Interview with Elise Jackson

What do you read for pleasure?
Anything really. Which I know everyone says that, but I'll usually read anything I'm interested in. I'm a really big fan of fiction, poetry, and horror. I think that comes across very well in my writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Eleanor & Park (by Rainbow Powell), Go Ask Alice (by Anonymous), Brown Girl Dreaming (by Jacqueline Woodson), Rage (by Jackie Morse Kessler)... There's just too many good ones!
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tough one. I like a lot of Sylvia Plath, Rainbow Rowell, J.R.R Tolkien.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iBooks, or a good ol' physical copy. I prefer the physical copy though.
Describe your desk
A huge, complicated mess of anything, but usually black in color.
When did you first start writing?
Back in middle school, which was a while back for me; I started writing for pleasure in the sixth grade, but I didn't think of it as a career choice until the next year.
How do you approach cover design?
I always try to choose something quite close to the gist of the book I am writing/publishing. Sometimes I like to take ideas that are close to the aesthetic or feeling of the project that is being produced, nothing ever fails me though.
What's the story behind your first published book?
It revolves around the idea of heartbreak after a failed attempt at a relationship and a weird explanation on how one of them ended up dead. When I originally wrote it, I was then struggling with the concept of death and afterlife. I wanted some view from the other side on how someone could be stuck in the "in-between" before a longing black nothingness.
What motivated you to become an author?
I wanted to give others the sensation of reading something and becoming immersed in that world, a comforting feeling I received from reading books. Also, I just like creating worlds and telling stories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Giving people the satisfaction of a falling into another universe for a while. Or making people happy, receiving any reaction from my work is wonderful.
What are you working on next?
A lot all at once, one humongous project currently in the works.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my time writing, but the tiny moments of my year when I'm not writing I'm usually creating visual art or musical art.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Indiana, but I don't really see a connection between where I grew up and my work.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food.

No, that's literally it.
What do your fans mean to you?
They keep me cool in the summer, and I'm very grateful for that. Haha.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually only read ebook versions of physical books I want to purchase in the future.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
An awfully written vampire fanfiction of a band, I don't want to talk about it.
What is your writing process?
I usually just come up with an idea and go at it from there. I get stumped from time to time and when that happens I tend to move on to other things I'm working on. I always come back to the others though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a very advanced reader in elementary school, I read ahead of my grade level. So I guess it started in kindergarten, we were given books to take home and read for ourselves and I would come back the next day and want another one. I guess any book I read back then impacted me to keep reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I know it sounds harsh, but I find that constantly promoting something and pushing it out there works.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't have any success yet, but it sure has motivated me to get some work done to publish it!
Published 2017-06-09.
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Books by This Author

Renaissance
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Come on a journey with a teenager in the darkest days of her life in Renaissance and watch her come back alive before your very eyes.