Caraline Elliott lives in California, loves to write romantic stories in first person, and would like to have dinner with Jane Austen.
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All of your stories are written in the first person. What draws you to this perspective?
First person really helps me connect with the character to make the piece rich and full of the little details that make any story good. I just love adding bits to the writing that can serve as foreshadowing, which first person really supports.
Where do you draw inspiration for your romance stories?
I wish I could say that I have an amazing boyfriend that inspires me to write such in-depth romance stories. Unfortunately, that is not the case. My inspiration truly comes from the girly, kind of cheesy novels by authors such as Sarah Dessen. She can make any love story into a great novel, which I am super jealous of!
You get to invite three authors to dinner. Who do you choose and why?
I would probably invite Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, and John Green. Jane Austen because she is such a classic, and back then she did not get much attention for her books, which she really deserves. Ernest Hemingway because I spend a lot of time in Sun Valley, Idaho, where Hemingway lived for a while. And finally, John Green, because seriously, he is one of the best modern day writers and I am obsessed with his books.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
My seventh grade teacher once told me to never let anyone interfere with your writing potential. People like myself tend to let amazing ideas sit in their head without taking action to make them into wonderful pieces just because you might be afraid what others think of it. I spent a lot of my time worrying about other people’s opinions, and thinking they will judge me if I wear this or say that. In the end, just write and don’t let anyone stop you.
Do you have a favorite word? A least favorite word?
I just love the word lackadaisical because it means “lazy” and it totally defeats the meaning of lazy because lackadaisical is not a lazy kind of word. And my least favorite word is diagnosed. It’s pretty obvious because the title of one of my short stories is “I hate the word diagnosed.”