Elaine Stock Speaks Up!

Me4.10.17

Everyone’s Story welcomes … uh, me, Elaine Stock. Though I’m grateful to be booked with guests into December, I want to take this time to share a few things about myself and my writing. I’ve asked a few people if they have any questions for me and I’m sharing those, along with a few Fast Takes. If anyone has additional questions I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments. Plus, check out the SUPER BookGiveaway a few other authors (thank you, my friends!) and I are offering this week. The drawing for the Giveaway winners will be on April 21st between 6-7 pm EST. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

BookGiveaway:

1 Lucky randomly chosen commenter will win from these authors:

TanyaMeme

 

Patricia Bradley  1 ebook copy of Silence in the Dark
AnnaLee Conti1 ebook copy of Till the Storm Passes By
Tanya Eavenson1 ebook of To Gain a Mommy
Jean C. Gordonchoice of 1 ebook or 1 print edition of Mending the Motocross Champion
Laura Hilton1 print edition of The Amish Wanderer
Christine Lindsay1 ebook of Finding Sarah Finding Me and 1 ebook of Sofi’s Bridge
Kathleen Rouser  1 ebook of Rumors and Promises
Elaine Stock1 ebook of Always With You

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Another randomly chosen commenter will win 1 ebook of:

SmallIsaJacket

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And 1 randomly chosen commenter who signs up for Elaine’s Mailing List (author newsletter, top right hand corner) will win an inspirational plaque with a Scripture quote.

 

 

Questions for Elaine:

Barbara asks: What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

Looking back, I’m not really sure if there was one definite ah-hah moment. I grew up with a mother who read a lot and always took me to the library and an aunt who told my brother and I the most amazing stories she made up. Around sixth grade, I started watching a lot of Neil Simon films (yes, I’m dating myself) and became inspired to write the next best Broadway play/movie. Along the way I kept busy by unexpected Life speed bumps, but kept up my writing interests though tamped down the humor aspect. It wasn’t until my mother died when I was 26 did I start taking my writing desires seriously. She was a very creative woman but suffered from a severe mental illness. She never pursued her interests . . . she couldn’t. When she passed, I decided I didn’t want to follow in her footsteps in not seeing my dreams come true.

Melissa asks: How do you choose the settings and story lines for your books?

They choose me! I don’t think its coincidence at all when I hear of a news story or learn about someone or something that sets my mind off in the Great What If Search. This was particularly true for my novel Always With You, originally titled Don’t Tell Isabelle. Years ago I’d attended a writer’s workshop in Saratoga, NY during horse racing season. Attendees were assigned horses’ names and asked to develop a story premise. My horse was named Don’t-Tell-Isabelle. Immediately I wanted to know whom Isabelle was and what she wasn’t supposed to know. Then the tragedy of 9-11 occurred. I searched my mind and heart over how a human being can do harm to another. The story incubated and finally became my debut novel.

Kent asks: Do you write all the way through, then edit? Or do you write, go back and over editing, then repeat? Also, do you use an outline?

I’m allergic to outlining! Really. A major seat-of-the-pants writer, every time in the past I’ve attempted the outline it would kill the story. I prefer writing then the next day recharging my brain by looking back what I wrote the previous day then write fresh and repeat and repeat. Having learned the hard way not to fall in love with my writing, when the story is complete I do many rewrites. I also let other pairs of eyes look over my writing.

Barbara asks: How do you maintain the discipline to keep it up, week after week?

Writing is my happy place of escape, of voicing my thoughts without anyone telling me to be quiet, of creating the world I’d like to live in. I also believe writing is an addiction and I’m thankful there’s no cure for it!

Kay asks: Do you have stories/novels that you wrote at an earlier time and hope to someday revive/rewrite them?

Yes! And after much revision, two are now in my agent’s wonderful hands. However, I’ve also started another novel that is loosely based upon my family’s history . . . or should I say, the lack of known history.

Sharon asks: Do you incorporate your own personal quirks into your characters?

Many writers have said this and I’m not any different: it’s difficult not to fuse a little of myself into my characters, especially interests, desires, likes and dislikes. Just a little, though. And it depends on the character. Definitely not every character.

Also, as far as quirky, I seem to be showing up incognito as a minor character. LOL. So far, no one has guessed where I showed up in Always With You.

Kathy asks: What time of day do you write?

Presently, my writing time competes against the Day Job. Sigh. When my novel debuted last year, I did drop down to a 4-day workweek so I can write more and that has helped. I write whenever I can, but I’m a morning person and after five pm my mind just starts shutting down the creative juices, though if pushed, I can edit at night (because for me, editing is like solving a math problem or a puzzle—it’s fun—though a lot of work. A lot!!)

