Interview with Elena Andrews

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Brewing coffee, teaching kindergarten kids to read and write, unsuccessfully avoiding sugar, serving soup and salad, coaching t-ball, doing way too much laundry, and enjoying the outdoors as much as the weather permits.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth - I'm always asking people about a good book they've just read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I have several folders of things I wrote, I mean typed. Before laptops.
What is your writing process?
I'm always thinking about plot and characters. I don't necessarily outline, but I'm always thinking about conflict and where my story is going. Great ideas come to me in the shower or on a walk.
How do you approach cover design?
I recently hired a professional cover designer and LOVED the final product. See the cover for Saint Nick. I'm so happy with the result.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite authors lately have been Colleen Hoover and Abbi Glines. Their stories are entertaining. I love Kresley Cole and her Immortals After Dark series. LOVE HER!!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm partial to my Kindle. I've had it for several years. It's the original one, black and white. No frills, but I love it.
Describe your desk
I have several spots I write in. I recently moved my laptop to a table downstairs in our finished basement because my desk was too messy with bills, schoolwork, writing notes, and receipts. Too much going on there. So, I wanted a "clean" slate to write at so I've been using the table downstairs or the kitchen table in the morning and early afternoon. No clutter allowed near my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've moved all over the United States growing up. I think I've lived in 10 or 12 states total. But I've been in the same place for the last ten years, which is unusual for me. But I like the roots my family is growing in our community. No matter where we go now, we bump into someone we know. I'm enjoying that feeling of "community" because that's something I never felt growing up because me moved so often.
When did you first start writing?
Elementary school. I've been writing my whole life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My desire to write and get published. Being an indie author gives me the power to succeed and fulfill my dreams.
Published 2014-12-01.
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