Elle Jasper

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 01, 2010

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Afterlight | NAL Signet/Eclipse | Dark Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance | November 2, 2010

Please tell us your latest news!

Wassup?!!! Latest news...well I've completed book 2 in The Dark Ink Chronicles, EVERDARK, due to release June 2011. I'm getting geared up to start book 3, EVENTIDE. I'll be doing a fun booksigning in Pulaski, VA, in November (check website for dates!) as well as several other promotional appearances for the release of Afterlight. I'm also in the midst of working on a YA novel. Busy busy!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

If given the chance 1000 times I'd probably make changes on EVERY book I write! Lol! I actually like Afterlight the way it is, but as always, I could find something else to make it better. But that could be on-going!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Wow-so many favorite authors! I love Bram Stoker--his work is so moody and really encapsulates DRACULA. But man--I LOVE Stephen King. The one thing that strikes me with his work is he has the capability to scare the CRUD out of me hours after I've put the book down and fallen asleep. I'll wake up SKEERED! :) I love that!

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don't think so. I believe I'm pretty flexible. My Dark Ink Saga is all in first person, in the voice of my heroine, Riley. The YA I'm working on is in third person, and I think it really depends on the story you want to tell.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! It's definitely a full-time job. When you're not writing, you're working on promotion. ALWAYS thinking of that next book you want to write.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I just loved reading, really. And the characters began to form, and then they began to speak. Lol!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don't give up. You write, you get rejected, you write some more. You get rejected some more. Everyone has a different journey but not everyone sells the first work they create. You have to just keep writing and writing--the more completed manuscripts you have available, the better your chances are. And keep up with the market. No--don't FOLLOW the market, but definitely keep up with it.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My mom is a crazy fan! She reads everything I write. Husband: no. Son: no. Daughter: not yet. LOL! But the kids DO pull the "my mom's a published author" card whenever it suits them. LOL!

What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

Yeah, my Blackberry, so I can text my pals when my brain feels fried! But nah--nothing really pertinent. I like to change locales while writing (outside, inside, upstairs, downstairs). It all depends on my mood.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

I get up really early, so yeah, usually coffee, or hot tea. I do have a notebook to jot details down that I might forget, and of course, the Blackberry.

What main genre do you write in?

Teen / Young Adult, Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Thanks Night Owl! And thanks to everyone interested in The Dark Ink Chronicles! I hope you enjoy Afterlight!

Watch your neck!

Elle Jasper