8. What are your current or future writing plans? What can readers further expect from you?:
Right now, I'm about to publish Book 2 of my MM shifter series, Surviving Vihaan. There will be 10 books in total, with 6 novels and 4 short stories spaced between. I'm currently plugging away at writing the spin-off series, which I hope will be 5 novels. I really fell in love with this world and the characters, so although it's only starting to get published, I'm already sad that it's come to the end of writing for this series.
Somewhere in the midst of publishing those, I have a few YA solo novels that I can't wait to share with my readers. They're used to seeing adult romances from me, especially of the fantasy or shifter world, but these will be totally different to anything I've published before. Once is a story about a so-called Chosen One who failed, but has a chance to go back in time to fix his mistakes. The other is about a young deaf/mute boy who is about to age out of the foster system. It's extremely long, but an emotional journey that I hope will touch adult and young adult hearts equally.
Titles of All Books:
Book 1: A Touch of Danger
Book 2: Raised by Wolves (Coming Soon)
Book 1: A Royal Craving
Book 2: A Royal Promise
Book 3: A Royal Miracle
Book 4: A Royal Legacy: Part 1
Book 5: A Royal Legacy: Part 2
Book 6: A Royal Treasury
Book 1: Decadent
Book 2: The Other Side
Book 3: Right Kind of Wrong
Book 4: Underneath It All
Book 5: The Reunion
Book 6: The Short Story Special
Book 1: Deal With the Devil
Book 2: Eyes on the Angel
Book 3: Lead Me Into the Light
The One That Got Away
Never Let Me Go
The Bright Side Brigade
Forged in Fire
1. Did you love reading books when you were little? Why or why not?:
I didn't get into reading for pleasure until I was in my mid-teens. I was a creative, outdoors child, and then the books we were given in school did little to encourage me to find my passion for reading. It was only after I got my library card, as a teenager, than I began to explore beyond the required reading and fell in love with fiction.
2. At what age did you start reading books? What were your best memories of that time?:
I think I was around 13-14 when I first discovered Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. I was fascinated by the whodunits and how the answers were in the story, to be found, once you knew the solution. Then I moved onto some teen-romance stories as I got older, but they never held my attention or encouraged me to branch out the way mysteries did. I fell in love with the idea of a criminal mystery, puzzles to be solved, and began writing my own ideas for the characters I read about.
3. What was the first book you loved reading? Why?:
It was probably a Complete volume of Sherlock Holmes that first grabbed me. It inspired me to research forensic techniques, and made me think more about how little details could tell stories. Of course, Sherlock led me to Agatha Christie, which just reinforced my love of mysteries, so it was a pivotal moment for me.
4. When did you first think about writing your first book? Why?:
During my mid-teens, I accidentally discovered a couple of Mills and Boons romances at my grandma's house, and I got irritated by the silly choices and coincidental events that plagued the books. So, though I'd never considered it before, I decided to write my own plots, storylines and endings. A year or so later, that idea snowballed and I began making my own stories, right from the beginning.
5. What was the greatest obstacle you've encountered when you were writing your book? What made you overcome it?:
My biggest obstacle is me. I'm disabled, with chronic fatigue, and I often get a little too "in-the-zone" with my work, to the point I overdo it. I get obsessive about my writing, and can work until around 1-2 am when I'm on a roll, but then I suffer for it the next day.
I'm also easily distracted, so I try to counterbalance by rewarding my hard work with a few days off to read books on my TBR list. This makes sure I take time off, but I also feel like I'm getting stuff done, by reading books I've been eager to read for a while.
6. What pieces of advice can you give aspiring authors? What worked for you?:
Never stop learning!
I learned so much from the author friends I've met in the last 10 years of writing. I never stop learning from their experiences, my own, and I never stop learning about the new promo techniques or social media accounts that can be utilised.
I think the best way to begin your journey is to learn what you can *before* you start publishing. If you can do as much research about how to promote yourself, how to write a good bio, a captivating blurb, and a strong synopsis, then you can save yourself so much angst and stress throughout your career. Make friends with other authors, who can and will help you, and make sure you reciprocate all through your career, not just when you're starting out. The best friends in this industry are lifelong friends.
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7. Who are the authors or what are the books that had the greatest influence in your own writing? Why?:
I'd definitely say some of the greats of mystery novels: Agatha Christie and Sir Conan Doyle. I stumbled upon Elizabeth Peters, and fell madly in love with the 'Amelia Peabody' series. In my late teens, my Dad introduced me to J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', which led me to discovering Robin Hobb's 'the Farseer Trilogy'. I've been an avid fantasy fan ever since.
When I began writing MM Romance, I fell utterly in love with the visual, emotive storytelling of authors such as Kaje Harper, Mary Calmes and Rosalind Abel. I've loved seeing the genre gaining attention, especially amongst the big publishers, bringing awesome YA LGBT literature to teens. They all inspire me to up my game, to reach their level of skill.
About the Author:
Elaine White is an ace/aro author, who enjoys delving deep into the world of LGBT literature. She strives to create captivating, emotional stories of love and romance, exploring a variety of sub-genres, from paranormal to contemporary, with the occasional shifter thrown in for good measure.
An avid reader, she gets easily distracted by dogs and books, not necessarily in that order. Her passion in life is to be surrounded by millions of books and dozen of dogs...but, for now, she'll settle for one boisterous pup and an ever-growing TBR pile.
When not reading or writing, you can find Elaine getting sucked into the latest K-Pop group, trying to learn Korean, and getting hopelessly addicted to various Asian dramas.
Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating 'love is love' and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.
Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.
The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.