Title: Elora's Match: The Different Saga Book 1 | Silver Publishing | Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Romance | Release Date: 5th March 2011
Elora's parents mysteriously disappeared when she was fifteen. She vowed to find answers - discover what really happened to them. But after twenty-five years of travelling the world she has come up empty handed. Feeling tired and lonely, she settles down in the city her best friend, Caleb, calls home. To lead a regular human existence for a while; like he does.
One problem; they're not human. They're Different - a rare supernatural race known for their beauty, strength and supernatural abilities.
Elora is lead to a man by a series of visions. Cue Kadin; powerful, sexy and also Different. He is her match - her soul-mate. Her life has never felt so complete.
But it's not all good news. Elora must now deal with a rogue demon Elder hell-bent on taking over Lucifer's reign over Hell. To succeed she needs to steal Elora's power. When she's facing the fight of her life, can Elora really trust Kadin?
What main genre do you write in?
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Please describe your writing environment.
I have what I call a writing nook. It's a small desk and chair, in the corner of a room, set up with a wireless computer. The desk has enough room for my laptop, iPod, drink and Hoberman Sphere - which I tend to twirl around when I'm stuck or thinking.
It's small but that's the way I like it - nice and cozy.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn't change a thing.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don't have one specific writer, I have a whole bunch (too many to name).
I just like authors who write really strong characters, ones that can stand on their own two feet and don't need to be coddled constantly. Of course, a sexy hero doesn't hurt either ;-)
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. When I sit down to write, I generally tune out and just let my fingers do the work. Whatever my Muse wants - she gets.
Do you see writing as a career?
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've always loved writing. From writing random fan fiction as a pre-teen to writing short stories as a teenager. I've always wanted to make a career out of writing and just decided to make a go of it. So far, so good.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Follow your dreams and don't let anyone hold you back.
There will always be critics and haters, you just need to focus on the people who support you and ignore the rest.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I won't let my family read my romance novels that have explicit sex scenes in them. They know what I write and would love to read it, but I just won't let them. They can read my YA when it's finished though!
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I worked in real estate for years, as a property manager and in admin.
I just quit my full time job as a secretary at a real estate office to write full time for a while. I'm not quite sure what I'll do when I go back to working in the middle of the year. For now, I'm enjoying my time off and writing my butt off.
I'd love to be a dog trainer and am about to volunteer at an animal shelter.
Neglected, abused and aggressive animals have always had a spot in my heart.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
A bit of both. I usually write out a basic outline, have the majority of the plot in my mind, but every now and then, a twist will just come out of thing air and change the whole story. That's what I love about writing, you can plan as much as you like, but you're always going to get twists and turns.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.
I always need a drink at my side, my iPod, headphones, Buda on her bed next to me, a blanket wrapped around my legs and a hoodie on. I like being cosy and snug when I write. Considering I do most of my writing at night, it works out well!
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
I have to be in my writing nook at my desk, or comfortable on the couch with one leg curled up underneath me. If I'm not comfortable, I can't write.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
Generally my characters are all laid out before me when I start to write. All their traits are already in my mind when I do an outline, but, of course, they tend to go off on their own tangent once I start writing.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Revisions. I always want to change something before it goes off for a beta read or crit. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and send it away.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My family are my greatest supporters. My Mum read the first MS I ever wrote, even though it was terrible. They were just proud of me for finishing a book, when it got published they were as happy as I was.
Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.
I'm terrible at picking titles. It's definitely my biggest weakness. I had originally titled Elora's Match 'Different' when it was a WIP. I knew that'd have to change before I submitted it, so I just pulled Elora's Match out of thin air. The heroine's name is Elora and she meets her 'match', so it's not very imaginative at all.
Do you have an interesting quirk?
I'm ambidexterous. That weirds a lot of people out. I do most things with both hands, my left is just as good as my right.
Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.
No, I write under my real name only. I planned on using a pseudonym for my young adult works, but I've decided to use my real name for them as well, like Richelle Mead does. I'm sure her teenage readers don't read her adult works.
Do you like to mix genres?
No. I write generally urban fantasy, paranormal romance, erotic romance or young adult fantasy. I don't have the brain to mix in a whole bunch of genres, though I love reading mixed genre books. I admire authors that can do that.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I just started reading Healing Hearts by Taryn Kincaid and am loving it so far. I've been hanging out for this book for months and I'm sure I'm going to enjoy the pants off of it :-)
Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!
After editing Elora's Match for five months, it was finally ready for submission. I spent a couple of weeks tweaking the blurb and synopsis and sent it off to my top 5 publishers. Within 2 weeks, I'd heard back from all of them, either with requests for full manuscripts or contract offers.
I couldn't believe my luck. I didn't stop grinning for a week.
I decided to go with Silver Publishing, signed the contract and sent it off, feeling like I'd just won the lottery.
I still think luck was on my side when I submitted to get such a positive response so quickly.
What inspires your writing?
Dreams and nightmares. I have a quite tapped brain and have nightmares and weird dreams nightly. All of my stories have stemmed from a dream I've once had. In most cases, like Elora's Match, I've had recurring dreams of a character or scenario.
How many books do you plan on writing each year?
I have 5 projects going at the moment, if I could finish all of those by the end of the year, I'd consider it a success. Realistically, I hope to get 3 finished each year. That would be nice.
What are your hobbies?
I love to read. If I'm not writing, I'm reading. I also love playing video games and walking my dogs. I sporadically cross stitch as well, but haven't found time to do it recently.
How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?
I don't do a lot of research. I grew up reading all sorts of books on mythology, werewolves, vampires, elves, fairies etc so a lot of my research is already done. I do return to those books for further reference or to refresh my mind on certain traits.
Writing Elora's Match was fun, because I created my own world and supernatural beings. Creating those beings was a lot of fun.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have two dogs, two birds and some fish.
My dog, Buda, always sits by me while I write. She's my baby and if I'm having a bad day, she always picks me up and makes me happy. Arnie too. When I have writers block, I go running around outside with the two of them and just forget about writing for a while.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Steven Spielberg. I'm an enormous fan and wanted to be a female version of him when I was younger. Still do. He just fascinates me. If I ever met him, he'd probably be the one person I'd go all 'fangirl' over and start crying.
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
Holly Lisle's website and courses are just brilliant.
Not only does she have books that will help budding writers become better, she has courses, which I'm slowly working my way through, that are such a huge help. They help you find your faults, focus on your strengths and really do teach you how to be a better writer.
She's just a brilliant woman.
What's your favorite drink?
Dr Pepper. Unfortunately it's really hard to find in Australia, and finding Diet Dr Pepper is impossible. Alcoholic is Patron - I love me some tequila :-)
How did you choose your publisher? What was the process?
I have a list of 5 epublishers that I would just love to have my work published with. When submitting Elora's Match, I sent it off to all five in the hopes that one of them would request a full, even send me a contract. Luckily, all five of them did.
Silver was at the very top of my list, so I was ecstatic when they sent me a contract.
I base my favourites on professionalism, the books they publish, editors they have and, of course, word of mouth. Nothing makes you feel confident about a publisher more than a fellow author saying 'this one is fantastic'.
Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today - James Dean. - That quote has always inspired me.
Liia Ann White