About Me


My name’s Emma Meade.  I live in rainy Ireland, and I’m currently swimming the murky depths of self-publishing and traditional publishing.

I love vampires, slayers, witches, ghosts, aliens & shadow men (or at least the youngest of the Shadow Men), and regular people who live extraordinary lives (think Slayerettes and you’re on the right track).

Growing up, L.J. Smith was one of my favourite authors. To this day I adore her trilogy The Forbidden Game.  I have lost count of the number of times I’ve read Stephen King’s epic novel, The Stand.  I also love anything written by Irish legend Marian Keyes.

Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in my home, and I collect all the Point Horror books I can get my hands on.  I am not ashamed to admit that Dirty Dancing and Twilight make my top ten movie list 🙂 but I would like to point out that The Last of the Mohicans, Reality Bites, Dead Poets Society, Stand by Me and The Goonies are in there too.

A candle, book & my trusty Buffy mug.

Writing supernatural short stories, watching marathon re-runs of Buffy and attempting to complete novels are some of my favourite ways of escaping reality 🙂


Contact me at emmameadewrites (at) gmail Dot com


Re Book Review Requests: I’m not accepting book review requests unless I have reviewed your work previously.


71 Responses to About Me

  1. Debra Kristi says:

    Love Buffy!!! Girl power!

  2. Emma says:

    when I hear Girl Power, I think of the Spice Girls 🙂

  3. Just read your excerpt from The Deadbeats. Luv your writing style and the atmosphere you weave so beautifully with such wonderful poetic phrasing. The Irish have a history of terrific writers. I’m impressed. Girl Power — you got it. — Roy Street

  4. Emma says:

    Thanks a million Roy, what a lovely comment!

  5. laura says:

    Aontaím le Debra agus Roy anseo! I love BUFFY & NIGHT SIGHS! Emma u rock 🙂

  6. Emma says:

    Go raibh mìle maith agat Laura. My Irish is so rusty…

  7. What are your feelings on the Angel craze in YA lately? Seems like angels are the new werewolves and vampires.

  8. Emma says:

    Hi Nate,
    I’m only noticing this of late. Funnily enough I’m reading The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski right now and it’s pretty good so far. I also have Patti Roberts’ Paradox to read. With all the novels featuring vamps & weres these days, I think it’s great to see the YA paranormal genre embrace new supernatural beings.

  9. Lori Oster says:

    Hi, Emma!
    I visited Ireland in the summer of 2010 and have been scheming to go back ever since. I spent half of my time in Dingle, and really loved it. I can’t help thinking that I’d be even more inspired to write if I lived in such a beautiful place.
    Great blog you have here!

  10. Emma says:

    Thanks for stopping by Lori. Dingle is beautiful but it’s been years since I’ve been there. I live in Cork where it’s raining heavily right this minute 🙂 Like your blog too!

  11. fivereflections says:

    Hello Emma – following

    David in Maine USA

  12. Emma says:

    Thanks David, nice to meet you.I always think of Maine as Stephen King land.

  13. beckyday6 says:

    My oh my! I think I may just have met my perfect blog match! 😉
    Your blog looks amazing. It’s full of all the things I love; paranormal books, films & tv shows, and well, as soon as I saw the Buffy quote on the right hand side of your page, I knew I was onto a winner!
    Fellow Buffy nerd here, and nice to meet you in this little part of cyberspace 🙂 Thank you for checking out my blog and subscribing. I hope to hear more from you in the future!

    Also, as your a huge L.J Smith fan I’m curious – the vampire diaries, will you be reading the rest of the series now that they’re being written by a ghost writer?

  14. Emma says:

    Hi Becky. Great to meet you too. I found your blog today from another blog I follow, SetinMotion.
    It’s always great to meet a fellow Buffy nerd!!
    Re L.J. Smith: I actually haven’t read her last couple of Vampire Diaries books. I just couldn’t get into them the same way I love her other books like Dark Visions, Night World and The Forbidden Game, so I probably won’t be checking out any new books in TVD series. What about yourself? Will you read them?

    • beckyday6 says:

      Ahh right, well I’m glad you did! 🙂
      Ahh I see, that’s fair enough, it must seem strange her picking a story back up that you had already though was finished. I haven’t actually read any of her other book as of yet, I kept nearly buying the first Night World book, but I just never got round to it. I was also concerened about The Forbidden Game because it sounded quite a lot like Jamaji? One of my favorite childhood movies. Is it quite similar?
      I have bought the first Ghost writer book, because I had a had a free voucher so I got it for something silly like 69p. Something about continuing the story with a ghost writer just doesn’t sit quite right with me, but I’m willing to give the first book a go. If it’s rubbish however, I will be giving up on the series, and I doubt anyone could live up to L.J’s storytelling…

  15. Emma says:

    That’s funny that you mention Jumanji because I thought that as well years ago. The Forbidden Game is actually a bit like the movie Labyrinth too but Julian is the sexy goblin king or Shadow Man in this case. I read it years ago in school and I still love it. Julian can hold his own against some of the hottest vampires in fiction. If you’re thinking of picking up an L.J. Smith book I’d avoid Night World as it’s probably the most childish of her books. Don’t get me wrong I still love those stories but not to same degree I did when I was 13 or 14.
    I might give the ghost writer a try just to see if I notice the difference in writing. At 69p you can’t go wrong really!!

