Write Them Right. The Truth about Homophones.

What are homophones, you ask? They are words that sound alike but have different meanings and are spelled differently.

Few things stab a reader between the eyes like a misplaced homophone. Homophones are words that you have to train your brain for, because spellcheck will always think they’re fine. Because they are.

But they’re not. They’re very much not.

Now, I know y’all know the easy ones. Your mind will tell you when you’ve typed “knew” when you meant “new.”  The too, two, and to trio are also pretty simple to spot. Sometimes, we just type the wrong one.

But we don’t always know for sure, right?

One such uncertain homophonic trio that I see rather too much of, online, is the their, they’re, there group.

Their:  This is a possessive pronoun. Used as an adjective to describe ownership. This is their website. That is their house.  Their office hours are nine to six.

There:  This is a word often used to show a place and/or distance.  The phone is over there on the table.  I’m never going to make it there.  It’s also used like this:  There’s a light in the window.  This is to tell the place, but it can be used with indeterminate objects as well.

They’re:  This is a contraction for the words “they are.” If “they are” is not the meaning you’re going for in the sentence, this is not the proper form of the word to use.  They’re leaving on Monday.  They’re buying a new house. I don’t know if they’re on vacation.

And of course, the deadly group of peek, peak, and pique.

Here, I really believe that many fine writers just don’t know what words mean when they use them erroneously.

Peek:  See the two “e”s? Think of them as eyes. “Eyes” has two “e”s as well, right?  This is the word that has to do with seeing something.  Taking a peek into a room. Having a peek at the test. That kind of thing.

Peak:  This is the pinnacle of something.  The peak of a mountain.  The peak of her career. The peak of one’s energy.

and lastly…

Pique:  As a noun, it is a feeling of irritation or resentment.  You’ve heard of the alternate title for the Grapes of Wrath? It’s the Prunes of Pique.  Get it?  As a verb, it generally means to stimulate interest.  He piqued my curiosity with the mask.  My interest was piqued by the first paragraph.  I’m trying to pique your interest, dammit!

Another pairing of homophones that is sometimes goofed online is navel and naval.

Navel:  This has to do with one’s bellybutton, usually.  Sometimes, it can refer to the central point or middle of any thing or place.  He has a navel fetish. She has a navel piercing.  We prefer navel oranges. 

Naval: This has to do with ships. Warships or peacetime. It also concerns an actual Navy. I study English naval battles. The main employer here is the naval industry.

In short, there are many homophones that are frequently confused for one another.  They should have name tags, but that’s not an option when one is writing, so you really just have to learn them.  For a more comprehensive listing of these tricky words, I refer you to, of course, a website:  http://www.homophone.com.

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LJ Summers is an experienced editor and a writer. With degrees in English and Ministry/Theology, she likes to consider herself a good student.  She believes strongly that good solid research combined with an active imagination will yield a great story. Her interests span the spectrum from ancient battle techniques of European Celts to modern internet phenomena. She welcomes visitors to her website: http://sandyquill.com

EBS Beta Spotlight: Kris

As part of our EBS Beta Spotlight feature we are always proud to showcase our betas.  Today we are introducing Kris!

EBS: Hi, How are you today?

Kris: Great! Very excited to be doing this today.

EBS: Me, too! Let’s get started! Tell us about your journey as a beta, please. How did you become one?

Kris: When I first began writing you would think I was a ten-year-old. I hadn’t written in years and was completely over my head, but I wouldn’t let that stop me. I wrote this horrid little story called Closer, and my validation beta took pity on me and beta it before pushing it through. When I started writing my second story my validation beta asked a close friend of hers if she had time to beta another story. That was how I met and became friends with the fabulous Saluki. She took me under her wing and re-introduced me to all things grammar. I’ve had her as a beta for almost three years. Saluki gave me the courage to pursue helping other writers in need.

EBS: We have this in common! Saluki is also my beta and was my mentor when I first started writing. Since then she became a very close friend. And did you know she was one of the first EBS betas as well?

