INTERVIEW WITH ELLE KLASS
NEW BOOK OF ELLE KLASS
Eye of The Storm Eilida's Tragedy
“A disturbance at her neighbor's house piques Eilida’s curiosity. What she discovers is so shocking it sends her running through the mountainous woods during a thunderstorm. She slips on the wet ground, plummets down Mount Wilde, and slams into a large boulder beside River Freedom. Eilida is transported to Lyden, where Sunshine, a receptionist at the local paper becomes engrossed in her story. The further Sunshine delves into Eilida’s life the more entangled their lives become. Paranormal events, frightening dreams, and terror filled memories draw the women together into an unthinkable web of horror.”
Interviewed by Tarak Ghosh
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Several years ago when I wrote As Snow Falls. Actually, I have always had a wild imagination and loved to make up stories since I was a child.
2. What does your family think of your writing?
My family is supportive mostly. My daughter Renae drew the cover for As Snow falls and has assisted me with first round editing. My daughter Peggy is the cover model found on Baby Girl Book 3 City by the Bay. My mom has helped with first round edits as well and my sister Terri, also an author, edited Baby Girl books 1-3.
3. Is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
That would depend on the book. As Snow Falls my first published book has a following of age 30 and up where as the Baby Girl books have a much younger following but are enjoyed by readers of most age groups. Eye of the Storm is new but the targeted audience is geared towards those who enjoy dark fiction.
4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
All of it. When I published As Snow Falls I was clueless. Now I can format ebooks and paperbacks with no problems and get them listed quickly and easily. I have learned much about marketing and getting my books out to readers who may enjoy them. I have also met other authors and gained and given insight. I'm still learning and enjoying every minute of it,.
5. Give us an insight into your main characters. What does she/he do that is so special?
In my latest novel, Eye of the Storm Eilida'ls Tragedy both Eilida and Sunshine share the stage as protagonists. They are complete opposites. Sunshine is a girly girl who loves to dress nice, fix her hair and makeup and Eilida loves her jeans, hoodie, and has aspirations to become a world famous journalist.
6. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
In Eye of the Storm I would say my favorite character is Sage, Eilida's bestie. She is drop dead gorgeous, free spirted, and outgoing. It was fun creating the childhood memories between Eilida and Sage.
7. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I'm not sure. It took a lot of work to get it to where it is and it's currently getting a new cover. For the moment I'm happy with it where it is.
8. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Real life experience goes into my writing but the events and characters are purely fictional.
9. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
They can share with others. As an indie author the success of my books is directly tied to others sharing- word of mouth. Readers can also leave reviews even if just a sentence or two and they can contact me via my website at http://elleklass.weebly.com
, my blog at http://thetroubledoyster.blogspot.com
or goodreads and talk to me. My twitter handle is @elleklass.
10. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I love hearing from readers and sometimes I do. They ask me questions sometimes about a story. A few readers have asked if Cleo (from Baby Girl ) and Fetch will get together permanently. I hate to give away spoilers but Fetch will return. A few readers have contacted me already about Eye of the Storm telling me how much they enjoyed reading it and how suspenseful it was. I think all of them had said that the ending was a huge surprise and a few loved the way I set up the novel for the next book in the trilogy (Ruthless Storm). I met a new reader the other day who told me how excited she was to read As Snow Falls and how much she loved the cover and the blurb.
11. How did you choose the genre you write in?
I write across genres. There are elements of suspense, romance and even paranormal occurances in all my books but they don't all fit into the same genre. Sometimes I think maybe I shouls stick with one genre but when the stories come to me they don't fit and I end up with a novel in yet another genre.
13. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
A few. My favorite author as a teen was V.C. Andrews. I also really love Edgar Ellen Poe. As an adult I'm in love with indie author such as Marcha Fox, Susanne Leist, John R. Dizon, Terri Klaes Harper, and Candi Silk. I read across genres too and love any well written fiction book.
14. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Keep writing and publishing. I take it one step at a time. With each step I plan the next one. My goal is to write, publish and market full time.
15. What project are you working on now?
I just released Eye of the Storm and soon will be updating its cover, thanks to Ashley'ls Addictive Book Promotions. She made me a phenomonal new cover.The novel will also be going on tour in early December. For November I'm writing Baby Girl 4 Bite the Big Apple as well as Baby Girl 5 and maybe 6. A lot of people ask and Baby Girl 4 should be in the book stores by sometime in January.