Elizabeth Earle started life by waking up and becoming unsatisfied with reality. A member of a big family, always being lumbered with the stool at Sunday Dinner and specialising in beating grown (somewhat tipsy) men at left handed arm wrestling, she is the author of Tartarus and most recently The Girl With Nine Lives. She can be found looking for buried treasure in your gardens, can be heard singing Queen (terribly) in the shower, and seen in the shadows of Warwickshire, cooking up another story. Elizabeth studied at the Norwich University College of the Arts after studying a National Diploma in Fine Art. Within the first year of studying a Degree in Fine Art, she quickly changed her mind and decided to pursue her life long ambition of becoming a writer, and embarked on a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing. Since then, she has had various careers concerning making balloon animals, serving drinks to drunks, making cakes for charity, teaching inmates various subjects such as art and design and life and social skills, and finally settled on a job at a local college. Elizabeth’s favorite places are Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick Castle, Arley Woods and of course round her Nan’s for Sunday Dinner. Elizabeth’s hobbies consist of eating her weight in chocolate raisins, maltesers, attempting to extend her knowledge beyond 5 chords on the guitar, writing and drinking a vast amount of tea. When not hiding away writing, Elizabeth likes to spend her time with friends and family, occasionally feeding the rabbit, Stavros, and sitting back relaxing with the-bloke-with-the-beard.
What inspires you to write?
Every day inspires me. People, situations, bits of dialogue that I catch in passing. The past, present and future aspirations inspire me, day dreaming and everything else in life I come across. I love immortalizing events and people. I have so many ideas running in my head that it’s a simple matter of needing to get them out.
Tell us about your writing process.
Sometimes my mind can be chaotic- I’ll get four different ideas for stories and start them all at once- not the best way, but sometimes I get so over excited I hate to lose anything. Then I’ll know which story I’m most passionate about and follow with that.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My main character always talks in first person. It is the strongest and most convincing way I know how to write. I inject my own voice into that character, put my thoughts, feelings and reactions into that person’s role. There’s no point in me creating a character I can’t relate to- I need to care about them.
What advice would you give other writers?
*Get a good book.
*Get a great front cover- hire a professional- Indie Authors suffer most with a bad cover.
*Never give up.
*Don’t take criticism personally.
*Do book giveaways- your book will rely on reviews
*Social media is a blessing- get your name out there. Facebook fan page, twitter and a website.
*Find book sites that will feature your story- they are invaluable!
*Consistency is key- you need to continue will your promotion- one week isn’t enough. This is a commitment.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided during a summer off work. I wanted to get the experience of the publishing industry and learn some about the industry I was passionate about. Agents are extremely competitive to get, so I figured to try make a name for myself on my own. A year later, I have two books published. With any luck, the sequel of my book The Girl With Nine Lives will be out this August.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I definitely think it will only get more competitive- there are so many brilliant writers out there. I think more people will turn to the self-publishing route, writers are gaining confidence in doing it alone, and with brilliant programs such as Createspace and Kindle Select offering publishing services for free, why not?
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
horror, dark fantasy, fiction, crime
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print