This interview was first posted on Facebook, but my answers was a bit long, so I decided to post it here, instead.
Let’s Play 20 questions Author edition! Answer the 20 questions below and let your readers into your world!
1.) What is you Author name? I’m too lazy to have a pen/author/fake name. So, Elaine White.
2.) What is the first book you ever published? Runaway Girl, book 1 in The Secrets of Avelina Chronicles (YA PNR)
3.) What is your publiversary? (The day you released your first book) 2nd December, 2013
4.) What is you favourite book you’ve written thus far? Honestly? I think every current WIP is my favourite, at the time. But overall, I’d have to say A Royal Craving. It was the one I spent the most time agonising over and the one that took the longest, from original concept to final product, for me to get right.
5.) What book took you the longest to write? I don’t keep track of how long they take. A book takes the time it takes, to get it right. Besides, I frequently put books aside for a few months or years, until inspiration strikes for that one again, and since I’m not actively working on it at that time, it wouldn’t count towards how long it took.
6.) How long did it take you? —
7.) What kind of music (If Any) do you listen to while you write? I need either complete silence or my favourite playlists, which are ridiculously eclectic. So anything from jazz, hip hop, 90s pop to modern chart music.
8.) Who is you favourite character from any of your books? Hmm…probably Darren, from Underneath It All, Decadent book 4, because he really surprised me and he was the toughest to write, emotionally. Although, Rory from The One That Got Away (and future prequel Never Let Me Go) is really feisty and a lot more playful than I’d originally planned.
9.) What are you currently working on? A new MM romance, with a kidnapping, assassins and falling for the bad boy. It called “Worship” at the moment, but that may change.
10.) Do you have anything you snack on while you write? Normally I forget to eat when I’m wrapped up in a story, but I do something keep some Gummy Bears or Chocolate Digestives, but the biscuits get messy, so they’re more conducive for when I’m percolating over a plot. lol.
11.) What is your favourite quote or line from one of your books? Oh Gosh! It would have to be from Underneath It All, which is one of the most intense books I’ve written. “Yeah, they were a mess alright. Four people, each with a different problem. All trying to keep it together a little longer. All pretending that the world was normal. All acting like it was okay.
It wasn’t. And, for some of them, it never would be.”
12.) Are you a self published or traditional published author? I have three awesome Indie publishers: Encompass Ink for my LGBT books, Write More Publications for my YA books and Simply Sexy Reads for my MF adult novels.
13.) What is your writing inspiration? My passion. I don’t think I could breathe freely without being able to write, so it’s not something that I need encouragement to do. I just do it because it’s what I love and that makes me work hard at it.
14.) What genre do you write? Everything. My author tagline is “Romantic at Heart” and that’s me to a T. If the story can involve romance, then I’ll delve into anything – paranormal, contemporary, young adult, adult, sci-fi…everything.
15.) Do you have any writing rituals? Not really. Mostly I just begin with a vague idea (either a overall plot idea, a conversation or a few scenes that I have planned) then I begin writing. After that, I just let everything flow as it needs to.
16.) Do you have a specific place you write or time? I’ll either write in my favourite recliner chair, where I can be comfy and not have to move for a few hours, or my bed, late at night.
17.) Do you have any advice for inspiring writers? (Not sure if this is supposed to be aspiring or advice that will inspire other writers, so I went for something that will work for both) Just to trust themselves. I wrote a lot as a teenager, but had no knowledge of how to actually “write” as an author (editing, grammar etc) and had no belief that being a writer was possible, except as a side-career. No matter what the genre, concept or how old/young they are, all writers have something to say and they should never, ever use the whole “I write, but I’m not *really* a writer, because I’m not published”. My favourite quote for inspiring me to follow my dreams was from Sister Act 2 “If you wake up in the morning, and you can’t think anything but singing [writing], then you should be a singer [writer], girl.”
18.) What are your writing goals? If any? To always be true to me. To never compromise my writing and go with what’s popular or “new”. To aim high and never devalue myself or my work.
19.) What authors inspire you and your writing? Hmm…Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters, Kaje Harper, Caitlin Ricci. They’re all strong, brilliant women and they write some of my favourite books across the genres.
20.) What will be you next release? Underneath It All, book 4 in the Decadent series, out at the start of next week, the 27th July.