Welcome to the 2018 author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year.
I am honored to continue this series with fellow Florida author Elle Boca.
For those of you that have read my interviews in the past, you’ll find a new set of questions in this series. You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directorypage.
If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, please enjoy this interview with Elle Boca:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I strive to write something original and at the same time rewarding, enriching and entertaining. A tall order, I know! While superhuman stories have been around for years generally urban fantasy and paranormal fiction center around were creatures, vampires, witches, fairies, demons and or angels. As far as I know my Miami urban fantasy series about superhumans was the first such series set in Miami featuring superhuman characters. Likewise, I believe my Paris urban fantasy series was the first such series about superhumans. That is how I have tried to write something original and give readers what they want (even if they don’t yet know they want it).
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Start writing fiction earlier. Write more.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Anything indie that I’m reading at the moment. As an indie author I strive to give priority in my fiction pile to the work of fellow indies as often as I can and I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting indies. Runaway Smile and Musiville by Nicholas A. Rossis are children’s books I especially enjoyed (including the imaginative illustrations) although I don’t often read children’s books. I also liked his short story books. More recently I read Blood Ice and Oak Moon, a fantasy audiobook about witches and fairies by Marsha Moore
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I greatly appreciate the time and energy that each and every reader dedicates to reading and reviewing my books even those who occasionally don’t like them. I find frequently when that happens that the reader did not pay close attention to the description of the book. For example, someone whose favorite genre is romance or thriller since my stories are urban fantasies. Each review reveals something new. I don’t do anything beyond reading them and expressing my appreciation for their review whenever I’m in direct contact with the reviewers.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
There are secrets and clues that link the books in a series. There are elements in the book covers that relate to the story in the books.
Do you Google yourself?
Every so often I use the search engines and social media to find new reviews and mentions. I usually search for the book titles.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Hmm, I don’t know that I have a single favorite childhood book. When I was a child I especially loved Greek and Roman mythology.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I don’t know what that would be… I might have learned more about the craft. Perhaps I would read more and start writing at a younger age, but at the same time I think I started writing as soon as I was ready.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
While it depends on the book (some require more research than others and some are more emotionally charged than others), it takes me several months and up to a year between writing, editing, beta reader feedback and final editing, formatting and release.
Elle is the author of two urban fantasy series about superhumans called Weeia, the Unelmoija Series in Miami and the Marshals Series in Paris. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading. Elle makes her home with her king cat husband in South Florida.
Connect with Elle:
The author website address is https://elleboca.poyeen.com/
Unelmoija: The Spiritshifter (Weeia Book 3) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LDDXSBQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00LDDXSBQ&linkCode=as2&tag=simonandbaker-20&linkId=U3SJOC3UQP6CLWBF
Unelmoija: The Timeshifter (Weeia Book 4) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NRCDUHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00NRCDUHI&linkCode=as2&tag=simonandbaker-20&linkId=VHI57KSORB53YOOE
Unelmoija: Paradox (Weeia Book 5) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U9W8EKC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00U9W8EKC&linkCode=as2&tag=simonandbaker-20&linkId=8fb356d23b7b11661c57b0970e53ed73
Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia (The Weeia Marshals Book 1) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A01R5SI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01A01R5SI&linkCode=as2&tag=simonandbaker-20&linkId=Y7QGM7KITR2C63Y2
Weeia on My Mind (The Weeia Marshals Book 2) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I8TZN42/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01I8TZN42&linkCode=as2&tag=simonandbaker-20&linkId=c6ec871a0648ef0f77c707c673d6f724
Smells Like Weeia Spirit – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XFMYWBV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B06XFMYWBV&linkCode=as2&tag=simonandbaker-20&linkId=945f526ad1dcb586fcb26cd90e3fc359