Elsa Watson

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: May 21, 2012

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Current Release: Dog Days

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Dog Days is the story of Jessica Sheldon, a cafe owner with a bad reputation who stops to help a dog in need, a white German shepherd named Zoe. She and Zoe are struck by magical lightening that causes them to switch bodies, putting Jessica in the body of a dog and giving Zoe thumbs and access to the refrigerator.

Please describe your writing environment.

I write at our kitchen/dining room table. After dinner I get out my laptop, push aside the toys and sippy cups, and get to work. I like it quiet, and it's best if one of the dogs lies on the floor near me. That way, if I get stuck, I can ask them what should happen next.

What are you working on?

I'm editing an e-novella that's a follow-up to Dog Days. I've never written a sequel before and it gives me new respect for authors who write series. It's really tough knowing how much of the previous story to include.

What do you feel blessed with?

I love to laugh, and I count that as a blessing. Life is so much more enjoyable if you can laugh your way through it. And I've found that if you approach things with that attitude, the world is pretty darned hilarious. Dogs, especially. They always seem ready to be in on a good joke.

What was your childhood ambition?

I wanted to be a writer or a teacher, but I forgot all about those dreams during high school and college. It wasn't until I was cleaning out my childhood room, right before my husband and I left for the Peace Corps, that I found a little time capsule I'd made for myself, hidden in one of those old plastic film canisters. The note inside said "When I grow up, I want to be a writer or a teacher." I was stunned to read it and to realize that I'd forgotten all about wanting to write -- it just hadn't seemed practical during college, so I focused on other things. But that reminder was key. Because of it, I spent a lot of the evenings in Africa writing my first stories. They were terrible, but they were a beginning.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

My grandma, Virginia, who died when I was two. She was a great reader, and I'd love to have the chance to talk with her about books and stories. Plus, she could tell me funny stories about what my mom was like when she was growing up.

What is your favorite TV show?

Right now? Project Runway! I love watching the designers struggle through the creative process.

What career fields have you worked in?

In my younger days, I was a department store Santa's elf, a camp counselor, a lifeguard, and a coffee shop barrista. In the Peace Corps, I was an agriculture and environmental volunteer. More recently I've worked in event planning, marketing, and communications.

Where do you want to travel?

One of the things on my life list is to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I'd also like to hike across England, go bird watching in Belize or Costa Rica, and see all the chickens running loose in Hawaii.

What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?

There are so many books on my to-read list. I can't wait to get started on Bad Karma (David Safier), What the Dog Ate (Jackie Bouchard), Catching Fire, The Descendants, and the River Why. This summer we also plan to take a car camping trip to Colorado and southern Utah. I can't wait!

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

Candy time! I don't really have a favorite time of day, but I'm more of a morning person than a night owl. I write in the evenings, after dinner, and I'm usually sound asleep by 10:15.

Thanks so much for reading this! And if you'd like to chat more about dogs, wildlife, and books, please join me on Facebook (ElsaWatsonAuthor) or Twitter (@elsa_watson.)