Kris: No, I didn’t. It was a pleasant surprise to see that when I joined.

EBS: So, when did you start beta-ing for others? Have you been doing it for long?

Kris: At first I’ve helped friends who needed a beta/pre-reader last minute, and I’ve been doing it for over a year now.

EBS: What made you decide to join Emergency Beta Service?

Kris: To be honest I kinda just fell into it. When you sent me the link to the site, asking me to try out the test, I really didn’t think I was going to get a reply back after I was done. Then, I got the email stating that I passed and you wanted me on board. I felt you girls had a great thing going, and I loved how you all helped so many different fandoms.

EBS: That’s true, with so many great betas who have different interests and tastes, we are able to expand into many different areas of writing, and not just fanfiction. Tell us, what is your proudest work as a beta?

Kris: This may sound silly, but I’m the proudest when I do well with my own work. When I write a chapter and send it to my beta, and she sends it back to me with practically no changes made, I’m extremely excited. I feel that when you’re confident in your own work you find yourself able to provide stronger support for others, if that makes sense.

EBS: Oh, it very much does. Practice what you preach, right? Although, it seems easier to spot issues in someone else’s work rather than in your own.

Kris: Exactly. It’s hard to see your own mistakes. I have the same issue often, and it can be very frustrating. That’s why I always say I’m incredibly grateful for my beta. I’d be lost without her.

EBS: What is your favorite part of being a beta?

Kris: Helping people. I know it sounds cliche, but knowing that a writer could be having the worst day possible (writers block, regular beta quit on them, real life just sucking in general), and I’m able to come in and help them along so that it’s one less thing on their shoulder… best feeling ever.

EBS: I second that!  And I can say that this is the reason why all of us join the service and stick with it. So, you are also an author… Tell us about your stories.

Kris: I’m currently taking a break until my kids are more settled with school. I’m mainly known for my thriller story, 30 Days Of Darkness, but I have few stories on hold until I’m able to jump back into the writing game.

EBS: Well, let’s hope you do if this is something you truly enjoy. What about your favorite books or movies?

Kris: Books and movies based on actual events are my favorite. I feel that they are more personable and stick with you longer, but that’s just me.

EBS: Oh, I agree completely. The book sure make bigger impact when you can relate to the characters or situations. Share with us a little bit more about yourself, please.

Kris: I’m obsessed with fanfiction to the point where I feel like I need an AA group of some kind. *laughing* So, if I find a story that is completely original and brilliant I am all over that SOB like white on rice.

EBS: Fanfiction is an addiction for sure. We are all suffering to some degree. I don’t regret any of my time spent on it. Tell us something about yourself that not a lot of people know.

Kris: I love making banners and manips. It was something I taught myself how to do and just fell in love with it. I have a huge library of banners and manips I’ve made for unknown authors and friends.

EBS: Sounds like you have more than one creative outlet to express yourself and you still manage
to help others! That’s awesome!

Kris: I think so. I get something back, too, just like with being a beta. And I’d like to thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful family you have here at EBS. I have made some great friends.

EBS: Of course! We are lucky to have you!

Kris: Thank you for having me today!

Find Kris on Twitter

EBS Beta Spotlight: SexyLexiCullen

Hello, it’s been a while!

We had several new fine betas join our crew since the last time we did the EBS Beta Spotlight.

SexyLexiCullen is one them, and we are happy and proud to introduce her today.
EBS: Hi, how are you today?

Lexi: I’m great! Thanks for asking.

EBS: Tell us about your journey as a beta, please. How did you become one?

Lexi: Actually – and I’m not sure if I should even say this – I came across a friend’s story, which was just a disaster one day. It was a while back, and I asked if I could take a stab at it, since my beta HollettLA has been teaching me so much. I was able to notice the typos, inaccurate tense, and the grammatical errors in other people’s work. *snort* I have blind eyes when it comes to my own.

