Aug 25

Sustained by Emma Chase Release and Exclusive Interview



A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

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Exclusive Interview With Emma Chase

  1. As a mom did any of the antics with kids come from personal experience with your children?

Yes. Pretty much all of them in some shape or form. Even though some of the scenes that played out in the book weren’t from actual experiences with my own kids, they were still inspired by the feelings – the love, the laughter, the frustration, the joy – from real life events.

  1. How do you balance time to read with writing and being a mom?

It’s still a work in progress. Some days I’m able to hit my word count early then put the laptop away – and I feel very accomplished and organized on those days. But there are just as many when I’m writing in between time with the kids – get them fed and off to school, then write, talk and hang out with them when they get home, then write, help them with homework and have dinner, then write…

It’s not an exact science, but I’m very lucky that my kids are old enough to understand when I have to work. And they think my being an author is pretty cool – so that helps too.

  1. How much research did you have to do for writing lawyers? Was it easier or more difficult than previous books?

More research definitely went into this series than the Tangled Series. In Tangled, once I understood what investment banking was and Drew laid that out for the reader, there wasn’t much research needed afterwards.

 But in the Legal Briefs Series – particularly in Sustained and Appealed – some of the action takes place in court and revolves around their positions as attorneys. The way I handled it was I wrote the scenes as I thought they would be in real life and then I fact checked and revised to make it accurate. I was also lucky to be able to email with an actual attorney who practices in Washington DC – his guidance was invaluable.

  1. What has been your favorite male character to write up until now?

Up until this point, Drew Evans was my end-all be-all – because there’s isn’t anything he won’t say or think. He has no boundaries and that’s incredibly fun to write.


Jake Becker is now firmly tied with Drew (maaaybe even edged ahead of him) as my favorite. I love Jake’s sense of humor – dry, scathing, hilarious – and he has this natural nurturing instinct that he doesn’t even realize. There’s a depth to him that’s really fascinating – he’s this tough-guy protector, but still so gentle with Chelsea and the kids when needed. Jake has the capacity to love passionately and deeply, he’s loyal and caring – such an easy character to fall in love with and is so very interesting to write.  

  1. What are 3 fun facts about you?

When I read a book I read the last page first.

I grew up in the same hometown as Jon Bon Jovi.

I randomly break into song around the house (my singing voice is bad) and my darling daughter has sworn that one day she’s going to tape me and upload it to Snapchat.


About The Author



By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.