Interview with Carol Eliassen

What's the story behind your latest book?
My daughter Stephanie painted a portrait of a Mermaid for her niece who is also named Mazzy. The painting and name inspired me to write the mermaid story. It has been something I have wanted to do for a long time and I am so excited to have finished the first short story for the series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just finished a self publishing class that showed me all the options for publishing and I wanted to give it a shot and see how it would work for my style of writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find a lot of satisfaction in writing because I feel like I am accomplishing my goals each time I finish an article or write a story. I have many stories in the works so trying to find more time to write each day so I can finish them all!
What do your fans mean to you?
I am just starting to publish so hoping I will have some one day. Fans are great at giving support and feedback especially for Writers starting out in the publishing world.
What are you working on next?
I have several books in the works but I want to focus on a few more of the Chronicles of Mazzy the Mermaid Princess and have them published.
How do you approach cover design?
I've been pretty lucky to have talented Artist in my family who want to do it for me. I describe what I am looking for as part of a scene I have written in the story and then it is digitally painted. I will be using some of my daughter's paintings in some new short story books I plan to write. There will be some children stories and young teen to adult age books. I'm really excited to complete some of my work and have it finally published.
Describe your desk
My desk consist of a laptop and lots of paper with ideas strewn around. I'm usually neat until I start getting ideas and then its like all chaos erupts! I guess that is a good definition of creativity in my case.
When did you first start writing?
When I was elementary school, mostly poetry.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love the ease of being able to publish my own works. I took classes and learned how to convert my stories to different types of documents to use with different distributors but I found that Smashwords has a system that is absolutely amazing and easy to use. I loved working with their incredible website and company.
Published 2016-10-30.
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Books by This Author

Best Friends Forever: Mazzy The Mermaid Princess
Series: The Chronicles of Mazzy the Mermaid Princess. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A mermaid fantasy story of a Princess who conquers not only a powerful spell cast on her by her Grandparents, the King and Queen of Travestana located under the Caspian Sea but her own fear of risking her life to save her best friend.
The Birth of Mazzy the Mermaid Princess
Series: The Chronicles of Mazzy the Mermaid Princess. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
A mermaid fantasy story surrounding the birth of a Princess and the power of forgiveness.