Interview with Bonnie Eltte

What are you working on next?
I'm working on two series. One is a series of short stories for young children featuring a friendship circle of bunnies based in London. This was written with the parents in mind, so that they are equally entertained. The other series is what I term a surrealist series. It is also a series of short stories which invite the reader to question the status quo. Actually, this series is very much inspired by my dreams (I have a knack of dreaming every evening and remembering most in the morning). My dreams tend to express my ideas and anxieties in bodies and landscapes; isn't it great when your subconscious does all the work for you?
Who are your favorite authors?
Ah. I enjoy writers with a dose of cynicism and cheek so I like Oscar Wilde, Guy de Maupassant, Katherine Mansfield etc. In terms of modern day writers, Hiliary Mantel is probably my favourite. I've been reading a lot of Washington Irving lately and he's very entertaining too.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Time Traveller's Wife was one of my favourites until it became so popular. I'm an actuary, so I'm a bit of a nerd and I like the time traveling aspect. I felt there was some confluence between this book and my life at the time. I had moved out for the first time, into a very large unfurnished apartment. Very literally, the only things I had with me was a mattress, a mug and The Time Traveller's Wife. When I finished reading, I put it down on the floor and thought "Wow, that's just like any other relationship! As in partners share the same experiences but don't quite grasp the significance in the same way at the same time."

Next two favourite books are The Beautiful Losers and The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen for their poetry and imagery. I find it hard to believe that these books initially floundered.

Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Am I allowed to include graphic novels/manga? If so, I would say Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh.
Describe your desk
I'm afraid that I am overly Gen Y. Which means I don't actually have desk, I write on my laptop, usually on the couch after eating copious amounts of sugar or drinking too much coffee.
What got you started on writing?
The ranting. I have a lot of friends but even so, I run out of opportunities (and time) to rant about various things which I find so bothersome in my life and the lives of others. My friends are probably quietly relieved that I have found another outlet to dispel the ranting.
I understand that you are also a musician, do you think there is connection between music and writing?
I am classically trained and I do write music but I'm a fair way from calling myself a musician! I definitely do think there is a connection between music and writing. For me, the lyrics of a track are very, very important, I always start with the lyrics. The rest of the track only exists to bring the words and hence the meaning and feeling to the top.

Conversely, a good piece of writing also carries a certain flow and rhythm. The punctuation, pace and flow of ideas of a piece helps to entice and remain with a reader - like a catchy tune.

I also believe in being succint. The expression of an idea, whether in music or writing should be honed and boiled down, again and again, until the idea can be expressed in a short, impactful manner. So that every word counts.
Published 2015-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Paper Cranes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Paper Cranes is a short story of an isolated artist told from a surrealist landscape melded within London. The realms of possibility and impossibility are allowed to mingle; undermining the supposed superiority of human knowledge and the concept of reality. Paper Cranes is an extension of The Surrealist Series on