Name Misha Elliott
Where are you from Alabama
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I live in Alabama with my husband,Alan, teenage son, two mini schnauzers and a rescued calico cat.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have a Christmas novella ~ All I Want for Christmas that is part of an anthology that benefits a children’s hospital. It releases on November 2nd. Right now for less than a dollar you can get 14 great stories and help a great cause. Here’s a link if you want to check it out. http://bit.ly/CITC-US
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always written poetry and short stories. It wasn’t until we had experienced some tragic losses in our family that I got back into it and it to be therapeutic. My husband and friends encouraged me to share them with others.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my editor told me that I am a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A group of friends having a discussion over too much wine.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I wouldn’t say I have a style. This year I’m working on different genres and techniques.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I usually make a list of potential names and have Alan pick the one he likes.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In Saving Leah I want people to understand that there is more to domestic violence than the obvious physical abuse. Also for people to understand that it isn’t that a person wants to be in that situation, sometimes they are so damaged that they don’t see a way out.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I think that all of my books are realistic. They are fictional, but I put in elements of real things in each one.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, there is a part of me, or someone I know in every book.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I love romances Nora Roberts is at the top of my list, then I’d have to add Kristen Proby, Colleen Hoover, Tara Sivec, Tina Reber, Michelle Leighton to name a few. Each of them have stories that have really touched me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading two ARC’s Quiet Lies by RL Griffin and If You Dare by Alessandra Torre
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
RL Griffin is a newer author and a phenomenal writer.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently working on a story titled Viral. The cover is amazing.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
There are several bloggers and authors who lend their support. I am very grateful for them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I have regular 9-5 job, but writing is something I see myself doing through retirement.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
It’s funny you should ask that. I had one idea for Viral then completely changed it so I hope this is going to be a read that catches your attention.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Viral Here’s a sneak peek:
I deserve to be hated and detested after all. I tried so hard to be good, but the truth is that it just didn’t work out for me. With the push of a button I unleashed a storm of catastrophic levels.
Then I was sorry
I couldn’t stop it.
It was uncontrollable
It was all my fault. After all some things can’t be unseen or undone.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Organizing my thoughts as they all come out at once.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Kristen Proby’s characters are all relatable. I love that bond that the female characters have with each other.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
For research, and book signings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Shari Ryan, and Hang Le have designed some for me so far.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Editing is important!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just thank you for taking the time to read my books.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I remember that fed my imagination and love for reading was The Secret Garden.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at a lot of things that happen from day to day. My world can get a little crazy. A lot of shared stories on Facebook make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Since they passed before we met, I’d love to meet my husband’s parents and thank them for having him.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
She sure made life interesting. I think those that were close to me would all think that and have stories to share.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Deep sea fishing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am a Netflix- Hulu binger. I love watching a whole series. We are also obsessed with the Food Network.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Blue and Purple are my favorite colors. The Korean dish Bulgolgi is my favorite.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I love art sculptures and paintings.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Social Links