Monday, September 9, 2013

Interview: Danielle A. Elwood

Author Interview of the Week

Meet Danielle A. Elwood, author of Take Me Out and Crashed.

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What made you want to be an author?  

 I am not sure honestly, I didn't wake up one morning with a burning desire. I really got into reading romance novels last year, and my interest grew as my love for reading grew. Then I was introduced to the Indie publishing community by Jamie McGuire who pointed me in the right direction. I think when I realized I had the desire and passion, along with her amazing guidance, I just went for it.

Who has inspired you the most?

  I would probably say Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines, both are my favorites and no matter what they continue to churn out amazing books. But my inspiration doesn't just come from the writing community. I get it from my parents, my late sister who always encouraged me to chase my dreams, and of course my amazing children. Knowing that I can set an example for them is probably the most inspiration any one can need. 

Can you tell us about some of your earlier days of writing? 

 I started out as a blogger. Which is why my grammar is atrocious. I always felt the need to write like I talk in my day-to-day life. Which I still do. When I send my work off to editors they hate me. Hell, when I read back over my own work sometimes I cringe. To be honest though, Take Me Out is my first work, and just between that to my next book, Crashed which is scheduled to come out this fall I can see my own growth which is amazingly rewarding.

How has your life considerably changed since you've been published? 

It hasn't really changed much yet. I think I have become more dedicated, but check back in with me in a couple months and I know there will be some difference. 

What inspired you to write Take Me Out? 

 I am a baseball nut. I love it. I love the Red Sox. So when I started thinking about a theme for a book or something that would fit into an awesome love story, baseball had to be included. Plus Fenway Park is one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums. I didn't plan Take Me Out though. One day I just picked up and started writing while my kids were out at the Zoo for the day. The rest is kind of history.

You're an Indie Author. Do you think there is a stigma put on Indie writers? Is it more difficult to network? 

 I think the indie community is the most amazing, welcoming, and supportive community. I don't find it hard to network at all, in fact I think the vast majority are super supportive of each other. Of course there will always be a hand full of bad apples, like anywhere. But honestly, I love being an Indie author. 
As for a stigma, I think there can be, but with the way publishing is changing with the access to technology today... it won't be long till the tide turn more.

What has been the best experience so far on your journey as an author? 

 I would say publishing my first book on my birthday. It was such an amazing day. 

Can you give us some insight on any upcoming projects?

 I am currently working on Crashed, which is a firefighter based contemporary romance novel. It is a really awesome story and I am enjoying writing it. The synopsis is: 
"Emily Taylor is a twenty-six year old event planner who has made a career out of dating; with the majority of it ending up as a complete nightmare. She is driven, motivated, and rising to the top in her career…but not in her love life. However, a random car accident will change her life forever.

Avery Martin is a country boy stuck in the city working his dream job of being a fire fighter. Over the years he has given up a lot, including dating, to focus on his career. Responding to a car accident one day he becomes overly involved with the woman he is rescuing.

Will these two find love, or will amnesia cost them the future they might have had?"
It is slated for Fall 2013. Cover reveal will be on August 5th.

What advice can you give to any upcoming authors?

 Don't get discouraged. Ever! We ALL take lumps along the way, and all good authors have. If it is something you are passionate about, never give up.  Join online writing communities, meet other authors, network... you will find great support systems within the Indie community!  

Thanks so much, Danielle for interviewing with us! Don't forget to follow Danielle on her outlets below!

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