  16. deanjbaker says:

    really good to find your blog

  17. ezekielcode says:

    Just bought Night Sighs. Looking forward to reading it. The self-publishing route sure is a tough one to navigate, isn’t it. The marketing and the dreaded self-promo aspect is a time-consuming pain in the neck. Kinda like a vampire bite. 🙂 My novel, Ash: Return Of The Beast, is off to a really slow start. Hope you’re having better luck!

    • Emma says:

      Thank you, hope you enjoy it. It is a tough business and it’s slow going no doubt. Had a look at your book on amazon. Best of luck with it.

  18. Amanda van Zyl says:

    Hi Emma,

    Well for one I’m not a Stephen King fan at all.

    Yeah u are right about the Forbidden Game by LJ Smith, the book did make me think of that movie Jumanji – lol

    I’m hoping LJ Smith will have another Night World book out. I have to say that the Secret Circle is the only once I have not read yet. 😦

    But now I got a new favourite author Deborah Harkenns who wrote The Discovery of Witches.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Amanda,
      Great to see you here. I’m not a huge fan of King but his book The Stand is an epic, post-apocalyptic tale of good V evil and survival.
      Thanks for getting me interested in Deborah. Her new book must be out soon.

  19. Amanda van Zyl says:

    Emma, Deborah Harkness’s new book Shadow of Night is only going to be released here in South Africa at then end of August. So I guess I won’t be going to Exclusive Books to buy it, if I can just order it via amazon.com for my kindle. LOL

    • Emma says:

      That’s ages away. Wonder why there was such a gap between her first and second book. I’m getting the physical book I think. The cover of her last one was amazing and I’d prefer to hold the real thing 🙂

  20. Amanda van Zyl says:

    I agree with you. My cover for the discovery of witches is red an it looked fantastic. Obtw I have downloaded your book and I can’t wait to start reading it.

  21. Hi Emma, I’ve just realised I haven’t commented on your work in a while and feel guilty so here I am. You have been kindly reading and noting my poetry a lot lately and I really appreciate that, thank you. I am intrigued and interested in your views on self-publishing, believing as I do now that the way of the future is exactly that. Recently I was at a lovely lecture as part of the Waterford Writers Weekend and met some lovely young writers who had done exactly that and were sharing their experiences. I have also been reading notes and blogs on the same topic on the website of writing.ie and the Irish Writers Centre. Thanks for the encouragement and I promise to stay up to date with your own writing. PS lately I have foumd myself, somewhat to my surprise, engrossed in the Hunger Games, I’m on the final one now!! Have you ever read the “Gormenghast” trilogy by Mervyn Peake? PPS we are Irish, we have a long tradition of banshees, ghost stories, headless coachmen etc, a rich vein of inspiration indeed. As a child I remeber been scared out my wits bu some of the scens in Darby O’Gill and the Little People, believe it or not!!!

    • Emma says:

      Hi Kevin,
      No problem. I enjoy reading your poems.
      Self-publishing can be daunting. I’m reading tips and experiences from others online daily who have gone that route. I haven’t been on writing.ie in awhile but I’ll go check it out, thanks.
      I think I was one of the last people to read The Hunger Games. I sped through them a couple of days before I went to see the film. They’re great.
      I haven’t read Gormenghast but I watched the mini series on BBC many years ago that
      starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I understand re Darby O Gill. The scene with the Banshee and with the death carriage terrified me when I was a child. Actually I’m doing a review of Darby O Gill in the coming weeks 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

  22. Subhan Zein says:

    Hi there,

    To find your blog is a pleasure I have been indulging myself with. I have deep respect for you. Keep penning and keep inspiring, I am sure lots of readers have found your posts equally entertaining and enlightening!
    I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  23. beckyday6 says:

    Hey, I have tagged you in a fun little Q and A in my blog, you can find out more here: http://beckysblogs.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/q-and-a-session-anyone/ 🙂

  24. Emmie Mears says:

    I caught that Julian reference before you mentioned the Forbidden Game trilogy as being one of your favourites — I love that trilogy! I didn’t know you were an L.J. Smith fan. I read all of her books growing up. I’ve been waiting for Strange Fate to finally complete the Night World series for over a decade now, and I’m glad she’s finally seeing some more exposure with both The Vampire Diaries on TV and The Secret Circle (though I loathe The Vampire Diaries books — thought they were vile compared to the Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, and The Secret Circle). Your writing is lovely, and I might like to chat to you sometime about your experience self-publishing.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Emmie.
      Have I met another Shadow Man fan? 🙂 Hopefully we’ll see Strange Fate on our bookshelves within the next year. It’s funny how The Vampire Books weren’t really on my radar growing up,yet I devoured Night World, The Forbidden Game and Dark Visions. I’d love to see a tv/film adaptation of The Forbidden Game. When I was a teen I imagined Ryan Phillippe as Julian. Thanks for the comment on my writing!

