This weeks interview features Elaine Faber the author who introduced us to Thumper the Cat. Join me as we explore the literary world of Elaine Faber.
1. Elaine, what does your writing process look like?
With two books in print, one completed, one more in final edits for publication next month, and a WIP, my days are a mix of editing, writing, promoting, critiquing and conferencing, not necessarily in any order.
2. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
I sit down and let my fingers do the walking.
3. Is there one book you have written that is your favorite? Which of your characters is your favorite? And which is the biggest trouble maker for you?
Like our children, I love them all a different way. My WIP, the sequel to The Obstreperous Mrs. Odboddy, is giving me more trouble than the first four combined. Some days she just refuses to ‘speak to me.’ Did I say she was obstreperous?
4. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Years ago, I read Paul Gallico’s book, The Silent Meow.
The cat told the story as the POV character. I think that concept stuck with me and inspired my Black Cat series, where Thumper is one of the main POV characters.
Mr. Gallico also wrote Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, perhaps inspiring my Mrs. Odboddy series.
5. If Elaine Faber could cast the characters from her latest book in the Hollywood adaptation who would play your characters?
After careful thought and intensive interviews with these actors, we chose:
My characters are not teenagers and I think these experienced actors could bring them to life. My own cats, Boots and Amber insist on playing Thumper and Noe-Noe (Angel).
6. (A)How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
The character’s names just pop in my head. As for Thumper, the child, Amanda, names him when he ‘thumped’ on the door in Black Cat’s Legacy.
6. (B) Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
For names for my WWII novels, the internet provided the most popular names of the time period and I chose from that list.
7. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Raising two children, an attorney, and a hospital administrator, successfully. In the writing world, publishing my first book, Black Cat’s Legacy, was a major accomplishment and life’s dream.
8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, still alive, kicking, and still able to write! I’m already older than dirt!
9. Were you already a great writer? Have you always liked to write?
With a smidgen of natural talent, I started writing as a child, through high school and beyond. But, only after years of study have I acquired any discernible writing skills. For that, I must give credit to fine teachers.
10. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Don’t wait until you’re retired to start writing, learning, and seeking publication. My biggest regret is that I waited to gain more skills and/or seek publication until I was 66 years old. Start writing NOW!
11. If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I worked for 26 years as a medical secretary which I loved. I also like to paint, embroider, collect antiques (older than I am) bake and play with my cats.
12. Is Elaine Faber a plotter or a pantser? (Write by the seat of your pants)
Definitely a pantser. With only a vague idea of a story concept, I jump in and let the character lead me where they may, sometimes to very surprising and frightening places, but always to a successful conclusion.
13. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I always respond to comments on my blog or on other interviews/reviews, etc. I’ve only gotten one ‘slightly unfavorable’ review because I used the word ‘damn’ in my story three times…. Go figure! You should never respond to bad reviews. There are always ‘haters’ out there, no matter how hard you try.
14. What is your best marketing tip?
Set up author read-ins at libraries, Assisted Living Facilities, and book clubs. Results vary and it is time consuming, but it’s worth a try and you bring joy to others. Hand out bookmarks to every breathing person you meet. It results in Amazon e-book sales. People love to say, “I met the author.” Never leave the house without a book in your purse.
15. What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing process?
Definitely the marketing. I long for the days when publishers did the marketing work, allowing the author to keep writing, but those days are over. We must be authors, media moguls and marketing magicians these days. AMMMM
16. Is there one subject Elaine Faber would never write about as an author? What is it?
I stick to light mystery, humor and a bit of PG romance. I would never write thriller, sex, or porn. Who needs those kinds of thoughts in your head?
17. In Black Cat’s Legacy, who is Elaine Faber’s favorite character (Other than Thumper)?
Kimberlee is very special through this story. How about in Lethal Lawyer? Thumper’s new soul-mate, Noe-Noe, is a riot with her snide and smarmy comments. And Accidental Angel? Noe-Noe is called Angel in this book. She steals the show in most of her scenes. And tweaks your heart in others.
18. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
The tender touching scenes always leave me weeping on the keyboard, but if you can’t make your reader cry at least once, what’s the point?
19. Elaine what is your latest book?
Mrs. Odboddy’s Secret Mission (WIP -Working title) How many books have you written prior? Three Black Cat Mysteries and The Obstreperous Mrs. Odboddy (Fall 2015)
20. What is Elaine Faber working on now?
Mrs. O’s Secret Mission – WiP. Mrs. Odboddy has agreed to accompany Mrs. Roosevelt on her WWII Pacific Island tour, but is caught up in intrigue and skull-duggery on the train headed for Washington. This book is scheduled for spring, 2016. What is your next project? Perhaps a third Mrs. Odboddy adventure? My BETA readers are in love with this character, so she may warrant a third adventure.
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