EBS: You are so lucky to have Lisa as your mentor. We at EBS are lucky, too, she’s been with us since the very beginning. What is it that you think you learned from her that is valuable to you as a beta?

Lexi: Well, correct grammar in general. When she’d send my documents back with the corrections, I’d see them, apply them, and then I’d remember not to make those same mistakes again. Little by little, I was learning – soaking up her notes, corrections, and advice!

EBS: Have you been a beta for long?

Lexi: Nope. Sadly, I can’t even give you a length of time. LOL. Maybe a year?

EBS: And what made you decide to join Emergency Beta Service?

Lexi: Honestly? I wanted to take your beta examination to test myself – to see if I could pass it, wondering how far I’d come in the beta-world. A few hours a week is easy, though. I enjoy it. It keeps my mind fresh – STILL has the ability to test me, while I also learn along with those I help. That may not seem like a vote of confidence on my part, but it’s the truth.

EBS: This is something we pride ourselves in: we try to not just fix commas or tenses, we try to explain the reasons for corrections. I personally find myself searching for better explanations and articles supporting the suggestions very often. Also, we have each other here to go to if we are stuck. I think we asked you to look over one of the EBS blog posts just yesterday!

Lexi: I do the same. Google is a powerful tool, and it’s one of my best friends!

EBS: So, what is your proudest work as a beta?

Lexi: Another League by CaraNo. Due to other commitments, I couldn’t edit the entire story; however, I did beta many of the chapters. I’d say half the story. Also, I edited quite a few chapters of Fatty for KitKat681.

EBS: Do you write yourself?

Lexi: Me? Write? Well, hell yeah, I do.  Here is my link on FFN.  There are 13 stories there, but the ones that were booted from the site can be found at TWCS.

EBS: Thirteen stories? You’re quite prolific, my friend! Out of those, which one is your favorite?

Lexi: My proudest work has to be the Storm Series (Part One: Quiet Storm, Two: Weather the Storm, and Three: Riders on the Storm)
The Storm Series basically chronicles the life of New York Mafia don, Edward Cullen. He doesn’t start out as the boss, but he gets there… Sorry. I’m actually stumped as to what I should say. *taps chin* It’s gritty, some say ghetto, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Shit gets real. I delve deeply into the crime aspect.

While depicting that lifestyle, I felt it best to be true – realistic. Although, I do understand people being reluctant to read it. Like I said, it’s not for everyone, nor is it for the faint of heart.

Rose Arcadia made some blinkies a while back, and she also wrote a kickass review for it.

EBS: I know that you have many fans and followers. A lot of people love your storytelling style and how your mind works. How would you describe it yourself?

Lexi: LONG! I’m very wordy. Yet, instead of being ashamed of that fact, I just embrace it. Those who dig my stories should appreciate more, right?

EBS: Absolutely!

Lexi: My first fic The Story of Us is a beta’s worst NIGHTMARE! It’s fluffy, has a sequel, and it contains almost every fanfic cliché I’d read up to that point.

Believe it or not, I had been reading FF for two years before I started my own fic. Then, after a year of writing my first, that was when I finally discovered what a beta was. I’ve only enmeshed myself into the fandom – via social networks – a little over a year ago? Wow. Maybe close to two years? I started Quiet Storm the same time when I joined Facebook, Twitter, and all that good stuff that gets me into trouble.

Back to the Storm Series . . . those characters are like…attached to my soul in some way. Those chapters always flow so easily. All of which is likely why I belt the chapters out quickly. Thank God for HollettLA, keeping up with me. She’s a lifesaver and my favorite person.

EBS: She’s is a super-beta and super-friend, definitely. So, aside from enjoying fanfiction, what are your favorite books or movies?

