I’m very happy to be touring Diana Rodriguez Wallach and her short story REFLECTING EMMY which comes from the short story collection MIRROR MIRROR:
Eighteen-year-old Emmy is in the family business-trapping vapid narcissistic souls into her silver compact mirror for all eternity. It’s what the Rhamnusia family has been doing for thousands of years, all under the direction of Great Grandmother. Only Emmy’s latest assignment, Nara, is about to prove more challenging than she ever expected.Gorgeous and self-absorbed, Nara is unflinchingly cruel to her classmates. Even her boyfriend, Luke, can no longer tolerate her actions–much to Emmy’s relief since she finds Luke a little more than intriguing. But when Emmy tricks Nara into gazing into her mystical mirror, what she finds there is not what she’s expecting.
What People Are Saying:
“A fun, fresh and thoroughly entertaining modern twist on the Narcissus myth. Readers will love Emmy and her (mis)adventures. Wallach packs a lot of story into a small packing–romance, friendship and the power of one person to make a difference. The only thing missing… is more!”
~ Tera Lynn Childs, award-winning author of Oh. My. Gods., Forgive My Fins, and Sweet Venom.
“Diana Rodriguez Wallach’s Mythology High is too much fun. Emmy collects narcissistic souls for the family business but after making one tiny little mistake she finds her life turned upside down. These three stories are a must for anyone who loves Greek mythology, feisty heroines and second chances. My only complaint is that I didn’t want them to finish.” –Amanda Ashby, author of Fairy Bad Day and Demosity
And now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
Reflecting Emmy is the first short story in my Mirror, Mirror trilogy, which is based on the myth of Narcissus. I wanted to reimagine a myth that most people, and teens, would know very well. And honestly, within seconds of my brain contemplating Narcissus, I came up with the idea of a paranormal organization that traps Narcissistic souls by judging their reflections in mirrors. I wish I could pinpoint what part of my brain came up with this idea and how it happened so quickly, because there are times when I’m slugging through a revision and would love to manually click that switch.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I love YA. I vividly remember waiting for the release of every Christopher Pike book when I was a teen. I was obsessed. Then, one night many many years later, I had a dream that I was a young adult author. I dreamt the concept for an entire series of books, and when I told my husband about it, he reminded me of a Salem, MA psychic who had once predicted I would write children’s books. I had never considered writing a book before that dream, or before remembering that silly psychic visit, but I took it as a “sign” and wrote my first novel. You can read a much more in depth account of this story on my website: http://www.dianarodriguezwallach.com/for_writers.html
What is your writing process like?
I’m the working mom of a toddler, so it’s hard to say I even get a traditional “writing process” anymore. Ahh, memories. But most weeks, I have a nanny who comes three days, and I immediately leave the house and write in my community’s makeshift library/game room. While I’m there, I write nonstop, completely focused. Honestly. That’s the biggest difference now that I’m a mom, when I have time to write, I WRITE. Facebook is for after dinner while I’m watching the So You Think You Can Dance.
What are you working on now?
I am revising, revising, revising a manuscript I started writing five years ago. It’s my first crack at a YA mystery, and I’m still learning how to properly craft a good mystery/thriller. Thankfully, I have a very generous editor/beta reader who is offering support as I muddle through this learning process. Hopefully, one day I will finish this book and see it in print.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m one of those moms who’s at playgroups, music classes, the swimming pool, or the park. But during those moments when I get to leave the diaper bag at home, I practice yoga, play fantasy football, read YA, and watch General Hospital.
Who do you like to read?
I read anything in the YA genre from romance to scifi. Also, I’m reading a lot of adult mysteries and thrillers as research for my current work-in-progress. I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I’m currently reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
About the Author
Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of Mirror, Mirror, a short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, that includes Reflecting Emmy, Nara Gazing, and Shattering GiGi (Buzz Books 2013). She is also the author of three award-winning YA novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books).
In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins), and in 2013, she will be featured in the anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books). In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by LatinoStories.com, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. She hold a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.