Interview with Elizabeth Langston

What is your writing process?
I seem to be the most creative late at night. Around 10PM, I start writing a scene and keep at it until it's done, usually after midnight. I sit in the den (which is probably stupid because everyone in my family walks past sooner or later), get a mug of hot tea next to me, and write until the words stop.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a part-time job in the computer software industry. So I'm either working hard to help geeks communicate, teaching interns, or editing everybody's technical writing. At home, I'm either writing, reading, or watching dance shows (and in the summer, that's So You Think You Can Dance.)
How do you approach cover design?
I worked closely with the cover designer for my second book (A Whisper In Time). She had been assigned to me by the publishing house--and since the cover was a rush job, we spent a lot of time chatting about exactly how it would look. We ended up being fast friends. I've visited her in New York. We talk on the phone. And she has designed the cover for every book I've written except the first.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite genres are murder mysteries and contemporary romances. I also like to read travel guides and plan my next trip. Yeah.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've lived all over the United States, primarily in the southern states, but also Arizona and Illinois. Until I was in high school, we moved every two years or so. I think this has been especially helpful when I write settings. Emotionally, people are a lot alike. They love, hope, dream, mourn. But where they are changes how those emotion might be visible. Funerals, weddings, parties, getting to school... they're all different based on where you live. Because I've lived so many places, I love to explore those differences.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing fiction when my younger child entered kindergarten. Before that, I wrote software. Then when she was in pre-school, I decided I might like to write fiction. So I waited until she was in school, changed my job to part-time hours, and started to write my first book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called Wishing for You. The book is about a disabled teen who wonders about how she'll live after she graduates from high school. She pauses in her worries when one of her best friends tells her that he has cancer. Sadly, I drew this story from real life. My young nephew became quite sick with a terminal illness and needed a bone marrow transplant. The procedure was unsuccessful. In the room next door to his on the transplant unit, a little girl, Emily, survived and did quite well, but her chemotherapy gave her some permanent difficulties. I wanted to write the story of a cancer survivor who has lingering problems because of her treatments--yet she's happy and healthy and looking forward to whatever the future holds.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Meeting with readers. Talking about books. Finding out that they love my characters as much as I do.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the third book in the I WISH series--Wish You Were Here.
Published 2015-09-02.
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Books by This Author

A Whisper in Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,680. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Rescued from a life of servitude by the boy she loves, Susanna escapes across two centuries, only to be overwhelmed by her new home and longing for the people she left behind. Mark longs to share his world with the girl who's captured his heart, but first he must tackle government bureaucracy to prove Susanna's identity.
Whisper Falls
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,910. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Their long-distance friendship spanned two hundred years… Mark meets a mysterious girl in the woods near his home. After Susanna claims to be an indentured servant from 1796. Mark combs through history, curious to learn about her world, only to discover she's trapped in a brutal life. Soon he must choose between changing history or dooming her to a lifetime of misery.
Wish You Were Here
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
She can't forget what she's lost. He shows her there's more to be found. Grant returns to help Sara Tucker through the hardest summer of her life. Together, they discover that, sometimes, the best way to move forward is to find a new path.
I Wish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,490. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A modern-day genie grants a month of wishes to a struggling teen girl.
Wishing for You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,600. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A teen girl with a memory disability from the treatment for childhood leukemia learns the value of her differences through a friend dying of cancer and a modern-day genie.