Interview with Elle Maeson Hughes

What are you working on next?
I've just finished two lesbian/gay romance(a little explicit) books...Just getting through reading them a few times to change things or correct errors.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't know that I have any specific favorites. And that can change in time anyways. If you write with passion and the words are the air you breathe, then you share the world that I live in. And for that...I would like you as an author.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love doing little projects in my graphics art program. Learning new art techniques. I read when possible, and listen to music when-always. Also, I enjoy painting...and crocheting. I can make nice hats for my biggest time taker-My daughter.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember it so vividly because it was the story that showed me what my life's passion was. It was a school project when I was sixteen. I had to write a story about a character falling into a stream that sent people to another world. It was fun. And I've never stopped writing.
What is your writing process?
I have no real process. I don't layout the entire story parts. I get an idea...I hear music and play the idea through my mind a million times, and then I just feel a tug and I'm lost in an entire new world, just writing and going with it as it comes (which is why it is sometimes really hard for me to come back a few months later to finish something).
How do you approach cover design?
I never honestly know what to do for a cover. I just start a project in my graphics art program, and come back a million times trying different things until I can live with it. And I'm always open to ideas and suggestions.
Describe your desk
In one word. Disaster.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Washington, US. It's a nice place, but I think the influence was more from how I grew up, and with whom.
When did you first start writing?
When I was sixteen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Honestly, my writing is for pure selfish pleasure. But some day, I hope the joy can come from seeing someone else find pleasure in getting lost in my words. I honestly, hope that my words will, in time, learn to touch someone positively. Even if it's only to allow someone to feel love when it's not always available in their current real life situations.
Published 2014-07-23.
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