Interview with Elizabeth Huff

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Midwest, in a fairly sizable city. I am definitely not a country girl, but I do like the occasional outdoor activity. I think I am lucky that I grew up in an area where I had a lot of exposure to different writing styles and forms, but mostly I have been extremely fortunate that I have had teachers and friends who have supported me in my writing endeavors.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in middle school (I believe it was 6th grade). At least that was when I first started to create my own stories and really write for fun. I did enjoy writing since my elementary days though.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is hard to narrow down just one thing as they are all intertwined for me. I love learning new things and one of the best ways to do that is to write about it. Also nothing beats the satisfaction of coming up with a plot and seeing a story come alive with your own hard work. Dreaming of bestseller success isn't so bad either.
What is your writing process?
I usually come up with a bunch of ideas and write them down in a notebook. Whenever I am ready to start a new project I go through the notebooks and either use an idea or combine several ideas into one and use that to begin writing. My next step is usually an outline (although sometimes I don't use one) because I find that I am better able to finish a story when I use one. Then I write the story. Next is editing (which I hate). I don't usually show anyone but my sister my work in advance of the story being completed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at my day job. My other hobbies include numismatics, genealogy, searching for new music, reading (of course), and crawling through little known websites in search of interesting information.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that peaks my interest. Manga, Fantasy, Science Fiction, books on writing craft, books on different hobbies that I might be interested in starting up, fanfiction, Horror, some non-fiction on specific subjects that interest me, Comics, etc. For me anything is fair game especially if I can learn something that might be useful later.
Who are your favorite authors?
While I'm open to almost anything, I prefer the authors I was exposed to when I was younger. Tamora Pierce, who wrote the Lioness Quartet series of books, was a huge influence on me choosing to write. Mercedes Lackey, Holly Lisle, Patricia Briggs, Guy Gavriel Kay, Chinua Achebe, etc. There are many more, but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember how old I was, but I do remember the story was a little poem about a fly. When I was first able to read it without help from anyone telling me how to pronounce the words I was so proud of myself. It made me very eager to begin reading everything I could get my hands on. From reading it was only a matter of time before I started wondering if I could also write stories like the ones I enjoyed reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually search for free books first because I have to read on a budget. If I like the free books I see if the same author has other books and I become more likely to spend money on them. Summaries are also very important for me deciding whether I purchase an ebook. If it is non-ficiton then I want to know exactly what is in the book so I know whether it will fit my needs. If it is ficiton then it has to spark my curiosity and imagination. Covers catch my attention and get me to read the summary of a book, but it is not really the reason I would buy a book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing is such a long process and seems like it can get very complicated. I am still open to traditionally publishing a book, but it would have to be the right book. Also publishing an ebook makes the book more affordable to readers. I can't tell you how many times I was in a bookstore, especially when I was younger, and had trouble choosing between two books because I could only afford one. I also don't have to worry about my books going out-of-print unless I want them too.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everytime someone downloads or comments on one of my books, visits my website, or shows any other kind of support it helps me show myself that I can do this. I think if I have even one fan it's amazing because not everyone gets to have that amazing experience. When you realize you have helped someone, even if it is just to entertain them, you suddenly realize you have done something extraordinary.
What are you working on next?
Originally it was going to be a short book of romance prompts and a historical romance novel for publishing in February of next year (2014), but I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org). So now my next project is a science fiction story about a girl who wakes up in a virtual world with amnesia.
Published 2013-10-23.
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