Interview with Elisha Neubauer
My published work is a children’s picture book. However, my preferred genre is Dark Fantasy – which I am currently working on now. It is scheduled to be out in 2016.
Tell us about your latest book.
My most recent publication is a children’s picture book called Mr. Edmund Goat and the Elusive Clover. It is based on a real life situation that occurred to one of my daughter’s goats on our family farm. The illustrations are stunning – all hand painted and detailed.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?
Facebook readers groups, through the use of the hashtag movement #indiebooksbeseen, and through book blog interviews across the web.
What formats is the book available in?
Print and Ebook currently. It can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ebookmall.com, europeangeeks.com, and several other retailers.
Who are your favourite authors?
Alex Marwood, award winning author of The Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door. Alastair Swinnerton, author of The Multiverse of Max Tovey. Ian Thomas Malone, author of The Dialogues Series, Branden Johnson, author of Heaven’s Forgotten, and Jessica Marie Baumgartner, author of By the Stars. I’m also a huge fan of Philippa Gregory.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t get stuck. I know it sounds silly, but it’s true. I recently wrote an article about how we, as authors, tend to get stuck in routine. The largest tool an author can have is experience. Experiences make your writing believable, give you varied sources to draw from. If you’re stuck in a monotonous routine, you’re likely to translate that into your writing. Sometimes you need to just walk away from the pen and paper, the keyboard, and get out there – do some living.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
What's the best thing about being a writer?
The accomplishment. When you’ve poured your heart and soul into a piece of work, when you’ve created entire worlds – full of people, problems, and emotion – finishing that final sentence gives you a feeling of accomplishment that you can’t find anywhere else in life.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
You can find me on my personal blog/website, www.elishaneubauerbooks.weebly.com or on my publishing house’s website, www.europeangeeks.com.
Who is you favorite character in your book and why?
In my published work, my favorite character is Mr. Edmund Goat. He’s based on a real life goat here on my farm, and he’s one of my favorite animals. He’s goofy and always getting into trouble.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
The illustrations alone make Mr. Edmund Goat and the Elusive Clover worth the read. Children respond to the characters and sympathize with their sweet little faces. Of course, for parents, the book tells a beautiful story with a good, old fashioned moral.
How long did it take you to write your book?
Mr. Edmund Goat and the Elusive Clover took approximately six months between my writing and editing the storyline and the illustrator hand painting each individual picture. RED has been in progress for approximately a year now, as I’ve been busy developing European Geeks Publishing in the meantime.
Who designed the cover?
I have a fantastic illustrator who I met during my stint in retail. She’s also a close friend and does my cover art for my publishing company – her name is Alyssa Savary. You can find her on www.europeangeeks.com too.
That it’s not as easy as you would think it is to write a children’s book!
Where can a reader purchase your book?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, ebookmall, Apple iBook, europeangeeks.com, and other major retailers.
What are you doing to market the book?
Currently, we advertise it on Facebook & Twitter, but will begin a bigger push for the book early next year – organizing book signings and events in Central Florida.
Who inspires you?
Joss Whedon and Stephen Moffat. I could only dream of creating a universe as spectacular as Buffy the Vampier Slayer or the recent Doctor Who/Sherlock episodes.
How do you research your books?
Mr. Edmund Goat and the Elusive Clover didn’t really require much research, as I lived with the characters. However, RED brings many ancient Gaelic/Pagan folklore to life, and I spent many, many hours researching online and at the library – as well as my memories from living in the UK as a child.
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
My work in progress is a dark fantasy novel currently entitled RED. It blends together Gaelic mythology and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, giving a darker edge to the old stories. RED follows the story of Roslyn Embers, a small town orphan who discovers a family secret that will alter her life drastically when she reaches the age of 25. Everything Roslyn knew about her life, her family, and her world shatters at her feet when she realizes she isn’t actually an orphan, let alone mortal.