Name: Eli Constant
Age: 28
Where are you from: Around the U.S. My dad was in the Air Force. I spent the most time in South Carolina though. =)
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc :

 

 
Author Bio:
Eli Constant is a genre-jumping detail junkie, obsessed with the nature of humanity. She believes that there is beauty at the core of most everything, but that truly unredeemable characters create the best stories. Eli is the author of “Dead Trees,” “Dead Trees 2,” “Mastic,” “DRAG.N” and is a contributor to the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.” (LSCtD: TW Brown, Editor | MayDecember Publications) | 100% sales proceeds go to the V Foundation, a leader in cancer research for the past twenty years).

Her works-in-progress include the final book in the Dead Trees Trilogy, a 3-author anthology exploring the psychosis of serial killers, a 6-author anthology exploring humanity in the face of hopelessness, the second companion novel to DRAG.N, and a zombie origins novel (this last work in progress comes as a huge surprise to Eli; she honestly thought she’d never write about zombies, but somehow, she fell down the zombie hole and couldn’t crawl out, or rather, didn’t want to crawl out). Keep posted on these upcoming publications by following Eli on social media (links below bio).
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While completing coursework at USC-L, Columbia College, TAMU-CC, and George Mason University, Eli enjoyed a varied course load, but finally settled on Biology and focused on a career in lab research. She spent time in Texas volunteering at Flour Bluff Shrimp Mariculture Lab [and being paid in Pink Hawaiian Shrimp- which was, in a word, delicious.] and also spent time at NIH participating in an Animal Research Program in the Infectious Disease Dept. It took two years working in Histology/Pathology in Sterling, VA for Eli to realize she wanted to be a writer. She is still very interested in the Sciences and hopes to use her background knowledge effectively within her stories.

Eli lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland, and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing. Eli feels fortunate that her marriage is one of real love and she thinks her children are the coolest people in the world. She also feels so lucky to have an extended family that is ever present with encouragement and kind words. Her other interests include art with a focus on charcoal medium, walking her American Foxhound Dottie, eating egg-drop, wonton soup from the local delivery place, and watching low-budget Sci-Fi movies with her awesome family.

 

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Eli: Well, let’s see- on the personal front, my husband and I just found out we’re pregnant again! This will be our third child and we are thrilled. We already have top names, but it will be several months before we find out the gender! We like Liam and Lilly. On the writing front- I have a new book out 5.30.2014, the sequel to my 2012 debut ‘Dead Trees!’ A lot of people are excited about it, so I hope it lives up to their expectations.

 

 

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Eli: I started writing when I was really little, fascinated by my mother’s journals. Attending Charleston School of the Arts for Creative Writing heightened my love of writing and I won several awards before college. I lost my passion for writing for a short time- while pursuing the Sciences in college, but once I took a sabbatical to raise my first child, I started writing again and realized how much I really loved it. Writing is a part of me, a deep-seeded section of my soul.

 

 

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Eli: To be honest, sometimes I still don’t. ‘Dead Trees 2’ will be my fourth publication, not including anthologies and short stories, and I still get that niggling fear in the pit of my stomach that I’m a ‘poser’. I push past that and keep going, of course, but it inevitably resurfaces. I guess I gained a modicum of confidence as ‘an author’ when I found out a peer had put ‘DRAG.N’ up for an Indie award. That made me feel like my writing was really worth something.

 

 

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Eli: I’d just visited my folks in Pearisburg, VA. My Dad is a retired USAF SERE instructor and always has a bunker full of food, etc. That, coupled with passing the Natural Bridge in VA, inspired ‘Dead Trees’.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Eli: Not really. I love to experiment, cross genres, play with POV and break rules. My style is always changing and progressing.

 

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Eli: The titles of my books are always solidly connected to the story material. If you read them, the reasoning for the titles is really obvious.

 

 

 

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Eli: There are always moral slants in my stories- whether it’s a novel, novella, or short story. People tend to read and decide what those are. I’d never change my readers’ observations and opinions by outlining my personal intent.

 

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Eli: Obviously its fiction, but I try to weave in details and occurrences that are wildly realistic. I feel that makes a reader connect more fully to the material.

 

 

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Eli: Several of my characters are modeled after people in my life. I’ve been to many of the places, I like that connection I feel when writing about somewhere I’m intimately familiar with. The events are fictitious though- I haven’t fought with beasties, sabotaged a government facility, or lusted after a jeweled man.

