I recently finished reading Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter and didn’t want to miss the chance of interviewing such a great author. Thank you, Emily, for taking the time to answer these questions and do it so quickly!
1. Tell me a bit about your new book and how you came up with the idea.
I fell in love with the movie Ex Machina, which is a sci-fi/horror film that takes place in this creepy, modern house in the middle of nowhere (I think they filmed it in a hotel in Norway). I became enamored with the idea of writing a suspense thriller that unfolds in one house. A bit of a locked-door mystery, although not precisely following all the conventions of that genre. I wanted to explore that claustrophobic feeling of knowing something is wrong but not being able to run away or actively do anything to solve the mystery, other than tiptoe up staircases and around dark corners and being stuck in a house with a group of people, one of whom is definitely up to no good.
2. How has your life changed since the publication of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls?
I have this career that I’d always dreamed of, but always had felt was a bit out of reach. The joy of getting paid – actual real money – to make up stories and characters and settings, whole worlds, never diminishes, I’ve got to be honest. I’m really grateful and having so much fun. I am a lot busier than I’ve ever been, but my family is super supportive and has really stepped up to help fill in the gaps of the things I used to do. I’m kind of a one-thing-at-a-time person, so I find juggling or multi-tasking really difficult. I’ve just had to let some things go. Like the laundry. Bye, bye, laundry.
3. What are you working on at the moment?
My fourth book, UNTIL THE DAY I DIE, is a bit of departure for me, but a fun one. It’s an adventure thriller that centers around two really smart, resourceful women – a mother and her teenage daughter – who find themselves in jeopardy and have to save each other with their smarts and guts and determination. It’s also set on an imaginary tropical island, which is different and involves an aspect of tech – a mobile app – which has been so much fun to incorporate into the story.
4. What are your hobbies?
Writing used to be my hobby, so I need to find a new one, don’t I? I used to dance Argentine tango, but my husband wasn’t into it, so after a few years, I was ready to give it up because it just wasn’t fun to spend all that time apart from him. I would LOVE it if he took it up, but that’s not going to happen. He’s just not the dancing type. I enjoy working out, I need it, but I wouldn’t really consider it a hobby. I do like to binge-watch TV shows. But I don’t think that’s considered a hobby, it’s just being lazy!
5. What are some of your favorite recent reads? And an all-time favorite?
I just read WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT CHARLIE, OUTLAW and I’m 100% in love with it. I’m going to be facilitating a discussion with the author Leah Stewart soon, and I’m so in awe of what she did in the novel, I have to remind myself not to utterly fangirl, so I can pretend to be dignified and ask coherent questions. Before that, the book that knocked me out was EILEEN by Otessa Moshfegh. The main character is so unlikeable that you can’t help but adore her. An all-time favorite is, of course, REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier. And I may have named the main character in EVERY SINGLE SECRET after the author. Or I may have named her after that classic crime-solving sleuth who looks so fetching in purple, Daphne from Scooby-Doo. It’s all open for interpretation.