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Author Interview: Elisabeth Wheatly Author of Fanged Princess
July 09, 2015 • Leave a Comment
I got the idea from reading romance stories and noticing that in some of them there is a “third wheel” character who is usually a brother or sister to one of the lovers and who often tries to help them out. So with Fanged Princess, I took a love story and told it from the perspective of the “third wheel.”
Fanged Princess was one of those extremely rare stories that seemed to shoot out my finger tips and onto the keyboard. With my other stories, I usually have to put a lot of effort into them, but FP was much easier. I think it had something to do with the length. *sheepish grin*
Well, most of the research involved the climatic scene at the end which takes place on a dam. I looked into different dams in the area where the story takes place, trying to find the right one. I think I did other research, but I can’t recall right now.
I wrote Fanged Princess pretty much on the seat of my pants with just a very generalized outline. But normally, for my full-length novels, I write out a sequence of events to keep me focused.
I’m not sure I learned anything new about writing itself, but FP definitely had its own set of challenges in that it was written in the first person present tense and takes place in this world (whereas all my other books take place in a fantasy setting).
The hardest element of the story was, I think, trying to figure out just how traditional/non-traditional I wanted to make my vampires. But I’m very pleased with how they turned out.
Why, thank you! I have had very little training, actually. I took a few basic high school level courses on general writing, but not much else. As for other members of my family, my mother has a creative writing degree from the University of Washington and she definitely encouraged my writing.
There’s probably some elements from my experiences in there, I just don’t recognize them. The whole redneck aspect of the vampire hunters is certainly based on people I know, but I think for the most part, it’s all my imagination.
I thought it would be better to have the guidance of editors and more experienced writers, particularly for my early novels.
Right now, my focus is mainly on the cyber-circles of social media, blogs, etc. I think that social media works well for my genre because of the targeted age group (13-18). My publisher does very little by way of marketing, but I still love them.
Well, of course there are self-published authors who’ve caught my notice! Intisar Khanani, Erica Stevens, and JD Field to name a few. They’ve definitely gotten me curious about self-publishing and were the ones who made me realize that all those stereotypes about self-published works not being worthwhile were complete poppycock.
I was at a signing/reading at the Texas Children’s Hospital and the same lady who helped arrange that also was nice enough to put us in touch with the news station. I was very excited to be there, though I couldn’t appreciate the experience very well because of those darned butterflies in my stomach.
I prefer paperbacks, though I confess to having a (not so) mild addiction to Kindle books.
Oh, darn, I don’t know. From what I can see, the traditional “Big Six” publishers are in an ever-worsening relationship with their No. 1 distributor/competitor, Amazon. I can’t really say were the publishing world will end up, but it appears that if the “Big Six” don’t change their business model (mainly their bookstore return policies and their eBook pricing standards) they will be in trouble.
Right now, I’ve just finished a series opener for a new YA Fantasy and am now returning to work on my original series, the Argetallam Saga. After that, I should be back to working on the next Fanged Princess novella!
Writer’s block. I know everybody hates it, but when I get it, look out world! I become whiny and most difficult to live with, I’m afraid.
I came up with the cover design from stock images and some basic graphic manipulation. A graphic designer did the art for my first book, but I’ve since been learning to do it myself.
My publisher has an editor who they contract with. He has a great deal of experience and definitely knows how to spot the flaws in a story.
My toughest criticism was when a reviewer said that the storyline of one of my books “never went anywhere” or something along those lines. I was a little let down by that. But that which does not kill us makes us stronger, right?
My best compliment was, I think, when another reviewer said that people who enjoyed Sarah J. Mass’ Throne of Glass would enjoy my Argetallam Saga. I absolutely adore Ms. Mass’ books, so you can imagine how happy that made me!
My advice to other writers is “keep writing.” No one else can write your story like you can and every single bestselling author was once an amateur who was just too stubborn to quit.
You people are AWESOME!
I can be found in all these places. See you there!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ElisabethWheatleyYAFantasyAuthor
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5139754.Elisabeth_Wheatley
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/elisabeth-wheatley?keyword=elisabeth+wheatley&store=allproducts
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