 

 

 

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Eli: Every Orson Scott Card book I’ve read has given me some insight into life and personal choices. He is the reason I like to infuse morality into my books.

 

 

 

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Eli: Claire C Riley (Odium Series, Limerence). It’s not just her talent that I admire, it’s her ability to put herself out there, to face scrutiny, and market her works.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Eli: Ken Mooney’s The Hades Contract (follow up to Godhead).

 

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Eli: Lately, I’ve gotten into Author TW Brown’s That Ghoul Ava series and Jack Wallen’s I Zombie I series.

 

 

 

Fiona: What are your current projects?

Eli: “Dead Trees 3,” “ARC,” “CON-troll,” “Fading Hope (a 6-author cooperative anthology,” “The Murderous Campbells (a 3-author cooperative anthology),” & several short story submissions.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Eli: Indie Authors- as a group, on the whole, have been wildly supportive. That’s how we should be, helping each other to succeed rather than being in competition.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Eli: Yes. I will continue writing, marketing, submitting manuscripts, and this will be my career.

 

 

 

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Eli: Not my latest, but I’d change quite a bit in my debut book. I actually address that in its sequel. This is a learning process. No one is perfect at a job the first go-around.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Eli: I think I mentioned earlier that my mother’s journals were a big influence. And I loved reading from a young age. My grandmother used to read us the Wrinkle in Time books and those were… so inspiring and really got the imagination working.

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Eli: Let’s see… I have several. How about “ARC”? That first draft is actually finished:
This is a really rough draft, so don’t be too hard on me 😉
Earth year 3085

I was crouched down in the dirt in my brand-spanking-new uniform. The redesign was snazzy, a little too fancy for my tastes. Whatever idiot designed it must not have realized that cobalt blue wasn’t exactly discreet.
Shifting slightly, I peered around the beat-up hull of a decade old cruiser.
It was ridiculously hot on the junkyard planet, with the sun beating down on trillions of kilos of wrecked star cruisers, transport ships and unidentifiable, mangled bits of dull metal– all reflecting the rays of the three hot suns.
I’d been tailing the Xandarian for a week. The longest damn week of my bounty career.
He was tall, too tall– intimidatingly tall.
Eight feet at least and a complete neon-yellow, alien beefcake with bulging muscles and a curved spine covered in sharp ridges.
I’d been trying to catch the creep by surprise, but that was proving impossible since he quite literally had eyes in the back of his head. My mother used to tell me she had eyes in the back of her head; I’d believed her until I’d turned eight. I’d hate to have this guy for a parent– bet his ugly alien kids wouldn’t get away with jack or shit.
His hair was strange- if alien hair can be called strange without it becoming an oxymoronic observation- it only comes out of the peak of his scalp in one round, thick expanse of white. He had the strands twirled now– tied-up bun style on his weirdly-shaped, alien head. Looked feminine, but it was smart since it kept his rear eyes free to see.
Every time I’d come close to slapping my magna-cuffs on his wrists, he’d bolted. And he was fast, much faster than me.
Now though, he was lounging on the ground- his back and head leaning against a sawed-in-half shipping container- which meant his third and fourth eyes were useless. Yippee-hurrah. Something in my favor- must be a cold day in Earth hell.
I squinted, trying to read the writing on the container, but the letters were too faded. Not that the history of the container mattered. I was just trying to delay the inevitable fight.
I looked at the Xandarian again. His name was Devo.
‘Devo the Rapist,’ according to his bounty file.
He was wanted in four different star systems for fifteen counts of sexual assault. And he didn’t discriminate– no two victims were alike.
Apparently the guy wanted an all-you-can-rape alien buffet. If I wasn’t careful, the gigantic, muscle-bound Devo would make me number sixteen on his sexual bucket list. And he hadn’t screwed a human yet.
That wasn’t going to happen. No. Freaking. Way.
Because I was going to take the sleazy perp down. Here and now.

 

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Eli: Consistency can be a problem, I tend to keep a long legal pad of notes next to my computer when I’m writing, jotting down any details that I might want to carry through the novel. Crossing genres can be problematic also- knowing how to categorize, who to market too, etc.

