Today’s Featured Author: Emerald Barnes

Today I have Emerald Barnes, author of Read Me Dead, with us to share some about herself and her novel which was released last year.


Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in a small town in Mississippi, and I still call that place home to this day.  I’ve only ever lived one other place, when I went away to college.  And that was only a few towns away.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

The best part about being a writer is meeting new people and getting to share my passion with those people.  I’ve made countless friends, good friends, and people I hope will be in my life a long time.  The worst part is probably marketing.  The truth is I’d rather write the books and let someone else do the work for me, but that isn’t how it works.  The upside to marketing is that this is how I’ve met my countless friends.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

What fuels me to keep writing is the fact that stopping writing scares me more than what my future may hold while continuing to write.  No matter how many times I’ve contemplated quitting, I’ve kept coming back to it.  There are too many stories in my mind for me to not write.  To have an untold story inside of me, well, it would be painful to not write it.  Not to mention, I love all of my fans and readers.  They definitely keep me wanting to write.

Please tell us about your current release.

Read Me Dead was published almost a year ago.  It follows a young woman of only 17 who had witnessed her parents’ murder at the age of ten.  For seven years, she lived with the painful secret until one day her best friends forced it out of her.  A journalist overhears their conversation and the secret now finds its way into the local newspaper.  Now, Alex must come face to face with the reality of the murderer keeping his promise – his promise to kill her if she ever breathed a word of it to anyone.  By the end, she will have dealt with lies, betrayals and murder.

Which of your characters is your favorite? 

 In Read Me Dead, my favorite character is probably Landon.  Granted, he’s not a major character, but there is something about him that I love.  He fights for those he cares about.  He’s a hunk, and he loves unconditionally.

Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Well, honestly, it’s hard to mention a black moment without giving away something huge.  But what I can say is there is a part of the book where I had to make a huge decision that I wasn’t happy about.  But, it had to happen to move the plot along.  I cried while writing it.

Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?

No, it honestly didn’t.  This novel was kind of hard to write because there were some really tough decisions that I had to make in order to make it work.  As I mentioned previously, a huge decision had to be made in the way of what happened to one of my characters.  It was difficult to write, and I felt terrible for the decision I had to make in the end.

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

Chocolate!!  I have a hard time writing with eating chocolate, although it’s definitely not good for my figure.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I’m a preacher’s daughter.

Book Description

Read Me Dead CoverAlexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice.  She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

Author Bio

EmeraldEmerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women.  She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She’s the author of Read Me Dead and Piercing Through the Darkness.  She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!

She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with.  She blogs at and which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much!  She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is so amazing!

She’s an auntie to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person.  God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.  

Find out more about Emerald on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, check her out on Facebook, Goodreads, Google+ and Amazon. Click here to buy Read Me Dead and Piercing Through the Darkness.