Interview with Elaine Littau

What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read inspirational non-fiction, history, and humor. I also enjoy discovering new and unknows authors.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I love meeting readers face-to-face. Arts and Crafts shows expose me to many readers I may not have met otherwise. I also love Facebook. I tend to get readers to help me with cover and title decisions. For example, I needed a good title for a Historical Fiction set in Kansas. Through the imput of friends and readers, the title "The Restless Kansas Wind" was created. I also enjoy Twitter, although I'm not so well versed in it.
Describe your desk
This question is funny for me. I have a very large club chair where I lean back and type away on manuscripts and do book business. If I sit at a desk, I get distracted and can't wait to get away.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Texas panhandle. My mother always read good books to me before I could read. After I learned to read, I read to her every summer, all summer. Mostly, they were Grace Livingston Hill books. I loved it.
When did you first start writing?
I started loving to write in middle school. When my sons were off to college, I began writing in earnest. My first book was published when I was over fifty years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest published book is set in the Oklahoma oil fields of the 1980s. It is called "Cowboys and Crude Oil". My husband drives an oil tanker truck and hauls oil from oil tank batteries to pipeline depots. I wanted to honor the hard-working men and women who work in the oil patch. Also, farmers and ranchers make a huge difference in every American life. It is a sweet love story that blends the two.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My writing career began with a publisher, but I saw that they were making a lot more money off my work than I was. The opportunity presented itself to become a self-published author and I jumped on it. I have never looked back and am very happy with my decision.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was one of the top reasons I became self-published. They work with me to sell books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy researching history and background for the books I write. Every book needs to 'ring true' to the situation and location where it is set.
What do your fans mean to you?
The readers mean everything to me. Through their notes, posts, and other ways of encouragement, they keep me going.
What are you working on next?
As of this interview, I'm writing a book through NaNoWriMo called "Christian Single". It is about a young woman who fills out a profile on a dating site and has to maneuver through the mine fields of it in an attempt to find the man of her dreams.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Jenette Oake, Hilda Stahl, Grace Livingston Hill, Dee Henderson, and Darlene Shortridge for fiction. For non-fiction: David Barton, Jonathan Cahn, Joyce Meyer, and many others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I love spending time with the hubs, my grown sons and their families, as well as friends. I also like to quilt and repurpose furniture.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
For the non-fiction, I see something on television that peaks my interest, so I purchase. Facebook is instrumental for fiction purchases.
How do you approach cover design?
My middle son is my cover designer. Mar Omega is his official graphic designer business name. We talk over content and trends in covers. He photographs the pictures and/or uses stock photos as well. With his skill, I am confident the cover will be striking.
Published 2016-11-02.
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Books by This Author

Nan's Journey
Price: Free! Words: 60,130. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Western
(5.00)
Desperate to save her life and that of her five-year-old brother, Nan packs and flees an abusive home, embarking on a journey that will test her faith, determination, and spirit. Set in the 1800s, Nan’s Journey, follows Nan and her brother, Elmer, as they seek safety.