Author Spotlight – Elise Whyles

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I've been writing for a while but for the purpose of publication only the last year or so. It took a while for me to work out the process and decide how I wanted to do it.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
The shortest amount of time was two weeks, longest time two years and counting.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
Hectic, lol. There's really no other way to describe it. I work full time plus I'm a mom, so writing has to be filled in when I'm doing nothing else, not always an easy task.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
First thing in the morning and then at night.

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
Anywhere—though honestly, I seem to be struck with the muse at the kitchen table of late.

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
There has to be background music—I usually have a playlist set to play for three hours when I'm working.

7) Are you plotter or a panser?
Plotter

8 ) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How therapeutic it is. No matter my mood I find sitting down to write always puts me in a good mood.

9) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Sex scenes. I always hear back how well they're done but honestly, they're hard for me to write since I often get to feeling they may be too clinical.

10) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
Not really

11) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
Fantasy/sci-fi

12) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Listen to your editor. If your editor suggests a change listen to them, because their job is to make your diamond shine.

13) What do you think makes a good story?
Characters that are relateable

14) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Who hasn't? I'm no exception, but I find if I start a new project usually I can overcome the block and move forward.

15) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kresley Cole, Lacey Wolfe, Louis L'Amour

16) What are you reading at the moment?
I'm not reading anything right now

17) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Watching movies, reading, napping

18) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, coffee, Pepsi, cats, sunrises

19) Are you a collector of anything?
Yes, I collect pens

20) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
super healing

21) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Horse

22) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Being interrupted when the creative juices are flowing

23) If you could time travel where would you go and why/what would you do?
I'd go anywhere in history. I love history and would love to visit ancient Rome, Greece, Ireland, Scotland.

24) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website: http://elisewhyles.com
Blog: http://elisewhyles.blogspot.ca
Facebook: http://facebook.com/elisewhyles

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