Lexi: Movies? I’m very eclectic. I like many movies and I hate a lot of movies . . .  Books? I recently devoured everything there was to the Undead Series. It’s about more hot vamps, and it’s silly and…it’s right up my alley. I obviously love the Twilight Saga, the Harry Potter books, The Vampire Diaries, although I thought the 5th book sucked . . . There are just too many to name. And not all are vampire-oriented. I’m obsessed with Charles Bukowski, can get into poetry by Pablo Neruda, and I love their dirty minds. The classics . . . oh Lordy, I love me some classics.

EBS: What else makes you tick? In a good way.

Lexi: Like, while reading a fic? AN ORIGINAL IDEA, A NEW GIMMICK! I nearly slide off the chair, soaked by originality.

EBS:Tell us more about yourself, something not a lot of people know.

Lexi: Sometimes. . . I think that “I” think about sex a lot more than the average bear. It’s just always on my mind. And I can turn any conversation back to sex . . . even if we’re talking about produce. My mind is a slut, but my body is not. I’m not bragging. . . my boyfriend is a very lucky man. If we go too long without it – I’m a sensitive being – I become clingy and wonder if we’re OK as a couple.  Was that TMI? *laughing* Oh, well . . .

EBS: Nothing is TMI here! And I think we can all relate to the feeling. Anything else? I’m sure you got more!

Lexi: Sometimes. . . when I get home from work, my dog is so excited to see me, I’ll dance with her – literally. I’ll take her paws and shimmy with my baby beast. She’s a pitbull/dalmatian mix named Princess Leia.

EBS: Awww, what a name! Princess Leia must be a very happy pet.

Lexi:She is. She’s always ridiculously happy. More about me? Well, I hate BDSM fics. Edward, or any male character, being assertive/bossy I can handle. Possessive? I think all of that is sexy. The rest? What people seem to “think” BDSM is . . . it’s just something I can’t get into.

EBS: Well, luckily, there are many different genres out there to pick from without feeling deprived.

Lexi: Very true. Also, in the past, I’ve found myself in the center of “fandom drama”, and many paint me a bitch. They do, and. . . well, I’m really not. Without boasting, I’m honest to a fault, one of the nicest people you’d ever meet, and I’d give someone the shirt off my back . . . and that’s not because I love to flash my tits.

EBS: I second that. I know you as an advocate of many good causes and for supporting people in need. You jump right into it, without asking any questions, and that’s such a respectable trait.

Lexi: I root for the underdog and have to sit on my hands when I see someone being bullied on Facebook or Twitter.  And it’s not because I “dig” the drama. I wouldn’t touch any of that with a ten-foot pole if I had a choice. . . I’m just staunchly against bullying. Furthermore, internet beef is ridiculous – comical – and people need to chill the hell out. I enjoyed writing a lot more when I wasn’t immersed within the fandom world . . .

EBS: Never, ever sit on your hands where it comes to bullying. We commend you for speaking your mind and defending the victims. It doesn’t matter where it comes from: ignorance, boredom, or immaturity. There’s no excuse, and speaking out is very important.

Lexi:With the bad comes the good, the great. I have met some very lovely people, and only a few sucky ones. *smiling* I love TwiFic fandom! My friends, the readers, other authors . . . I’m baffled when people say they like my stuff. It’s just surprising when someone gushes, and I’m just like ….o.0…. shocked.

EBS: You shouldn’t be. Love is love, embrace it!

Lexi: You’re correct, and I do love it. A lot of that stems from the fact that I don’t accept compliments well, while I appreciate them immensely! So . . . don’t stop. *laughing*

EBS: Thank you for chatting with us today. It’s been a great experience and thank you again for being a part of our service!

Lexi: You’re very welcome! I’m extremely happy to be here.

You can follow Lexi on Twitter.

EBS Beta Spotlight: Mella Danaë

As part of our EBS Beta Spotlight feature we are always proud to showcase our betas.  Today we are introducing our new and shining addition – Mella Danaë.

EBS: Hi, how are you today?

Mella Danaë: I’m good. A bit frantic, but good.

EBS: Frantic? What troubles you?

