Today I’m interviewing author, Eli Caleta as part of the blog tour for her new book Grimm Remains. Check it out below!
If you have to write any fighting scenes, what are your best tips of how you create them?
Books are not movies. Ten minutes of a fight scene in a movie might be exciting, but the same fight written out in full could be tedious on the page. Plan to your medium. Plus, reread. Keep the action tight and focused. It’s always a struggle when you see this massive battle, but tight and clean generally gets the action across better than trying to show the sprawl for the whole time.
Do you ever write sad scenes and do you feel the sadness as you write it?
My general rule of thumb is that if I’m not crying at the end of the scene, my readers won’t be.
What is the time period setting of your latest book?
GRIMM REMAINS is set in contemporary western NY. I enjoy being able to reference events and demonstrate how connected (and at times disconnected) magical individuals are form non-magical.
Do you prefer to write as a series or one off books?
I generally like to explore characters more than in one book. I feel like stand alone novels generally focus on a pivotal event – which can be absolutely brilliant if it is a massive event, but I feel most people have more than one defining moment in their lives, so I like to explore more than a single book will let me.
However, I have written a stand-alone that will be out later this year called AISLING. Definitely a defining moment sort of tale.
How do you think you would feel if you received a really bad review that seemed justified?
If it is justified and was something that was an error which I agreed shouldn’t be there, I’d do what I could to fix it or prevent it in the subsequent books. However, speaking of justified opinions, well – I’d appreciate the review for what it was but not stress terribly one way or the other. The fact that they reviewed and put the time and effort to read the book fully means they care. It’s just another type of feedback.
Do you think all readers should do reviews to help the writers improve?
All press is good press, right? Reviews get more eyes on books, so that’s a plus for authors. I don’t, however, believe all readers should review. Review if you liked it. Review if something really bothered you even after you completed the book. Art is a conversation, and if you can constructively add to the discussion (with a review, with fan art or works), do so, but never feel like you have to. Listening is a conversational art as well after all.
When you receive reviews do you find yourself influenced to make changes?
I changed how I edited my works. As a first time author, I relied upon my editors more than I ought to have. Now, I increase my time spent drafting and editing to ensure that my manuscripts are fully polished even before they touch an editor’s desk.
Blog Tour ~ Grimm Remains
Author: Eli Celata
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Dates: 11th – 21st of April
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours
Sometimes the fairy tale’s end is just the Grimm beginning.
Mammon’s summoning turned Rochester into a beacon for the denizens of Hell. As demon activity increases, Jon settles in for a new academic year, and Jordan moves in as the city’s protector. Unfortunately, the young warlock of Rochester might not be around long if the Devil’s marine legion has a say. Havfine, demonic mermaids, don’t often leave deep lakes and ocean waters. They’re better known for drowning mortal sailors than hunting magic users, but something has sent them upstream from Lake Ontario. When three orphans vanish from a magical sanctuary in Toronto, their caretaker – the Wizard Monday – dredges up a part of Jordan’s and Jon’s father’s history that Jordan would have rather forgotten. In this race against the Bane of Hamelin, more than three souls may be on the line.
Eli Celata was born in Rochester and is currently attending Binghamton University as a doctoral student.
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Thank you for the interview!