MyFuture

 

Fast Takes:

Birth place: Brooklyn, NY (though I’ve been asked if my accent is Boston or Asian)

Bucket list country to visit: Poland! My paternal heritage is from Poland, the place where my Work in Progress is partially based (it’s a time slip story)

Non-writing interests: reading, walking, cooking

Rock “n” roll or country: Neither. Give me Bach or Beethoven any day!

Cat or dog: Cats are God’s presents . . . but recently I met and fell I love with a Goldendoodle and have daydreamed about one day making it reality

Most recent editorial lesson learned: Question one’s question marks. Why do they appear in my writing so much? Will I ever learn? Isn’t it amazing how much stronger one’s characters are without having them always speak and think in questions?

Elaine’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

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Author’s Bio:

Elaine Stock is the author of Always With You, which released in January 2016 and has been nominated for the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award. Her novels fuse romance, family drama and psychological suspense. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and contributes to the international “Happy Sis Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her popular six-year-old blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

Places to connect with Elaine:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

To Follow on Amazon

 

I look forward to your comments.

 

34 comments to Elaine Stock Speaks Up!

  • Ann Ellison

    Loved reading this and learning more about and your writing journey. I will be looking forward to your next book.

  • Hi, Elaine,

    I enjoyed learning more about you! Interesting that you mentioned your WIP. I just finished a novel (Push Not the River)set in 18th century Poland. It was a big epic and very intriguing! (Not ChristFic, just so you know.)My heritage comes largely from Prussia, right on the German/Polish boarder.

    On another note, I’m curious who your agent is.

    One more thing, I haven’t been in your blog neighborhood for a while, but wanted to let you know I like the layout. Really cute!

    Have a lovely Resurrection Sunday!

    • elaineadmin

      Naomi, nice to see you again!

      In hunting down books on Amazon about Poland I ran across Push Not the River and wondered about it. I didn’t opt for it then because the time period is way earlier than I wanted to research, though now you have me curious about this series. I may just have to look into this one. Thanks for the tip.

      My agent is the fab Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary. A very dedicated agent, for sure. Thanks for the kind words on the blog. I switched to having a whole website last year when my book came out, hooking up the website and blog under one roof. Funny, I already have a need to update it. Who would have thought?

      Easter blessings.

  • What a great blog!! I just found you today and I look forward to reading through all of your posts. I am a ‘getting started’ writer so I am elated to connect with others who are further along in the process!! God Bless!

    • elaineadmin

      Taffy welcome to Everyone’s Story. I’m excited that you made your way here, and just excited that you’re interested in writing! I hope to see more of you. As I’ve hinted, I have weekly author guests and I’m sue they will help to inspire you.

      If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to the blog.

      Easter blessings.

  • This was a fun post, Elaine! I’m dogs all the way! When I write I listen to classical or big band music but country music inspires many of my stories! I think I like country music because it too tells stories!

    Question for you: Where do you live now? I’m in Virginia.

    • elaineadmin

      My best writing time is in the morning and early afternoon, however I begin waking up my brain with the classical music station playing on the radio but I can’t write with music on. Though sometimes, I listen to it while editing. Sometimes! Funny, with my husband loving older style music, he was pretty impressed with me when we first met since I played my Benny Goodman records for him 😊

      I live in upstate NY, far from my city roots!

  • What a wonderful feature! I enjoyed reading this and look forward to looking into your book 🙂

  • So fun to learn more about you, Elaine. Thanks for sharing!

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for your friendship and support through the years, Kathy 💗 Thanks for being you!

      And thanks for contributing to the wonderful BookGiveaway!!

      Easter blessings.

  • Marilyn R

    Elaine, I loved reading and gaining more information about you. You are an amazing individual which I’m thankful I met at 2016 CFRR. Plus, we both are planning on being at 2017 CFRR, too. I look forward to reading more action filled true to life stories from you in the future. God bless your writing.

    You have amazing giveaways and winners will be blessed.

    • elaineadmin

      You’re so sweet and dear to me, Marilyn. I’m convinced God has had us meet… as well as all of my friends. No coincidences!

      May you be blessed with His joy this Easter and always.

  • Elaine, I enjoyed your post. Loved learning more about you, my friend. I’m with you on classical music (Bob and I met in concert a capella choir and opera workshop in college), although I do love country gospel and hymns. I seldom play music while I’m writing. Too distracting. For inspiration, I ponder story problems when I first go to bed and often wake up with fresh inspiration. My subconscious works on it while I sleep. My newest book, Beside Still Waters, third in the Alaskan Waters trilogy, (Till the Storm Passes By offered in this blog post is the first book in my series of historical Christian fiction books set in Southeast Alaska where I grew up) is due to come out next month. Happy Resurrection Day!

