About Elianne Adams:
Élianne Adams is a self-proclaimed tropical climate Princess, so how she managed to be born and live in snowy Ontario, Canada is a complete mystery. She loves to read (and write) romances that lure you into different worlds. The kinds of stories that suck you in until the very end. Her paranormal romance books feature sexy as sin fire breathing dragons, gryphons, phoenixes, and jaguars. If those sexy Alpha shifters aren’t quite up your alley, she’s also got larger than life wolf shifters to make melt your reading devices.
What inspires you to write?
I find my inspiration to write in every day activities. I can be out shopping for example, and see something very ordinary, like a father looking frazzled because their child is acting out, or a woman who is juggling her bags, and an idea forms. It’s one of those things that come to me so naturally that I can’t help but picture a bigger scene from that, which eventually morphs into an entire story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a total pantser. I’ve tried plotting out my books many times, and every single time, my characters have put the breaks on and refused to do as I’d told them to do. I’ve given up on that, so what you end up with is a totally character driven story that I hope you will love as much as I do.
As for what I actually use to write, well, for the most part, it’s my laptop with a simple word document. When I’m needing to change things up a bit, I’ve been known to use a pen and notebook. It sound silly, but when I can’t seem to find the words, writing long hand seems to get my creative juices flowing. I’ve also tried a dictation program, but I’ll be honest and say that I’ve not mastered that yet.
My work space it very structured. I always have a red candle to my right for creativity, and my notebook open on the left. I usually have all my web browser windows closed (too distracting to leave them open), and a hot coffee to keep me going. What I can’t have while I’m working? Noise. I get easily distracted. I can’t listen to music, but if I need to set a mood, be it a sad, happy, or intense mood, I listen to music, then shut it down and start writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters will not shut up. Ever. Not that I really want them to, but as I’m writing their stories, they become very real to me. Part of what I do when I write is find pictures of people I think my characters resemble, and use those for inspiration. I’m able to put a face to the name. For whatever reason, it works for me. You can often find pics that I’ve pinned on my pinterest page of inspiration for my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. It doesn’t matter if your first book is the most amazing story that has ever been written (okay, yeah, it does, but still…) you have to get to the next story, and the next. Always keep working at perfecting your craft. You could be awesome already, but there’s always room for improvement. Find a group of like minded authors and lean on them when times get hard, because they will be tough. Having someone to listen and encourage you during those times will help you move past whatever it is that is giving you trouble.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This was such a difficult decision for me. When I started publishing my books, I really wanted to go with a publishing house. I mean, what author doesn’t?
I had to weigh all the pros and cons and take a good long look at what my motivation was for wanting to go traditional and see if it made sense. In the end, it didn’t. I took a leap of faith and decided to self publish my work. It’s not always been easy, but do I regret my decision? Not at all. It’s been an amazing journey, and I am happy with the direction self publishing has taken me. Does it mean I’ll never publish traditionally? No. But for now, this makes sense for me as an author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think publishing has taken so many twists and turns over the past few years that it’s hard to say with any real certainty what will come to pass.
With the ease of digital publishing, a lot of books that are less than stellar have made it onto the reader’s virtual book shelves. I think those authors have started to weed themselves out and readers can expect higher quality books from authors again. I also think that readers should demand better quality. Just because books are being offered at discounted prices, doesn’t mean the reader wants to read something that’s poorly written.
A hybrid author has the best of both worlds, in my opinion. This is something that I may pursue for my own works. I guess it’ll depend on how the publishing climate looks once I’m free to start a new project.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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