DSSC had the chance to do a short Q&A with Elise Whyles, author of numerous works including the Forsaken series. Learn more about and read an except from Book 3: Forsaken Paradise here on DSSC.
Born in Northern British Columbia, Elise is a small-town girl. She writes in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary suspense, m/m in various lengths. Currently, she lives in British Columbia with her husband and son, one dog, one cat, and a gecko. Elise enjoys reading as much as she does writing, with some of her favorite books being read until they fall apart.
She is currently working on the next book in the Forsaken Series, Burning Rain. As well she has a new contemporary she’s working on. For more information on Elise, or to check out her books you can find her on Facebook, twitter, and her website.
Q&A with Elise Whyles
DSSC: For readers who are unfamiliar with who you are and what you do, can you please provide a short introduction?
Hi everyone, my name is Elise Whyles, and I write in several genres, including contemporary LGBT titles, romantic suspense, paranormal, and a mix of the three.
DSSC: Where do you find your inspiration and motivation to write? How do you get the ideas that become the novels you write?
I get a lot of my inspiration from my over active imagination. I tend to keep a notebook (or five) on hand at all times so when an idea comes to me, I can jot it down. I also utilize my cell phone’s texting feature. Writing is my go to activity. I’ve been writing under my other name since I was a young girl, it was only when I started to branch out from the historical genre I added in a pen name.
DSSC: What is the biggest challenge you face as an author?
Exposure. Getting the word out to readers who are inundated with titles from so many other authors.
DSSC: You write in a few different genres (contemporary romance, paranormal romance, LGBT). What is it about these genres that intrigues you?
Yes, I write in numerous genres, sometimes they overlap. I found writing in the different genres can be a challenge. Building a world and species or just getting out of the comfort zone can be fun and a challenge which is something I truly enjoy.
DSSC: Have you always had a passion for writing? When did you pen your first written work and did you publish it?
I’ve always loved writing. I wrote my first piece when I was in grade school but no, I never published it.
DSSC: Knowing how critical people can be when leaving comments online (i.e. Amazon), how do you handle criticism from the public?
I take it with a grain of salt. I believe everyone has the right to their opinion, however, when it comes to those really acidic ones about my books, I remind myself, you can’t please everyone all the time.
DSSC: How do you market your works? Do you use any special services, agencies, or is everything done exclusively by you?
Marketing my work is a combination of efforts. I use an excellent service Books Review Tours ( Recommend them to anyone) as well as doing promotion on my own using social media, websites, and readers groups.
DSSC: If you could go back in time to before you published your first works, what advice would you give yourself? Would that advice be different from any you would give to a fledgling new author?
Hmm, advice for me. Don’t try to write a ton of books in a year. Stick to what you feel you can give your best to. And don’t be shy about setting limits and boundaries. I don’t think its much different then what I would tell anyone just getting started. I would add that if you’re working with a co-author, its always a good idea to have everything in writing.
DSSC: What’s coming next? Will you be writing more?
Book Eleven of Forsaken has gone to the publisher, and I have a Paranormal Romance Thriller in the works. As well my alter ego is working on another historical 😊
DSSC: Any last thoughts or comments to share with our readers?
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Thank you, Elise, for taking the time to respond to our questions and share your works with our readers! Please be sure to check out her website, social media, and books from the links below!
Punished for sins not her own, can a mortal claim her vampire mate?
The world of immortals must unite to save both themselves and the mortals they co-exist with from an ancient evil.
For Bede MacTaggert this means trusting in the warrior sent for her sister—a man of mystery, of power, and one who could easily sweep her into a world she’s destined to be part of.
An imperial guard to the king of vampires, Gawain has always tuned out the needs of the flesh. Dedicating himself to the service of the royals, he’s lived on the fringes of his people for centuries. Now he’s forced from the shadows and into the arms of a woman who will awaken his heart and body to a passion unequaled.