Mella Danaë: I spent most of the summer immersing myself in the world of TwiFic, and now life’s responsibilities are starting to catch up with me. Suddenly I’m slammed and trying to dig my way out. I’ll be pleased as punch once I find a balance again.

EBS:  I wish I could give you a sound advice on how to find a balance. I think we are all here in search of it. Nonetheless, we are happy you had a productive summer, it brought you to us, after all. So, welcome to beta world!

Mella Danaë: Thank you! Glad to be here; it’s been a blast and I’ve met a heap of people who are absolutely awesomesauce.

EBS:  I have a feeling you have a story to tell about how you became a beta. Would you share it with us, please?

Mella Danaë:  I’ve been peer-critiquing / peer-reviewing in academic circles for over a decade, but I didn’t start working as a beta in the Twi-Fandom until I found myself struggling to find a good beta for my own story. After several weeks of frustration, I began to consider how many others were likely going through the same scenario. Situations like this never improve unless those who are capable step forward to help, so I did. It’s helped me meet a wonderful group of people who support and inspire.

EBS:  I know the feeling. I feel lucky and thankful every day for my support group, as well. Have you been betaing for long?

Mella Danaë: Too long! I’m starting to feel like a geezer. I’ve been betaing and peer-editing, in one form or another, around twelve years.

EBS: Well, technically you could have started doing it when you learned how to read. With that I have to ask you, are you even legal?

Mella Danaë: HA! Gimme a minute, I have to stop laughing before I can reply. I do, indeed, think I’m legal. I was firmly into my teenage angst stage to feel the gravity of Kurt Cobain’s death. I think I even shed an ironic, pre-hipster tear.

EBS:  I’d blame your hormones. I’m impressed with your wealthy experience, then. So, what made you decide to join Emergency Beta Service?

Mella Danaë: I signed up for a Boot Camp, and it really helped me get over a stint with of writer’s lazyness. (I can’t blame lack of inspiration, I was just getting distracted by the schadenfreude of reality television shows.) Boot Camp got me back on track, and I appreciated it so much that it inspired me to get involved.

EBS:  This is the moment when I say “hallelujah” to the idea of the Writing Boot Camp. I’m glad it helped, because we got you. Since you’ve been doing beta work, what is your proudest moment? Or a story?

Mella Danaë: I don’t think there’s a specific story I’m proudest of beta’ing; instead, I’m proud when my writers tell me they feel like they’ve reached a higher level of writing. They’ve learned something from me, and they feel that they’re more capable as a result.

EBS:  Amazing feeling, indeed. Do you feel like you learn something yourself as well?

Mella Danaë: Oh, absolutely. It actually makes my day when I’ve learned something new. My writers, on the other hand, dread it, since I usually end up sending them a message telling them to go correct whatever errors my new knowledge would fix.

EBS:  That being said, and we are all human, do you ever read something and ready to say, “I give up!”?

Mella Danaë: Nope. I have had my moments of “Oh jeebus, what have I gotten myself into?” but I suck it up and move on. Everyone has to start somewhere, and when I get a fledgling writer, I like to think that I was paired with that person for a reason. Also, everyone has something different to contribute. It doesn’t matter how green they are at writing, I always seem to learn something from each and every person I come across.

EBS:  Sounds like just the right attitude to me! So, there is a reason you keep doing it.  What do you like the most about being a beta?

Mella Danaë: Discovering a writer with a great, original premise for a story or a fresh, interesting take on canon.

EBS:  Speaking of interesting takes on canon, I hear you write yourself. Tell us about your stories.

Mella Danaë: I do write! I love everything about the process. Most of my stuff is sitting on my hard drive collecting digital dust, but I’m the author of a TwiFic called The Walls of Dreaming and an Southern Vampire Mysteries fic called Bloodletting.
I cringe at parts of the latter because it was the first fic I wrote, and there are plenty of stylistic errors, but I’m especially proud of it because I feel I did a decent job giving a voice to two lesser-known characters of the series that have a total of perhaps ten lines dedicated to them in the entirety of the books.

