Sadly, I can’t read all the books that I’m offered for review, but when A Wadh approached me about Emma’s Equilibrium I though it looked so interesting I invited him to be interviewed on Linda’s Book Bag. Emma’s Equilibrium was published in e-book by Matador on 16th February 2016 and is available for purchase here or directly from the publisher.
As a child, Emma develops a talent for equestrian sport. She follows her passion and moves from England to Canada to compete at the highest level. Over time though, her great success pales into insignificance next to the overwhelming suffering that she comes to experience in the most brutal forms of betrayal, rape and violence until eventually, when the opportunity arises, she moves to Belgium with her husband, in the hope of a new start.
For a while, normality is restored. Everything appears to be fine – until they come to the realisation that there is a problem emerging within their family. Emma is increasingly troubled and challenged by the worrying traits that her eldest son is developing. She wonders why she encounters the dark side of men repeatedly. The situation worsens until one day, she despairs and reaches for their hunting rifle.
It’s time for an intervention. Just as suffering can co-exist with triumph, sometimes there is hope in despair. An encounter with Death provides answers that allow Emma to better understand her existence. She comes to understand that her life is just one part of a much larger plan and that things tend to happen for a reason. She also discovers that she is right at the cusp of achieving that much-desired state of existence, equilibrium.
An Interview with A. Wadh
Hi Arvind. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions on my blog about your writing and Emma’s Equilibrium in particular.
Firstly, please could you tell me a little about yourself?
I am British, of Indian extraction, married to a French lady; we have three children and live in Brussels.
When did you first realise you were going to be a writer?
In my twenties; I used to feel emotions that I had an urge to put down on paper. I tried some poetry, but was unhappy with the result.
I know you have a very challenging ‘other’ job. What advice would you give to those who need to balance different work with their writing?
I would advise that you should only write about stuff that is unrelated to work. This way it allows for two lives to co-exist. Writing is very time consuming and needs to compliment your ‘normal’ life.
If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead as a creative outlet? No idea.
How do you go about researching detail and ensuring your writing is realistic?
I stick to topics and places I know and delve into them further depending on the need of the story. In any case, I draw the setting from my own life, my reading and watching films.
Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?
I find it easiest to write and most difficult to edit. Emma was pruned down by 50% in consultation with The Literary Consultancy through successive reviews, rewrites and re-reads.
What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?
At home, in my ‘free’ time.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to read?
Magazines, newspapers, Spanish books.
Thérèse Raquin (Zola) and The Picture of Dorian Gray made a huge impact on me and prompted my theme of the co-existence of good and evil, triumph and betrayal.
You speak eight languages. How far does this help or hinder the writing process for you?
It helps to the extent that I have an insight into different cultures. It also anchors my life as a student.
I know you’re hoping to change the cover to Emma’s Equilibrium. How important is the cover to an author?
More important than I originally imagined. I am being particularly fussy with the redesign.
There’s a positivity in Emma’s Equilibrium, despite the darker elements. To what extent does this reflect your own philosophy of life?
I am fascinated by the twisted nature of human beings and the fact that life is not a straight path from beginning to end.
If you could chose to be a character from Emma’s Equilibrium, who would you be and why?
I would be Emma because she gets a very useful perspective on existence.
If Emma’s Equilibrium became a film, who would you like to play Emma and why would you choose them?
Excellent question; I have often thought about that one. I thought about a brunette, blue eyed Jennifer Lawrence or a younger Sophie Marceau.
If you had 15 words to persuade a reader that Emma’s Equilibrium should be their next read, what would you say?
I will quote one of the reviewers on Amazon, author Laney Smith: I believe this is what timeless literature looks like, as I can see this being just as relevant a hundred years from now as it is today. Very impressive.
Thank you so much for your time in answering my questions.