Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Ela Lond!
I work in an accounting department by day and write by night. My free time mostly consists of trying to write as I yell at my cat, Jaka, to leave the curtains alone, to stop pushing things off the counters, to stop jostling my netbook, and to stop using my hands as a chew toy. My other hobbies are: drawing, sewing, jogging and going to kickboxing class.
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I don’t remember wishing to be a writer, but I have always loved to make up stories. When I was a child, they were stories about mermaids or the princesses and princes that my mother drew on paper and then cut out for me. I would build them a castle out of blocks, and they had wonderful adventures that usually involved stuffed animals and Barbie.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I love to write fantasy mainly because I like to play with magic and the supernatural. I like to play with things and give them another meaning or upgrade. Like with auras and spirit energy, and the floating island in The 13th.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I don’t think I can name one.
What are you currently working on? Right now I’m playing with the idea for Repository, a story set in the future where the economy depends on 3D printers, recycling and a platform called Repository. A girl’s investigation into the disappearance of homeless people and migrants not only threatens her life, but the existence of her society. I’m making up little details about the society, like the importance of recycling, how they travel around, how they use their technology, etc. [This sounds really interesting.]
What motivated the plot of your latest book? For Feeble Destiny the motivation for its plot was the song Never Let Me Go by Florence + The Machine.
What was the hardest story for you to write? Feeble Destiny, but not the writing part per se. I got stuck a couple times and I had to take out a character, delete a scene or two, and tweak a few scenes.
What process do you use to plan your novels? For me every story starts with an idea, which I play with, adding new ideas to it, thinking about the plot, about the characters and about the universe, until I have some sort of idea about who the main character is, what she or he wants and how the story ends. I rarely put things on paper, except a line or two, but when the main ingredients in my mind are sorted out and if I’m not working on anything else, I usually start writing.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I don’t have an all-time favorite character, mainly because the characters whose POV I’m writing at that time is my favorite. Right now, since Ethan is the character whose POV I have been writing last, Ethan is my favorite character.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? All of my main characters, and sometimes even the side characters and villains reflect facets of my personality. Sometimes it’s just a small thing, like liking or disliking a certain food or one of my characteristics that I made more prevailing and more obvious.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I have never experienced actual writer’s block, but I do struggle with having a high daily word count when I’m under stress or when I’m angry.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I like contemporary romance, so this is a genre that I would like to write too. [I can see you writing this.]
Which authors inspire you? I can say that that place belongs to J. R. R. Tolkien, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austin and Agatha Christie.
What novel would you read multiple times? The novels that I have already read multiple times are Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Man in Brown Suit, Toward Zero, Rose in Winter, and Nora Roberts’ anthologies Once Upon…
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? I can’t decide.
What is your favorite quote?
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Cat.
What is your favorite color? Yellow and blue.
Ela writes when she’s not juggling numbers in accounting.
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This was fun! Thanks for participating Ela! Join me next week when my featured author will be Kayla Shown-Dean.