Interview with Elizabeth C Bauer

What are you working on next?
Right now book three of The Gifted Series is in the editing process. Along with that I am working on a new series called the Zanite Chronicles which is about a group of teenagers discovering the truth about their heritage and how different they really are from everyone else. You'll follow them on their journey of rediscovering their powers and their destinies.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have some typical favorite authors like J.K. Rowling, Steven King, and Marissa Meyer. When I was in high school I absolutely loved reading anything and everything by Torey Hayden.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My amazingly supportive husband is a big inspiration, but my Son is the key. My dream is to make a career from my writing to be able to stay home with him while still providing for him. He is my everything.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend the majority of my time with my 2 month old. He's more aware now, and trying to reach all of the baby milestones way too fast for my liking. I also work a day job that takes up a lot of my time when I'm not writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a horror story about my friends that I wrote when I was twelve. Sometimes I wish I still had it, but after ten years things like that tend to get misplaced.
What is your writing process?
It's a little out of the box. When I come up with an idea I write it down and then think on it for a few days. Most authors write an outline before they start their novel, but not me. I turn on some music, sit at my desk, and just write. I like to let the story take me where it wants to go, not to where I'm trying to force it to go.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. I may be creative with words, but drawing and graphic design is not my thing. I actually went to highschool with my graphic designer. He reads my work and comes up with a few options and we talk through what we think will be the best fit for the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love young adult literature. When I just want a relaxing read I normally pick up a YA book, but if I'm up for more of a challenge I'll read a Steven King novel and get lost for hours in his upside down, wonderful worlds.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Honestly Instagram has done marvels for my marketing. I first I was skeptical stepping into that version of social media, but it really seems to have paid off.
Describe your desk
Messy...right now it's insanely messy! I have everything I need for writing out, plus now that I have a baby I have his bouncy chair sitting on it, some toys, and other miscellaneous baby stuff.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a teeny tiny town that felt like it was in the middle of nowhere. I believe I was more influenced by the people than the actual location. I think the way I do and act the way I do because of my experiences growing up. Sometimes when I think back on it I complain but I try to remind myself that I wouldn't be who I am today if certain events in my life didn't happen. I also believe the experiences I had make my writing less restricted, I'm not afraid to cross lines.
Published 2015-09-24.
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Books by This Author

The Gifted
Series: The Gifted. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,400. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Decades after a nuclear war devastated the world, two regions were formed—the Elite Region, for the gifted, and the Inept Region, for the ungifted. The people of the Inept Region live as slaves, scared into submission by the unique, often frightening abilities of the Elite, while the Elite live privileged lives, with only one condition—mind control.