    • elaineadmin

      Good morning, AnnaLee. Easter blessings to you, too.

      Did I ever tell you how my husband and I met? In college, when we were locked out of our Introduction to Classical Music class while waiting for the late professor to arrive. He (husband to be, that is and not the professor–LOL) came over and started chatting with me and one month later we were engaged, though it wasn’t until many months later did we marry. Guess there’s truth about music uniting souls, huh? 😊

      Thanks for contributing to our wonderful BookGiveaway!! I’m looking forward to your newest release… get back to me if you’d like that December blog spot.

  • Elaine,
    Interesting interview. 🙂 After being friends with you over the years, you’ve worked hard for your success, and I’m so proud of all you’ve achieve and are achieving. Take care and I wish you every success and blessing!
    *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby

    • elaineadmin

      Diana, I’m so happy you visited today. Thanks for your cheering, though I don’t think of anything I’ve done on the success level but rather, just moving forward one step at a time and seeing where God takes me. Couldn’t do a thing without the encouragement of lovely friends like you 💗

      Easter blessings.

  • Deana Dick

    It is always a nice pleasure to get to know an author better. Thanks for a great interview.

  • Nice interview! I’m the opposite of you–sort of. 🙂 I like to write to certain types of music and favorite CD’s I have. But I do spend time with the room just silent, especially if my husband has headed off to bed! Usually, if I have music playing, it’s country.

    • elaineadmin

      Karen, thanks for your visit and support. Now there’s a difference: I don’t write at night. Never been a night owl–not even as a teen.

  • This was so interesting, Elaine – thank you for sharing your journey. Wishing you all the best on the WIP!

  • Connie Saunders

    Thanks for sharing about YOUR life.
    Blessings!
    Connie

    • elaineadmin

      Connie, I smiled when I read your comment… nice to know I haven’t bored you or anyone. LOL. I appreciate your kind words 💗

      I hope you don’t mind, but to protect you from unwanted spam, I deleted your email addy from your comment since I have it “behind the scenes.” Not to worry 😊

  • Sadika

    Its soo mice to know a person and how beautiful their personality is💞 I love to see my fav authors growing…Wishing u the best of luck for ur Future…Love from India❤😍

    • elaineadmin

      Welcome to Everyone’s Story, Sadika. Heartfelt thanks for making my day with your sweet and kind words.

      Love and peace from the Northeast of the United States 😘

  • Sonnetta Jones

    What a great interview. I will have to add your books to my ever growing pile of TBR.

    I love it when I see that people are interested in countries I might not visit because I do not know anything about it.

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Sonnetta. I’m pretty sure I recognize your name from a previous visit–welcome back. And if by chance I’m completely mistaken–welcome anyways 😊 I hope you’ll have a chance to read not only my novel, Always With You, but also the other fabulous books from all the participating authors who have contributed to this awesome Giveaway! Check back for the winners to be announced.

      Hope to see you again!

  • elaineadmin

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, is all I can say for a wonderful week on Everyone’s Story. I had a great time being surprised by long-time friends, writing pals, and new viewers who have expressed much interest. I hope everyone will come back for more visits and stay in touch!

    Thank you to my sweet friends who have graciously donated a book to the BookGiveaway: Patricia Bradley, AnnaLee Conti, Tanya Eavenson, Jean C. Gordon, Laura Hilton, Christine Lindsay, and Kathleen Rouser. May you all be blessed with many more releases!!

    The winner of the grand prize of the 9 book Giveaway is… Kelly G. Congratulations and happy reading.

    The winner of the Kindle book of Always With You is… Taffy. Yay, Taffy.

    And the winner of the inspirational plaque is… Connie S.

    Each winner will be contacted by direct email.

    Blessings to all.

  • Hello Elaine! Just popping in for a short visit! Thanks so much for what you do for so many of us authors! It was so kind of you to invite me as a guest a few years ago, thus giving me the opportunity to talk about my books.

    Something you said in this blog really resonated with me when you described writing as you place of escape! It is for me also, and I love all of the characters in the world I created for them. I even my “bad guys”, as none of them are ever irredeemable.

    Please continue this blog. It is a blessing for many, and so are you.

    • elaineadmin

      KB, I am so thrilled by your visit and touched by your lovely words. Thanks so much. I really, really try the extra yard or two for as many as I can. I’m happy that has included you before and I sure hope you will be back as my wonderful guest!! I truly believe that God has meant for us to connect and become friends 💗

  • I meant to say in paragraph #2, line #2 (above) that I even LOVE my “bad guys”, as none of them are ever irredeemable.

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