Eliza M. Yeager is the winner of the Romance Contest and has been a member of Figment since February. She has since charmed Figmenters with her gorgeous covers and writing. Her daughter is literally the most adorable kid out there. Her blog is The Life of an Almost Writer.
1. Is there anything out of the ordinary about your writing process?
I think that most people are more organized when it comes to writing stories, especially novels. I would think, or at least hope, that people write out the plot, setting, and characters out before actually starting. I, on the other hand, just start writing. Whatever comes out is what I use. I have the plot in mind, but most of the time I just figure it out as I go.
2. Who is the first person who reads your stories?
I don’t have a specific person who reads my stories before posting them. I do remember the first person to read and comment my first book I posted, my sister Allison. She is the one who talked me into joining Figment. I’m one of those people who worry that nobody will like me, and I had a fear that I would get mean comments. The last thing I think anyone wants is for someone to bash on something that they are so passionate for. However, everyone on Figment is extremely nice when it comes to reading and commenting my stories.
3. Tell us a little bit about your inspiration for your winning story, The Man of My Dreams.
I wish that I could tell you some amazing story behind it, but I can’t. I was a fan of Alyson Noel and I as soon as I read the directions of the contest, it just came to me. Everyone wants to find their “dream guy” or “dream girl”. That’s where the whole idea came from. Being a finalist was a dream come true just because I thought it would be awesome to have Alyson read my story. The fact that I won is still astonishing. I’m glad that people enjoyed it.
4. Do you have very vivid dreams?
All my dreams are vivid. That’s where I get most of my stories. My novels The Suicide Letter and Let It Rayne were both dreams. It used to scare me how real my dreams felt. Now that I’m using it for good use, it doesn’t bother me as much. I’m a dreamer though. I find myself day dreaming about random things. Most of them are embarrassing so I won’t share. ‘cough’ Robert Pattinson ‘cough’
5. How do you design such awesome book covers?
I go through lots of book covers. I can’t make up my mind. For me, less is more. If you have thirty different things going on the cover, it might not be so pleasing to the eye. I want my book covers to look like they could be on a bookshelf at an actual bookstore. Even though we shouldn’t judge books by the covers, it’s still the first impression we get from a book.
6. You say you’re very attached to your Nook. Do you miss “real” books? Do you think they’re dead? Why do you like e-readers? (That’s 3 questions, oops!)
I’m very attached to sNOOki. (Yes, I named my nook.) There is no other joy then walking through a library or bookstore. There is such excitement when you pick up a book and flip through its pages. Almost like an adrenaline rush…I’m weird though. To answer your second question, I will never miss real books because I could never give them up. With that said, there are some conveniences that come with e-readers. I like the fact that I don’t have to carry different books at once. It’s nice being able to have them on one tablet. Especially since I can’t seem to read one thing at one.
7. What’s your favorite word?
It’s between Rumpelstiltskin and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Rumpelstiltskin because I could never say it as a child. I couldn’t say my r’s right and had to see a speech therapist. Every time I would say the word correctly, my teacher would give me a tootsie roll. And what kid doesn’t like candy? And Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious because my English teacher growing up would write this on our tests when we got an A. Somehow I memorized the spelling.
8. What book do you most wish you had written?
This one is hard. The first one that comes to mind is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This book is timeless and it’s one that I could read over and over again and still be amazed. I just hope one day, someone says this about one of my novels. Who knows…