Cuppa and a Catch Up – An Author Interview with…Barbie Herrera AKA Martha Emms

SUNDAY 10th MARCH 2013

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Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Hope all your lovely mummys are being spoilt rotten out there.

On this special day I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Martha Emms, Author of Portrait of Our Marriage.

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I live in Southern California, with my youngest son, who’s going to college, and our many cats. I won’t say how many or you’ll be calling me the crazy cat lady. Okay, I admit to being a little crazy and I am The Cat Lady! Just not the kind you see being hauled away on TV. I have three adult children. Two have left the nest and are now serving in the military. My daughter is in the Air Force and my eldest son is in the Navy. I’m an avid reader. I love nature, the beach, flowers, and gardening. I love beautiful sunlit days and rainy cold ones too.


Overcoming the strict influence of a domineering father, Nicky looks for change and adventure in her life. She meets and falls in love with the man of her dreams. He completes her in ways she never dreamed of, both emotionally and sexually. She had never known such a love before.

Learning to overcome her fears, Nicky must learn to value her own beliefs and to fight for what she holds dear.

Life, love, passion, marriage, family, all of her dreams come true until it becomes obvious that her husbands once casual interest in porn has become an obsession that has not only changed him, but their intimate life and marriage as well.

What should she do? What would you endure for love? Powerful, sexy, fun, thought provoking, blatantly realistic, Portrait of Our Marriage is an intense psychological romance that takes you behind closed doors into the secret life of a couple and the forbidden world of porn addiction.

A story of Love vs Addiction, you will not forget.

Grab that cuppa and get snug as we catch up with Martha Emms…

Hi Martha and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Where did the inspiration behind Portrait of Our Marriage come from?

Years ago I watched an episode of The Oprah Show. It dealt with the issue of porn addiction. That evening after watching the show, I experienced the first of several dreams. The dreams where so real, it was as if I were watching a movie. A story unfolded in my dreams and that was the beginning of my inspiration. The book title is descriptive of the story as Nicky, remembers events from her life, while looking through pictures.
Ultimately she must face the changes in her life and marriage. Since I had recurring dreams, I felt there must be a reason and I knew I needed to tell the story.                                                                                                                                                                                   

How would you compare writing this book with anything you have written previously? Portrait of Our Marriage Cover FINAL 4 shares

Before writing Portrait of Our Marriage, I had written poetry, songs, and a children’s story. But this book was different. It took a long time to write, I had to read a lot about the subject and I needed to find people with personal experience. Also, I wanted to tell about the impact of a man’s porn addiction through a woman’s eyes. I wanted the story to be as real as possible without sounding like a lecture.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

I had a wild imagination, often making up stories at a very young age. I could always guess the endings of books and movies so I would make up changes to the story in my mind. I would share my poems and stories. I also wrote cards with personal poems for my friends and family and when I was older I used to write songs.

How do you organize your writing time?

I don’t. I write when I have the story or ideas in my head. Sometimes very late at night or early in the morning. I do organize research though.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

My favourite place to write is when I’m in bed with a crime drama playing on the TV. But I can write almost anywhere if the story is in my head.

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.

I survived a severed aorta, severed lung, being in a coma, and I still have unbalanced pupils from brain damage that I suffered from an auto accident. I had to relearn to use my left arm and walk. Because of that, no matter what happens in my life, I will never give up and I would tell everyone the same thing, “No matter what happens in your life never give up.”

Thank you for being here today Martha.

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