an interview between us both will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Emilee Harris!

I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember, I just didn’t know it.  As a kid I was constantly making up stories in my head. Sometimes I would write them down, mostly I wrote poetry. In my high school years I attempted some short stories and started writing what were supposed to be full length novels, but never finished them. As an adult of course I got distracted with trying to find my “real” career and stopped writing anything more significant than a journal entry, but my stories never left me.  Then a nifty thing happened. I heard about NaNoWriMo. In November of 2016, I completed my first full-length novel during that writing challenge. Now, by ‘complete’ I mean I met the word count and was amazed I did it. I’ve been working on and revising that work in spurts ever since (and will hopefully publish it at the end of this year), but the main takeaway from that experience was that I could do it, and maybe I didn’t have to give up my childhood passion after all.

But Writing is of course just one facet of life. Others for me include dancing, historical costuming, and hanging with my “Little Mr.”, a very needy, but cuddly, maltipoo.  History was always my favorite subject, so I guess it’s no wonder I’m starting out with historicals, right? I also love to travel and incorporate what I learn from those experiences into my writing.

Now, how wonderful does Emilee Harris sound?! The author is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between us both, I hope that you enjoy the author’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself

Thank you for inviting me! Well, I’m a Denver, Colorado resident, but can often be found winters in the state where I grew up, California. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, it was always my thing, but as is the case for many artistic types, my writing was never encouraged as a career. I wound up joining the Army after high school (totally random, it was never my intent) and being trained as a nurse. I continued to work as a nurse for several years after completing my service, and then wandered into teaching English to students primarily in other countries. I developed a taste for travel thanks to an international family and the military, and subsequently had lived on four continents by the time I was 28. Somewhere along the way my career tanked with the economy. Since I wasn’t having any luck finding consistent work, I decided to fill in the time with my old hobby. The rest, as they say, is history. Speaking of, I’m a huge history fan, a hopeless romantic, and the thing I love most next to writing is dancing….and my maltipoo, Chuck, best buddy a gal could ask for.

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book

Her Queen City Ranger was my first completed writing project and actually came about through years of daydreaming. I kind of had this general story floating around in my head and decided to finally take the time to condense it into something more detailed. Since I had no idea what I was doing, I took bits and pieces from concepts that were near and dear to me: my German/Austrian roots, my love of Colorado and what I’d learned as a museum docent/educational outreach staff, and random historical tidbits I’d compiled for no good reason. Then there was stuff that popped up along the way, for example, I was fascinated by both the book and latest movie adaptation of True Grit by Charles Portis (the non-use of contractions is quite interesting as a motif and in my teaching, but not pertinent here…). I originally made my hero a Marshal but discovered while researching that Colorado had Rangers back in the day. Who knew?  Couldn’t let that morsel fall by the wayside. Or Matt Damon, it turns out. He was a big influence on my Ranger’s appearance (again, who knew? I like my heroes with dark hair).

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

In the immortal words of Dori, just keep swimming. It’s hard work. Maybe not the story spinning itself since we all tend to do that non-stop anyway, but all the surrounding stuff that crops up when you take it up as a career. The two biggest issues I’ve has so far are creating a writing schedule and learning how to market my books. I luckily knew from working as an independent teacher that I suck at keeping myself accountable for a schedule. I had to find ways around that and am still working on it. It’s also rough convincing others in the house that what I’m doing is work and no, I’m not available just because I’m home. Marketing is a whole other kettle of fish that I dream of outsourcing one day when I make my millions. For the moment, though, I just have to live in the land of suck it up.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

Engagement factor. I know this is really vague, but if a book doesn’t tempt me to keep reading until waaay longer than is good for me on a work night, there’s a good chance I won’t finish it. I have to get drawn in to the plot and love the characters. Of course, what accomplishes this is different for all readers, but for me, I like a little adventure in the mix and well-rounded characters I can relate to. So of course, in my books you’ll experience the things that I look for in what I read. Why write it if I wouldn’t read it, right?

What is your writing process like?

Random insanity. Honestly, every time I think I have a system down, the whole thing changes again. If I had to put it into PowerPoint presentation, though, it would go something like this:

Dust off story idea

Outline as much as possible (which usually is nowhere near as much as I’d like)

Start writing

Run into massive snag

Lament my lack of ability to magically power through said snag

Stare at walls until I’m just past the point of not recovering my deadline

Have massive epiphany

Continue writing

Happy dance because my book is finished

Decent into gloom when I realize I still have to edit said book

Rinse and repeat

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

This varies by project. Since I went into my City Series with a lot of information I already knew and just had to verify, I didn’t need to do too much up-front research. The same is not true for this year’s series with a Regency/Napoleonic wars naval setting (thanks, mom, for refusing to read my westerns and insisting I write Regency). The most research I did upfront for Her Queen City Ranger was actually related to creating my Hero’s backstory, a lot of which never appears in the book. I wanted to get a good feel for his history so I could write him better. Some topics I researched were the development of the trans-continental railway, cattle drive routes, and the Colorado Rangers. Usually, there are always additional items that pop up along the way, little details that help with authenticity, like when were vestibule rail cars first used and what churches were in the area during the time of my book (all I wanted was for my hero to hear the bells chiming out the hour! Do you think even one of the historic churches in Denver existed that year?! No, of course not.) (Later in the series: Said the authoress “I’ll have my characters take the train to X.” Yeah, guess what year Union Station randomly burned down?)

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I have a very pretty schedule all blocked off in my planner. *sniff. Blink, blink.*

That said, I try to write to a schedule. It doesn’t always work out. Those snags I mentioned earlier are a major thorn in my side. That’s something I’m still trying to work through and figure out because it would be a major help to my overall career if I had a better idea of my own ability to create realistic timelines.

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

I grew up with my nose in a book. My happiest semester in junior high was when I had Library TA as my elective. That said, I spent a lot of career/university years not reading, at least not for personal enjoyment. I actually instituted book reviews on my website as a means to force myself to read more and because I realized how important it is for building relationships with and supporting other authors. I am so happy I started up again!

Current favorites include: Meara Platt, Kathrine Bone, Tamar Sloan, and T.A. Henry

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

I’ve got a packed production schedule for you this year! I’m working on a six-book Regency series I want to start releasing as of May/June, and am co-authoring a three-book Regency series with Karen Sommers that’s slated to start hitting shelves around February. For those die-hard western fans, no worries! I’ve got the first of a contemporary set nearly done and plans for a massive historical series starting up after that..

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Emilee Harris! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more about Emilee Harris, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Emilee Harris: Amazon Author Page – Website – Instagram – Facebook 

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