I met Elke, a wonderful writer, while taking online Romance writing classes from Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Each piece I have read from her has been more than memorable, and I’m very curious as to how her book has continued. Her story lines are so creative, that it amazes me how she comes up with such excellent ideas! It is clear that she is dedicated to her work, and for this, I’m honored to have her as my first Guest Author!
What is your genre in within which you write? At the moment, romantic suspense, but I also write time travel novels.
What motivates you? My characters and the stories they tell me whether I want them to or not.
Being a wife, mother and having a job, how do you find the time to write? Writing is important to me and like all important things in my life, I make time for it. I write in the morning at the coffee shop before work, at lunchtime and in the evening before I go to bed. You don’t need hours at a time to write.
What writers inspire you? My favorites growing up were Amanda Quick, Johanna Lindsey, and Jude Deveraux.
Does writer’s block ever hit you, and if so, what do you do to make it go away? I’ve compiled several stories over the years, so if I get bored or blocked with one story, I work on outlining another one. That usually gets my creative juices flowing and opens up ideas for my current project.
Tell us something about your projects you’re working on right now?
The blurb for my current story is:
To launch her restoration architecture company, Josie Fagan must convince Patrick Pullman she’s the only one who can restore his unique 1940s bungalow. She gets more than she bargains for when a condition of the contract is that she stay at the house with him, and what Patrick Pullman wants, Patrick Pullman gets… She feels an immediate connection not only to Patrick and his house, but to the previous tenants. Patrick’s uncle and his lover, Lola, who disappeared fifty years before, are still present. Is the attraction between Patrick and Josie real, are Lola and William still acting out their unfinished lives or is the house just haunted? Is Lola really Josie’s missing aunt? Patrick Pullman doesn’t believe in ghosts or that his house is haunted, but when he starts having visions of Lola; maybe Josie isn’t crazy after all. Will they find out the truth before she disappears too?
I’m excited about my other project which is set in the Cayman Islands where I live. Here is a taste:
The daughter of a serial killer tries to redeem the sins of her mother by becoming a forensic officer. She returns to Cayman, tired of the talking dead bodies she couldn’t silence and running from a love she can’t possess. On the twentieth anniversary of her mother’s capture, someone is murdered in the same manner as her mother’s victims. She is forced to work with the man she ran from and face the terrifying truth she’s been hiding for twenty years.
What is the best book you’ve ever read, and why? Wow, tough one. Hearts Aflame, Whitney, my love and Mischief. I know that’s more than one, but they are such great stories, whose characters I love and remember to this day even though I haven’t read their stories for years.
How did you find out about Gotham Writers’ Workshop? After several rejection letters I decide to work on my craft and googled online writing classes. Gotham appeared to be the most professional and well liked.
When did you first begin writing? I started writing poems as a child of nine and started writing stories at the age of twelve.
What is your lifetime writing goal(s)? To have people love my stories and characters as much as I do.
What is your writing routine? I write Monday through Friday for 1-2 hours each day. If I miss my weekly deadline, I make it up on the weekend.
How would you spend your perfect day? Writing until I have to pick my son up from school. Have dinner with my family, tuck my son in bed, and cuddle up on the couch watching tv with my husband.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Isabella!
**For more information on Elke Feuer, visit her blog: http://elkefeuer.blogspot.com/
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