Interview with award-winning, multi-published author and speaker, Elizabeth Sinclair
Interview with Elizabeth Sinclair, a multi-published author whose books have sold in seventeen countries and have been translated into seven foreign languages. She is also the author of the widely acclaimed instructional book, The Dreaded Synopsis.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
2. What inspired you to write your first book?
3. You write contemporary romance, romantic fiction, and paranormal romance. Do you have a favorite sub-genre?
If it’s a good book with a good plot, any sub-genre. However, I do tend to lean toward light paranormal romance when I want to read for pleasure. No vampires or werewolves. Just a few ghosts and supernatural goings on.
4. Where do you get all your ideas?
|Eight Men & a Lady|
5. What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Plotting, hands down. I agonize over my plots. I believe it’s mostly because I’m always looking for a new and interesting twist and until it pops into my head, it’s torture.
6. How long does it take you to write a book?
|The Overnight Groom|
7. What is your writing schedule like? For example, do you write any time of the day or do you prefer a specific time of day? Do you write for a specific amount of hours or pages?
Normally, I write from about 9 am until 3 pm, at which point my brain atrophies, and I find I’m writing drivel, so I quit and go play Pogo Then there are days when the words are flowing, and I look at the clock, and realize it’s time for supper. I don’t do well if I handicap myself by limiting my writing time or the number of pages. I keep a worksheet on the current book’s progress (word count), so I know how much I write each day and how many words I have yet to go. That pretty much keeps me on track.
8. Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you cope with it?
|Baptism in Fire|
9. You’re the author of The Dreaded Synopsis, A Writing and Plotting Guide. How did writing this come about?
|The Dreaded Synopsis|
10. Do you have any writing tips on plotting?
If my critique partners are reading this, they’re saying “Yes, her mantra. Write a GMC for each character, including the villain.” And they’d be right. Without it, you can have no plot. It’s the spine of the book, the place from which everything in the plot originates.
11. What is your personal writing goal?
12. What is the strangest thing that ever happened to you while you were at a book signing or giving a presentation? What is the funniest?
Actually, the strangest and the funniest all happened at the same book signing with the same lady. She came to the table with three copies of my book. This is not normally anything unusual. Sometimes people buy a copy for themselves and one for friends. However, she asked that they ALL be signed to her. Yep, all to her. After biting back my surprise, I asked why she was buying three copies for herself. Her answer was “Because I’m a good person, and I deserve them.” I signed the copies and wished her a good day. After which I sat there in stunned silence for a time before bursting out laughing.
13. What is your current work-in-progress, and can you summarize it in a few lines?
My current work in progress is WINTER MAGIC, the fourth book in the Hawks Mountain series for Bell Bridge Books, written with a Cinderella like theme. It’s about a woman taken completely out of her element, thrust into a situation about which she has no knowledge, and as a result, finds love and happiness she never dreamed of.
14. What writing advice or tips would you like to give to other writers?
Learn your craft. Devote yourself to the writing and stick with it. Determination + patience + persistence = published.
15. You're writing a series for Bell Bridge Books. How do these stories connect? How many of these books will there be?
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