MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ELIZABETH CASH❤️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Elizabeth Cash. I am a multi-genre author, so my books fall under different types of genres.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
This really depends on what book we’re talking about. The one I am currently working on is called When the Time Comes. It is NA contemporary.The story is based on a true story, but that’s about all I can say about that lol
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’m a dabbler. I didn’t want to stick with one genre because I felt like there was more than one story to be told and it’s not always in a particular genre.
Can you tell me about your Series?
At the moment, I do not have any series but I believe that soon I will as I have a few ideas up my sleeve that I think will be series worthy.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Let’s see. I am a mother of two who works full time and goes to school full time, so finding the time to write can be challenging. I usually write when I’m on break at work, or when I get a spare moment, which usually doesn’t come until after dinner. My goal is literally to just be able to open the word doc. If I can manage that, then I feel like maybe the day was a tad successful.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am currently working on a project that I am unsure of at the moment, I say unsure because the details aren’t all planned out yet and things can always change with time.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names to me are important because your name is what labels you. It defines you. SO, for my characters, I give them names that match their personalities or names that seem fitting for their character profile. And I do like the unique names, but you can’t overdo it.
Where do your ideas come from?
Anywhere and everywhere. Home Sweet Home came from a nightmare I had and it is now a 26 chapter book. When the Time Comes is based on a true life story. Beautiful Agony was an idea that came from an article I read for school. The Only Way Out was originally a short story that grew into what it is now. Collectibles, well, I’m not for sure how that came to be. I just saw the name on a mall store sign and it just went from there. So, I guess, from a mall sign?!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
If I’m being completely honest, it’s editing. I loathe it, but I also want my books to be as perfect as they can be. It’s the worst kind of combo. To want perfection but to hate the process.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them. If they are put together well, I feel like I’m watching a movie trailer.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Making the International Best Sellers list with Collectibles.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The people! I have come in contact with some amazing people. Readers and authors. They all make my day, every day! I love talking with them and getting to know them. I love being able to help out fellow authors and just being a part of the indie community in general.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself treating mentally ill patients and getting insane stories out it! I am getting my bachelors degree in Psychology and my ultimate goal is to become a Cognitive Therapist.
Have you always liked to write?
I have. I just never really thought I had what it took to become an author so I just kept my short stories to myself until The Only Way Out made it clear that it was meant to be more than what it was.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Do not give up! It can be hard sometimes, and it can be challenging, but do not give up! Never let the naysayers bring you down. There are stories to be told, and no one will get to read yours if you give up!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
That’s a hard question. I guess I would continue doing what I am now. I work in hospitality, and although most days are very trying, I do love my job.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
YES! Reviews are very important. I use the feedback to improve myself as an author. I have not responded to any of them other than liking them.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
Again, it would be editing. It’s probably one of the most important parts of writing, but it is also the most tedious part.
What are you working on now?
I’m planning something out at the moment. I don’t want to give away too much, only because things may change and t may not happen. I would hate to get people’s hopes up and then not write it.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I chose to do multiple genres because I like having the options and range is always good. There are many stories to be told in every genre.
Where did your love of books come from?
The nostalgic feeling you get while reading. That made me love reading from the very beginning.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I do. I have many, many favorites. But one that will stick with me is Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. That book is one that will stick with me for ever!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Agony! She is a very complex character and she was my first crazy! She will always be my sweet baby love!
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Any form of social media. Twitter, Facebook, Insta., etc.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It can do both, depending on how my day has gone. Some days I open the word doc and cringe, others I can not wait to open it and write.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I have to love what I write or I’m not going to publish it. I can follow the crowd and give the readers what they want, but it won’t make me happy. It’s my story to tell, and I believe that the reader that choose to read me, do it for a reason. If they stick with me, then they will for ever have my appreciation. Not everyone is going to love what I write, which is okay!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Yolanda Olson has recently become a big part of my life. We co-wrote Otter’s Toy Box which comes out September 5th. That book is, well, rather intense. We talk daily and I have truly become fond of the person she is. She is always helping me when I have questions. Erin Lee is another one I talk to all the time. She is such a beautiful soul and helps me out if I ever need it. There are SO MANY! If I named them all, that’s all this interview would be, so I’m stopping there.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Wait.. what?” lol I swear I live in a constant state of confusion so that title seems fitting!
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Any form of social media! Just type in Elizabeth Cash and you will find me!
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️