 

 

 

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Eli: Traditionally Published: Orson Scott Card. He doesn’t shy away from addressing politics, religions, and all the sticky things in life that folks don’t like talking about. I appreciate that. It makes me feel his writing is ‘real’ and honest. I like that it makes me really consider things, not just read his books for entertainment. And his books are entertaining- wildly imaginative and visual. If I could recommend one, it would be ‘Wyrms’ or ‘Magic Street.’ He’s best known for the Ender books though.
Indie: Claire C Riley. She has some of the same qualities I see in OSC. She views a situation from many angles, even the not-so-flattering ones like odor and the base nature of humanity.
I think both of these writers have taught me something- Claire, how to really make the readers ‘feel’ the story and OSC, how to really make the readers ‘think’ the story. They are one of the reasons I don’t shy away from the gross stuff, the sticky stuff, the things that people don’t always like to read about.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Eli: Not really. I’ve been to a few book conventions, but I tend to keep close to home with my family. Social media is wildly useful for networking.

 

 

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Eli: I do with my sister’s help (R.A. Newton); she’s a brilliant visual artist.

 

 

 

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Eli: The hardest part about writing my most recent release was killing off certain characters. A few of them left me in tears. But their deaths were part of the storyline, part of life. Death has to happen; it’s unavoidable.

 

 

 

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Eli: I’m constantly learning and trying to improve. There’s a laundry list of things I’ve learned actually, too many to list here.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Eli: Edit. Edit and edit and edit and edit some more. Do re-writes, don’t be shy about chopping whole paragraphs. That was probably my first lesson from book one. You want a story to be as near-perfect as possible before hitting publish, otherwise, you’ll spend months fretting and re-writing and catching mistakes. Better yet- find yourself a great editor. Mine’s the bomb- M.L. Colton Editorial.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Eli: ‘Thank you.’ That’s all. Thank you for sticking around and reading my books.

 

 
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Eli: I don’t, but I’m sure L’Engle and Tolkien were among the first authors I was introduced to. If I had to take a guess… maybe The BFG by Dahl?

 

 
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Eli: Drawing, scuba diving, watching b-rated horror and sci-fi movies with my family, among other things. =)

 

 
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Eli: Once Upon a Time, Dracula (how could they cancel that!), Sherlock Holmes, Downton Abbey and many more.

 

 
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Eli: Pho, Egg drop wonton soup, hot wings | True Red & Spring Green | The Civil Wars, Evanescence, Jack White, Billy Joel and many more.

 

 
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Eli: Oceanography/Marine Biology. Anything that kept me in the water really (even though the ocean actually scares me… that thrill, the nervous flutters that filled my stomach as I rolled into the water in my gear was worth it).

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
http://www.eliconstant.com | Twitter | Facebook | Books on Amazon | Goodreads | WordPress

 

 

Release Information

DEAD TREES 2 | THE DEAD TREES SERIES | Eli Constant
Release Day Blitz!
eBooks:
Dead Trees Book 1 on sale @ $1.99
Dead Trees Book 2 @ $3.49
Set: Book 1 & 2 + Bonus Short Story (“Day of Amarok”) @ $4.49
Paperback: full price, available next week
Release Information: “Dead Trees 2” is the sequel to Eli Constant’s debut book, “Dead Trees”. Fans of the series include- Claire C. Riley (Odium Series, Limerence), Jerry Benns (Editor/Owner Charon Coin Press), Author TW Brown (The Dead Series, That Ghoul Ava) & more.
Book Blurb:
Two years of peace in a primitive setting can make anyone forget a past full of science, beasties, and blood.
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On the day of her son’s birth, the past invades the Yukon valley where Elise and her family reside and they are once again forced to travel survival-road. The General has found her… tracked her across the miles. Elise is his obsession; he wants her for reasons beyond comprehension.
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H2H was supposed to be the answer, but the world’s ‘savior’ has created a new pack of demons. The Rippers, beasties on steroids. Wild undergrounders are a mild nightmare in comparison.

Thankfully, humanity has an ace up its sleeves.

The question is: This time, when a new solution for saving humanity is put into action, what will the consequences be?

