Author Spotlight: Elana Johnson and S.C. Stokes

Elana Johnson

Elemental Rush by Elana Johnson

1. How many hours a day do you write? I usually write anywhere from 2 – 4 hours a day. I teach elementary school, so all of my writing happens in the evening, around dinner-making and carpooling my daughter to dance. Not every day is a writing day, but I’m always doing something writing-related if I’m not drafting.

2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish? It depends on the book! My romances take about 3 weeks. My speculative fiction takes about 3 months. It’s much harder to build a world, with new rules for magic and technology, than it is to stick to the real world!

3. What motivated you to become an Indie author? I’m a hybrid author at the moment. I have some traditional deals, but I moved into the Indie world because I can write faster than the traditional market publishes, especially in the romance genre. And I didn’t want to be constrained to one book per year. So I dove in, and I’ve never looked back!

4. What do you do when you have writer’s block? Someone just asked this in one of my Facebook author groups. 🙂 I do a 30 Days, 30 Ideas project. Every day for 30 days, I write down one new idea. This happens in one long Word document, and some of the ideas are one sentence (just to get the work done that day!), and some evolve, and I type lots of notes, and they become a whole page long. Sometimes two. Usually by the end of the 30 days, one of
the ideas has sparked and I’m ready to write again. I’ve learned from doing this that it’s okay to have bad ideas!

5. What is your favorite place to write? My writing room! My son just moved out and went to college, and we live in a very small home. So I took his bedroom and I converted it into a writing studio/guest room. I’ve got my couch, my TV equipped with Netflix, and my laptop, and I am one happy writer. 🙂

S.C. Stokes

A Coronation of Kings by S.C. Stokes

1. What inspired you to write “A Coronation of Kings”? I have a deep love of fantasy. I love to read it, write it and act it out. In my spare time, I don sword, shield and armour and fight it out with an army of like mided enthusiasts. A Coronation of Kings was inspired by my experiences there as well as some of the places I have visited.

2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish? My first book took me years. It’s sequel When the Gods War took a year. My next book is looking like four to five months which is a pace I should be able to sustain. I like to write at least a thousand words a day. The balance of my time I juggle between work, family life and talking to my readers.

3. What advice do you have for aspiring writers? The same advice my favorite author gave me. Write what you love! It’s got to have your heart in it.

4. What do you do when you have writer’s block?  I write something else and come back to it. Once I get stuck my mind seems to dwell on it when I am not writing, I’ll often bug my wife while we are driving and we’ll try and solve it together.

5. What is your writing process?  I plan the story using Scrivener going into light detail on the chapters. I then map out the location if it is a new island/world/city Then I start at the start and write a thousand words a day till I’m finished. After that I get together with my editor and work through the manuscript. Once it’s finished I put it to my street team of advance readers and we make any last minute alterations that are needed (last book we added a whopping 3 chapters). Then when I am satisfied we hit the button and publish it!