By now readers you already know who are some of my fave authors are, what some of my favorite books are, and why I’m a fan of those authors and books. So by now, you should know that I am a fan of author Elizabeth Eulberg’s. You didn’t know? Oh well, you should check out my reviews of The Lonely Hearts Club, Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality, and most recently Better Off Friends.
Not only does Ms. Eulberg write books that will resonate deeply with all readers, but she’s also one of the nicest people to meet (yes, I’ve been lucky enough to meet her once or twice at various signings). And besides that, she has great taste in music!
Want to know more about one of my fave authors? Well keep reading as we shoot the breeze with author Elizabeth Eulberg.
BookBandit Blog (BB): Can you tell a little about yourself and your path as a writer?
Elizabeth Eulberg (EE): I’ve always been a reader, but never thought I could be an author – they were these magical creatures (remember this is back in the old days before the internet so authors weren’t as visible or accessible as they are now). I started working in publicity for a book publisher and was so inspired by all the authors that I worked with. It was Dav Pilkey (of Captain Underpants fame) that was the first person who encouraged me to write.
BB: What is the inspiration behind your latest book Better Off Friends?
EE: It was a conversation I had with my editor. He and his colleague were talking about how they wanted a YA book like When Harry Met Sally … which is about a guy and a girl best friend and the complications that come from that. I loved that movie and decided to take a crack at it!
BB: How was writing Better Off Friends different from writing your previous books?
EE: I spent a year solely thinking about the characters – not the plot – before I started writing. Once I knew them inside out, everything fell into place.
BB: Of all your characters – not just from Better Off Friends – who would you say you identify most with?
EE: Definitely Penny Lane Bloom from The Lonely Hearts Club, mostly because that was my first book so I put a lot of myself into her. But I’m also a lot like Macallan in that I stand up for people who are important for me.
BB: What are some of your fave books, and how have they shaped you as an author?
EE: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of my favorite novels of all time, not just because I did a modern retelling with Prom and Prejudice. I learned so much for retelling that book. I had to break the story and characters down. It changed the way I write. Now I make sure I have a complete understanding of the characters and where they are going before I sit down to type a single word.
BB: While editing Better Off Friends, were there any scenes that were edited out that you can share?
EE: There wasn’t a specific scene that was cut. There’s a Halloween party scene that was edited pretty severely (for length not for content). I think I’ll post the part that was taken out on my blog sometime after the release (maybe I’ll wait until Halloween!).
BB: Can you tell anything about any upcoming projects?
EE: Yes! I’m working on a sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club that will come out next year. THere will also be three e-original short stories that will all be released this fall for FREE featuring Penny Land and Co! But that’s all I can say about it for now!
BB: What advice can you offer aspiring authors?
EE: First and foremost, write for yourself. Don’t get concerned about what will “sell” or who the book is for. But most importantly, never give up!
For more information about Elizabeth Eulberg and all of her awesome books check out her website! Besides checking out her website, make sure you check all of her books. You will not be disappointed!
A big THANK YOU to Elizabeth Eulberg for taking the time out of her very busy schedule to answer a few questions for the BookBandit Blog.