Saturday, January 26, 2013

Author Interview

Interview with Elaine White, author of “Runaway Girl”
Stephanie: First off, please tell us a little bit about your novel.
Elaine: Runaway Girl is a vampire novel with a twist.  It explores the hidden world of vampires from the inside.  Loyal vampire soldier Damian must put aside his personal feelings to reclaim the throne for the lost Princess Amelia.  Her soul has been divided between 5 human girls.  Damian must find the girls and reunite Amelia’s soul in order for her to claim leadership of the three united clans.  However, her brother Matthew believes that it is his right to rule and he will fight to succeed his father to glory.

Stephanie: What was your inspiration for this story?
Elaine: Originally, I wanted to write a story about a woman falling in love with a vampire.  Then somewhere during the writing process, the main character became the love interest Damian.  I realised that most of the vampire books/shows out there were either focused on a warrior male, or a teenage girl in love with a vampire.  I wanted to write a book about vampires, for teens and over, about the inner aspects of a vampire clan.  It grew from there.

Stephanie: How many books are in this series?
Elaine: There are six altogether.  The first is solely about vampires/human, with a brief glimpse into another world, called the Island.  Book two explores the Island more fully while Books three onwards introduce lycanthropes (werewolves) and hybrids.  The whole series is a mixture of exploring family connections, exploring trust and loyalty and what can change it, and delving into the way that the vampires interact with the other supernatural creatures they encounter.

Stephanie: I know in another interview, you stated you were a huge Buffy/Angel fan growing up. I was, too! Are there any shows/books in today’s market you simply HAVE to watch/read?
Elaine: I am a major fan of the Vampire Diaries show and the Twilight films.  I haven’t ventured into the books yet because I want to be able to go through the whole series in one go and I don’t have time for that at the moment.  I’m a complete crime fool! So the likes of CSI, Castle etc are musts.  I have really loved the Richard Castle books too.  To be honest though, I miss Buffy a lot.  It started everything for me.

Stephanie: Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
Elaine: Writing is my day job at the moment.  Due to health constraints I’m not fit for much more, but I would love to get a job too.  I had my heart set on Borders Books…combining music, movies and books was perfect to me.  Hopefully there will be a replacement somewhere.

Stephanie: What are some of your favorite books?
Elaine: I absolutely love the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.  I originally named me Amelia after her character, (when my Amelia was a much nicer person!)  I also love the Dark or Carpathian series by Christine Feehan.  I have always been a big Agatha Christie fan too.

Stephanie: Whenever I want to have a productive writing session, I MUST have coffee and music. What is something you MUST have during writing time?
Elaine: Absolute silence! It’s terrible.  TV, people talking, even music distract me far too easily.  To write a decent piece takes silence and comfort.  I like to be warm but not hot, have a good sized drink and some snacks nearby so I don’t have to move too far. Lol. Once I start writing, with those conditions, not much gets through to me.

Stephanie: Aside from this series, what else can we expect from you?
Elaine: Well, I already have the first four books in a crime series complete.  I’m still deciding whether there will be one or three more.  I also have a few college romances, a kidnapping story set in Colombia, and a Trilogy about a teenage fallen angel.

Stephanie: Is there anything else you’d like your fans/readers to know about you?
Elaine: Only that you never know what to expect.  I hate pigeon-holing people, so you probably won’t find me sticking to one genre.  I would love to hear from anyone about your opinions, takes, or reviews, whether they be good or bad.  They can only help me get better.

Thanks so much, Elaine! Wishing you the best of luck with all of your future writing endeavors! I know I can’t wait to read Runaway Girl!
Elaine’s book debuts Saturday, January 26, 2013. It is available in both paperback and ebook.



  1. Perfect, awesome interview!!! The blog is looking great Stephanie. If I hadn't already red it I would be running off to buy it. You are one busy lady Elaine!!!

  2. Thanks! I can't wait to read it either! I downloaded it yesterday, but I have a few to finish first!