The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview We would love to get to know you.
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I am a published author who writes in several genres including science fiction, mystery, romance, and the paranormal. My early interest in space and working in the space industry had captured my imagination and was instrumental in writing my first novel in the Sarah's Landing Series-Contact. It wasn't until later that I wrote the other three books in the series. All of which have now been published by Write Words, Inc., through their imprints, ebooksonthe.net and Cambridge books.
When the series was completed, I thought about writing a mystery novel. The mystery novel turned out to be a romantic, suspense, mystery, thriller with a touch of the paranormal. It surprised me to say the least. I didn't know I could write in that genre. The novel which turned out to be the first in the series has been published by Write Words, Inc., under both of their imprints. The first and second novels in the series are now in print and available on amazon.com. The last one in the series will be released in print soon.
I am a former aerospace software engineer, an Honors Graduate of Fitchburg College earning a BS Degree in Engineering and Management, and the President of the Merrimack Valley Branch of the National League of American PenWomen. I am happily married to the most wonderful man in the world, the mother of four fantastic children and the grandmother of the most beautiful granddaughter in the world.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
That's a tough one. There are many wonderful, strong, courageous women in my novels that it would be hard to really pick one. Alexandra is the psychic in the Sarah's Landing Series who takes on her adversary from a distant planet with so much strength and resilience that he considers her a worthy opponent. But one that he feels in time he will defeat. The prize is Alexandra's fianc‚ and her unborn son. When she seems to be weakening, she reaches out for help to her fianc‚ friend. But he, too, disappears leaving Alexandra alone to fight her battle against the old man from the distant planet. But she soon gets help from an unsuspecting ally, her unborn son.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I have always been fascinated with space and space travel, so I would say science fiction. But I also love to read historical novels, especially those written by Thomas B. Costain. I've discovered other writers that also captured my attention in their writings.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
As I mentioned before, nine of my books have been released in ebook format. At present, counting the newest one to be released, I'll have three in print. Hopefully, the three other books in the Sarah's Landing Series, entitled: The Telepaths of Theon, The Barbarians, and Genesis, along with the third book in the Legacy Series, Adams Point, will be in print in 2008 along with two others, Time-Rift and my newest book.The Imposter, all under the imprints of Write Words,Inc., Cambridge Books.
I am still waiting to hear on my latest novel, The Odyssey, which was recently submitted to my publisher. There is a historical fact in this novel as well. In this latest novel, a small village is inundated by a flood that leaves the inhabitants reeling. Two young brothers discover a device from the days of antiquity that transports the entire village to a planet that was disintegrated when their twin suns collided. As the story unfolds the villagers learn of the fate of the inhabitants and struggle to find a way home. But the ending isn't what one would think it would be.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I've been toying with a writing a historical novel set in ancient times but there have been too many interruptions. I hope I can write this one because it is a very intriguing possibility.and it seems as if it wants to be written.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
In my novels there is always a hint of truth. I research all the aspects of the particulars in order to be as correct as possible. If there is a historical incident, such as in The Sarah's Landing Series as well as the Legacy Series, I'll delve deep into the origins of the history and try to bring it forward. I do enjoy the research process. So much so, that there are times I forget what I am researching for and spend hours going through all the material at hand. At times I have to backtrack because I've gone beyond what I needed.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
The answer to that question isn't as easily answered as one would think. I guess it all started when one of my co-workers said I should be writing books. When I asked her why, she said because I have a way with words and that I was supposed to write. "Who said so?" I asked. She just smiled and repeated her statement. "It's something you should be doing," she added," but you are too chicken to even try." I laughed shook my head, said she was "nuts" and went back to work. Lunch time was over.
It seemed after that conversation, we crossed paths constantly, more so than we ever did. All she would do was smile and pretend to scribble in the air on an invisible piece of paper, pointing to what she was doing and to me, nodding her head that that is what I should be doing. I just laughingly shook it off and walked on.
She knew I was writing short stories but hadn't submitted anything and wouldn't even try. But after these constant "accidental" meetings, I began to wonder and finally submitted a short story to the local library's writing contest. I didn't expect much, but was surprised to learn my story won first prize, was published in the main citywide newspaper with my name emblazoned under the caption. My first by-line! From then on, I submitted other stories to the local newspaper and when my novel was ready, decided maybe my friend was right, so I submitted it to a publisher.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I tried outlining, but it became too restrictive, so I threw the outlines away and just starting writing. It wasn't long before my characters took on a life of their own and began writing the stories. I just sit back and laugh at what comes up on the screen.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Used to, (two of them) but the critique groups went belly-up when most of the attendees couldn't make the meetings. While we were in session, we would critique each other's works, always emphasizing the strong points, but not lacking in telling it like it was. And there were times when a story just wasn't a story and hard as it was to say it, we did. We scheduled the meetings so that everyone would have a chance of having their work heard. Sometimes, it would be two weeks before we would be up again. But in the meantime, we would correct or attempt to resolve any criticisms anyone had on our work, as long as it didn't change the story and we agreed with it. The newest version were then read when we were up again. What was your first published work and when was it published?
My first published work was Sarah's Landing-I-Contact. It was first published by a print on demand publisher in 1999. However, that publisher no longer exists and sold the rights to another publisher, who also went the way of the first. Later, I decided to self-publish with iUniverse.com in 2002. I have since taken that novel away from iUniverse and submitted it to Write Words, Inc., along with the other three books in the series. It is being re-released by Cambridge Books this December. The entire series has been released in ebook format through Write Words, Inc., imprint www.ebooksonthe.net The print editions are released through their imprint www.cambridgebooks.us
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I believe I am on every free promotional site I can find and at least one or two paying ones: MYSPACE, BEBO, BOOKPLACE, PUBLISHED AUTHORS NETWORK, NING, BOOKSWELOVE, READERSSTATION, and many more. My best contacts would be:
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
They can access my website and read excerpts of all of my books along with reviews that are posted thereon. Also, if they've a mind, they can check out the trailers for all of my novels on youtube. The links are:
Thank you for the opportunity of sharing my books with you! Elena
Thank you for this opportunity!