Interview With Debut Author Emmy Curtis

Dangerous Territory by Emmy CurtisAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Forever 

Find Emmy: Website/Goodreads/Twitter


Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger’s modus operandi. But she’s learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she’s embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she’d see him again—let alone need him to rescue her . . .


Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk his team’s lives to save some reporter who’s been separated from her patrol, he’s not happy—until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. He needs her—even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in. This might be the end for both of them—or one hell of a beginning.


Q&A With Emmy

Tell me about your road to publication. Was this years in the making or did it happen fairly fast?

A little of both, I guess. I had written two Young Adult novels before I started writing Romance, one of which I hope to revisit at some stage. The first one was pretty awful and the second one I could tell was better. I kept practicing and rewriting. Then I started editing romances, and I was hooked. I tried writing a novella, and got an agent and a deal with Hachette within about a month. I was as surprised as the next person, trust me! And since then it’s been a rollercoaster of ups (someone gave it a good review!) and downs (Amazon took all my pre-order buttons down? *wails*)!

Where did you get the idea for your debut book/series?

My husband has a combat role in the United States Air Force and I wondered why people never wrote books about those regular people in the Army and Air Force who went into combat every day. A lot of books are about SEALs and Marines, and I didn’t feel the other branches of service were getting enough page-time…so I decided to write my own.

Tell me about your hero and heroine in your novella, Dangerous Territory. What are their strengths and weaknesses?

Senior Master Sergeant Josh Travers is an Air Force Pararescuer, which means he rescues people from impossible places. A sunken boat? Yup. The middle of a fire-fight in Afghanistan? Yup. An earthquake? You name it, he’s been there saving lives and takin’ names! He’s a rules guy, because in his line of work you have to be, and he has very set ideas and opinions about things.

Grace Grainger is a ballsy Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter who’s made her career, and whole life, about covering the people affected by the war—both the troops and the locals. Did I mention that Josh hates reporters and thinks they have no place in a war zone? To say he was pissed when he found that he had to put his team’s life on the line to rescue a reporter would be a huge understatement! It doesn’t help when Grace does nothing to dispel his notion that she’s a blood-sucking gossip-monger…after all why should she when it’s clear his mind is as closed as a lockdown at Fort Knox?

If you could visit any place that you’ve wrote about would you? Where would you go?

My three books are largely set in Afghanistan, Washington D.C., and Iraq. Before the recent hostilities in Iraq, I would have loved to go there. An archaeologist by the name of Dr. Jane Moon writes about her excavations in Iraq on the Facebook page Tell Khaiber, and she makes Iraq sound so interesting and the local people so open and friendly. Now I guess I’d have to settle for the Four Seasons hotel in Washington D.C., where the hero and heroine in DANGEROUS TERRITORY first meet. It’s a sexy and glamorous hotel, with a kick-ass spa!

Tell me about one instance where you overcame writer’s block and how you did it?

I’m not sure I’ve ever truly had writers block where I’ve been unable to write anything. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of days where I forced it and basically wrote crap that had to be re-written, but I’ve never stared at a blank page and been unable to write. But maybe that’s because I don’t allow myself to. Usually I plot out my books before I write them, that way if I’m not really feeling a chapter, I can skip it and come back to it later. Sometimes I just bullet point my way down the page until I reach a place that I feel I can write something! Also, I think it’s important to remember that you need to build up your creativity. If you’re having problems writing, or even thinking of the next thing to write, re-stock your creativity by reading outside your usual genres, going to see movies that you would normally avoid, read a newspaper you haven’t read in ages: basically open your well of creativity to things that aren’t a part of your normal every-day world. That’s when you might find a spark of creativity from an unexpected source that will carry you through the tricky times.

Tell me one thing about you that not many people know.

I’ve been on a Royal Navy aircraft carrier while it was doing combat exercises. To this day, I will never forget the roar of Harrier Jump Jets booking it overhead, and the piercing scream as they throttled back to hover over the ship before landing. Man, I’d love to fly in one of those.


Emmy CurtisAbout Emmy Curtis

Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference…well, she already considers you kin.

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