Teacher of English and Computer Studies by day, wife and mother by night and author whenever she can steal some time, Elise Abram is the proud author of PHASE SHIFT, THE MUMMY WORE COMBAT BOOTS, and THROWAWAY CHILD, available on Amazon and KoboBooks. She pens a blog about literature, popular culture and the human condition whenever the muse moves her.
Elise’s fourth book, a young adult paranormal thriller entitled THE REVENANT is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel or the Black Rose Writing page!
What inspires you to write?
I’m a high school English teacher and my students are always in the forefront as I write. I’m always thinking about what they might might write about, should they choose THE REVENANT as their culminating activity novel. To that end, I make sure there are themes embedded in the story, but that the story isn’t primarily thematic in nature. I also try to elevate the writing a bit in order to challenge them. Lastly, I try to write a story that will appeal, not only to YA audiences, but New Adult and Adult ones as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is sort of a combination of structured and organized and organic and free-flowing. When I start, I write a rough outline, but it is not point-by-point and by no means all encompassing. Once I have the general idea and I know where to start and where I want to end up, I start writing to fill-in-the-blanks. The most important thing I learned from participating in Nanowrimo is to silence my inner critic and just write. I worry about inconsistencies on subsequent drafts. If I ever feel lost in the plot, like I don’t know where I’m going, I’ll leave it alone for a few days and go back to the beginning and read what I’ve written. If I know where I’ve been, it’s easier for me to backtrack in order to find my way again.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often say that my characters are talking to me and at some point I have to write it down or forget what they are saying. I sometimes assume the role of one character to engage another character in conversation hoping to work out a probem.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My advice to other writers is to just write. Whether you “write” in your head or put it onto a computer, never stop writing and imagining.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think actual print books will never go away, but eBooks will continue to gain popularity. The self-publishing industry is great in the respect that anyone can publish and have a bite at the best-selling apple, but it’s also bad for the same reason, as many self-publishers post their books before they are ready, which can spoil the reading experience.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
sci-fi, paranormal, adventure, police procedural, YA, adult, new adult
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print