This might be April Fools but Elias is really here!!!
T: Good Morning Elias thanks for joining me this morning. I hope the coffee is strong enough?
Hi Teresa! Good Morning and black coffee will do nicely, thank you!
T: I promise for this set of questions I’m going to keep things fun and light (well light for me) so let’s get started.
LOL! Looking over the questions you submitted, I am glad you kept the kid gloves on. ☺
T: Why is it hard to have family read your work? What is it they don’t/won’t understand and or like?
That’s a great question. The simple answer is a lot of members of my family are deeply religious. They are prominent members in the local 4 square and or older religious institutions. I’ve dealt with religious hypocrisy from said members more then once over my spiritual beliefs. I’ve spoke at length with one of my children, and they advised and I concurred that it would be in my best interest to not share this part of my life with them so I don’t.
T: Why do you consider yourself the black sheep? What do or don’t you do to be considered one? Or what did you do in the past?
Let’s just say that where my siblings were getting straight A’s in college, I was having run ins with local law enforcement and partying like a rock star. My mom and dad had to bail me out more than once, and of course, my siblings didn’t approve of my behavior. I’m not that way now, but it was enough that I caused my family a lot of grief, hence the term black sheep.
T: In Cain, what made you add parts of your own experience to it?
Being an author, your creating a world that is believable not only to you but to the reader as well. You can draw experience from a variety of sources including books you’ve read, music, audio books, video, whatever you can input into your brain. In the short time I’ve been on the planet, I’ve already experienced A LOT and I keep adding to my experiences every day. It’s only natural to draw on my experiences in the creation of my first novel to paint the image so vividly for my readers.
T: What exactly do you like about writing from both the male and female perspectives?
The challenge really! Writing from just one point of view is rather boring. Each one of my stories have many characters, and whether they are female or male, being able to give them a voice, and then having my editors and beta readers check to see if I got the voicing right so that it rings true to them is both a challenge and for me a larger venue to explore and expand my writing skill and style.
T: What is your favorite William Blake poem? Have you recorded it for your fans?
Right now, I have been studying Blake’s “The Book Of Urizen”. The poem is rather lengthy, so although I do plan to record it, the work will be recorded in sections similar to what I have done with T.S. Elliot’s “The Wasteland”.
T: How did Gina encourage you to write Cain?
I showed her the earliest drafts of the story. She was honest and told me, “No matter what, keep going till you finish it. Worry about the editing after!” Even when I hit low spots, when the earlier drafts were not up to par, she kept hammering me to get off the stick and get writing again and get it done. She truly is a phenomenal woman.
T: You read everything but is there one author or genre you can’t get enough of? Why?
Not really. I read a lot of different Genre’s and bounce around a lot. The last author I went nuts over was Orson Scott Card with the Enders Game books. Also fantasy author Stephen R. Donaldson with The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, and Patricia McKillip with her Star Bearer trilogy, but ANY of her books are fantastic.
T: If you could have dinner with one of the classics who would you choose? What would you talk about?
Hemingway or Rider. Both men lived extraordinary lives, big game hunting, etc. We would talk about there passions, what drives them, what makes them live larger then life, why the risk of life and limb, and what inspired them in the creation of some of there more famous works.
T: How do you make time between your day job and kids to write?
Like any parent, you sneak in time as your able, usually at the expense of sleep.
T: As we all know you have a voice, one that some, how’d you put it, call “panty melting,” do you think being able to hear you read parts of your work draws more fans? Is it more of a blessing or does it create issues?
I do believe my fan’s being able to hear me read has greatly enhanced my fan base. I like to believe it’s a blessing. I definitely have a lot of demand for not only my audio but using my voice on video as well.
T: What author (in all history) would you want to help you plan to seduce a reluctant lover?
LOL! That would be Marques De Sade.
T: What have been some of your favorite adventures?
My time overseas in Europe, specifically Germany. Lots of history and culture and I made many friends there and also some of my more grand sexual adventures in the club scene there.
T: If you could go anywhere and write for a month where would you go? Would you take anyone with you? Who?
Italy. Probably either Venice or Rome or maybe along the coast. My son.
T: Do you use all of your experiences in your writing? Do you use your writing to woo your girlfriend? What would that entail?
I don’t use all of my experiences in my writing; however, I do use a part. I never thought of using my writing to woo a woman. Using my poetry coupled with my writing to stimulate conversation when I am out on the town on a date perhaps? I love playing live, and I’ve done spoken word performance so maybe a coffee house or someplace I can pull a guitar out and sing.
T: What comes next?
I am working on my second Cain novel, Rage Of Angels, and I am also working on a new book of poetry (title to be determined). I just released two poems in Sharon Johnson’s wonderful collaboration, The Eclectic Poet And Friends, and I’ve been asked to submit two more poems for another collaboration. I am also collaborating on a joint poetry book with yet another poet and author. In addition I am working on a mystery suspense, paranormal, thriller and an Erotic Novella. Other then that, it has been pretty quiet. ☺
T: Well Elias that’s all I have for you today? Until next time thanks again for joining me, now get back to work and write your next book.
Thank you so much for asking me to do the interview. It’s been a pleasure!
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