Author of the Week, Eleanor Green. Interview and Giveaway!
Author of the Week, Eleanor Green.
Interview and Giveaway!
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About the Author
Eleanor Green resides in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She enjoys the things everyone else does—reading, writing, cooking—but is also an adventure seeker.
Terrified of cats, passionate about hot tea, allergic to being cold.
Still left on her bucket list: getting lost in Italy and being invited in for dinner by a sweet family, eating a scorpion, and swimming with the dolphins.
Eleanor also writes under the name Lisa Poston Murphy.
1: I have you always wanted to be a writer, or is it something that just sort of happened and you fell in love with?
This is a hard one, but the easy answer is: it just happened and I fell in love with it. I’ve always loved writing and journaling—describing places, feelings, and especially food! I believe this is how I’ve chosen to deal with my mid-life crisis instead of buying a sports car! Honestly I thought it would be for my eyes only and a one-time event. However, the passion grew into a necessity and I can’t imagine not writing. It’s exhilarating to meet new characters, escape reality and go on adventures with them . . . fall in love over and over again.
2: Are any of you characters based on people you know, if yes who and how?? We write what we know, so my main female and I share some quirks.
3: What time of the day do you like to write?
I love to write in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep! My best writing comes when I sit up in bed and run to my computer to type out what just happened in my head. However, I’m a mom, so I try to write while the kids are in school. I will admit, though, they’ve learned how to rummage through the fridge more than a few times when I just can’t step away. They call it “the zone.”
4: What's your fave way to tackle writers block? A glass of wine and typing out pure and utter shit. Yep, whatever I write during writers block is crap and I’ll end up deleting most of it, but once my brain and fingers realize I’m not giving up, they start working again!
5: How many physical books do you own? (Under 100? over 500?) Am I a dork for running to the bookshelves and counting? Around 300. I swear, I’m not a hoarder of anything else, but I cannot get rid of a book.
6: What do you listen to when you write? Silence? Nature sounds? Music? A wide variety of music. It depends on the mood of the book whether it will be classical, something romantic, or something angsty. But it has to be turned down really low or I’ll start typing the lyrics!
7: Where do you do most of you writing? Do you have a home office/studio? Okay, so let me tell you about the evolution of my writing spot! I started out on the couch with my laptop in my . . . lap! After a horrible neck crick, I moved to the bedroom with pillows stacked behind me. When I realized this was getting real, I took over the dining room table and scrunched my nose when the kiddos approached for a homework spot (shameful). After my husband realized I was in this for the long haul, he set me up in a teeny-tiny corner in our home office. I had one of those $30 whitewash desks and a card table chair. It was one of the most glorious moments of my life knowing that I had become a writer with my own spot! For Christmas, my husband set me up with a “writer’s desk” and leather chair. I think I love it as much as Sméagol loves his precious ring.
8: What do you write with? Pen paper, laptop, and typewriter? Do you write notes as you go? if so what on? I use a laptop and yes, I have notes everywhere! I love notepads, so my notes come in all shapes and sizes. This does NOT help with organization!
9: Your favorite book. Oh, how I love Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon. It’s old, but it was the first “adult” novel I’d ever read. He blew my mind with that book.
10:What is one of your favorite quotes? Gah, that’s a hard one! I love quotes & poems. I’ll say this one, since it’s fresh on my mind, and opens my new book, Torn.
You call me still you life—oh! Change the word—Life is as transient as the inconstant sigh:
Say rather I’m your soul; more just that name, for like the soul, my love can never die.
11: What other crafts do you dabble in? Well, I suck at crafts. But if you’re talking hobbies . . . I’m really into CrossFit. I love to read of course, garden, and shoot skeet.
12: What were you good at at school, and what did see see yourself being as an adult? I loved literature and Science. Before I had a real plan, I wanted to be a Mafia Princess! Yes, seriously. Later, I saw myself as a surgeon, but became a nurse instead.
Toilet paper over or under—OVER!
Beer, Wine, Sprits? Red wine . . . Chianti is my favorite
Pjs, Nighty, Nothing? Nothing
Rock or Pop? hmm…pop maybe? I like it all (except country, which is bad since I live in Nashville!)
5 Star resort or Camping—is this a trick question? 5 star resort, of course!
Cats or Dogs? Dogs! I’m terrified of cats! Have been since I was a child.
Morning or Night? Night.
McDonalds or Burger King? Sorry, but neither.
The Simpsons or Family Guy? Family Guy!
Coke or Pespi? Jeez, I sound like a fuddy-dud, but gag! Burns my nose and makes me burp.
Batman or Superman? Batman
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Summer or Winter? SUMMER . . .NOW!
Shower or Bath? Shower for cleanliness, bath for relaxation and reading!
Countryside or Big city? Big City, but I don’t live in one.
Fame or Money? Fame. I like people more than money.
Piercings or Tattoos? Tattoos! I just got my first one . . . across the ribs. OMG, excruciating but I love it!
Mac or PC? PC
Mermaids or Unicorns? Unicorns
Hermoine Granger or Bella Swan? Hermoine Granger, for sure!