Interview with Mikayla Elliot

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was around seven years old, however I did not write full length novels until my early 20's. My earliest pieces of work when I started writing stories (again, at 7 yo) were apparently upsetting to my parents, so they refused to let me write/type up my stories.
What is your writing process?
I just start writing. Sometimes it's a small idea I smart with, other times it's an inner drive that I MUST adhere to and cannot be denied. Once it begins, I write several pages/chapters and then take a breather to review what has begun and where it must go. It's not always consistent, sometimes the road suddenly becomes clear as the summer sky while others I find myself sinking in the mud. Those muddy moments where I'm being terribly suffocated I put those stories on the backburner. I always return as it must always be a matter of timing, I find.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
All of it. Honestly, when it comes to writing it's getting to release those inner workings and imaginings and sharing them! Working out the details I generally have to write the first few pages to first few chapters before I get the complete idea of where I am going to end up in one of my stories, but it's exhilarating! The different ideas that begin to flow, the possibilities are that "high" for me, definitely happy endorphins.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a bit funny, because I never sought, expected, nor planned to write a vampire novel. This one just happened, as did the first one I ever wrote in full. I had started one book, and about two months after starting that novel I simultaneously started writing Snow. While I did complete the first novel in it's entirety much sooner, I took 6 years from when I first started until I finally sat down just last year and completed Snow. I wanted it to be different than what I had seen in movies and read in books, and I feel I accomplished that to a certain degree. It was also unexpected that I decided Snow would become part of a trilogy, but now I'm incredibly glad to have gone through the rigors of fleshing out the entire plan!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Oh, the troubles we bring upon our own heads! Haha, honestly, I chose this path because there was much I wanted to find out. Also, I understand just how difficult it is to get a book published by first finding the agent, then being connected to a publishing company, etc. It seemed the most efficient way to get my book out there and no longer delay the process! Lord knows if I had tried to find an agent, I most likely would have gone through several more modifications of the book. Being a perfectionist has it's pro's and con's, and knowing myself, this forced me to simply get it properly managed and published.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I would have to say sort-of. Perhaps it is my own lack of investigative skills, but I have not really found a great way to "advertise" through SmashWords but a few methods. That being said, those methods have been Amazing to utilize, such as the Giveaways and being able to, at my own choosing, place the book as Free when I so choose without a heavy handed commitment! (Hint Hint, Amazon...)
What do your fans mean to you?
With what few I have (at the moment) they mean people I have been able to reach out and share my different world(s) with, which is magnificent. Fans means that there are others who are just as interested as I am in seeing what new wonders can be explored together, individuals who can connect to what I visualize, and appreciate that reaching grasp. I think for any author they are the backbone that holds me upright as an author, and an inspiration to keep moving forward. Progression, dreams, hopes, so many things!
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on the second book in the Black Ice trilogy, Blizzard. There is so much excitement I feel for what this second book brings, and so much pressure to not fail! Looking forward I hope to continue to exhilarate my readers and bring more surprises to the table.
Who are your favorite authors?
R. A. Salvatore, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Shana Abe, Jane Austen...to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Aside from the need to get to my day job so I can afford LIFE? My kids. They actually get me out of bed several times in the night/morning!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I stay busy with my family, they are the core of my existence. I spend a lot of time considering what to do with my books, honestly. Drives to and from work allow that activity. Outside of that I try to spend some time watching different shows on Netflix, CrunchyRoll(anime <3), getting physically active-rare, but I try, reading regularly, cleaning, and somewhere in there enjoying food.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Oy! Before my son wiped out my Nook (yeti cry!) I would go through and regularly patrol the Free books(this lead to several purchases of the series that followed), I would search by genre and review what those were about, or look for my well known authors. Now I'm remembering all my ebooks I lost and subsequently miss.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes...but that won't be discussed!
Published 2017-09-12.
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