Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I got my writing feet wet with my first novella – a romance – Love Me, Love My Sister then I moved into something a little edgier with the Re-Runners series.
It’s been difficult to classify a genre for this series as it’s a bit paranormal, science fiction – certainly it’s about time travel but there’s also elements of murder and suspense with the serial killer Christian, crime as the LA Homicide detectives try to stop him and romance with the other two lead characters, Kate and Dylan.
So trying to pidgeon-hole the book series into a particular category hasn’t been easy.
I also have a short story Paranormal Shifter Romance series coming out in February 2016, as well as another paranormal short story.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Re-Runners series is inspired by something my mother would always say: ‘If I was 25 years younger and knew what I know now – there’d be nothing I couldn’t do.’
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to be near water and I’m lucky enough to live on the coast, so if I can’t get to the beach which is a bit of a drive, I’ll walk down to the river – only 10 minutes away.
Being near water seems to stimulate the ideas
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I like Cassandra Clare. Reading her books gave me confidence that you can write for all ages, even YA readers, without talking down to them and trying to match the latest jargon. Cassandra writes like an adult, with adult words and even though she is often writing about teenagers, she expects them to be intelligent enough to understand what she’s telling them.
When it comes to murder mystery books, I’ve loved many traditional authors over the years. Patricia, Elizabeth, Dean (for a bit of horror). I’ve jumped all over the place.
What are you working on now?
I’m polishing up my Paranormal Shifter short story series: Sky Kingdoms for release in February 2016… and promoting the Re-Runner series of course.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Although I have my own website: www.booksbyellibuchanan.com I’m still new to the publishing/promoting game. I’ve spent my time writing books which is important of course, but I now understand that being a novelist is a business and to be successful you have to immerse yourself in things authors wouldn’t traditionally do: such as, studying marketing and promotion; investigating ways to gain exposure.
Also learning to use new mediums such as video etc: I’ve had a book trailer created for the Re-Runner series and it has had some great feedback:
Sites like this one are a godsend to new authors. It’s widespread internet reader access that we wouldn’t have otherwise had.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep plugging away. There’s nothing else to say. If you believe you have a good product (book) then believe it! … and mix with other authors on different platforms. Join Facebook groups, study and learn to take constructive criticism with gratitude. Don’t be too precious – we can all learn something new.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The above… I just passed it on.
What are you reading now?
At the moment it’s all about study, but I have a kindle full of books ready to read after the holidays and the study.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve always wanted to dabble in memoirs or historical stories – fiction or otherwise.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Impossible to answer. Sorry 🙁
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