Interview with Elizabeth Dandrow Mosolovich

What do you read for pleasure?
Always fiction, mostly YA. A lot of fantasy and mythology, though sometimes I will read more realistic fiction like You Against Me or North of Beautiful. I like romance and adventure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An Apple iPad, since I own one for school, anyway.
Describe your desk
A computer to the side, a stack of duct tape rolls next to it, and my writing notebook or binder usually in the middle. Occasionally the notebook will get replaced by my diary, a calligraphy notebook, or a sewing machine, and sometimes I'll do my homework on the desk, too. It's a multi-purpose desk.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing fanfiction in fourth grade after my brother suggested I should write some of my own, and then that morphed into original writing, i would like nothing more than to make a career out of my passion for writing and story-telling.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in South Jersey, in a stable home. The busy city of Philadelphia, which I've been to numerous times especially since my dad works there, offers inspiration sometimes, and the scenery of the Garden State can be nice to describe. Overall, though, it makes for almost boring settings for an actiony, adventure piece.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always been a mythology buff, and after my dad's cousin gave me a big book on world mythology and I read into the Norse myths, I realized Loki, god of chaos, actually got a bad wrap but he had very good reasons for being bitter and tormenting the gods. He is supposed to bring about the end of the world, and my story explains all the struggles he's gone through that becomes his reason for wanting to destroy the world. I elt sympathetic towards him, and so wrote his story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had finally finished my story, and due to my age and financial situation, I figured trying my hand at self-publishing would work out better than going straight for agents and other publishers. I would like to see some of my books in print, someday, though.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like taking different ideas and fleshing out the characters and worlds within them. I love building my own worlds and letting the story take me where it wants to go. I think it's a wonderful, wonderful thing to be the creator of so many different worlds.
What are you working on next?
Next, still on a mythology and ancient legends kick, I'll either begin working on a modern Arthurian series where King Arthur wakes up in modern-day Wales to stop a witch from destroying the world, or one set in Ancient Egypt where the half-human daughter of the death god Anubis must flee from home with a fellow fugitive when the pharaoh becomes frightened of her destiny, all of which she is unaware.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Cassandra Clare, and Jessica Day George, and Esther Friesner. Sarah Beth Durst and Susan Dunlap also make the Favorites list, along with Rick Riordan, Richelle Mead, Meg Cabot, and Kelly Armstrong.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing with my dog, texting with friends, spending time with my family, playing games, reading, working at my job (library) and, when it's not summer, going to school.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was five or six, and wrote it all on construction paper, and it was about a girl who discovered a world of unicorns and became their queen. I loved unicorns then, and still do.
What is your writing process?
Start with an idea, then get the characters figured out, usually with a character bio list, like name, age, hair, eyes, etc. Then I'll write a little synopsis, mentally plan a few scenes, but then mostly just write and then go back over what I've written to see if it makes sense and sounds good.
Published 2014-07-28.
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