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Hi Elaine, first, tell us a little about yourself.
Born and raised until I was fifteen in Brooklyn, NY, I’ve been living the majority of my life in upstate NY. First my family moved to the northern suburbs of the city, then I met my future husband at Albany State, further upstate, and we’ve been in the Capital District ever since. I grew up in the pre-historic era before computers or cell phones, enjoyed a black and white TV, and played outdoors with the neighbor kids. I believe all this fostered my imagination to create stories. Writing, truthfully, was also my way of coping with a very troubled family life.
Lots of writers loved to read as children. Did you? If so, what did you read?
As emotionally unstable as my mother was, she devoured novels and always had a book in her hand. She made a delightful fuss over me upon getting my first library card, as well as always took my brother and I to the library. So, yes, I loved to read… from billboards as we drove past to advertisements on public buses or museum signs to lots and lots of books. My penchant back then and pretty much now was/is suspense, on all levels.
I enjoy suspense also. Let's talk about your writing. What do you write?
I write what I call family drama fused with psychological suspense. However, I’ve begun my first time-slip novel based loosely on a few mysteries of my own family’s past.
How do you get to know your characters?
Pretty much the same way as my plots unfold: I let the kernel of a story swirl around and incubate in my mind for a while. I then play around with whatever words tap out of my fingers onto the keyboard. Research. Write. Research. Write. Write. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit. I’m a major seat of the pants writer and love the feel of both the characters and the story unfolding as I go along. Every time in the past when I’ve attempted to plot on paper or outline my story died.
What themes do you write about?
I enjoy writing about family and love, exploring how an unsteady family or couple can become stronger and solid. In writing with a slant toward Christian fiction I cannot escape the fact that I believe God’s hands are directly in control of us—if we open our eyes to His glory.
What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
Although I work 4 days a week, having a 3 day weekend, those work days begin with a wakeup time of 3 am and pure physical stand-on-my-feet labor until 1 pm. Throw in commuting time and running errands since I live out in a rural area, by the time I arrive home I’m often beat. That’s why my fantasy goal is to sooner than later “retire” from the day job and write full time. However, now that my first novel has made its debut release this past January I try my best to work on my writing whenever I can. Due to neck problems it’s better for me to work on a laptop on the couch, which is nice in the wintertime because I’m inches away from the woodstove!
Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?
When I started to write in hopes of publication it was for the ABA-general market. It never made it. True, those were my earlier years of learning the writing craft and I had plenty to learn. Still do! However, it wasn’t until I dedicated my writing to God, matching my heart, that I started to see changes, getting closer and closer until I received a contract. My faith impacts my whole life and I’m unsure how I can separate it from my writing.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Listen to the advice of others, but definitely become attuned to what works best for you, and when. Believe in yourself even if others don’t. Keep submitting and entering contests despite the lack of contracts offered or not winning the contest, however, seek to improve your writing each time. And my biggest advice: accept the fact that you always, always have something more to learn each and every day, whether it is honing your writing craft, taking risks, promotion, or eating humble pie.
What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
I’m very grateful to have a first novel out and have hope in future releases. I’m at the age that I don’t want another line of work. I can look back and imagine if things were different what I might have ventured into, but can’t we all?
What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?
Continuing with what I said in response to the above question, the most risk-taking thing I’ve ever done is believing in my writing (though it took me many years to first become published). This means, unlike many others, I have not chased after a high-paying job and put my writing second. This means, I admit, struggling and juggling lots. But it also means trusting God. All the time. Every second.
Can she move forward without knowing her past?
Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind?
In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle’s father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith.
She wants it; she gets it; they marry.
And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices: Staying could endanger her child.
Leaving could cost her life.
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Elaine Stock is the author of Always With You, which released in January 2016 and has made the Kindle bestseller list. Her novels fuse family drama and psychological suspense. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and contributes to the international “Happy Sis Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.
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