Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Elizabeth J. M. Walker and I live in Canada with my husband and our two cats. So far I have two Young Adult books published by Mirror World Publishing: She Dreamed of Dragons (fantasy) and This Night Sucks (vampire comedy).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
This Night Sucks is my newest book. It is a YA vampire comedy novella. I really liked the idea of writing a story that takes place all in one night. The main character – a nerdy girl named Lana – had a very specific and fun voice that just seemed to arrive one day on the page and kept going. It was a very fun book to write and is very different from my first book, She Dreamed of Dragons.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't think so……..I write on the computer…I write in notebooks. I usually always write at home, at my desk. I've had the same desk since 1992. I have a black cat named Callie who is usually sleeping on my desk while I write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I think authors of YA fantasy books featuring strong heroines have influenced me the most. My favourite as a teen was Tamora Pierce. And…not an author of books, but Joss Whedon.
What are you working on now?
Stories that feature dancing. I have a contemporary dance manuscript finished and in submission rounds and a YA fantasy featuring ballet dancers is what I'm usually working on when I sit down at my desk to write.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Yeah…I still haven't figured that one out? I have my own website for important updates, an author Facebook page that I update more often, and I recently joined Twitter. I also have an author page on Goodreads. I don't remember who said this, but I read somewhere the best way to promote your book is to write another book. I like the sound of that. I'd rather be writing than tweeting into the void. Because that's often what book promotion feels like.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The obvious one they've probably already heard: write what you love. Write the book you want to find in a bookstore and immediately go home and read. Worry about selling it and marketing and all that other crap later. Or you know…not at all. Write because you love to write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
See previous question?
What are you reading now?
I usually feel like I should make something up to make myself sound more interesting or more well-read or more current or more…anything. Or to purposely plug an author friend. Or my husband, who is also a writer (Alexander Zelenyj – google him and then check out his books). But it's easiest to just be honest.
I often read more than one book at once so….I am currently reading Neo Central by Justine Alley Dowsett and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Oh, and War and Peace. (Liar!)
What’s next for you as a writer?
More writing! I would like to eventually put together a collection of short stories. And the projects I listed above. And countless other ideas that are swarming in my mind and waiting to be figured out and put down on paper. I'll probably die before they all get out. (Because there's too many and it will take a long time, not because I have a terminal illness…)
What is your favorite book of all time?
I have no idea. I can never pick favourites of anything. The one with the words and the sentences…?