About Elizabeth N. Love:
Elizabeth N. Love is a life-long resident of Kansas, where she grew up in what could be considered a cultural desert. Influenced by her mother’s love of books, she began writing stories at an early age.
She is not only an author, but a musician, having played French horn and piano for many years. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. She currently lives in Kansas with her family.
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration comes from everywhere: nature, relationships, politics, science, art… anywhere and everywhere. I am a fan of watching people and other creatures interact with their environment and I’ve been known to make notes on the fly in any situation. Even when I worked as a grocery store cashier, I kept scraps of paper at my register to jot down notes about customers and what they said or did. I use these notes to try to look at the world from different points of view than my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process begins on old fashioned paper, scribbling in pen in blank journals. I try to write something everyday, whether on a current project or just to clear out mental clutter. When I type these hand-written words into a word processor, I begin the painstaking process of poetic word selection and tweak the characters and their reactions. After letting the work stew for a few weeks, I print the words on paper again and start editing. I don’t stop editing until I feel that everything is perfect.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
For Fiction Writers, our characters are alive inside us, and we have no choice but to interact with them. My characters drive the work and often make decisions about which direction to take at a fork in the plot road.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think it is difficult to offer any substantial advice because my process may be different from someone else’s process. Some writers encourage group writing and critiquing to get necessary feedback. That’s not my thing. I prefer to do this on my own. One thing that I think is absolutely necessary is good editing. If you don’t have the knowledge base to do this on your own, you should find someone to help you, someone you trust to make those judgement calls without judging you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For years I attempted to find a literary agent or a publisher willing to take me on. The rejection letters always stated that the work was great, they just didn’t have a place for it in their business. It didn’t fit their niche. When self-publishing became a reality, I jumped on it. I’d been sitting on my writing for years wondering if anyone would ever have a chance to read it. Now it’s out there.Later, I signed on with a small on-line publishing company to help with marketing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The masses want good books cheap. Digital books make that possible, despite all of the cons people come up with for digital publishing. More people are reading now because books are easily accessible from anywhere and easier to transport.
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Poetry
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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