On Today's Menu -- Elliot Grace author of SOUTH OF CHARM
I love Inside the Actor's Studio. So I decided to do it here. This will be an accompaniment to Friday's at the Piedmont Grille. Kind of like an appetizer instead of a full course meal. Hope you enjoy.
1) What was the last book you read?
-"Creep" by Jennifer Hillier. It's one of those edge of your seat thrillers that I found myself unable to put down until that last page was licked clean. I highly recommend.
2) What genre would you like to try writing?
-Believe it or not, I'm actually penning a YA romance at the moment, which for me, is definitely out of the ordinary. It's an idea that was brought to my attention from a critique partner, who suggested that my voice carries the kind of sensitivity needed for the soft touch of love's first kiss. I'm currently testing the waters with a novella, and will move forward depending on the response. Fingers remain crossed ;)
3) What is your favorite word?
-Oh wow! Tough one, and with an endless choice of candidates to boot! I'll go with a word that may not be my favorite, but one I hold near and dear to my heart as of late. Quash. I used it while writing my first novel, "South of Charm," and received a thumbs down from my wife, who called the word, "just silly." Then, wouldn't you know it, while doing battle with my sister in a game of Words With Friends on Facebook, my wife needed a high-scoring QU word to seal the victory, and...Well now, how funny is that?
4) What word is the bane of your existance to find in a manuscript, either yours or someone else's?
-Not so much a word, but a trendy phrase... "he/she pictured it in their mind's eye." Mind's eye...not a fan.
5) What is your favorite cliche?
-"misery loves company."
6) Which author, living or dead, do you wish you could write like?
This one's easy, John Sandford. I've read every word he's ever published.
7) Who is your favorite author?
-Always a tough one to answer. Sandford sits atop the list, but I'm also a fan of Joe Hill (Stephen King's hot shot kid,) King, Terry Brooks, and the late Robert Cormier.
8) What is your favorite book from childhood?
-"Fade" by Robert Cormier. I finished up that book and knew for certain that I wanted to follow in his footsteps.
9) What was the last book/story you published?
-"South of Charm," currently on Amazon, and resting upon most local bookstore shelves.
10) What are you writing now? (As much or as little as you want.)
-Tentatively titled "The Fall," its a YA romance novella that my teenage son has often stated, "is the best thing my dad's ever written." I'm hoping it sees the light of day some time later this year. For those in search of a quick hit tear-jerker, you're in luck ;) You can find a little bit of it here.
Have a great weekend everyone!