Interview with Elysse McKenna

What is your writing process?
I usually am inspired by a movie or another novel and decide to start writing. When I have an idea for a story I can almost picture the scenes in my head, the only thing I have to do is be able to put my thoughts down on paper (or on my computer)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Honestly I can't say that I remember the very first book that I ever read. But, I remember when I was little being a fan of the Magical Treehouse series.
How do you approach cover design?
My sister actually creates the covers of all my novels (I currently am writing two on
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's difficult... I'm kind of a picky reader. But if I had to list a few, I'd probably have to say my favorite novels are: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, The Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn and The Miracle Girls series by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbelt.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly Historical Fiction or Young Adult Novels. I also enjoy reading other author's books on sites like, especially a writer that goes by @littleLo.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my phone a LOT especially when the weathers gloomy and I'm snuggling in.
Describe your desk
My desk consists of a comfy bed and my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I actually have traveled all over the U.S. so I think that's one of the reasons why I had my main character in one of my novels, 'Our Hopeless Hearts' move away from her hometown. I find it easier to right about character I can relate to.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing probably when I was fifteen... but never really finished a novel until now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well.. that'll be revealed when 'Our Hopeless Hearts' is published ;)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Probably my sister and twin. She's an amazing writer and has written several books and has encouraged me to write my own novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is seeing people's reactions to my work. I love it when I show my sister a chapter I've written and she tells me to continue writing because she enjoyed it so much.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love knowing that I have people who are rooting for me and are there to encourage me along the way.
What are you working on next?
You'll have to wait and see...
Who are your favorite authors?
Taylor Dovey, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and Jenny Han.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly through my friends or family.
Published 2016-04-25.
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