Watch the: DT2 Trailer

Author Bio
Eli Constant is a genre-jumping detail junkie, obsessed with the nature of humanity. She believes that there is beauty at the core of most everything, but that truly unredeemable characters create the best stories. Eli is the author of “Dead Trees,” “Dead Trees 2,” “Mastic,” “DRAG.N” and is a contributor to the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.” (LSCtD: TW Brown, Editor | MayDecember Publications) | 100% sales proceeds go to the V Foundation, a leader in cancer research for the past twenty years).
Her works-in-progress include the final book in the Dead Trees Trilogy, a 3-author anthology exploring the psychosis of serial killers, a 6-author anthology exploring humanity in the face of hopelessness, the second companion novel to DRAG.N, and a zombie origins novel (this last work in progress comes as a huge surprise to Eli; she honestly thought she’d never write about zombies, but somehow, she fell down the zombie hole and couldn’t crawl out, or rather, didn’t want to crawl out). Keep posted on these upcoming publications by following Eli on social media (links below bio).
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While completing coursework at USC-L, Columbia College, TAMU-CC, and George Mason University, Eli enjoyed a varied course load, but finally settled on Biology and focused on a career in lab research. She spent time in Texas volunteering at Flour Bluff Shrimp Mariculture Lab [and being paid in Pink Hawaiian Shrimp- which was, in a word, delicious.] and also spent time at NIH participating in an Animal Research Program in the Infectious Disease Dept. It took two years working in Histology/Pathology in Sterling, VA for Eli to realize she wanted to be a writer. She is still very interested in the Sciences and hopes to use her background knowledge effectively within her stories.
Eli lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland, and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing. Eli feels fortunate that her marriage is one of real love and she thinks her children are the coolest people in the world. She also feels so lucky to have an extended family that is ever present with encouragement and kind words. Her other interests include art with a focus on charcoal medium, walking her American Foxhound Dottie, eating egg-drop, wonton soup from the local delivery place, and watching low-budget Sci-Fi movies with her awesome family.
Eli’s Social & Website Links
http://www.eliconstant.com | Twitter | Facebook | Books on Amazon | Goodreads | WordPress

 

Cover (Book 1, published Dec. 2012)

Cover (Book 2, TBR 5.30.2014)

 

 

 

 

 

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Optional Information:
Praise for Dead Trees 1:

~Dead Trees – one of my favourite dystopian reads of 2013~

Eli Constant writes with such intelligent charm, dragging her macabre of Beasties along for a post-apocalyptic ride of their life. This book chilled me in a way that a book hasn’t done for some time. It pulled on my heartstrings, whilst dragging its claws down my spine, with its realistic and often horrific storyline.

I predict great things for this author.

Claire C Riley
Author of Limerence, Odium: The Dead Saga & Odium Origins.
@ClaireCRiley | http://www.clairecriley.com
~Twisting the post-apocalypse story in a GOOD way!~

DEAD TREES is a morlock-esque take on the apocalypse. This reads much different than what you will find in the zombie genre (NO, this is NOT a zombie book, but rather a post-apocalyptic tale with “Beasties” as they are dubbed by the narrator hat have emerged from underground a la H.G. Wells.) First, know that there is some exceptional attention to detail here that is often lacking in the genre.

One thing that makes this book stand out is a strong female protagonist. SO often this genre is dominated by uber-military MacGyver types that have all the answers and can get out of every scrape. Elise is a mother simply trying her best to keep her daughter’s alive, and while she does “hook up” with Jason, you get the impression that she can do with or without him just fine.

What you need to know is that this book is a page turner. It has plenty of action and strong character development. There are time when it gets “sciencey” but those times flow within the scope of the story and are not cumbersome. There are some editing flaws, but nothing that will make you pause or detract from the flow of the story (and the author has worked to make improvements in that area for those wondering). This is a strong book and you WILL be pestering her Ms. Constant about the sequel. I did not rate this book 5 stars because it was perfect. Truly, nothing really is. I rated it 5 stars because it took chances (that paid off) and it kept me wanting to read more.

Author TW Brown
The Dead Series, That Ghoul Ava Series
@maydecpub | Amazon Author Page

What would you do if the world we knew didn’t exist anymore? What would you do to protect your children and survive?
Eli Constant answers these questions and takes the end of the world to new levels in “Dead Trees”. Starting on page one, readers are immersed into a world where humans are no longer at the top of the food chain and survival is measured in hours. Constant’s storytelling abilities bring the characters, setting, and the ‘beasties’ to life, making “Dead Trees” one of the most engrossing and ghoulish dystopian tales I have read in quite some time.
-Jerry Benns: Editor for State of Horror Anthologies, Charon Coin Press
State of Horror Anthology Facebook Page | Charon Coin Press Website