Today on Rampant Readers we are excited to have Esther Wheelmaker answering some questions for us! So let’s get to it, shall we?
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Esther: My name is Elizabeth Kolodziej and I also go under the pen name Esther Wheelmaker. I am big into books and have learned a lot from the classics. I also love Hitchcock and if you read my Last Witch Series you may find me somewhere in the books.
Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel(s)?
Esther: Demonic Charms is the fourth book in the Last Witch Series. It will of course introduce more about demons and what Faith goes through after owing a favor to one to bring a certain vampire back to life. Dealing Death is the second book in the Zombiepunk series that will continue the adventure of Aeron and Lucy trying to destroy zombies forever.
Zombies are not a topic written about much—what made you pick this supernatural creature over the plethora that you had to choose from?
Esther: Well, I already wrote about vampires, witches, werewolves, gods etc etc. And my brother said “I love zombies, write about zombies!” So I was like Ugh. Fine. Cause I hated zombies until I started writing the book and then I was like wow these things are awesome!
Which character is most like your personality and how?
Esther: I think the main female characters of my book always start off like me to some degree. However, it is when they begin to come into their own and develop their own personality and being that I get really happy because then they are a totally new and different human being.
What is your favorite part of Gravely Inanimated?
Esther: I must say I love the relationships the characters have with each other. I love that the Inventor calls Lucy “Young Lady” when speaking to her. I love that the Countess is a total bad ass. I would also compare her to the “Natzi” in Grey’s Anatomy. Everyone is just so different in their hopes and dreams that it makes for a very well rounded book.
What do you love most about writing?
Esther: The feeling of euphoria I get when I have the chance to escape reality and go into a whole other world that is all mine and my characters. The fact that I have “friends” I can talk to who others can’t. It’s a magical place when I am writing and a piece of me is always lost when I go through writers block.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block?
Esther: If an author hasn’t I believe they are a miracle writer. I experience it all the time. There really isn’t much you can do but a few exercises and know it will come back. It’s the waiting that sucks the most though.
How do you react to bad reviews?
Esther: I have a process. First I get pissed off. Then I vent to a friend. I second guess myself. Finally, I become a duck and let it roll off my back. Hehehe.
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Esther: I think Hemmingway would be a great pick. I believe he would have a lot to teach without realizing he was teaching.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Esther: Whistling. Don’t ask me why but it annoys the hell out of me.
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Esther: Reading minds. That way no one could ever lie to me. hehe.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Esther: Right now I wish I could live in Paris. It is such an inspiring city and I love the scenery there.
Esther: V is for Villains, Everybody Hates me
Esther: Tamora Pierce and her Lioness Series
Esther: Hemmingway from Midnight in Paris:
“If it’s bad, I’ll hate it. If it’s good, then I’ll be envious and hate it even more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.”
Esther: Purple and Green
Esther: Tamora Pierce
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Day or Night?
Winter or summer?
Beach or Pool?
eBooks or paperbacks?
Let’s thank Esther for taking the time to answer some questions for us today. Be sure to leave her some love!
NOTE: These are not all of Esther’s books. For a complete list, visit her Goodreads page here.