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Today I’m on the ‘I Can’t Tell You Why’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Elaine spent 25 years working in marketing and communications in the media and entertainment industries. This included seven years marketing national newspapers and a variety of senior executive roles in TV, radio and film. I Can’t Tell You Why is her first novel.
Elaine lives in North London with her husband and their two sons. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking harassed on the school run, cheering on the side lines of her sons’ football matches or singing her heart out at her local branch of Popchoir.
Having an affair is inconceivable to Dani and yet she’s having one with Alex. He’s married, he’s an actor and she’s his agent.
Then Dani meets Sean, a paparazzi photographer with a formidable reputation. It’s a profession that makes him unpredictable at best. A dangerous trait when his motivation to expose becomes personal.
Dani knows she’s made mistakes. She also knows she’s not the first person who wilfully hurt someone they love and is simply unable to explain why.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Hi, I’m Elaine. I’m originally from Scotland but came to London after I graduated and have basically been here ever since! I enjoyed an exciting career spanning all corners of the media but always wanted to write. There were sporadic attempts along the way but it wasn’t until I drew a line under my career and my youngest son started school, that I was able to make it my focus and finish my first novel, a book I had stopped and started a million times over the years!
Today, I’m happily married with two beautiful boys. I’m proud to call myself a wife, a mother, and finally, an author!
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child, I was a huge Roald Dahl fan – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still a big favourite. I also loved the books of C S Lewis, and Charlotte’s Web by E B White is still on my bookshelf! My favourite authors today include Liane Moriarty, Susan Lewis, Lisa Jewell and Sheila O’Flanagan, but I also recently discovered Kathryn Hughes and Ruth Hogan so the field is pretty wide!
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would welcome the opportunity to pick any author’s brain!! But if I had to choose, it would probably be Lisa Jewell. Her books are listed under Literary Fiction, Thrillers, Mysteries, Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy and more. I’m a great believer in story first, genre second, so I’d love to ask her about her own approach.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I think Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’d love to know how life turned out for him.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I do like to plan and I try to make the most of my writing time so I’ll always start with a bit of a sense check on where I’m at, checking my notes and reading over what I wrote the day before. The only habits I have are bad ones! When I’m stuck with a storyline I’m very easily distracted, making endless cups of tea and rarely drinking them, finding something unmissable to watch on the telly, and eating way too many biscuits!
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
It could be something I’ve read, seen first hand or just heard about, that registers somewhere as potentially interesting and then grows into an idea from there. I may pinch the odd line or characteristic from people around me but they definitely don’t need to be worried beyond that!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m definitely a plotter! That said, I do love it when part of a story naturally falls into place, or a solution presents itself that I maybe hadn’t considered, but overall, I like to have a story pretty much planned out before I start writing.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
At the risk of spouting cliches, prepare yourself for rejection, take feedback and constructive criticism wherever you can get it, accept that not everyone will like what you write, and most of all, never give up!
What are your futureplans as an author?
To keep going! I Can’t Tell You Why is my first novel and my second is almost at first draft stage, while ideas for the third are quietly ruminating! I waited a long time to dedicate my time to writing and I don’t plan to change that any time soon!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Dani, the main character in the book, is essentially a good person who’s made some bad decisions. But when you’re struggling with your own unexpected misgivings, it’s all too easy to assume you’re the only one who’s not being completely straight. That’s all I’m saying!
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Elaine Robertson North.
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