Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Eda and I am an amateur author. I call myself amateur not because I don't believe in my work but because there's only so much time and effort I can put towards my writing. If you want to be a professional–at anything–you can't just dip your toes in whenever you get the chance; you gotta go full cannonball and splash as many spectators as you can!
But I was tired of the maybe… some day… wistfulness of my non-writing days so here are my toes, dripping with chlorine water and gettin' a little pruney, actually.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Like Two Opposite Things was inspired by wishful thinking back in my early teen days when I would have done anything to kiss a boy–any boy, I wasn't picky–and then what do my homegirls do but throw a make-out party without me and invite the boy I liked. I've always regretted whatever it was that kept me away from the campground that day so I did what any normal, healthy, adult woman with a healthy imagination would do: I wrote a book about it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write in 15-30 minute increments while my toddler sleeps. I guarantee that doesn't sound odd to other moms. We do what we gotta do and we do it super quietly so our "mommy time" isn't wasted.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut and Christopher Moore. I wish I loved more women fiction writers but my entire adolescence was dominated by the notion that only men were good writers. Maybe that's why it took me almost 30 years to finish writing a book.
What are you working on now?
I'm attempting to finish up a scifi/women's fiction novel about a woman who counsels spirits into the afterlife so they don't go destroying the world as we know it. But it's more about how the main character identifies with the trauma of the spirits' disconnection from their bodies because she lives her life in a constant state of disconnect between her thoughts and emotions. The only way to resolve her workplace issues is to mend that divide.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm still working that out! See above, re: amateur. But I'm grateful to MyBookPlace and AwesomeGang for the opportunity to promote free and/or cheap and for these fun author interviews!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Push through the blocks, ignore the doubts, and talk back to the fears. What's the worst that could possibly happen if you put all those thoughts down on paper? You write something dumb? That's what editing is for, friends!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Tell yourself the story first. It's the ONLY way I can get through the first draft of anything, fiction or non-fiction, novel or email to my boss about why I need a day off next Tuesday. Explain it all to yourself first and then edit the bajeebus out of it.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Rob Thomas' two post-movie Veronica Mars books and loved them. So much like the show but sadly lacking in a rockin' soundtrack. Next up: Whichever of the books I just impulse purchased on Amazon come up first in my Kindle for iPhone app. Ooh, it's WHY NOT ME by Mindy Kaling. She's hilarious!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep on keepin' on, my friends. That's what you do. I will continue working on my current project while trying to sell more than 3 copies of my new book to people other than my best friends and mother. See? Amateur. But that's how we all start out at everything right?
What is your favorite book of all time?
I waiver on this. Part of me wants to say There's a Monster at the End of this Book because even now, I can appreciate Grover's growing anxiety at discovering the monster within and the courage it takes to introspect but I also always throw a copy of The Alchemist in my bag whenever I travel to remind myself that while there's plenty to learn abroad, the things I care about the most are back home.