May has been officially declared as the “Interviewing the Indies” month. As such, all month there will be posts containing interviews with indie authors. Today’s guest is Cecilee Linke, author of Elodie and Heloise.
What do you have published?
I self-published a young adult novel called Elodie and Heloise about twin sisters who find romance and what makes them happy during their senior year of high school. It’s a novelization of some characters I created and played in The Sims 3.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a young adult historical fiction novel that takes place in a lost town in Virginia called Wash Woods and follows the story of a young girl as she grows up in this tiny coastal town. I just started writing the first draft, and I’m excited about how it’ll turn out!
How do you stay motivated?
I keep motivated by sticking to writing 1,000 words day when working on a draft of a novel. It seems daunting, but after sticking to this for over a year, it becomes easier to write! I also talk about my story ideas with my husband, a fellow writer, and he helps me come up with ideas when I’m stuck.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
The promotion part has been the most difficult part. I don’t want frequent posts about my novel to be considered as spam by people in my stream on Google Plus and Facebook, but I don’t want to post too little and have no one know about it at all. So it’s a difficult balance for me.
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
Some writers are fueled by coffee. I however cannot live without my tea because it calms me and gets me in the mindset for writing. English breakfast tea works best for me!
You can purchase any of the Indie YA Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!