Before the Dawn author Emma Pass shares seven things she wishes her readers knew about her
7 things I wish my readers knew about me…hmm, that’s tricky! I suck at making decisions at the best of times, but after careful consideration (and several cups of coffee), here’s what I came up with.
1. As a kid, I used to wake my parents up in the middle of the night to tell them I was bored. My mom taught me to read so I stayed in bed with a book instead! Now I often have two books in mind at once, a novel and a non-fiction which is often research-related for my current project. My husband is kidding, I have a “reading habit”!
2. I have no writing skills; I studied fine arts at university. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I ended up getting a better grade for my thesis – which was about women’s art between the wars – than for painting.
3. I am a nature enthusiast. I grew up in an environmental studies center and have to go outside every day, no matter the weather – I love watching different animals and plants! I especially love being by the sea, which is one of the reasons I was part of Before the Dawn in Devon.
4. One day I would like to write a book based on my grandparents’ experiences after the war. My grandfather, a chemist, was sent to Hanover to dismantle the Nazi chemical factories. In 1946, my grandmother left to join him. Recently, my family found journals written by her about that time and also discovered a short film on YouTube made by the Associated Press that shows them reunited after several months apart.
5. Two years ago, at age 40, I found out I had autism. Not being diagnosed for so long meant I struggled at times, especially when I was younger, but for me being autistic has a lot of positives too. If my brain wasn’t wired the way it is, I don’t think I would have become a writer. (I know I’m very lucky to be able to say this.)
6. I love dogs and can’t imagine my life without one. My first word was “Shep”, the name of a little lurcher my parents saved before I was born. Now I belong to a naughty retired racing greyhound called Auburn, and in Before the Dawn Ruby and Sam also talk about having a greyhound.
7. When I’m not writing or reading, or going on adventures with Auburn, I love to knit. I taught myself a few years ago and now I’m obsessed!
I hope my readers will have as much fun reading Before the Dawn as I had writing it. I loved immersing myself in the world of Sam and Ruby, and I hope their story, though set in a world that has since changed beyond recognition, shows that love can win no matter what. be the challenges we face.
About Before Dawn
When everything you hold dear is torn apart by war, can love put you back together?
It’s 1943 and World War II is raging. Ruby Mottram works for her local newspaper, the Bartonford Herald, typing announcements and obituaries, while dreaming of a more exciting life. Between her shifts as ARP director and caring for her ailing father, the chance to escape doesn’t often come to Devon.
Meanwhile, in the Deep South of the United States, Sam Archer hatches a plan to raise enough money to keep his mother and sister away from his abusive stepfather. Using falsified documents to hide his age, he enlists in the US Army.
Two chance encounters bring Ruby and Sam from opposite sides of the Atlantic together, giving them the chance to love, hope, and break free from their troubled lives. But fate, in the form of D-Day and Omaha Beach, has other ideas.
When their very lives are in danger, will their promise to wait for each other be what keeps them alive?