Interview and giveaway with Elizabeth M White

Hello again everybody,

This evening I have for you an interview with Elizabeth M. White the author of The Shelter at Papa’s Farm.

After you have read the interview we would welcome a virtual question and answer session.  If you have a question you would like to put to Elizabeth, that has not been covered in the interview, please leave it in the comment box below.  Every few days for the next 2 weeks these questions will be answered in a follow on post, each question posed will be eligible for one entry into a random draw for a paperback copy of her book.  This competition is open internationally.  The closing date for entries is July 28th at 10pm EST.

The winner will be announced no later than the 30th July and will have one week to provide postal details for the winning book.

I hope that as this is a slightly different way of running a giveaway you will support me by thinking of some really thought provoking questions for Elizabeth to answer.  I wish you all well and without further ado I introduce to you Elizabeth M. White.


Author Bio

I grew up in a large family, always surrounded by 5 siblings, mom and dad, and many, many aunts, uncles and cousins. There was rarely a quiet moment in our house. I am sure this is one of the reasons I so enjoyed the quiet and calmness during our long weekends and summer vacations at the farm in New Hampshire where my father was raised. I am married with three children, six beautiful grandsons, and am happily retired from the workforce. I can now devote more time to both writing and reading. I live in the same town that I grew up in, 15 miles south of Boston.

How long have you been writing?

As a serious writer, not for very long. As a child, I always kept a diary; in school I loved writing essays; as an adult I wrote many letters to editors that were published along with a monthly newsletter for our neighborhood association. The Shelter at Papa’s Farm is my first published book.

What is the favourite book you have ever read?

Almost every time I read a book it becomes my favorite book until I read my next one. But, if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. It is one of those books that I can read many times and still love it. It also has a very calming effect on me. It’s quite funny and soothing at the same time.

What was the inspiration for The Shelter at Papa’s Farm?

My grandmother’s death inspired me to write The Shelter at Papa’s Farm. My father had predeceased my grandmother. I knew that once my grandmother passed, my aunt would sell the family farm. I didn’t realize it right away, but the farm was a sad loss for me. It was a place you could go to relax and enjoy nature by taking long walks along the dirt roads, drink from a well alongside a field, enjoy the fragrant lilac bushes and marvel at the lady slippers. You could walk down to the small creek and watch the tadpoles turn into frogs. There were no streetlights, no sounds of traffic, no TV. At one point there wasn’t even running water. But that didn’t last long, my Mom saw to that!! It was an escape from the loudness of life.

Who is your favourite character in the book and why?

I think my favorite character is Richard. He shows how a sarcastic and nasty non-believer can turn his life around and become a loving and caring husband and father. And, of course, I love Peter but I can’t spoil the book and tell you why.

Which author would you say has inspired you most and why?

Hmm, that’s a difficult question. It is probably Joel Rosenberg. He includes both fiction and nonfiction in some of his books. He tells a fictional story around a true situation, bible prophesies, and historical events. His books are very interesting and hold my attention. I am also inspired by the many new authors who struggle each day to get their books out there.

What advice would you give other budding authors?

Research first. Get to know your niche, learn which publishers would be interested in your book, or learn about self-publishing. Then, grow your audience – blog, newsletters, facebook, emails promoting your book even before your book is published. Before your manuscript is released, be sure it shines. I wrote three drafts before I felt mine was ready. Editing is crucial. Before you release your manuscript, send it to a professional editor.

Where can your book be bought?

Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Tate Publishing, and almost any online bookstore. Here are the links:

Have you got a sequel planned? If so do you have an estimated publication date?

Yes, I am working on a sequel. I am about three quarters done with my first draft. Then I will do my second and third drafts. Then I’ll submit it to publishers. Once The Shelter was accepted by my publisher, it took nine months from beginning to end to get it published. There were many steps – extensive editing, page layout, book cover design, web design. It was a long process, but I learned so much from them. It was worth it to me. I assume my sequel will take as long to get through publishing.

Your book is post apocalyptic, does this reflect any of your own personal views?

People who know me were surprised that I wrote a Christian book. I am not the type of person to openly preach about God or the end of the world. I have very strong beliefs in God and was raised in a Catholic family, attending Mass every Sunday and every Holy Day, and I listened, I paid attention. Both my brother and sister are Born Again and I heard and learned a lot from both of them over the years. Although at times, I didn’t want to hear their views and might have given them a hard time about it. The war in the Middle East, the hunger and pain throughout the world, the terrorists who are out there were all part of my reasons to write something apocalyptic. I am concerned for our world, our safety, and do often wonder what would I do, where would I go, who would I want to be with if we were attacked. For me, I would want to be at my “farm”, my safe haven which is why, in the book, the shelter is located under one of the many open fields at the family farm.

What books are you currently reading?

I am currently reading some of the books from the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. I just love her characters and the way they come to life – something I strive to improve upon in my own writing. I am also reading Wuthering Heights. I never read this classic. However, I hate to admit it, but I’m having a difficult time getting into it!

I also have just finished reading Wuthering Heights and I too found it hard going at first but once past the half way point it became unputdownable, there is a review of this book under Book Reviews

~ by adelesymonds on July 14, 2012.

One Response to “Interview and giveaway with Elizabeth M White”

  1. As nobody entered this giveaway or submitted a question for Elizabeth White, I have closed the competition and will discuss with Elizabeth what she would like me to do with the book.

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