Interview with Elisha

What genre/s do you write in?


Paranormal Romance. I've also dabbled a little in Historical romance

with a paranormal twist.


How long have you been writing?

I started writing with the aim to publish around 7 years ago.


Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about

these and what publishing route you took...

I now have 3 books published. I decided to self publish my 1 st book in

2019 using Amazon and their KDP program, and have used the

same method with my following 2 books. I enjoy the freedom self-publishing allows.


Did you use an editor? If so who?

My work is self-edited with several other eyes looking it over for any

issues, spelling, and grammar.


Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?

Self formatted again, and I also do book cover designs which I sell as

part of the Inkwolf Designs group, so I designed my own covers as

well.


Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go

for you?

I've self-published all my books. I enjoy the freedom of self-publishing

allows, but it's a learning curve getting everything right and it's

something I'm still learning, especially trying to promote.


How do you market your work and promote your brand?(Include

links)

I've tried some Facebook ads in the past with some success but

they've tightened up recently, and some covers are not being

approved, which makes things a little trickier. I try to engage in both

Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/ElishabWrites

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ElishaBWrites


What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?

I have had some success using Facebook and Twitter, and some on

Instagram. But it's all about engaging, not just promoting yourself all

the time.


Do you use an agent? No.


Do you use paid advertising? If so what? I haven't recently, but I

will be trying some new adverts on Facebook if they get approved on

my next release, and will look into Amazon ads as well.


Do you have a blog or website?

www.elishabugg.com


What inspires you most to write?

A lot of my ideas have come from

dreams I've had and pushed further, and others have come from

music that has sparked an idea.

The motivation comes from my dream to be a full-time author.


What do you do to help with writer's block?

Normally I allow myself a break and know I will get back to it when I'm

ready, but sometimes I just push myself and keep writing, or go back

to the beginning and edit, refreshing the story in my head which

often gives me new ideas to push through the block.


How do you plan your writing and start?

I don't tend to plan, I just start and make notes as I go, allowing

things to flow naturally before going back and editing.

In my last book, however, I planned out some of the critical points after

hitting a brick wall and found I was able to finish much quicker than

usual, so this is a route I may take in the future to help with my productivity.


Is writing your full-time job? If not, what else do you do?

No. I also work part-time as a supervisor in a book and gift store, as

well as designing and selling pre-made and custom book covers, and

other designs.


What are you working on at the moment?

I'm currently working on 2 of my Otherworld Guardians series, Hunt

Guardian which is a follow on from my debut release, Reluctant

Guardian. Book 1 involves wolf shifters, among other creatures,

following Thane and Anya against the hunters. Book 2 follows a new

leading couple, Erebus a demon, and Heleana a witch, and healer in

their continued fight against the hunters. New enemies, and more

twists and reveals.

I also have some work started on book 2 of my latest release, Touch.

Book 2, in this Demon Warrior series, will follow Rayner from book 1's

brother, Niko.

There is also some planning for a new Historical romance based in a

paranormal Victorian world. Think Penny Dreadful and The

Irregulars.


What is your target audience?

18+ fans of the supernatural, and paranormal creatures.

Readers who enjoy works by Gena Showalter,

Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, Cyntia Eden, and Rhonda Thompson.


How long dose it take you to write a book?

Anywhere from a month

like my Wolves of Wlfric Manor which was written during NaNo, to 1

year plus, like my debut book. I'm hoping to become more

productive by planning a little more of my writing in the future.


When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?

I used to write all sorts growing up, from short stories to lyrics, and

acting out scenes when playing games, but it was only around 7-8

years ago that I began writing in the hopes of writing and publishing

a book.


What is your writing schedule look like?

With 2 children, one nearly 8years, and the other 4months old, and a

house to upkeep, finding time to write can be tricky but I try to get

sometime during school and naptime, or in the evening/early

morning when others are sleeping. It's all about grabbing the time I

can when and where I can.


What does your family think about you writing?

All my family has been very supportive of my writing. My eldest

even enjoys writing her own stories, which makes me proud.


What do you do when you are not writing?

Other than being a mother and partner spending time with family, I

enjoy drawing, crafts and gaming. Anything from board and card

games to PC and console games.


Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?

Any info I need I tend to google to find what I need or if able ask

some friends in the fields, such as nurse friends for some medical

research.



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