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Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, hens, an angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks. Cracked is her first novel.
1. What is your favorite color? Cream
2. Favorite food? All food. Mmmmmmmm. food, food, food. Foooooooood. (can you tell I'm currently trying to shed some baby-weight?).
3. Favorite movie of all time? Anne of Green Gables
4. Favorite song? Glycerine by Bush.
5. Favorite book of all time? Oh man....I think the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. I've probably read them a few dozen times already, and I'll probably read them again.
All about Writing
1. How did your interest in writing originate?
I don't know. I spent a lot time daydreaming growing up, and I've always sketched little scenes in notebooks. I don't really know how it started, it was always just kinda there. Sorry for the lame answer!
2. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Ha, pre-baby or post-baby? Pre-baby it was all-consuming, every-minute-I-wasn't-at-work, crank-out-a-draft-in-two-months. Post-baby--a few hours a week chosen over less-important things, like food. Or sleep.
3. Do you work with an outline or just write?
My first two manuscripts I just wrote, but The-Editors-That-Be wanted outlines for the next books, so I'm trying it that way.
4. What was the hardest part in writing your book? The easiest?
The hardest is writing the boring scenes. The ones without explosions, deaths, fights, or alien invasions. Just the ones you need to make the book make sense, but aren't really exciting. My rough drafts are filled with "They go to x. Fill in later. Try to make interesting." The easiest are those crazy intense scenes that just pop into my head. These just happen randomly and I JUST CAN'T WAIT to write them down. When they happen, I can crank out 8k words in one sitting.
5. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Right now, it's play with my baby. I work full time, my debut launches next month, and the deadline for the sequel is looming, so I never get as much time with her as I like. So when I'm home, and she's awake, that's what I like to do.
Finish the sentence
1. The difference between fiction and reality is: fiction is more fun.
2. Research is what I'm doing when I drive during rush hour. My rage is the inspiration for my bloodthirstiest scenes.
3. I can write better when I'm in a good mood.
4. Sleep is an excellent way to...Sleep is for the weak! (And the sane...)
5. A room without a book is...a guest bathroom?
Title: Cracked (Soul Eater #1)
Genre/s: Young Adult, Paranormal,
Released Date: November 5, 2013
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Meet Meda. She eats people.
Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.
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