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Elle Stockton Interview

Published on April 23, 2021 by

Q. Born in San Francisco, which is your most cherished childhood memory?

Before learning to walk, I recited Mother Goose rhymes to my parents' amazement and delight.

Q. Were you always interested in motion picture-television writing?

No. I've always written short stories. Motion picture-television writing was a new medium for me, which I enjoyed at UCLA.

Q. What kind of cultural value do you think reading and writing have/brings?

Reading and writing bring a cultural awakening into the way other people live, their conflicts, and how they deal with adversity.

Q. What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

My favorite part was working with talented professionals. The least favorite part was waiting for my book to be published.

Q. What was the first story you ever wrote and did you ever publish it?

The first story I wrote was actually a poem, which won first prize in fifth grade. About 11 years ago, "The Green of Summer," a flash fiction story was published locally. I later expanded this story for inclusion in my first book.

Q. What inspired you to write the book, "Harvest Moon Wish and Other Short Stories"?

I grew up reading William S. Porter's (a.k.a. O. Henry) stories, and loved the plot twists, which inspired me to write my first book.

Q. Does listening to an audiobook, while reading the same book, reinforce its content? Or make it more difficult to follow?

I prefer reading the text of a book because I can take my time, and refer back to it.

Q. What is the most crucial component when writing a romantic suspense novel?

The most crucial component is keeping the reader's interest through participation. The reader's job is to anticipate and solve plot twists in my books.

Q. How do you spend “quality time” with yourself?

I watch simmering noir movies, brimming over with hardboiled detectives and femme fatales.

Q. What mistakes do new writers often make in their writing?

New writers should keep writing what they love no matter how many rejections they receive.

Q. What is one FAQ that you wish people would stop asking?

My second book is coming out by May, 2021, so I shouldn't be hearing that question much longer.

Q. Are you a "re-reader" or are you a "read-it-once-and-I'm done" person?

I am definitely a "re-reader." My husband and I enjoy reading the stories aloud to each other from my first book.

Q. Who are some of the lesser known authors you would recommend people to read?

Author Sandra Cisneros is a definite recommendation. "The House on Mango Street" is one of my favorite reads.

Q. Are you working on a new book? Is it going to be a series or a standalone?

Yes. "Bourbon Street Nocturne and Other Short Stories" is my second book of short stories. It will be published by May, 2021.

Q. How has your experience of being associated with AllAuthor been?

Excellent. AllAuthor has been wonderfully supportive by sending out weekly tweets, ads, and follower notifications.

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