Interview with Elaine Angelus Kehler

What is your writing process?
I really don't have a set process. I am thinking of characters and plots all the time. I will write my ideas on whatever is handy at the time, a post it note, notebook or if I am at my laptop I create folders for them. It may take days to find the right words to go with the ideas. When I do though I can't be stopped.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember it. It was a story about Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine. I was totally lost in that book. I could see everything, the places and the people. It made me laugh and it made me cry. After that I could not get enough books to read.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have no set genre for what I read. I have very eclectic tastes. I do love Historical Romance, but sometime like to read something in the realm of Fantasy or Science Fiction. I find biographies very appealing as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I know you won't believe me, but I don't have one. I may read a story on my laptop occasionally. But, I still like the feel of a book in my hands. I will probably break down one day and get one. I guess I am old fashioned, even my phone is a dinosaur.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
There is nothing like word of mouth. Of course you have to get the work out there for people to talk about it. I have used many avenues for marketing, I have a website and a blog. I use Facebook, Twitter, and have even sent out postcards and flyers.
Describe your desk
My desk is wherever my laptop is at the moment. I do have a favorite place to write though. It is on the balcony of my new apartment. I can usually be found out there under my table umbrella with my laptop, notepad and of course, my coffee.
When did you first start writing?
Oh my, I started writing in high school. At that time I wrote science fiction short stories. I began seriously writing when my daughter was a toddler. I had only three free hours a day to write and I took advantage of every moment I could.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I am working on is the next chapter in the Westcott family. In the first book there were some pretty unsavory characters. In this book one, or maybe two of them might be redeemed. It shows how some people can change for the better and some just can't.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That one is easy. Thirty Four rejection letters. Every one of them had wonderful things to say about my writing. Either they were not taking on anyone new or I needed an agent. It took a long time before I tried Indie Publishing, but I am very happy with it so far.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my family. My daughters are grown and the oldest is married. We all enjoy talking together or cooking. We love to cook and try new recipes all the time. Watching movies is also a favorite of mine, especially old movies.
Published 2014-06-08.
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