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Eli Yance is the pen name of a best-selling Comedy and Horror writer.
Social Media Links: @AuthorEliYance
•When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?
I think I knew from a very early age. I’ve always read and alway wanted to emulate my favourite writers. I used to write my own stories when I was a child, about anything from football to James Bond. I set it aside for a few years when adolescence got in the way, but at 18 I started again and haven’t stopped.
•Do you have any interesting quirks that only occur when writing?
My writing is a mess. I’ll admit that here and now. I have RSI and try to write as quickly as my brain comes up with the ideas and dialogue, unfortunately (and inevitably) fingers aren’t as nimble as thought so I wind up with a lot of red squiggly lines when I eventually look up from the keyboard and take a breath.
•Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Many places, but most of them stem from constant daydreaming. I was the kid at the back of the class who never paid attention because he was too busy wondering if his teacher was a serial killer. If I could draw or even doodle with any worthwhile effect I might have spent my days doing that, but I couldn’t...so I just thought of crazy shit.
•Out of all of the books you have written, do you have a favourite? If so, which one and why?
Fairwood. I had my doubts about that book, all writers do at some point, but it came together nicely and I really enjoyed writing it.
•What do you think makes a good story?
It usually depends on the genre, but the basics -- believable characters, gripping storyline - -remain the same.
•Who are your favourite authors?
Philip K. Dick. Stephen King. Terry Pratchett. Different styles; amazing talents.
•If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book, who would it be?
Sam Rockwell. He does crazy very well, so he could play a lot of my characters.
•If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring author, what would it be?
Never give up. If your latest novel doesn’t make it, put it to one side and write another. You’ll continue to improve as a writer and eventually you’ll make it. It took me ten years and a shit-ton of books.
•Please can you tell us about your latest book and what it is about?
Fairwood is a thriller/suspense about a pair of fugitives who end up in a quiet town which isn’t all that it seems. I really couldn’t be more vague or cliched with that description, but I don’t want to give too much away.