Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)


Crushing #Book Tour - Interview

If you are just joining us on the Crushing #Book Tour, then you are just in  time to learn more about the author; Elena Dillon.


1.Who is your favorite author? 

I’m going to go with J.K Rowling.  I know it seems like an easy choice but I’m constantly impressed with the way she weaved the story. So much detail and she made it seem effortless. There was so many things that hinged on other things when you finally got to the end of Harry’s story it was such an amazing journey.

2. Who is your favorite character in your books so far and why?

I’m going to go with two.  In Crushing it’s Bailee the dog.  She was sweet and funny and wasn’t difficult to write. The second is from my first book Breathe. Caedan, Jasmine’s little brother for the exact opposite reason.  His voice was loud and he gave me a hard time but I love him anyway. I have a soft spot for troublemakers. Now that I think about it Bailee’s a bit of one too.

3. Fiction writing is a creative endeavor and assuming you have experienced "writer's block," do you have ways of getting your creative juices flowing again?

I don’t really think of it as “writer’s block” I just think whatever I’m writing is not fully formed in my head yet. To make my muse get going I have to bore her.  I will sit at my desk and do nothing, just breathe and count.  She usually gets bored enough to get motivated. Lol.

4. Are any of your characters or stories based on actual events or real people? If not, how do you come up with your story lines?

As far as storylines, no. Not my real life anyway.  I have used real events.  My friend told me about playing the “quiet game” with her kids in the car and I used that in Crushing. Also there is a scenario in Breathe that happened in real life.  You always have to be careful what you say and do around an author.  You may see yourself in their next book.

5. What technology do you use for writing?

HP computer and Scrivener software.  I love Scrivener! It makes everything so much easier. Don’t get me started. I’m a bit of a tech geek and I could go on and on about it.

6. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

I’m blessed enough to have my own office in my house so that’s where I write.  I’m a stay at home mom so now that my kids are grown I’m pretty free to write. I get in my office about eight and I’m done anywhere between three and six usually but when I have a deadline I will work until later in the evening.

7. What d'you want to be when you grow up? Was being an author your first love?

Besides a ballerina? (which honestly would never happen because I’m the queen of klutz) yes author was next.  I just never thought I could.  I never put any serious thought to doing it even though I wrote all the time for fun.  I got married, raised my kids (which was the best job ever) and now that I’m doing it, I’m pretty much addicted. I love the process and I can’t imagine doing anything else now.

Everything just fits right when it's meant to be. I love seeing the lines in the stories of authors and how they come into who they were meant to be.

Thank you Elena for taking the time to share with me in this short and spicy interview. I enjoyed it and wished it was a face to face girl chat :)

If you have questions and want to learn more about Elena, you can contact her below:
Elena Dillon’s blog /Twitter /Facebook /Google+ /Goodreads

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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  1. She sounds like an interesting author. I may have to check out that book!

    1. I hope you do check it out!
      Thank you for sharing.

  2. She sounds like she'd be fun to hang out with!!

    1. I know right? Just want to pick her brains some more :)

  3. I love seeing more about authors! It allows you to really feel like you can connect with them.

    1. I agree.
      And some are so down to earth and fun.

  4. What is scrivener? I have to check that out. If it makes life easier, I am there.


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