Name – Elaine White
Age – 27 (28 in November)
Where are you from – A small town, Haddington, near Edinburgh.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc – I’m a full time author. I write anything from M/M, Paranormal, Crime – anything as long as it has romance involved. I was born and raised in Haddington, Scotland and I live at home with my folks and my dog, a beautiful standard poodle.
When I was 15, I was diagnosed with cancer and spent the next eight months getting a trial research regime of chemo and a stem cell transplant. It left me with a lot of side effects, so I spent the next few years studying, while I was able to. I have an interest in anything from reading, writing, crime, archaeology and forensic science. I even have a certificate in Forensic Medicine and Science, as well as Critical Reading, The Art and Life of Ancient Egypt and The Humanities. I studied at Oxford Uni online, Edinburgh Uni online and the Open University. I am one course away from a BA Open with the OU, but because of my writing career and my illness I’ve had to postpone that last course, possibly indefinitely.
I love to read and started my own blog. But when inspiration didn’t strike I began reviewing Indie books, and it’s been a passion of mine since.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well, I’m about to release my first M/M romance with Hot Ink Press. It’s called ‘Decadent’ and it will be out on the 15th August, editing Gods permitting.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’d say it started when I was 14. I was reading this Mills and Boons book my gran had and I wasn’t exactly happy with this one particular scene. I started writing different options of how it could have gone and with encouragement in my English class for class writing assignments, it kind off took off. Soon I was writing and saving my projects to my computer, with no intention of anyone else ever reading them. It took ten years before I was signed, but they were worth it. I grew with each story I told and my writing adapted. They were mostly all just for my enjoyment at the time.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably not until I had my first book available on Amazon. I never actually told anyone I wanted to be a writer until my book was accepted by Write More Publications. I always thought it was a stupid dream and no-one would understand, or they’d all say it wouldn’t make money. But it’s what I’ve always loved.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Funnily enough, it was a fan-fiction I wrote for the character Angel, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wanted to go back and write about him when he first became a vampire and how difficult an adjustment it must have been. It was 3 pages long; then years later I had this other story that didn’t seem to work. When I played around with combining them, it grew from there.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? – Probably, but I’m not sure how to describe it. I write as a writer; I’ve never been comfortable writing my stories in 1st person, though I have dabbled with it a few times. I guess you’d have to ask my readers if I do or not.
(I’m not sure which book you want me to write about here, so I’ll just go with Decadent, my latest one.)
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Decadent is a word I’ve always loved. I think it’s underused and undervalued. Everyone thinks it’s all about fancy, rich food, but it’s not. It also describes a person’s chaotic mental state and that was pretty perfect for my ‘Decadent’ novel, since that’s the whole crux of the story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That they should never let anyone dictate to them what they should feel or think. That they shouldn’t have to live life in a box and confine themselves according to other people’s expectations.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I’d hope all of it. I always write my stories – whether sci-fi or paranormal – to be fundamentally realistic. This one is neither; it’s real people in real situations, so I hope all of it something that readers can connect with and believe.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No. They’re all fabricated, but I would say inspired. I met a lot of people on Wattpad, the writing forum, and some of the kids’ stories really touched me. They were so afraid to let their schools/parents/friends know that they enjoyed reading M/M stories or that they were who they were. It saddened me, so I decided I wanted to write something liberating for them to enjoy.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Agatha Christie, no doubt. Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, definitely. And Elizabeth Peters. Her ‘Amelia Peabody’ series is one of my all time favourite reads. I’m a big Egypt fan and a massive murder mystery buff, so combining the two together was genius.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’m not really sure I have one. I’m not really influenced by anyone and I wouldn’t really want to be. I want to be an individual.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading ‘Equilibrium’ by Evie Woolmore
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? – Loads. Far too many to say. I’m always on the look out for something new.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a few things right now. One that I’m especially fond of is called Bromantic; it’s a two book series about a teenage boy, Rocco who is deaf and mute. He’s an orphan in the foster care system and gets adopted at the very beginning of the book. It’s all about how he lives, loves and functions in his new family. Mainly, it’s about the love men have for each other, as brothers, fathers, sons and lovers.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Definitely my publisher, Theresa Oliver (Write More Publications). If she hadn’t taken a chance on ‘Runaway Girl’ my vampire story, then I would probably have given up sending my books off to publishers. I owe her everything.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. It’s a joy, a passion, a hobby, but it’s also hard work and fills twenty-four hours of my day.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
– Always. I’m never happy. I’m one of those people who had the published copy in their hands and tears their hair out over stupid little things that I want to change. That’s just something that will always be there.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
School work really. We would be given reading and writing assignments in English class and I was always a quick, eager reader so that inspired me to want to write. But then my English teacher was amazing and kept challenging me, even when I thought I couldn’t do any better.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us? – Sure thing.
