Interview with Elaine Donadio

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York City but also lived on Long Island, NY. My writing is influenced by my students in the New York City schools in which I worked for many years. My characters are composites of my students and other young people with whom I've come in contact.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing my whole life for different purposes. I decided to write middle grade books three years ago, sat down and just did it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My two recently published books are inspired by different reasons.

"The Science Project" was written at the request of an editor with whom I had hoped to work as a writer for hire. She actually suggested a story about a cockroach. I created the character of Nestor, the humor and the plot. The book deal with that publisher was never completed for a many reasons, so I decided to publish on my own.

"The Ocean's Way" is inspired by my love of the diversity and beauty of Florida's natural habitats, especially the oceans and swamps. I've always loved marine mammals and I remain in awe of their superior intelligence. Since I'm concerned about the effects of human carelessness on the destruction of natural habitats, I decided to write about how humans can negatively affect animal life and what we can do to help.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to be innovative and up with the latest trends. I believe ebooks and printed books are both here to stay. It's a matter of choice, preference and convenience. People will read from both mediums at different times for different reasons. Just as we might listen to an audiobook during a long car trip, we can choose books in different formats.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating characters who seem real while crafting a story to give the character a thrilling and meaningful experience. I love language and how the choice of one word can change the meaning, mood or purpose of a sentence.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on finding illustrators for a few different books which are already written. I'm also working on "Who Do Voodoo?" which is a mystery using the same group of characters as "The Science Project" and "The Ocean's Way." I hope to publish "Who Do Voodoo?" in December of this year.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed each morning, head to my computer, sit down and write! When I'm excited about my story, I can't wait to see it come alive on the page.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like most writers, I read, read and read. I love books and have been an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction from a very young age. I also love the theater, visiting new places, museums and charming, historical towns.
What is your writing process?
I write and edit as I go along. When I sit down to write, I edit the previous chapter or chapters before I continue the story. As the story progresses and new ideas and connections come to me, I add them to the story. When I think the story is finished, I go back and edit again.
How do you approach cover design?
A book cover should capture the point of the story, set the mood and reinforce the title.
Published 2014-11-01.
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Books by This Author

The Ocean's Way Poetry Companion
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Marine Life, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
Enjoy a day at the beach. Walk through sand, run through waves, hear sea birds calling to each other as sea creatures seek food and shelter in a wondrous, hidden ocean biome. 37 poems with photos. This book can stand alone or act as a companion to "The Ocean's Way" which tells the story of eleven year old Holly's learning experience with marine life in Florida. Includes sample chapter, Glossary.
Sojourn Into The Night - A Memoir of The Peruvian Rainforest
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Ecology and Environment, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
The original photos in this watercolor journey help tell the story in this unrhymed, poetic narrative which captures the stillness of the night and my delight in seeing unique creatures secure in their own world. Awestruck by the beauty of the rainforest, I behold what is hidden in plain sight. Guided through ambiguous paths and undefined sounds, I am made aware of my limits as a sentient being.
Who Do Voodoo?
Series: The Montgomery School Kids, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,750. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Twelve year old New York City boy, Phil Williams, struggles with conflicting messages when, entrusted by his grandmother in the role of "Icebreaker," he visits estranged family in New Orleans as he sets out to restore the family relationship and ends up rescuing his great-aunt from the grips of death at the hands of an unforeseen evil presence. Voodoo? Or scare tactics by mere mortals?
The Ocean's Way
Series: The Montgomery School Kids, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,540. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
What begins as a light-hearted adventure ends as a commitment when eleven year old New York City girl Holly's passion for poetry leads her to study marine life in Florida. She participates in a heart-wrenching rescue of pilot whales. She grows and changes for the better. Holly now understands how the balance of nature insures the continuity of all species. For middle school readers ages 10-12.
The Science Project
Series: The Montgomery School Kids, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,080. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Eleven year old New York City boy, Nestor usually is the one causing the problems, but ask him, and you'd get a different story. Nestor learns boundaries when he exhausts the patience of his friends and classmates with his incessant teasing until they exact a vengeful plan to reinstate the relationships with a new set of rules. This book is suggested for middle grade readers ages 10-12