Character Interview: Margo Upson’s Emma

Meeting With The Muse

(Kelly was written by Kelly Blanchard. Emma was written by Margo Upson.)

Emma stood in the kitchen of an aging 1840s Gothic Revival home, patiently stirring sugar into another batch of sweet tea. Hopefully this batch would be better than the last; her guest would be here soon, and her fridge was still half empty. It would be this or water.

She glanced over at the kitchen table. Blueprints, old pictures, and papers scattered the surface, the evidence of a restoration in progress. In a few months’ time, Grisamore would be beautiful again. For now, it was mostly just dusty and faded, but there was no way that she was going to have the table cleared off in time, so maybe it would be better to do this in the living room. She grabbed the tea and two glasses, dropping them off on the coffee table on her way past…

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