Meet NaNoWriMo Accelerator Author: Emily Covington

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Silver Follows By Emily Covington

Silver Follows By Emily Covington

On February 3rd, Ava lost everything. Her mother was killed by soldiers, her home was burnt to ash, and her best friend Miles was taken. She was left alone in a land of ruin. She set off through the wilderness of the oppressed country she loved, resolved to find Miles as she met allies along the way. Her greatest ally was a pirate captain with silver hair, a young man named Louis Rochester who had been kissed by moonlight that was absent from the world. Despite her determination to find Miles, Ava fell in love.

But the hardest feat that Louis Rochester’s love ever endured was letting Ava go. She would only realize her love for him later, when it was too late. She would ride through seven months of imprisonment, death, loss, and war. She would find that Miles and Louis were the last Children of the Tribe of Admon, but she was the only one that silver follows.


What first motivated you to write a book?

I was motivated to write because I loved to read and I wanted something that no one had ever done before. I wanted to love something that had a little bit of everything and was my own.

What did you find to be the biggest challenge about the writing process?

The biggest challenge is when you find your story down in a ditch and you have to motivate your characters as well as yourself. You have to remind yourself why you started, and that’s the most important thing. Sometimes you just have to stop and look at what inspires you, listen to Indie music, talk to your friends, go for a walk, and then describe everything as you sacrifice your homework and that essay that’s due. That’s hard, but it pays off.

If you could offer an aspiring author any piece of advice, what would it be?

Keep writing. Write everything, and describe everything. Tell me what you feel and why, tell me your past and give me the wildest imaginable future, and give me metaphors that I can relate to. I want imagery and description. I want characters made from real people that I have never met, and I want you to introduce me to them. I want to love them without knowing why or how. I want it to be seamless and real. Fall away from your fears your selfish desires cut the chains that anchor you with the knowledge that you have caged yourself and the key has been in your mouth the whole time.

Tell us a little bit about your book…who should read it and why.

My book is about adventure. It is about romance and finding yourself. It is about learning to love and let love go, and realizing that just because you think you love someone doesn’t mean it’s always supposed to happen. My book is meant for those people who have ever lost something, for those people who have ever been in love or wanted love or needed meaning in their lives. My book is for people who long for adventure, or who long to settle down. It is for the mothers, daughters, sisters, brothers, and anyone who wants to hear a story about a girl that had to lose everything before she could rise again.

Why did you chose to write in this genre?

I chose fantasy/adventure because I wanted to create a place that was unlike our world, but exactly the same. It used to be good, but now it is corrupt, and it will take a massive effort to make it good again, to reintroduce freedom. It is a story with war, imprisonment, death, loss, victory, and love, and it is about a girl and her friends who fall in love with their world and the adventures they have.

Has writing and completing a book been the experience you thought it would be?

Writing a book has been so much different than I ever imagined, but I write every day. I wanted elements from everything that I love, and there is so much satisfaction to see my years of writing, knowledge, and daydreaming all rolled into one little paperback copy with a green cover and script letter and my own name sitting there before me. It is compelling and powerful to be able to hold something that I made with my own hands, my eyes, my mind. It’s quite enlightening and a very huge relief. I can’t wait to do it again.

What has been the biggest surprise so far in your author journey?

Writing a book has been so much different than I ever imagined, but I write every day. I wanted elements from everything that I love, and there is so much satisfaction to see my years of writing, knowledge, and daydreaming all rolled into one little paperback copy with a green cover and script letter and my own name sitting there before me. It is compelling and powerful to be able to hold something that I made with my own hands, my eyes, my mind. It’s quite enlightening and a very huge relief. I can’t wait to do it again.

Will you write another book?

I write every single day. I have hundreds of notebooks, documents, typed sentences that are lost in places, flash drives that appear out of thin air, words on notepads and papers and even on my desk with chalk. I have so many sentences and ideas that I can’t wait to reveal the next big project that will come alive as surely as this one has. Wait for Zhenya and Brielle.

Is there anyone you would like to thank who helped or supported you?

I would like to thank NaNoWriMo and my college friends at Murray State University who first got me involved. I would like to thank my parents, all of them, for shaping me into the person I’ve become. I would also like to thank the amazing people behind Lulu who have helped so much, and the other winners who have been beside me through this. We really have won in this endeavor.

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