Today Elizabeth Krall was kind enough to stop by to talk to us about her books, what she’s reading and what she is working on next.
Elizabeth is a Sydney based author (originally from Canada) whose romantic suspense novel In Your Sights was released in December 2014. Elizabeth has previously published two contemporary romance novels Too Close and Ship To Shore, and a themed short story collection titled Holiday Romances.
What are you currently reading?
The Nine Horizons: Travels in Sundry Places by Mike Robbins, and Murder in the South of France by Susan Kiernan-Lewis. Nine Horizons is a collection of ‘snapshots’ by a former journalist, whereas the other is a murder mystery. Very different books!
What’s the last book you bought?
The Nine Horizons: Travels in Sundry Places by Mike Robbins.
Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?
Before I bought a Kindle a few months ago, I would have said ‘in print’. However, now I’m a convert! The Kindle is light, easy to hold, and you can stuff it with books.
If I was to walk into your house right now, what would your bookshelves look like? Do you have an organisation system (genre, colour, author…) or are you just happy to go with the flow?
I don’t have a lot of books because I have made four trans-continental moves in my life (Canada-England; England-Australia; Australia-England; and finally England back to Australia). That certainly pares down possessions! However, the books I do have tend to be arranged by size (big ones at the end of the bookshelf for stability, heavy ones on the bottom shelves). I do have multiple works by prolific authors (Martha Grimes, Patrick O’Brien, Diana Gabaldon) and they are grouped together.
How often do you read?
Not as often as I used to. I used to be a voracious, daily reader. Now I read three or four times a week.
Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?
First, very few typos, very few grammatical errors and a writing style that flows. Then a plot that intrigues me and characters that are believable. Twists and surprises are good, too, and if I learn something new, that’s a bonus.
How do you choose what to read next?
It depends on what I feel like reading at the moment – suspense, thriller, historical romance, non-fiction.
So you’ve started a book and discover it’s not for you. Are you more likely to discard it or finish it?
Discard it, no question.
If you could read any book again, for the first time, what book would you choose?
Master and Commander, which is the first book in Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey-Maturin series. I have read all the novels more than once and they are like old friends, but it’s not possible to recapture that initial sense of wondrous joy when you have stumbled across something remarkable.
What is about books that appeals to you so much? What is your favourite part about reading?
Losing myself in a new world, with new people in new situations. I definitely read to escape!
Was there any particular book that inspired you to start writing?
I wouldn’t say so. English teachers in high school and even primary school encouraged me to write. I regret that I waited so long to start writing in a serious way.
Do you have any advice to other writers out there?
First: Don’t listen to the small voice that tells you you’re no good and no one will ever buy what you write. That may well be true, but you’ll never find out if you don’t try. Second: Get an editor and a proofreader. Have your manuscript read by as many critical beta readers as you can find (not your friends or family). Many indie authors publish books that are too long, rambling and riddled with grammatical errors. That does you no good at all.
And lastly, what are you currently working on?
I’m still in the thinking stages of the next two books in the Sydney Triptych trilogy. I know how the first one begins and the last one ends, but there are a lot of gaps in between!
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Amazon AU | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |