Interview with E.L. Cyrs

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing, for me anyway, is probably the depth at which I am able to be inside of my own head. Some might call it meditation, others introspection but what I feel when I am in my "writing-head" is a sense of peace and purpose. Unless you are an avid reader, creative or someone who immerses themselves in a craft, this might be a difficult concept to grasp.
What do your fans mean to you?
I prefer the term reader to fan. The word fan sounds somewhat sycophantic to me. The word reader puts others on a level playing field with me as a writer. As far as what I think of those who read my books, I am honored and never take for granted the time someone is offering me in reading my book. Time is the greatest gift and when people use a little of theirs to read something Iv'e written, then I should be the one who is grateful.
What are you working on next?
I've got two books completed that are in edit right now. One is a children's book and the other is a memoir of what it is like to come of age while living in the Northern part of the U.S. and the Southern part simultaneously.
Who are your favorite authors?
Definitely James Baldwin would be in my top tier. I also love the work of Lorraine Hansberry. This is a tricky question for me because I love so many authors for so many different aspects of their craft. Sometimes I've got a struggle between loving the opus but not the individual. A good case in point for me is Rudyard Kipling. I also read a ton of non-fiction, specifically history. There are several scholars whose works I admire.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My grandmother used to tell me that "A good day is any day you wake up." I never forget that. When I open my eyes in the morning and take that first, deep breath I am inspired by the gift of the promise, and potential, of another day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am actually a professional storyteller. I spend an inordinate amount of my time touring domestically and internationally.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a voracious reader of ebooks. I own three different eReaders and consume more than my fair share. I also download PDF's from several scholarly sites that continue to publish updated research in areas I'm interested in. One might even call my way of reading an addiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh no! I've been writing since kinder. All I can remember is trying to write stories that rivaled Bugs Bunny.
What is your writing process?
I call it obsessive writing. I binge write. I pour myself into writing the way addicts consume narcotics. There are even times when my family wall initiate an intervention to pull me back into "the real world."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not so much the first story but the first novel. It was by a man named Claude Brown and his books was titled "Manchild in the Promised Land." I was 11 years old and it shook me to the core. It was the first book ever to consume me, take me out of my reality.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I am a professional storyteller, I approach almost everything from that angle. A cover must convey a story. A cover has to pique the interest of the imagination and have the observer initiate questions in their own minds.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Impossible for me to answer in 50,000 words or less.
Published 2017-01-06.
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Books by This Author

Road of Ash and Dust: Awakening of a Soul in Africa
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,200. Language: American English. Published: January 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Social Science » Black studies (global)
Unaware that hunger, sickness and deprivation were awaiting him, a young idealist leaves the United States and embarks on a spiritual journey to West Africa. Repeatedly challenged by a world beyond his understanding and thrown into harsh, critical self-reflections, he is repulsed by the image of himself that Africa forces him to confront.