Photo taken from Yolonda’s Wattpad profile.
Recently, I had a chat with Yolonda Elliott, the author of Her Lover’s Face, a soon to be published book by Black Velvet Seductions.
Yolonda currently has no website. “My old website provider shutdown so I have to create a new one,” she said. But she can be contacted via Wattpad under PatriciaElliott8.
So, tell us a little about yourself:
Hmm, author bio. I’ve never written an author bio, but here we go:
Yolonda Elliott is a certified legal secretary and a licensed security guard. She lives with her family along the West Coast of Canada.
She started writing fanfiction as a youngster, and then progressed to writing her own stories in her mid-twenties. Her debut story, Her Lover’s Face, was recently picked up by a publisher.
At 39 years old, she continues to pursue her writing career with her family’s support.
Why did you start writing?
I was bullied as a child. Writing poetry and stories became a way to share my thoughts, escape reality, and become everything I didn’t think I was.
How long have you been writing?
I can remember sitting on the railing of my back porch writing. I must have been around ten years old.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?
My brother for pushing me to write original stories, instead of just fanfiction. My parents and husband who support my desire to write. Also, my old high school sweetheart who was the inspiration for my first story.
Do you consider yourself a writer or an author? Why?
Hmm, a writer first and foremost. I became an author because of my desire to write.
Who’s your favorite author?
What’s your favorite genre?
What’s your favorite story/book?
How did you get people to know about your stories?
Currently I use Wattpad, Twitter, and Facebook to promote my work.
How do you judge if you are successful?
If my work can make someone laugh or cry, then I feel successful. That means my story came alive to them and drew them in.
What is Her Lover’s Face about?
The reader will follow a widow who runs into a man who looks like her deceased husband.
Needless to say a few ghosts rise from the ground as they work to uncover the mystery behind Her Lover’s Face.
Who is the target audience?
Anyone who loves a good romance novel.
Do you know the release date or the price?
Not yet, but hopefully sometime in the next three years.
What stage of the publishing process are you in?
In the editing stage.
Do you have other books published? If so, which ones and where are they sold?
Her Lover’s Face is the first to be published; but, if anyone would like to check out other stories of mine, they are welcome to visit my profile on Wattpad. They can also read a free sample of HLF.
What are your plans now that “Her Lover’s Face” is going to be published?
Continue writing, as well as, increasing my online presence.
Any plans for future books?
I am currently writing two new romance novels and have a number of ideas for future works.
Will there be a sequel?
That is still to be decided, but I’m working on ideas to turn it into a saga.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Stare at the blank screen until something comes to me?
Seriously though, the only time I had severe writer’s block was when I backed my character into a corner with no way out. I ended up having to change something in my character’s past. Sometimes all you need to do is slightly tweak your story.
What is your proudest moment as a writer?
Writing “The End” on the last page my novel. The book took over two years to write.
Where did you get your inspiration from?
I was reading a Harlequin romance and thought, “Hey, I can do that.” After spending a short time thinking, I came up with a “what if” question inspired by my old high school sweetheart and his twin brother.
What if a widow ran into a man who looked like her deceased husband?
What character would yo want to be and/or what world would you want to live in?
Hmm, from my stories or overall? Madison from Splash. I’d love to be a mermaid and live in the sea.
What advice do you have for other (or new) writers?
Never give up and always be willing to learn.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
“If you believe it, you can achieve it.” That’s the motto I live by.
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it—William Arthur Ward
Thank you Yolonda for taking the time to do this interview. Good luck with your book and your future endeavors.
A sample of Her Lover’s Face can be found here.