RR: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
EG: I love to read and write. I’m a total daydreamer. I get a lot of my inspiration from music, so I almost always have it on in the background. I’m from a small beach town, and I don’t think I could ever live away from the ocean. I love photography. I studied criminal justice in college because I’d always wanted to be a lawyer, but realized it wasn’t for me before I went to law school (turns out it’s not as fun as they make it look on TV!)
RR: Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel(s)?
EG: This Time Around is a sweet romance about two people getting a second chance at love. The characters, Jake and Nora, fell in love in high school but were forced apart. Four years later, neither of them has moved on and when they are reunited they realize that their feelings for each other are still just as strong as they were before. It’s a story about second chances, growing up, and following your heart.
RR: Do you outline when writing your books?
EG: Always! I would get lost if I didn’t plan out the story ahead of time. I need to know what direction it’s heading in and what is happening next. Without any structure, my stories would be a mess!
RR: Describe your writing process.
EG: I can only work on one story at a time, but I’m constantly dreaming up new stories and characters (even when I’m in the middle of something else). So, when an idea for a story pops into my head, I write it down in a notebook. As it develops I continue jotting down my ideas until I’m ready to move ahead with it. Then I’ll begin outlining it, filling in the gaps and doing any necessary research. I try to be as detailed as possible so it’s easier when I finally start writing. It tends to take me a long time because I’m really detail-oriented and I have a bad habit of agonizing over the smallest details!
RR: What made you want to write in the New Adult genre?
EG: New Adult is my favorite genre to read, so naturally it’s the genre I ended up writing in. In that stage of life (18-25) there are so many issues to face and so much to learn about yourself, that it makes for really great, realistic stories that people can relate to.
RR: What inspired you to write your first book?
EG: The idea for my book bounced around in my head for a long time before I decided to write it. As much as I’ve always loved writing and reading, I never really considered writing a book because I had no idea how to go about it. When I starting reading books by some of the amazing self-published authors out there, they inspired me to give it a shot myself.
RR: Do you prefer to write in silence or with music playing?
EG: Definitely with music! I get so much inspiration from music, so I almost always have it playing in the background while I’m writing.
RR: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
EG: Photographer. I would love a job that required me to travel all over the world and see beautiful things!
RR: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
EG: Flying – so I could go anywhere in the world I wanted to go!
RR: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
EG: Teacher, jockey, lawyer, writer, singer, Olympian…I went through a lot of phases!
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