Elle was born into this world in Redwood City, California and spent her childhood growing up in the fabulous San Francisco Bay Area. She is an avid San Francisco Forty Niners fan. She has raised two beautiful daughters, and currently resides in Florida. For fun she reads, spends time at the beach, travels, and enjoys time with her favorite friends, and family. She is a night-owl known to be a hermit during rainy days, as she has a love for sun, and is mostly found poolside over the hot, humid summer months.
What inspires you to write?
My mind works in mysterious ways. I get an idea and go with it creating something no one else ever has. There isn’t anything in particular that inspires me. I could be eating breakfast and an idea pops into my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get an idea and write it down. I don’t actually write; I type it out making one huge rough draft. The end of my story usually comes just after the beginning then I fill in the middle, go back through and add and delete. I do create character outlines as far as looks, personality, their relation to the protagonist, and quirks.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters. They talk to me. Really they kinda create themselves as the story progresses. If I don’t like them I’ll kill them off. Occasionally I kill them off even when I like them. The beauty of fiction is we fiction authors can do anything and go anywhere our imaginations take us.
What advice would you give other writers?
I published my first book almost a year ago knowing absolutely nothing about promotion. I figured it out as I went by observing other authors and making connections on social networking. My advice research before publishing. get all your ducks lined up so your book makes a big splash.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish. Traditional publishing didn’t appeal a whole lot to me and as an indie publisher I don’t have to share my earnings. Before I chose to self-publish I did send my novel to a few literary agents but that was a pain. Since I first published I have met many other authors and it seems with traditional publishing the author is limited to what the publisher wants and thinks will sell not the authors creativity. I like the freedom.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of publishing is to self-publish. I also see a lot of small publishers jumping out of the woodwork. I’m not talking vanity presses either but actual we’ll pay you publishers. I think the big guys days are limited. In fact I haven’t read a traditionally published book in over two years. Love indies and small presses as these authors are allowed “out of the box”.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
fiction, new adult, thriller, drama
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print