About Elizabeth Anne Porter:
I, too, am often curious about the authors I read. Therefore, I will try to keep this short and interesting (although the “interesting” part may be difficult).
I was born some time ago in a small town known as Ely. Yes, it was named after the eels that were so prominent in this area way back in the seventeenth century. It happens to be located on that little island we know as England. Beautiful place and I suppose that is where my heart will always be.
I am happiest when writing or reading (yes, I’ve been called a “nerd” once or twice). Don’t get me wrong; I love my family and friends but interacting with real people can be difficult. The people in my head are always funny, love to talk about the subjects on my mind, and the drama they create is easily remedied by writing a few more paragraphs and saving their asses.
My husband and I have been married thirty-two years and I honestly don’t know what I would do without him. He is my rock. I did put him through a lot of stress with these books. (He does not enjoy fiction).
Publishing “The Importance of Being Prudence” is a dream come true for me and I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it as much as I enjoyed writing it. The characters would not let me keep them in my head. They demanded to be heard (and they can be very demanding!).
I will consider this work a success if only ten people read it and ask when the next book will be published.
I truly enjoy hearing from my readers. If you have something on your mind, please hit me up. I promise to answer each and every inquiry (please be patient, I type slowly).
What inspires you to write?
Honestly? They (the characters) are in my head and have always been there. They drive me crazy until I push back by writing it down. Then (sometimes) they leave me alone for awhile. Some are more adamant than others. Some sit quietly in the background and wait patiently for my attention. Mordecia, on the other hand, insist on being heard.
Tell us about your writing process.
I sit down at the computer every day at the same time. The story unfolds in my mind and I write. I guess that makes me a “seat-of-the-pants” writer. This process requires re-reading a few times to fill in the blanks but it works and great stories are created as a result.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
yes?!? My characters and I get along well (for the most part). Sometimes we argue but they always win. Sometimes I can “influence” a weaker character but, for the most part, I am at their mercy.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, and write more. You will get better with each page. Even if you cannot come up with a good paragraph, write it anyway. Tomorrow you will be able to see it in a new light and re-write it; maybe better, maybe not. Just keep writing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a great support system. My friends and family insisted I publish one of my stories. I agreed to start with Prudence. She is a great character! I fretted over dealing with publishers for months. Traditional publishers require a query letter. I cannot (I tried) write a convincing query letter so I went with self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe traditional publishing is a dying business. Due to technology, self-publishing has become the go-to method for many writers. Most of the hard work (advertising) can be accomplished via the web or, if you need, a literary agent.
What genres do you write?: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comedy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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