Interview with Eleanor Goold

What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything and everything! I learn so much from reading different genres, but I guess what I like reading most is about other people's experiences. I also love anything about nature and animals.
Describe your desk
In the spring and summer months I work in a little wooden chalet in the garden, so my desk is actually a modified picnic table! Indoors, some would say my desk is a mess, but I can find everything on it. I also have a habit of jotting ideas down literally on the back of old envelopes!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A small town in Norfolk in the UK. My childhood had a huge influence on my writing, mainly because I had some wonderful teachers (both via traditional schooling and of course, life in general).
When did you first start writing?
I used to write a lot of pretty awful poetry as a child. But I started writing professionally in 2011.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting good feedback is nice. But seriously, the greatest joy is if I can help others in some way, for my words to resonate with them.
What do your fans mean to you?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog usually...and the fact that each day we all have the opportunity to create real magic in our lives. Every day is a blessing!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Good question. I love growing veggies, walking my dog, and generally exploring.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media. Facebook for family and friends, and twitter for sharing blog posts etc.
What are you working on next?
A follow up to 'Learning How To Swim' and also a book about our adventures in Hungary.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, at school. It was in fact a sci-fi....not my genre at all. The story was about living in a parallel world, and about how a whole civilization had lived on earth millions of years before us. Not quite Arthur C. Clarke.
Published 2015-03-12.
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