Why I Write by Emily Ford

Quite simply, I write when I have something to say.

Growing up, I always loved telling stories.  Absolutely nothing made me happier at summer camp than telling scary ghost stories at bedtime.  In fact, I gauged the success of my tales by how many bunkmates were crying at the end!

Fast forward to my own children, and the bedtime stories we would spin.  The older they became, the more detailed our stories became.  Sometimes the stories would last days or even weeks, and would only end to begin another.  I’m pleased to admit they listened to these stories long after it was probably cool to want one, and this is how The Djinn Master’s Legacy was born.

I had this story that was just itching to get out of my head, and it wasn’t going away. But my kids, who were having constant sleepover, were no longer home long enough to tell it at night, so I decided to write it down and give it to them as a present they would always have.

The tale spun around concepts like good versus evil, love versus hate, anger versus forgiveness and action versus consequence.  Initially when I began writing, I kept visualizing this one scene about a teenaged girl who is offered the gift of magic.  It became intriguing to contemplate under what circumstances one wouldn’t want the gift of having magical powers.  Especially in the life of a teenager!  So I kept going with it.  That one scene turned into another and another until I’d written clear to the perceived end of the story.  It felt incomplete though, so I went back and added another dimension to the saga, and that became the beginning of 2:32 A.M. Only when the two parts merged somewhere in the middle, did I know the story was complete…

Ironically, that initial scene I wrote made the full round of extensive edits, and remains nearly smack dab in the middle of the book!

But then I realized the story wasn’t over. The tale was still weaving possibilities, questions, situations, and repercussions in my head.  As it was, the merits of having special powers were diminishing for my teenaged protagonist, and quite frankly, I could seriously see the downside.  Several months and a thousand pages later, I was exhausted and the story really was complete.

The tale was told, and I knew my kids, both of them, would think it was a most excellent bedtime story!

Debut novelist Emily Ford has always been a storyteller. As a kid at summer camp in Maine, she’d make up ghost stories at bedtime for her fellow bunkmates.

Her Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy also began as a simple bedtime story, intended for Ford’s then adolescent children to have in writing and use to tell their own kids one day. By the time she finished writing, she had three very full books.

2:32 a.m., Ford’s first installment of her young adult series, caught early readers’ attention as a fiction book minus the typical vampire and werewolf characters.

The Texas writer interned each summer with KHOU-TV in Houston while gaining her bachelor’s degree in radio and television at The University of Arizona. She worked on the copy desk at The Dallas Morning News, and eventually started the marketing company KapsMark, Inc.

AND THE STORY BEGINS…

In the early morning hours nearing her 17th birthday, Cat Townsend woke to the sudden blur of a mysterious unknown man sitting on the edge of her bed. She did not feel fear – rather a strange calmness overtook her. In an instant their eyes locked, he lightly touched her hand, and then he disappeared into the nothingness of night.

Caught in that undefined place between asleep and awake, the moment felt hazy and surreal. A chill ran down Cat’s spine as she glances at the time – it’s 2:32 a.m.

What unfolds in the first book of The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy, is young Cat’s personal struggle with the overwhelming choice to accept a destiny of magic. As she contemplates the merits of unparalleled power, her new and ordinary world in Savannah, Georgia is understandably shaken.  The closer her decision gets, the more twisted her life with family, friends and boyfriend becomes. Will she choose to give up everything she cherishes?

Find out, in 2:32 A.M. The time everything happens.

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