Interview with Barbara Elder

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have some activities that I do fairly regularly (like read and watch Supernatural. :) ). But honestly, most of the time I could be doing a huge variety of things, from web and graphic design, to taking my dog to the abandoned cemetery for a good walk, or crocheting hats with big roses on them. I try to be passionate and curious about everything. I never get bored.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I started on Amazon, but now I prefer Smashwords and iTunes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No - I was three or four at the time. My mother still has it in a colossal box under her bed filled with all of my works of genius. :)
The earliest story that I remember writing was an eight-year-old's attempt at feminist rhetoric, in which the princess escapes the dragon and rescues the prince instead. In the end, they marry and buy a condo.
I think the condo thing really dates it to the late 70s, early 80s, don't you?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I learned to read when I was three. The first book I read was a Peanuts book, called "Happiness is a Warm Puppy." I remember the book vividly; it had a hard cover, and many of the pages were brilliantly colored, hot pink and electric green. I liked Snoopy particularly (and still do - I love posting Snoopy cartoons on my Page on Facebook.).
I've always loved reading and books; as a kid it's all I wanted to do. There are an embarrassing number of tales of how reading got me into trouble -- being locked in a bookstore for a night, by way of example -- but I've always loved learning, exploring, and diving into worlds of someone else's creation. Of course, it wasn't long before I decided to become one of the creators. :)
How do you approach cover design?
I'm pretty good with graphic design, and I even tried making my own cover -- but even I could see that it didn't have that professional touch. And here's the thing - the cover is almost the MOST important part of getting people to look at my book. I realized that it was time to make an investment. So I used a terrific professional designer, Mallory Rock, who really listened to me and my ideas, really got a feel for my book and what I wanted. And she produced a cover that was better than anything I might have come up with myself. I love my book and I'm proud of it. It's good to honor that work with a beautiful cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
For the most part, it depends on my mood. If I'm feeling confident and adventurous, I'll try something new in a genre I'm not very familiar with. I admit that isn't as often as I'd like. I stick to favorite genres pretty heavily. I like fantasy and romance and science fiction and magical realism and literature and humor and nonfiction and YA and children's and classics.

Right now I'm re-reading, for the thousandth time, The Marvelous Land of Oz, which is the second book in L. Frank Baum's classic series. I read fairy tales and Oz books during periods where I'm writing heavily. I'm actually reading this particular book because I've read it less than the others.

I'm also re-reading Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins, which I haven't read since the late 70s, and re-reading it is a treat. And yeah, I was probably only 10 or 11 years old when I was reading Tom Robbins novels. My parents did not keep track of my reading choices very carefully.

Finally, I'm reading a new book (yay!) called The Demon Lover, by Juliet Dark. It's been interesting. I love the premise. It's not necessarily a romance, more a paranormal yummy thing.

I'm terrible about keeping up with my Goodreads profile, but I will try. I love sharing books with friends.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPad. Though I want to add how much I love paper books. :)
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. I write because I want people to read my work and love it. I dream of touching people's lives the way other authors have touched me. So that means giving my readers the best I can.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm finishing up the Rhiannon's Tale sequel, The Circle of Six. In this book Rhiannon finally remembers who she really is, makes her Choice, and finally faces the evil that hunts her.
The book is mostly complete, but I'm reworking the beginning and adding three chapters. My goal is to release the book this coming November. I'm really excited about it. I'm very happy with Rhiannon's Tale, but I think people will tell me The Circle of Six is even better. We'll see!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot of favorite authors from a variety of genres - here's a few:

Mark Helprin
Neil Gaiman
Tom Robbins
Robert Heinlein
L. Frank Baum
J.K. Rowling
Madeline L'Engle
Julia Quinn
Margaret Atwood
Roger Zelazny
Richard Adams
Mark Twain
J.D. Salinger
Virginia Woolf
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Anais Nin
John Steinbeck
William Faulkner (reluctantly)
Published 2015-06-15.
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Books by This Author

Rhiannon's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 130,790. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Rhiannon is hunted by an immortal killer with a dark aura. She learns she is aeternan - a race of evolved humans who remember past lives, developing psychic gifts with each death and rebirth. During her odyssey, Rhiannon finds a lost family, and a man who waited for her over 1,500 years. Using her formidable power, she must fight her inner demons, and finally face the darkness which stalks her.