Elysa Hendricks, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Lucky’s Leprechaun.
by his bookkeeper and his ex-girlfriend, he’s resigned himself to losing everything.
a leprechaun, inside a crystal paperweight. Now she has one day left to grant Lucky
his final wish or perish.
an Irish pub in the small town of Council
in the industry?
it was a long time ago, but not that far away, just the suburbs of Chicago – a woman
sat alone. Well, not completely alone. Her five-year-old son was sleeping in the
next room. But her husband and older son were on their way to Arizona to attend a funeral. As a family they’d
decided to postpone their Christmas celebrations until hubby and son returned the
following week. On top of that this poor woman’s parents had recently relocated
to write a novel. Her currently absent hubby had been teasing her for years about
all the romances she read, telling her she should write one herself. “How hard
can it be?” he asked. “Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl.
You can do that, can’t you?”
on she sat at her typewriter (yes, I started writing back in the Dark Ages) and
wrote what she thought would be a short, contemporary romance ala Harlequin. When
the heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien who stows away on a passing
space ship, the woman (me) realized that romance has many flavors other than vanilla.
research I don’t spend much time surfing (do they still call it that?) the Internet.
Occasionally I’ll visit an author’s web page, mostly just to find out what they
have coming out. I don’t read a lot of blogs, there’s just not enough time in the
day to write, read all the great books piling up on my shelves, my Kindle and my
Nook, and manage to have a real life.
about your first book, what would it be?
alien that resides under my bed guarded by killer dust bunnies? Or the one I first
published? For the former I’d have to make it less derivative of Star Trek: NG.
I didn’t realize until years after I’d written it how much I’d been influenced by
STNG. As for my first published book, Rawhide Surrender, a western historical romance,
I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to make all those changes. I received
my rights back and revised, edited and re-issued it electronically under a new title
– Her Wild Texas Heart.
I can spend hours detailing the flora and fauna of an alien planet, and outlining
the social, political, and religious structures of the people who live there. Creating
the hero, the heroine, the villain and the secondary characters who’ll play out
their lives on the stage that I’ve set is amazing fun. It’s like playing God. Unfortunately,
while I may be the god of the world I’ve created, turns out all my characters are
atheists. They have a tendency not to listen to my directives, but that’s part of
what’s exciting about writing. I discover what’s going to happen next along with
to be your mentor who would it be?
Pern novels are still some of my favorite reading. Unfortunately she’s no longer
with us, so I’ll have to attempt to channel her spirit via my muse.
(if not an actual mentorship) of many wonderful romance authors – Susan Elizabeth
Phillips, Lindsey Longford, Cathy Linz, Melody Thomas, Ann Macela, Karen McCullough,
Donna MacMeans, and the list goes on. In gratitude for their kindness I try to help
and encourage other writers.
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
and polish it until that sow’s ear becomes, if not a silk purse, at least a serviceable
when it comes to writing?
Though I still have tons of stories I want to write (and more occur to me every
day) I just don’t have the energy I used to have. Where I used to be able to sit
and write for hours, now I suffer from bouncing butt syndrome. I thought after my
kids were grown and gone I’d have less distractions in my life. Didn’t turn out
head I’ll write for hours. When the story isn’t flowing I tend to fritter away the
time playing on the computer, hanging out on Facebook or reading.
it takes, I finish the damned book.
or friends do ever end up in a book?
ourselves all eventually end up in our writing. Each character I create is a composite
of myself and other people I know. Creating a character is like those Mix’n’Match
flip books we had as kids. I take my hubby’s sense of humor, mix it with Hugh Jackman’s
eyes (and bod), add in a fireman’s uniform and go from there.
done before (or while) you were a writer?
insurance underwriter, house cleaner, day care worker, video store owner/operator,
and college text book buyer. Each of these jobs exposed me to people in different
walks of life and added to my understanding and compassion for the human race.
you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
out The Sword And The Pen. It has both a contemporary and a historical type setting.
I call it my Xena: The Warrior Princess meets Stranger Than Fiction story. The story
centers around a slightly neurotic writer and how his ability to bring his fictional
creations to life turns his life upside down.
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
any kind of fiction with the possible exception of the really esoteric literary
stuff. If the story is compelling and the writing is good, I don’t care if it’s
a historical saga, a contemporary thriller or a space epic. I also enjoy self-help
books and books that help me research various subjects.
on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
Belize, Hawaii, Southern California or Florida will do) with sunshine, sand and
surf, I’d pack my swimsuit, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, toiletries, and my Kindle.
Oh, and I’d make sure Hubby came along.
holiday and why?
all about family and friends gathering to celebrate all the blessings in their lives.
There’s good food, good company, and no pressure to purchase impossible, perfect
when you’re bored?
much to do, to see, to read that there’s rarely a time when my mind and body aren’t
engaged in something. The only time I feel bored is when I’m forced to sit and wait
for something or someone and I don’t have access to a book, there’s no one to talk
to, and nothing to look at. But even then I use that time to think about the book
I’m working on, develop characters, figure plot points, or do some world building.
color would you be?
life is: Boring is good. Excitement is vastly overrated. (I save the adventure and
excitement, especially the physical kind, for the characters in my books.) So I’d
have to pick beige.
I do things as fast as possible.”
Please complete the sentences
hearts, and olive oil.
personality I’m just as happy inside.
definitely askew (those baby horns keep knocking it off kilter) and tarnished.
it’s a waste of time and secondly I’m afraid of heights.