This is from Bromantic (book 1) –
“Latimer followed their gaze to a boy crouched in the corner of the room, reading a book while sitting on the floor. He was older than the child he had intended to adopt, looking somewhere in his late teenage years. He appeared a good height with a thin, almost emaciated stature. Yet all the other children appeared healthy and happy, well fed and with a good complexion that implied they got a decent amount of sun and fresh air. The poor boy Chandler had chosen seemed the exact opposite.
Pale, quiet, hunched as if he wanted to be alone. Yet he chose to sit in the games room and not in the reading room where he would get a greater degree of silence. He was even dressed differently. He wore a grungy t-shirt and jeans torn at the knees, his feet bare and scrunched up. His eyes were of the most startling blue. They reminded him so much of Beau, with that serious, sad look that it tore that old wound in his heart right open again.
Chandler was right; if he didn’t adopt that child his heart would ache for him and wonder about his safety and health for years to come. He looked so ill, so uncared for that he couldn’t have left him behind if he tried.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time. I never have enough time for anything. I wish I had a pause button for life so that I could finish one thing before starting another. Plot Bunnies are the worst. I can be in the middle of a story and get a new idea for another one or two. With my condition, I have to stop and write it down or else it will be gone forever. But once I start writing and the inspiration strikes, I have to follow it. Sometimes that means right to the end, and then the book I was working on originally gets ignored for a while. I’ve just finished one of those frustrating plot bunnies, actually, and am returning to finish the Bromantic series after a three month abandonment.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Again, it would be Elizabeth Peters. I love everything about it; the strong female characters, the Victorian men who were men, the adventure, the excitement, the writing style that transports me to Egypt and makes me forget I’m reading a book.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No. Even if I had to it would be really difficult. Due to the various side effects from chemo traveling is pretty much out of the question.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover image for ‘Decadent’ was a stock image from Shutterstock made fabulous by the talented Rue Volley, from CHBB. The cover for ‘Runaway Girl’ was another stock image from Shutterstock reworked by my publisher from Write More Publications, Theresa Oliver.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finishing it. For the above-mentioned reasons. I hate saying goodbye to my characters as well, so I tend to want to put them away around two or three chapters from the end, because I don’t want to face that it’s all over.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Not really, to be honest.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Always trust yourself and your gut instincts. Never give up, because the right publisher is just waiting for you to contact them. And don’t read reviews; unless you’re willing to face disappointment and pain, which some of them can cause, then don’t risk it. Not even for the good ones. If you can’t take the bad with the good then be content without them. They can do more harm than good if you’re not prepared.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just to read a lot and always try to see the good in the work. Please leave reviews, because they sell books and are a good way to advertise your favourite authors and books. And always remember, if you do review, that the author is a person too. It can feel like they’re not, when you don’t know them, but reviews sting more than physical wounds. These books are our babies and we want to keep churning them out for your enjoyment.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Gosh no. It was sooo long ago. Or feels it. Lol.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading, mostly. I don’t really have time for much else and writing is my passion. But I do like photography; I’m in no way good at it or can afford the right equipment, but I’d love to try one day.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything to do with crime. I don’t do gore and horror films, but I do like psychological stuff. CSI, Castle, Rizzoli and Isles; see a pattern here? I’m a big fan of crime reality shows too, like Cold Justice and Beyond Scared Straight. But, I’m also a nature girl, so Ax Men, Ice Road Truckers and such are appealing to me too. I’m kind of a tomboy when it comes to TV shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Ooh, well green is my favourite colour. Food, would probably have to say sausages or bacon and then for music I’d settle for eclectic. I don’t have a preference between 20s, Jazz, Dance, Classic Rock. I love it all.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I always said I wanted to be an archaeologist, but with my medical stuff now it wouldn’t be a great idea. I’d maybe have to work in a bookstore. I did volunteer at our local Museum for two years, so I would probably have done that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Absolutely. The amount of social media sites I’m on doesn’t even beg counting. You can actually read my true life story of how I dealt with teenager cancer on Wattpad. My story ‘An Unpredictable Life’ is currently #1 in their Non-Fiction category.
Decadent’s Release Party – https://www.facebook.com/events/655120194571112/?source=1
Website – http://ellelainey.wix.com/secretsofavelina
Blog – http://ellelainey.wordpress.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ElleLainey
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/elainewhite359/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/elainewhite.author?ref=stream
Wattpad – (Free Stories) – http://www.wattpad.com/user/ElaineWhite
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6895396.Elaine_White
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elaine-White/e/B00DFL08E4/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1376672757&sr=1-2-ent