Saturday, January 3, 2009

An Interview with ElanaJ

Blog chain time again. This time Abi started the party and I'm up next. It's hard to go so soon in the chain, I have to admit. I need a lot of stewage time for things I'm "putting out there."

Luckily, this didn't require too many brain cells. Abi presented some questions for this round.

1. What writing related things have you done in the past?
2. What WiP's (work in progress) are you working on now?
3. Do you have anything brewing for the future?
4. Are you setting any writing goals or resolutions for 2009?

I think I'm gonna tackle all of them. I mean, it's the new year, I gotta be an overachiever for once. By the time February hits, I'll be back to taking the easy way out, trust me.

And just to spice it up, I'm gonna pretend like it's an interview between me and some fabulously good-looking male writer at Entertainment Weekly. Hey, it's good practice for when I get published, right? Yeah, let's go with that.

EW: What writing related things have you done in the past?
EJ: Well, I've not really done anything. In fact, I hated English in high school and college. I took AP English in hs just to get out of taking it later. No joke. I started writing in November 2007 as an escape from something traumatic that happened to me. With words, I stopped living in a black-and-white world.

EW: What are you working on now?
EJ: What aren't I working on now? Ha ha! No, seriously, I'm currently revising a novel about ghosts. If they weren't already dead, I would kill them. They aren't really cooperating right now, but I'm typing them into submission. That's my January project. In February, I've already slated my writing time to finishing my NaNo novel. I need an ending. And a climax. It's too bad there isn't like a "Stellar Plots R Us" in my neighborhood.

EW: Do you have anything brewing for the future?
EJ: I always have something brewing, baby. Right now, I'm focusing on finishing up revisions and finding an ending for my novel. But I did start a straight YA novel in December. Shocking, I know. No super powers. No cool technology. Nothing. Just high school. But that can be the most dangerous place in the universe, so we'll see.

EW: What are your goals or resolutions for 2009?
EJ: Write everyday. In fact, I already blogged on this. I'm going to add one thing to that list. I'm going to take on PJ Hoover's challenge to read 50 books in 2009. Oh, and HL Dyer posted this on the QT blog, and it pretty much summed up my goals for 2009.

EW: Thanks ElanaJ, for spending time with us today. We look forward to reading your novels in print one day.
EJ: I had such a lovely time with the guy from EW. We ate Drake's coffee cake in a sunny lounge in downtown San Diego. Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful, success-filled year! Check out Terri's post, the next link in the blog chain.


H. L. Dyer said...

You crack me up with your imaginary interviewer! *snort*

Incidentally, my word verification is "sitinses" which makes me think of Gollum describing political protests.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I like the interview idea! I may have to steal that for my post.

Word verification: "wroopin." Is that a new species of crane?

Elana Johnson said...

Heather, you are my favorite person today! Sitinses! I LOVE that and it's going in my weird and wonky word file.

Sandra, new species of crane? Hmm...yes, I like. :)

Anonymous said...

This is too funny! I'm glad it wasn't as stressful as you were afraid it might be. :)

uh words is UNDDES ...
so which is it? Boxers, briefs, bikini, thong???

Sarah Jensen said...

Elana this was a great post!
Can't wait until the real one with the hot guy from WD!

Carolyn Kaufman | @CMKaufman said...

I want a Stellar Plots Are Us in my neighborhood, too!

I LOVE the interview approach. Brilliant! Actually, the whole thing was just brilliant. I always enjoy your posts!

Oh, my word verification word rocks: fackin

jess said...

why didn't I get 'fackin' for the word verification??

and...your interviewer did NOT ask tough questions. DIG DEEPER.

i LOL'ed all over the place here. good work!!

Michelle McLean said...

Excellent interview!! You seriously rock - what a fun way to answer the questions :) And a straight YA from you!!?? What is the world coming to? ;-) Love the post :)

My word verification is affsna....makes me think of that insurance with the duck (Afflack...AFFFFLLLLAACCKKKK) :D

TerriRainer said...

Okay, just how hot was this guy and how did you keep from giggling when you answered?

Oh, and thanks for making it hard for me to follow I'll have to come up with something worthy and my brain is still on a holiday vacation!

:) Terri

Jenn said...

I have to post here, if for no other reason than to join in the word verification hee-haw. And I got a really great one. I can't stop laughing! The word is . . . poxecow. It's like a cow with chicken pox. As in:

"Wow. That is one pox-e cow!"

Okay. About the post. I need to arrange one of those interviews with . . . what did you say his name was? :D

Also, I have to say that I'm surprised you didn't start writing until late 2007. Holy Guacamole, I feel like such a dunce for not having finished a novel yet when I've been at it so much longer than you. Great job, though! I'm impressed.

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Love the interview! I am always impressed with how many projects you are able to keep going at one time too!

My verification word is: dishoth. Poor effort on the part of the word verification people, I think.

ali cross said...

Great interview Elana! And that guy from EW was totally checking you out.

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

You have to be one of the coolest and most imaginative people ever!

Jessica Verday said...

Hahaha, LOVED the EW style interview!!

Anonymous said...

Nice interview! Good luck with the new year! Also, LMAO@HLDyer's comment! My word was Colatic (you know, soda pop politics)

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