Monica Branham, age 26, interviews her author mom, Ressa Empbra
Q. Can you name all your Mom’s books?
Monica: Yes. The Krascheam Chronicles; Guided, and The Dragon Dimension; Caught in the Dragon Cove.
Q. Which is your favorite, and why?
Monica: I think her dragon book is my favorite because it means so much to her, and because I love dragons. But I’m sure her other book would be as good, if not better. She’s always been really creative, and has an awesome imagination.
Q. When does your Mom write? Where in the house? Describe her writing area.
Monica: She sits in her big leather chair-ottoman, in the living room, with a coffee table near so everything she needs in within arm’s reach. And it’s always quiet and peaceful.
Q. What are you doing when Mom is writing?
Monica: I don’t live at home, but I’ve been there before while she’s been writing. Usually, I just hang out watching TV, or maybe I’ll read one of the books from her ‘real’ bookshelf. I try to answer any questions she feels I may be helpful with. Sometimes she just needs an opinion, or maybe a little help to round out an idea.
Q. If Mom got rich and famous, what would you want her to do with the money?
Monica: I’d love to see Mama and Dad out of debt, and be financially stable again. Whatever my parents need to do to make that happen, is my biggest wish for them. They deserve it.
Q. Do you read your Mom’s books?
Monica: I haven’t been able to because I don’t have an e-reader yet. I’ve also been busy working and doing other important life-things. When she’s finished publishing, I plan to read them for sure.
Q. Do you think you do better in school because Mom is a writer?
Monica: She wasn’t a writer yet when I was still in school, but if she had been, I’d say yes, and this is why: She was always helpful when I needed to write essays, or anything having to do with literature. And because she always made sure my brothers and I said and spelled everything just right, lol, it made all of us do better in school. We wanted to make her proud, and at least in that, I think we did.
Q. Do your friends know what your Mom writes? Do you tell them?
Monica: Yes, and yes. I am so proud of Mama and her writing, I tell anyone who will listen.
Q. Do you want to be a writer when you grow up? If not, what do you want to be.
Monica: I’m very self-conscious, so I doubt I could be a writer. But I’ve had dogs for pets all my life, and more than anything, one day I would love to be able to help animals.
Q. If you could dedicate a book to your Mom, what would you say?
Monica: I dedicate this to my amazing mother who this would not have been possible without. She has helped me through the darkest and hardest of times, and words cannot explain how much I appreciate and love my mama. Thank you. :-)