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Author Feature: Elizabeth Ferrand

Today’s featured author is Elizabeth Ferrand. She writes in the genres of Women’s Literary Fiction and Children’s literature. Her book titles are ‘Forse Domani (Maybe Tomorrow)’ and ‘Spooky The Ghost.’  You can purchase both of her books on Amazon here. You can also follow her on Facebook by clicking one of these two links: Here for her book, Forse Domani, and Here for Spooky The Ghost Dog. In addition, you can check out her webpage for Spooky The Ghost Dog here. Got Twitter? Follow her! Her handle is @ZabyFerrand .

Author Interview

1. When did you first begin writing?
When I was eight years old. I wrote a story called the Adventures of the Little Professor. I read it to my Uncle Felipe over the phone. That poor man listened to me read for over an hour when no one else would have. He told me that I would be a writer some day.

2. What first inspired you to become an author? Who or what continues to inspire you?
I’ve always loved to write stories. I had a great kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Shirah Penn, who is now an author. She was a very positive influence in my life. Teachers have a great impact.

Judy Blume influenced my writing style and probably fueled my passion for both reading and writing.

3. Do you ever get so caught up in your own stories that it often blurs with reality?
That’s a very interesting question. I think my stories come from my reality. Every single word I write comes from something that happened. The details may be different but I can trace it back to where the thought was born.

4. What is your favorite genre to read?
Women’s literature! I read Scientific magazines and educational journals for work, but for leisure- I want to get lost in a story that I can relate to. I love the female protagonist.

5. Does anyone help your stories along when you get stuck? Or do you go it alone?
I get on a treadmill or go to a spinning class when I’m stuck. I don’t need any other voices in my head. I have enough with the characters in my story. They each have a mind of their own.

6.Who was the very first person who read your book?
My best friend, Cristy Guerra. I was hesitant to give it to her. Letting someone you know read your manuscript is kind of embarrassing. It’s like being naked in front of someone for the first time. You don’t know what he/she is going to think. What if you aren’t any good? I didn’t want anyone to see it until I was sure it was perfect. Then Cristy asked me straight out- What was I afraid of? I asked myself that very question and couldn’t come up with a good enough reason not to let her read my work. She was the perfect first reader. She reads all the time and especially enjoys women’s literature. She has a knack for suggesting great books. She is in every way my target audience.

7. Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
Does reading count? I guess all writers like to read

8. What is one word that you think described you as a person?
Complicated.

9.  Are you organized or unorganized person? Both in writing and in life?
I try to be organized in everything I do, however, I have a bad habit of taking on too much at once and that’s when I have to prioritize and sweep things under the rug.

10. Is there anything else you would like readers to know?
I think the art of story telling is one of our greatest characteristics. I think anyone can and should write. It’s a great way to work out our problems, analyze our lives, and look for our own solutions.

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