Today I have the pleasure of interviewing a fellow Glazite. Most probably won't know what that means, so let me explain. Both Elaine and I are represented by Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. :)
Welcome Elaine! Can you tell us how you developed a love of story?
Ever since I can recall, I’ve been surrounded by stories. My aunt was one of the best oral storytellers and entertained my brother and me with amazing, fun stories. One of her stories had found its way into one of my manuscripts, though that one hasn’t come to life yet. My mother also had a huge impact on me. She always read novels, and also made a big delightful hurrah when it came to me showing interest in reading. Reading about how fictional characters achieved their hopes while overcoming difficulty odds provided inspiration for me during some very rough years during my childhood.
I like what you said about characters achieving despite the difficulties they face. What a great reminder. How does faith play a part in your writing?
I’ve written stories over many years. It wasn’t until I devoted my writing toward His love for us did I see a change in my writing style and others’ interest in what I had to say. I am riveted by the theme of how God’s powerful goodness can overcome evil, whether between family members, worldwide, or universally—eternity.
I agree that it's so important to devote our writing to Him. Prayer is such an important part of the writing process. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
I love classical music. My favorites are Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and others from that stirring era. I also enjoy show tunes and traditional Irish music. Often I listen to my favorite music before I begin writing for the day, but once I do begin I must work in quiet or otherwise I’m unable to immerse myself into my characters’ worlds. As for snacking, I always start off with my beloved coffee (I’m a morning/early afternoon person) but as the day progresses keep either mugs of herbal tea or water beside me. I’m not much of a snacker.
Ahh, a fellow tea drinker. :) Tell us about your new book.
Always With You debuted mid January of this year. It’s a story about a young woman who is desperate enough to find love and faith that she makes certain choices that—right or wrong—alienates her from her family and will greatly impact not only her immediate future but also that of her future family. It’s a story of hope and love in the face of evil. But here’s the thing—out of loneliness and desperation, any one of us can latch onto the first seemingly good thing that comes along. I hope this story makes others think twice about their action and responsibilities to loved ones.
You have me intrigued. :) What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up another family drama fused with psychological suspense. Three of its members—a daughter about to turn eighteen, her mom, and her father, all need rescuing but for different reasons.
Sounds interesting. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
Currently, it’s time. Though I dropped down to a 30-hour 4-day work week at the day job this past January, I still would benefit from additional writing time. My fantasy goal is to become a full-time author. I can hope, right?
:) You most certainly can. Thanks for stopping by today, Elaine. Here's where you can find Elaine online:
Everyone's Story/website www.elainestock.com
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