I’m so excited today because Elizabeth Mueller has stopped by with a guest post!!!!!
Hi everyone! First let me tell you how honored I am for Laura to have me on her wonderful blog. I am so humbled for her willingness to have me here, thank you Laura!
My name is Elizabeth Mueller. I am a mother of 4 wonderful kidlets who are so thrilled to have about 2 weeks of school left. That makes me wonder where I’ll find time to write? Well, here is a wonderful interview that I borrowed from a friend’s blog, I thought it would be a fun way to get to know me!
Wheeeeee . . .!
What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
That last thing I wrote (I had to rewrite it since my original draft was 26, 442 words—it is now 111,456 words—yippee!) was my YA romance novel Rock Star—Lead singer Moggie feels life isn’t worth living once he loses his best friend and brother until Beth, a girl dying of cancer, shows him how precious every breath is. It’s too bad that I wasn’t a pack rat when I was in 4th grade when I first started writing poetry, but I do have the short story I wrote when I was 11 years old—“Shelly and the Two Stallions”. It, too, was a romance! 😉
2. Write poetry?
Sometimes—mainly when I’m feeling really down or angry—they are all in my journal.
3. Angsty poetry?
Oooh, yeah . . .
4. Favorite genre of writing?
This question is not just a one answer question, though when I wrote my first full-blown novel I swore I’d never stray from high fantasy. I’ve also written historical, contemporary, paranormal and historical science fiction. All of my books have a romantic element in them! (I’ll go where ever my muse takes me, though, so I wouldn’t be surprised finding myself writing mystery.)
5. Most annoying character you’ve ever created?
Sinot Tubu from my first novel, Tragic Innocence. He grated on my nerves at every turn—he was the jealous bully whose ego eventually got himself killed. Sorry, I couldn’t resist! 😉
6. Best Plot you’ve ever created?
Uh . . . Wow, how can I choose a favorite? They are all masterfully written!
7. Coolest Plot twist you’ve ever created?
Well, I make it a point to make sure I have plot twists in my stories, but the one that I leave absolutely no clue until the reveal at the very last chapter is my contemporary YA romance.
8. How often do you get writer’s block?
Once in a rare while. There was a time where the well went so dry that I had to put the book away. It was simple, really—all I had to do was give myself permission to accept the fact that I don’t have to have a villain to make a book good. Internal conflict can be just as powerful. Wow . . . You should’ve seen the floods rushing after that realization!
9. Write fan fiction?
I’ve thought about that, something I’d still consider once I’m done writing all the many plots waiting for me in heaven!
10. Do you type or write by hand?
I type, though I write long-hand when I’m away from my computer. I wrote Tragic Innocence (over 700 pages long) by hand before I had a computer. Talk about major crampage!
11. Do you save everything you write?
I didn’t used to, but this past few years, I have been. From the little pieces of paper done in pencil to the background info and research notes—you never know if you can auction that off once you’re NYT bestseller! 😉
12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?
Oh, yes. I keep it just in cast. There has been a time when I actually decided to use it and my story was better for it.
13. What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
Tough question! It’s like asking which of your children do you love the best! But the one that comes to mind is Eros. YA fantasy romance involving the Greek gods. *sigh*
14. What’s everyone else’s favorite story that you’ve written?
My teen likes Khandra’s Mists the best—historical romance of two warring nations where the queen decides to abduct her enemy prince to propose peace. My sister says she loves all of them.
15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
16. What’s your favorite setting for your characters?
It used to be fantasy all the way, but lately, any place where my characters can grow from agonizing trials.
17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Honestly? Just one—I’m editing Rock Star for submission, but I have 7 more that need work, too and tons waiting to be born!
18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Yes. I placed 2nd at the Peach City Writing Contest one year and received and honorable mention another.
19. What are your five favorite words?
Hmmm. I would probably say words that I tend to over use are gasp, sigh, hair, smile, and heart. I have other words that just won’t leave my head like discombobulate, plethora, unwittingly,
20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?
I would have to say Pentulla from Tragic Innocence. She has undergone horrific incidences that has made her a better person and a powerful ally.
21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
They all develop psyches of their own as soon as I start to write, actually.
22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
It depends if my dreams has an interesting enough plot that is worthy enough for the written word. 😉
23. Do you favor happy endings?
I figure since the life we live in is riddled with tragedy, and sadness, I like to provide a true sense of escapism—so the ending is important to have a feel-good emotion to it.
24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
I wouldn’t define it as obsessed. I make sure that all spelling is correct as I go, but I don’t lose sleep over it. As for grammar—I don’t struggle with it, but I do edit it when I’m done with my first draft..
25. Does music help you write?
Not while I write because it pulls my muse away, forcing her to listen to it than to the magic flowing from my fingertips, but certain types of music inspire me to write (Enya, Enigma, Josh Groben . . .)
26. Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.
“Angie lost her voice when a sob stabbed the back of her throat. She struggled with the words, but they wouldn’t come. She started to rock back and forth, shaking her head.”
Thanks, Elizabeth, for such a great interview–what a wonderful way to get to know you! 😀