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100 Days of Sunlight Blog Tour- Author Q&A

Hello everyone!

Ok, I need to scream.

100 Days of Sunlight has released today!!!!

I’m so excited, that as well as interviewing the amazing Abbie Emmons about her book today, I’m doing a book review on 100 Days of Sunlight tomorrow 😍😍😍

So, before I go nuts, let’s get on with the interview.

1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I fell in love with stories when I was growing up. My mom would read tons of books with me and my

sister, and English was my favorite subject in school because of all the reading I had to do. I think that’s

what first inspired me to become a writer – I was amazed by the way stories can transport you to

another world and make you feel. It struck me as being pretty darn magical, and I immediately wanted to

write stories of my own.

However, I didn’t know writing would be my career until about five years ago. I went through a lot of

growing and exploring in my teenage years and finally realized that I kept coming back to writing

because I have an undying passion for it. 

2. What is 100 Days of Sunlight about?

Here’s the story in a nutshell: 

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson temporarily loses her eyesight in a car accident, the

only person who can help her is Weston: an optimistic boy who, unknown to Tessa, is missing both legs

. Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston helps her by reaching into her darkness and

showing her that there is more than one way to see the beauty in the world. But when Tessa’s sight

returns, will Weston be able to overcome his own fear of being seen?

3. What inspired 100 Days of Sunlight?

100 Days of Sunlight is a story that I feel has always been in my heart, I just didn’t know it until April

2017. It came to me quite literally like a lightbulb turning on. I immediately fell in love with the idea

— two characters experiencing loss, recovery, and hope; two characters connecting to help each

other heal in ways they wouldn’t have been able to alone. I knew it would be a love story, but not

just about romantic love — it would be about the love between brothers, and grandparents, and

friends. The story captured my heart before I even knew how it would end. I knew right from the

start that this novel would be my debut — I love the characters in this story and what they stand for.

4. Who is the book for?

The people who need some sunshine and encouragement. The people who need to feel hopeful, seen,

worthy, loved, priceless. The people who need a reminder that there’s nothing they can’t do – and when

life knocks you down, get up. Always, always get up. 

5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I want them to feel hopeful and encouraged. My goal with every story I write is to shine a light in the

dark places, put a smile on someone’s face, and give them a new sense of love and joy for life.

6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

I have several books in different stages of doneness, but this is my first and only published novel

(so far!) Definitely stay tuned, because I have a lot more where 100 Days came from. 😉

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Sweet contemporary romances with strong family and friendship themes and a meaningful theme!

Which is, predictably, what I also love writing. 

8. I’m aware that you’re a Christian, and while 100 Days of Sunlight is more a mainstream book,

it’s packed with so much truth. How do you incorporate truth and hope into your writing, making

it accessible for anyone?

I believe that a good and beautiful creation should be accessible to everyone, regardless of religious

differences. That’s why it’s so important to me to write stories anyone can read and get something out

of.

I think one of the keys to doing this is letting your characters believe what they believe. In 100 Days of

Sunlight, all the characters have different beliefs and faiths – some have none at all. I try to make my

books true to life and be the observer of my characters instead of editorializing them to push a certain

message. Instead, I weave truths into my characters’ realizations and let them express their own beliefs

and personalities without mine getting in the way. 

9. What books do you recommend for Christian writers, who want to share truth and hope to the

public, but not explicitly, and do you have any tips for them? 

My favorite books on writing are Wired For Story and Story Genius both by Lisa Cron. Although these

books aren’t specifically about theme, they cover a lot of important points about telling a story that will

compel a reader. I think that’s definitely step one to having any sort of impact on your reader – the story

has to engage them. 

My favorite line in Story Genius goes something like this: “The only way to change how someone thinks

about something, is to first change how someone feels about something.” Truer words have never been

written about story. This is the power of storytelling: if we can change the way someone feels about

something, we can introduce them to a wondrous truth about themselves – and maybe even change

their life. 

10. Where can we connect with you?

The best way to connect with me is via my blog and/or YouTube channel. I’m also on Instagram

and Facebook

11. What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

Story isn’t about what happens. It’s about how what happens affects and transforms the characters

. < If anyone out there follows my YouTube channel, they’ve probably heard me say this a lot. In

my opinion, it is the golden rule of writing. When you make everything in your story matter to your

characters (given their motivations and fears) you can truly engage your reader and leave them

thinking long after they turn the final page of your story. Secondly, you always have to remember

why your story matters to you. Remembering your “why” will keep your passion alive through the

toughest days and lead you to those gloriously satisfying words: the end. 

Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog today, Medomfo! It was a pleasure to talk

with you about all things writing. 🙂

Thank you so much Abbie! And a huge congratulations for your debut novel’s release.

If you want to get to know more about Abbie, simply read on:

ABBIE EMMONS has been writing stories ever since she could hold a pencil. What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into her lifelong passion. There’s nothing Abbie likes better than writing (and reading) stories that are both heartrending and humorous, with a touch of cute romance and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Abbie is also a YouTuber, singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional waffle-eater. When she’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find her road-tripping to national parks or binge-watching BBC Masterpiece dramas in her cozy Vermont home with a cup of tea and her fluffy white lap dog, Pearl. 

If you want to see Abbie in her element (ranting about stories) just type her name into YouTube and search

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Hi. My name is Medomfo Owusu. I love writing, drawing, languages, playing music , singing and telling people about my faith as a Christian.