Name: Elaine Barris
Age: Old enough. 😀
Where are you from: Dallas, Texas
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I live in Dallas and have been married to the same wonderful man for over 20 years. No kids, but I spoil my Shih-Tzu, Keesha, absolutely rotten. I went to Christian private schools from first through twelfth grade. After graduating, I didn’t have the money to go to school, so I entered the work force. Since then, I have competed my Bachelor’s in Management going to school at night. It took a long time to finish, but I did it.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m over half-way done writing my third book, Evangeline.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I love to read and always have. Always been drawn to the paranormal and also steamy stories. I’ve wanted to write, but just never followed through with it. One day, this guy popped in my head and started telling me his story. He wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess when I first sent my book to my editor, Kitten Jackson. It’s then that it got “real”.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Like I said, this guy popped in my head and wouldn’t leave me alone until I wrote his and his love’s story.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t outline or anything. I guess I’m a “pantser”.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Julian (my male lead) told me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Fight to be with the one you want.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I think the emotions are very real. My books are PNR, so no matter how much I wish it were real, it isn’t. *sigh*
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Don’t I wish… lol…
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Anne Rice influenced me a lot. She really instilled and cemented my love of PNR. Also, Dannika Dark. She is an Indie PNR author and as I followed her I saw how one day maybe I could write and publish too.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
My 3rd one. Lol… I’m trying to get it finished by summer.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I wish I could say yes. It certainly isn’t because there aren’t great authors out there, I just haven’t had time to read much. I do recommend Laurie Olerich’s Primani series.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
My 3rd book which is a companion novel to the Master For Tonight Duet.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. I am blessed to have the greatest ladies in my street team, Elaine’s Vampy Vixens. They amaze me every single day with the support they all give me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It would be nice to be able to write full time.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a single word. But, I’d remove that stray quotation mark that we missed in editing.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always wanted to write. Not really sure why. I guess because I love the fictional worlds that get created, and how much I wish I could live in them.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Excerpt from my current WIP (unedited):
Evangeline knelt in front of the mattress with her head down waiting for her Maker’s demands. She studied the grimy floor underneath and in front of her, remembering the other times she had been in this same position.
How easily I return to the same fate. How easily I return to being someone’s thing. How easily I take to my knees. Perhaps this is all I was meant to be.
The door to the room shut, and then something soft landed in front of her.
“What are you doing?” He asked. “I’m not going to fuck you. Get up and get dressed.”
Her hands shook as she stood, not risking a glance in his direction should he change his mind. Her thoughts swirled as she lifted the yellow material over her head, and put her arms through the holes of the shift. She released it and it fell to her mid-thigh.
“I thought it would be longer.” He commented with a frown. “I didn’t remember you being this tall.”
Motioning to the desk on the other side of the room, he walked behind it and sat down, indicating for her to take the chair in front. With halting steps, she did as he instructed and placed her hands in her lap.
“Look at me, Evangeline.” He commanded. “Look me in the eye.”
Masking her face of any outward sign of emotion, she gathered them deep into herself where he could not see. When she raised her eyes to meet his, he blanched. She knew what he saw. It was what she wanted him to see her as. What she was. A woman in a dress of sunlight whose own inner light had disappeared years ago to be replaced by nothing, but a shadowed shell.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I think all writers say it’s finding time. I’m no different.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t think I can whittle it down to one: Laurie Olerich, Dannika Dark, Kitty Thomas
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, but I have gone to some signings. I love going to events where authors can connect with readers.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The covers of my first two books is actually me with one of my husband’s best friends. It was then redesigned and made beautiful Rachel Olsen of No Sweat Graphics.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Ending the duet. I cried for an entire day.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I love the entire process from writing to editing to hitting publish. My learning process happened after all that. It was learning how to promote which seems like the simplest thing in the world, but for me it wasn’t. So, I had to learn to put myself out there, take risks, come of my shy shell. If I don’t believe in my work, who will?
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Hire a good editor.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for taking a chance on a new author! You don’t know what it means when I hear feedback from readers who say they loved my books.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was Heidi. I loved it then, and I love it now.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at really random things. I used to not be a crier, but I do when I see animals or children being abused.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’m adopted, so I’d like to meet my birth mother (maybe). I just want to know if I look like her.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
She was loved. I guess I would like people who are wandering around the cemetery to know the person they are passing by meant something to someone.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
No, not really. I used to cook. I guess since I do that so infrequently now, you could call it a hobby. My husband calls it a miracle. Lol…
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TWD, Vikings, GoT
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
I love Mexican food! My favorite color is pink. I listen to rock or alternative.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Open up my own spa.
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