Kendra L. Saunders Interviews Emily White
Kendra for Pure Textuality [Kendra]: Elemental is your debut novel, but we writers know that writing and publishing are completely different veins of the writing life. How many novels had you written before Elemental, or was it your first finished full-length project?
Emily White [Emily]: I’d only finished one novel before ELEMENTAL, but it showed me I could finish one. I’d started so many stories over the years I’ve lost count. Unfortunately, none of them really made it past the first 100 pages.
Kendra: I’ve noticed that writing is similar to acting in so many aspects. Even just the research involved in writing a novel can leave you with traces of your characters and settings. Did you feel yourself becoming any of your characters as you wrote, or taking on some of their habits and quirks?
Emily: Yes, yes, yes! Oh my goodness do I agree with you. I actually studied a little bit of theater in college, so I like to compare acting to a lot of things…