EBS:  And why did you choose them?

Mella Danaë: Bloodletting features a vampire named Thalia, and a human assistant by the name of Bobby Burnham. I always felt like we’d been given just enough information about Thalia to make her intriguing, but no real development, and I hated everything about Bobby. There had to be a reason why he was so callous, so harsh, and I needed to understand him. In order to understand him, I had to write him.

EBS:  You describe it in such way that even though I have no clue about the Bloodletting series, I want to read your story! Nice! What about your favorite books or movies?

Mella Danaë: I’m all over the place … For books: Clancy’s The Hunt For Red October, Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series, anything by Octavia Butler, Clive Barker’s Imagica, Morrison’s Beloved. I’m also a huge comic/graphic novel geek, so I love Watchmen, Maus, Sandman, 300, From Hell, and V for Vendetta.

EBS:  Does it mean you come to Comic Con every year? Come on, you can tell us!

Mella Danaë: There is NO shame in my game, babe. I haven’t been yet, but one of my best buds has promised to bring me out there to it next year, so the date is set. And yes, I’ll be there in costume.

EBS: Really? Tell us more… *perking up*

Mella Danaë: Uhoh. Well, see, I’ve been mountain biking and teaching Zumba and at the gym constantly, just so I can look good in my Silk Spectre costume next summer. Besides, the yellow will look better against my skin tone anyway. I’m going to completely rock it. Now if I can find a nice, large, well detailed specimen of masculinity willing to paint himself blue and accompany me … (must be willing to wear small black thong-thing or let the schlong hang free. It’s all about accuracy, you know.)

EBS: Well, we can tweet and see if there are any takers, you know…

Mella Danaë: If you’re waiting for me to take back the request, you’ll be here an awfully long time. Bring it on.

EBS:  To the contrary, I’m waiting for you to confirm it. In fact, I’m about to bring out a double-dare.

Mella Danaë: Fine with me. Oh, also let folks know I’m willing to hear ideas on how to present that wacky, radioactive glow that Dr. Manhattan should have. The volunteer should be willing to expose themselves to certain isotopes of uranium. Again, it’s all about the accuracy.

EBS:  Tell you what, I’ve been considering coming next year myself (sans the costume, sorry, I have no body to rock), you just pretty much convinced me that I must. Even if just to witness your Uber Migthness.

Mella Danaë: I promise to give you a call once I’m there. Maybe we can go eat something incredibly unhealthy on the last day. Once I’m done with this, I can let the body go. I’ll be aching for something wholeheartedly artery-clogging. Like a burger on a bun of glazed donuts …

EBS:  Sounds… unhealthy but awesome; I’m in! But before that, let’s try to stay on topic, shall we? What about your favorite movies?

Mella Danaë: The movie list changes every month, but right now The Hunt For Red October, Silence of the Lambs, Inception, Kill Bill, and the Star Trek reboot are in my top 10. I once hosted a 12 marathon of The Hunt for Red October on repeat just so that my friends and I could compete to determine who could recite the most lines by heart.

EBS:  I know a few people who could probably join you. Which one out of 2 installments of Kill Bill do you like the best?

Mella Danaë: Oh, absolutely part 1, simply because of the O Ren Ishi-ii death scene and the last line of it – “Honto …Hattori Hanzo … katananatata.”

EBS:  Oh, I agree, she was fearless. “That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword”…

Mella Danaë: See, even as you translate it now, I’m literally howling in laughter. The greatness of that scene …

EBS:  I totally agree, the whole movie is greatness. As pretty much anything done by Tarantino. So, what else makes you tick? In a good way. Tell us about your extracurricular activities.

Mella Danaë: Pastry heals my soul, so I’m always in the kitchen even though my job as an executive chef keeps me at my computer more than it keeps me in the kitchen. I have a beautiful Vespa, so when I’m not home I’m probably out chugging across the mountains to go rock climbing somewhere.

EBS: *sigh* Rock climbing. Take me with you one day?

