MS: What is the most challenging part of your writing process, and why?
EM: I work full-time and I often don’t have enough time to write.
MS: Can you share your writing routine?
EM: I write early in the morning, usually at 6 am to 8 am. I also write late at night. 8 pm and until I can’t stay awake again. I write most of my weekends.
MS: Have you ever gotten writer’s block? If yes, how do you overcome it?
EM: I struggle to write in December, because I usually wear myself out during NaNoWriMo (The National Novel Writing Month, during which you write every single day).
MS: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
EM: Don’t let your insecurity stop you from writing. I was afraid to write for many years because I thought my grammar was poor. I didn’t know there was editing software and there were editors around.
MS: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
EM: I have 2 half-written books right now that I am working on.
MS: Do you have any writing quirks?
EM: I have to have music on when I write. It’s soundtracks that I put together for each novel I write.
Thanks for joining me, Elena and congratulations on your debut!
I am a debut Women’s Fiction author. My first novel, WRAPPED IN THE STARS, will be released in February of 2018. It was short-listed for the Del Sol First Novel Prize in 2017. I am somewhat obsessive about travel, but, when I am at home, in San Antonio, I can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with my husband and two children.
When not writing stories, I am a Pediatric Psychologist helping children with chronic medical illness. I write books about women who have a chance to change their lives. My stories take place in the United States, in Europe, in cities, in small towns, anywhere my characters take me. I blog on issues of mental health for teens and adults. I enjoy working with the media due to my expertise in managing anxiety, stress, and parenting issues. I provide consultation to authors on writing about mental health. My nonfiction writing can be found at https://www.drelenamikalsen.com
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