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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Interview with Elaine Calloway
Interview with Elaine Calloway
Some say history repeats itself, but for Terran, an Earth Elemental, history has returned and slapped him in the face. Along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, the Acobi Fallen Angels have decided to go underground–literally. They are resurrecting an old legend, shanghaiing innocent people into slavery. Underage girls are trapped and kept in holding cells, ready to be sold into the sex trade. Terran must stop the Acobi and keep the public away from the Shanghai tunnels, all while keeping his supernatural powers hidden.
Kelly Habersham, overachieving real estate developer, has finally convinced her father and brothers to give her the Portland condo project, which would require extensive construction near the tunnels. Determined to impress her father and make a name for herself in the family business, she is not about to let a Save-the-Earth guy get in her way.
Terran and Kelly must work together and come to a truce--or they may be the next shanghai victims.
Crafting Stories of the Living, the Dead, and the Eerie In Between.
Elaine Calloway grew up in New
Orleans with a love of cemeteries, gothic architecture, and all things
paranormal. She is currently writing The Elemental Clan Series, a good vs. evil
set of tales involving Elementals and Fallen Angels. For more information and
to connect with Elaine online, visit her website at http://www.elainecalloway.com.
What inspired your new release? Earthbound is Book 3 in my Elemental Clan Series. This is Terran’s story, the Earth Elemental, and his journeys in Portland, Oregon. The series idea came about from a number of factors. I figured it would be interesting to pair Elementals and Fallen Angels together.
Tell us about any WIPs you have I am in the midst of writing Book 4 (Wind Elemental) to conclude the main series, then I plan to write a few offshoot books with similar themes, in addition to a ghost story trilogy.
How many people ask you to read their books? (unsure of question? - people don’t ask me to read *their* books - but I do get readers wanting to read mine) Now that there are several books in the series available, I have more readers asking when the next book will be released. Maybe twenty people asking these days? It was a thrilling feeling to get my first fan email, asking when I would release Earthbound because he enjoyed the first 2 books so much!
In a word sum up your writing style Descriptive
Do you have a character you enjoyed writing the most? I tend to fall in love with one character per book. In this Elemental series, I enjoyed writing the villains the most, particularly a Fallen Angel named Cristos, who will eventually get his own book. Readers seem to respond to him, too.
Is there a genre you would like to try? I think doing New Adult would be interesting. I already write paranormal, fantasy, and women’s fiction, but I’ve never tried New Adult.
Could you live without coffee? Yes, but never without Diet Coke over ice!
What's your favorite thing about the writing process? I get excited over the planning stage, when I’m gathering information and the characters are beginning to take shape. But my favorite part is when I’m almost done with the first draft. By then, I can see everything clearly and it gets me excited to know it will eventually be edited and turned into a readable manuscript.
Three facts about you - I’m from New Orleans, I live in the Southeast USA, I love Twix bars!
Do you believe in UFOs? - Yes. I don’t wear tinfoil on my head and act paranoid, but I do think that we are a small planet in a big galaxy, with an even bigger universe. To think we are the only ones in our tiny region is not true, in my opinion. I also don’t think mankind had the engineering capability around 3000 BC to build and make some of the feats done in that time (pyramids in alignment, for example). I think mankind had help.
What was your favorite snack growing up? - I can’t remember who made it, but there were these mini-snack cheesecakes in stores in back then. Small enough for one person, but delicious! I miss those. I love love cheesecake :)
Would you rather have fame or fortune? Fame, but not in the typical sense of the word. I want readers to identify with my stories, to enjoy my stories and characters. I’m not looking for the spotlight, just a means of bringing some sunshine into readers’ lives.
What are some of your favorite books and/or series? I like the Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor and the other books in that series. I also like the detective series by Dennis Lehane. He is one of my favorite authors; his words make music on the page.