Mella Danaë:  Absolutely! I need a climbing partner anyway.

EBS:  I’ll probably suck and you’ll end up carrying me on your back most of the way. One thing I promise you, I’ll wear flats.

Mella Danaë: Don’t worry about sucking. I never said I was good at it, just that I do it. I don’t have to be awesome at everything to enjoy it. Ok, it helps that I’m awesome at most things… (just kidding).

EBS:  So, are you going tell me what else you’re awesome at? Permission to brag.

Mella Danaë: I’m a bit of a walking encyclopaedia, although Socrates was right in that “The more you know, the more you realize you know nothing.” Regardless, my moniker “Her Mighty Ubergeekness” is a reference to my general knowledge of trivial facts, so it’s not that I’m an education (pedagogy) geek OR computer geek OR a comic geek OR a grammar geek or (insert specialty subject area here), it’s that I tend to geek out about everything.

EBS:  With that, ladies and gentlemen, here she is: a woman also known as Ubergeekness! It was a pleasure talking with you today! Thank you for being a part of our team!

Mella Danaë:  Thank you! It’s been a blast and the work is incredibly fulfilling.

Follow Mella Danaë on Twitter: Ubergeekness

EBS Beta Spotlight: Emily-Masen

As part of our EBS Beta Spotlight feature we are happy to showcase our beta Emily-Masen. Emily joined us two months ago and has been a great addition to our EBS family.

EBS: Hi Emily! How are you today?

Emily:  I’m wonderful! A bit tired, but still awake. 🙂

EBS:  Tell us about your journey as a beta, please.

Emily:  I once had a friend who asked me to look over her story. I pointed out her mistakes  and found myself wanting to help other authors, so I became a beta.

EBS:  Have you been doing it for long?

Emily:   I’ve been beta’ing just for the past three months, and I’ve already learned so many things.

EBS: : What made you decide to join Emergency Beta Service?

Emily:  I found out about EBS when I looked at SparklyRedPen’s affiliates. I went through your website, and I thought it would be awesome to join and become a beta.

EBS: What is your proudest work as a beta?

Emily: My proudest work would be the author telling me that I’ve made her think about her work, and seeing that she learns with each chapters.

EBS:  What is your favorite part of being a beta?

Emily:  I love being the first to read a story and help fixing the errors, if there are any.

EBS: I know how it feels! Do you write yourself?

Emily: Yes, I do. I have two stories at the moment. Arranged and Our Son. Arranged is being rewritten for now, and Our Son is finished.

EBS:  Tell us a little more about your stories, please.

Emily:  Arranged is a story about how Edward cheats on Bella for the two years they were married. Edward has an affair with Tanya, and she ends up pregnant. The whole Cullen family is distraught by this news and tries to set everything right with the addition of a new character.

Our Son is a story about how Edward proposes to Tanya, but learns she can’t have children. Edward turns to Bella for help, and that results in Bella being a surrogate mother. Bella becomes pregnant and Alice does a little research on Tanya, finding out something huge. The whole story gets interesting from there, and the end is just wonderful.

EBS:  What about your favorite books or movies?

Emily: The Twilight Saga is one of my favorite series, along with the Vampire Academy series. I have an obsession with vampire series, which I don’t know why. My favorite movies would also be the Twilight movies, along with Vampires Suck.

EBS: So, you basically love Twilight, but don’t mind a good laugh at your own obsession. (laughs) I get it. What else makes you tick? In a good way.

Emily: Music is what mostly inspires me to write. When I listen to River Flows In You, which is Bella’s or Edward’s (Never really knew whose one it was) lullaby, it helps me think of things to write. I love listening to music.

EBS:  It’s Bella’s lullaby, written by Yiruma. It’s a beautiful piece, I agree.

Emily:  Yes, it is!

EBS:  Thank you for talking to us today. Have a great day!

Emily: Thank you for interviewing me! Have a wonderful day!

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmilyMasen

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