What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Trying to get the word out about your books (your babies). Having to rely on the kindness of strangers to read and review and help spread the word. In short, marketing. I’d rather be writing. ;)
Can you give us a short synopsis of Unbreakable?
Unbreakable is the second book in the City Lights series and is set in Los Angeles. It’s about a high-powered attorney named Alex Gardener, who is engaged to a successful businessman. On the surface, it looks like they have a fairytale life: money, success, security, and love. But Alex’s fiancé isn’t big on romance or physical intimacy, to say the least, and Alex is rather starved for it. She’s managed to convince herself that she and her fiancé are merely busy, and besides, she’s extremely driven in her own career.
That all changes the day she has to run an errand at a local bank…and that bank is overrun with armed men in monster masks. Alex finds herself held hostage for three days, and one of her fellow captives is a man named Cory Bishop.
Cory is on the opposite spectrum from Alex: he’s a hard-working construction worker struggling to make ends meet while retaining custody of his daughter. He and Alex are brought together over the course of these three fearful days, and the result is a bond that neither of them expected, and that is impossible to break, despite the forces ranged against them.
After the hostage crisis ends, Alex uses her powers as a litigator to help Cory keep custody of his daughter, although doing so brings them together in an unavoidable situation in which they have to try to corral the attraction between. Cory struggles with his desire for Alex, and thinking he can’t provide the type of lifestyle she is used to, while Alex struggles with doubts about her impending marriage and her growing attraction to Cory.
In the end, they realize the bond they forged in the bank was stronger than they thought—unbreakable—and what it really means to be rich in love.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had the flash of an idea several years ago—a handsome man striking up a conversation with a beautiful woman as they waited in line at a bank. The robbers bust in and that’s where the idea left off, waiting for me to flesh it out.
It ended up being a lot more than a suspenseful tryst between two strangers, but kind of a book about what it means to be there for family, sacrifice, and the true meaning of “being rich.” I didn’t want to make it an us vs them diatribe about income inequality, nor did I seek to vilify wealthy people, but to strike a balance between what is truly important in life, and working hard for what you want.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
As many as I can! Four, minimum. If I could write full-time, I would. And then some.
Name your top five favourite books.
1. A Prayer For Owen Meany, by John Irving
2. Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
4. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
5. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
What are you working on now?
I’m working on Book III of the City Lights series, this one set in New York City. It’s about talented violinist who is shackled by her own self-doubt. She takes a job as the live-in assistant to a bitter, angry young man who's been disabled in a horrifying accident. His disability is blindness, and let me tell you, writing from his perspective has been a wonderful challenge.
Author: Emma Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Alex Gardener has her life planned out, down to the smallest detail. She has a skyrocketing career as a litigation attorney, a close group of socialite friends, and is engaged to one of the most successful businessmen in Beverly Hills. Everything is just as she wants it: comfortable, predictable, secure…if lacking passion. Fire.
Cory Bishop is a struggling working man, trying to make ends meet while fighting to keep custody his young daughter. He knows that working hard is the only way to achieve his goals, but lately it seems everything he wants hangs just out of reach.
The bank robbery changes everything.
Alex and Cory spend three harrowing days as hostages locked in a bank with fifty frightened people and six criminals who grow more desperate–and dangerous–by the hour. Alex and Cory find comfort and safety with each other and reveal their deepest hopes and fears and secrets, unknowingly building a bond forged out of desperation and fear, one that they can’t break, even once outside the bank’s walls.
Their lives are turned upside down, irrevocably altered, and they seek to move on and put the robbery–and each other–behind them.
But some bonds, once forged, cannot be broken.