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Blog Tour: The Inheritance by Elaine Jeremiah

Please welcome Ms. Elaine Jeremiah!

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What is the name of your book?

The Inheritance.

Do you remember what sparked your interest in being an author?

I’ve loved reading since I was very young.  I guess I’ve always wanted to be a story teller, partly because of my love of reading.  I decided that I would love to tell my own stories, to write my own book.  I’ve been experimenting with writing for many years, but it’s only recently that I’ve really focussed on it so much.

Did you self-publish this book, or go the traditional route? How did you make the
decision?

To be honest it was an easy decision to self-publish.  A few years ago I completed my first novel and emailed it to a few agents but had no favourable replies.  So I felt with ‘The Inheritance’ that I wanted it to be read as soon as possible by as many people as possible.  Because going down the traditional route takes a long time, and is so difficult to have success with, I decided that it would be best to self-publish.

If you could go back and write this book all over again, would you do everything the same?

No.  I think the story is a strong one but stylistically some of the dialogue isn’t as good as it could be.

Pick your favorite sentence from your book and share it with us.

‘As she was sitting surrounded by her belongings in plastic bags, Emma wondered how it had all gone so wrong for her.’

How did you come up with the title?

The story revolves around my character Emma blackmailing her father into giving her her inheritance early so that she can leave the farm she lives on, which she hates, and go to London to live with her wealthy friend.  So calling the book ‘The Inheritance’ seemed obvious.

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Who did the cover?

My husband.

What was your favorite part about writing this book?

I think my favourite part was developing the story and the characters from the initial inspiration.  I know a lot of writers say this, but the characters took on a life of their own and it was great to see how the story changed as the characters grew and new ones emerged.

And what was the hardest?

Research.  I didn’t have much to do, but I really don’t enjoy it!  However, having the internet at my fingertips helped a lot.  Although there are some things it can’t tell you.

Is there anything you find especially challenging about being an author?

I think the main thing I find challenging about being an author – apart from research – is sticking to one idea or theme of my story.  I may want to change some aspects of it along the way, but I think it’s important for me to try to stay with the one central idea I’ve come up with.  That makes it less confusing for me than if I veer too far away from the original idea.

Do you have a motto or a special quote you kept in mind while writing?

Not really, but I like to think that there whilst there may be millions of books out there, there are also billions of people and so there’s a place for my book too.

Think back ten years. Did you ever see yourself making it to this point where you were publishing your first novel?

Definitely not, certainly not self-publishing like this.  I don’t think that publishing digitally like this even existed back then, so this is a wonderful opportunity for me to get my work out there for people to read.

What advice would you give to a person just starting out as a writer?

Keep on writing, keep persevering.  That way you’ll improve as a writer and have a greater chance of success.

What tips can you give to the rest of us?

Pretty much the same as above.  I think we all need to practice, to hone our craft.  Even published authors improve their style over time.  We can always be better than we are now if we keep writing.

The Inheritance Links

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B00ESLWOW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377868191&sr=8-1&keywords=elaine+jeremiah

Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/The-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B00ESLWOW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377868304&sr=8-1&keywords=elaine+jeremiah

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18400882-the-inheritance?from_search=true

Find me:

My blog

http://elainejeremiah.co.uk

Twitter

@ElaineJeremiah

Author Interview Program #20

Yah! I’ve got another author it interview! Please welcome this very talented young author: Ms. Elaine Jeremiah.

Where can we find you? (website, blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)

I have a blog which can be found at: http://elainejeremiah.wordpress.com and I’m on twitter: @ElaineJeremiah I don’t currently have an author Facebook page but I may set one up eventually.

What is your author name? And is it a pen name?

Elaine Jeremiah is my real name. I’ve pretty much decided not to use a pen name. I think my name is fairly unusual anyway, so I don’t see much problem with using it. And I don’t mind people knowing that I’m the author of my work.

What is the title of the book you’re currently working on?

I’m currently editing my novel ‘The Inheritance’ but I’ve started another which has the working title ‘Reunion’.

What is the genre of your book?

‘The Inheritance’ is NA contemporary drama while ‘Reunion’ is women’s fiction.

3-4 sentence synopsis of your book:

‘The Inheritance’ is a modern reworking of ‘The Prodigal Son’, the parable Jesus tells in the Bible about the wayward son who demands his share of his inheritance, then leaves his father and brother and gets into a lot of trouble. I’ve updated it to present day England and instead of two brothers, I’ve changed it to two sisters living on their father’s farm in Cornwall. The younger one is headstrong and troublesome; she wants her inheritance immediately so she can go to London to live how she wants to. The elder sister is more sensible and loves living on the farm, helping their father to run it and she can’t see why her younger sister is in such a hurry to leave.

What inspires you to write?

I guess in part it’s the novels I read that have inspired me to write. There’s just something wonderful about being able to lose yourself in a good book, to enter into another world in your mind. I’d really love to be a part of that, to have my stories out there being read, adding them to all the great ones out there already.

Self-Publish or Traditional? Why?

For the moment I’m planning to go down the self-publishing route because I’d like my work to be in the public domain sooner rather than later. With a previous novel I wrote, I did apply to a few agents but got nowhere with it. It’s so time consuming and discouraging. With self-publishing you’re your own boss. You can do things your way and in your own time. I know that as an indie author you have to do all the marketing etc. yourself, but at least you’ve got more control over your writing career. And as a self-published author whilst you may not get an advance, you do get 70% of sales.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Well I’m an aspiring author myself really, but my advice for others would be to just keep practising. Keep honing your craft and don’t give up. If you’re persistent with your writing efforts, you’ll find that you’ll improve. Once you’re satisfied that you’ve finished your work in progress, you’ve been through it all thoroughly and had it read by others too, look at all the options. Decide what’s best for you, whether it be to go down the traditional route for publication or to try to self-publish. Remember that ultimately it’s you that has the power over your own future as an author.

Anything else you’d like to say to your audience?

Persevere! If you think about it there are billions of people in the world, so there’s a big enough audience out there for all kinds of stories. And definitely enough room for your story too.

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