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!
1 Lucky randomly chosen commenter will win from these authors:
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
Another randomly chosen commenter will win 1 ebook of:
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!!)
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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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.
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