  25. Hi, Emma…
    Could you send me your email address please? You won one of the Amazon gift cards from the Enza blog tour. 🙂


  26. LOVE Marian Keyes and Ireland! 🙂

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  28. Daniel says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. It’s nice to find another “supernatural fiction” writer out there. There seems to be less and less of us every day. Hmm…. that sounds almost like it could be a plot for a supernatural fiction book. 😉

  29. S. L. says:

    It’s great finding another L. J. Smith fan in the “blogosphere”…The Forbidden Game is one of my favorites as well, along with Dark Visions! (Shameless plug for my own fledgling blog: Julian and Gabriel made my list of 12 Hottest fictional characters http://slstacy.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/12-hottest-fictional-characters/). Anywho, I’m following your blog now and looking forward to reading you work!

  30. Emma says:

    Yeah, I love Dark Visions too. Heading over to check out the post now!!

  31. DeAnna says:

    Okay so I’m abit ashamed to say that until I happen by chance to stumble upon your blog I hadn’t heard of your books however I am so happy that I did. I can’t wait to start reading them! Not to mention I too am a sucker for Buffy(and Angel :D) reruns, as well as scary movies and all things paranormal! haha.

    • Emma says:

      Hi DeAnna,
      Don’t worry, not many have heard of my books 🙂
      Yes, I love popping on my Buffy & Angel DVDs and chilling out and feeling like a teenager all over again. Thanks for stopping by.

  32. Absolutely loved Buffy (and Angel, of course)!! Fair dues on publishing your book, really like the cover too! Hope it’s going well, definitely off to check it out, vampires are definitely our thing! 😀

  33. ellamedler says:

    There’s an award waiting for you on my blog 🙂

  34. fuonlyknew says:

    Hi Emma! I have some awards for you!

  35. You have good taste in books, movies, television shows.

  36. Tom Elias says:

    Neat site! I love creepy stuff.

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  38. I would certainly advocate self-publishing ! If you have the funds that is…

    This is what I did – and in January set up Psychic Book Club Publishing, mainly as a platform to dip my toes into the publishing world. Promotion is all – so here goes…

    “Psychic Book Club Publishing – http://www.psychicbookclub.com/books – has it’s first non-fiction book available now…
    ‘The Edwardian Afterlife Diary of Emma Holden’ is the Special Edition of an authentic journal of afterlife communications…by none other than Edwardian Lady and ‘Country Diary’ illustrator – Edith Holden.
    Edith’s entire family maintained a hidden psychic life and in 1913 Edith’s father published some beautiful messages from ‘beyond the grave.’ These ‘automatic writings’ – which were dictated through the hand of his daughters – are the words of their mother Emma, who had died from cancer a few years earlier, and who was now existing as a free spirit in the afterlife…”

    A portion of all proceeds goes to the Scottish Wildlife Fund towards helping protect the endangered Red Squirrel in Scotland. I thought Edith would like that !


  39. Jess Witkins says:

    L.J. Smith? Reality Bites? Nobody puts Baby in a corner?! Are we sisters? 😀

  40. Hi Emma! Yet another Rambler, hey? 😉 Except my rambling are more random, I think. Like you, I’m still aiming to get some novels out. Leaning towsards self-pub at the moment.
    I’m amazed at how few people I come across like Dead Poets Society. That was an awesome movie. Loved The Stand, too.

    • Emma says:

      G’day Richard. 🙂 Nice to meet you. I haven’t watched Dead Poets Society in a few years, but it’s one of my favourites. I have my big sister to thank for my love of that film. Good luck with releasing your work.

  41. Steven Chapman says:

    Bronze mug! Awesome…*cough* sorry *cough* that’s probably not what I should get excited about when there’s a whole blog to look at 😛

    • Emma says:

      I’ve had that Bronze mug for about 13 years. Of course now that I’ve said that, I’ll probably drop it on the kitchen tiles soon!

  42. C.L. says:

    I love the supernatural. 🙂 I can’t wait to read your work!

  43. debsmerry says:

    I was shocked, Surprised and earwigging Television as the first ever series was on of Buffy, one I have never seen. Even though I have watched several series say three times or more whilst she grew up. Why I was listening from the kitchen when I didn’t have to anymore as my daughter has her own TV I can not say as I do not know . :-))

  44. Ste J says:

    I tripped over your blog today, literally as I had found you on a random search and put the laptop down on the floor, came back a bit later and did a strange avoid the expensive thing on the floor jig. I look forward to reading your words and elevating your blog, at least to the height of my desk to avoid any more grandad dancing.

  45. Kev says:

    Nice to meet you, Emma. 🙂

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