Today, we are honoured to have an interview with author Elsa Joseph. Elsa has published books in the romance and children’s genres, including Best Kept Secret and Dylan’s Cosydoze.
Recently, Elsa and I made contact over Instagram, and she kindly agreed to an interview:
Where do you come from and how has this place influenced your writings?
I am from London. London may be the capital city of England, but it is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world. As a matter of fact, one-third of all Londoners are foreign-born, and over 200 languages are spoken throughout its many streets and neighbourhoods. My first book Best Kept Secret is set largely in the UK, and the main character Natasha is bi-racial.
On your website, you have written that you “draw inspiration for your books from travelling, art, theatre, reading and conversations with friends.” What two places have you been to that have either inspired you for a story or appeared in your books?
I love travelling. It opens your mind to cultures, people, different ways of life, and the world. In Best Kept Secret, Natasha moves to New York, a city I went to many years ago. Also, the character Tony travels to France to carry out some research for a new book.
This blogger: Both sound like terrific places to set stories in. I am really glad that you have been able to integrate your travels into your stories.
Again, on your website, you write that you like to make characters in your stories “with great strengths and weaknesses that readers can identify and fall in love with.” What is the key weakness or flaw of one of your characters, and why do you think your audience has fallen in love with him/her for it?
In my book Best Kept Secret Natasha is an ambitious Fashion Photographer which is a strength. However, some may consider her indecisiveness to be a weakness.
Which of your characters is the most like you? And how?
I think Tony in Best Kept Secret is the male version of me. He is a writer and travels for his work.
You have published two books – Best Kept Secret and Dylan’s Cozydoze and What genre are they in, and who is the target audience?
Best Kept Secret is a romantic thriller and the target audience is young women. Dylan’s Cosydoze is a children’s book and the target audience is young toddlers.
What two things would you like readers to take away from your books after reading them?
I want my stories and characters’ lives to stay with the reader for a long time. I want my readers to think about what they read, not to be afraid to ask questions, and to explore possibilities. Also, I’d like my readers to escape the real world for a while. Reading is an escape, after all.
This blogger: I can relate to all of those.
On a meta-level, what do your books mean to you?
The thought of not having any books scares me. Books for me represent freedom and escape. When you open a book, the world melts away.
You can travel to the past and future. You can even become someone else, a doctor, a Victorian lady, a teacher or a villain.
If you could go back in time and speak with a younger Elsa Joseph, what advice would you give her about the writing process?
I would advise my younger self to join a writing group. Writing groups are part social gathering, part creative free-for-all, and most importantly the safest place to have your writing seen.
As someone who is terrified of strangers reading her material, being part of a group has helped me learn so much about myself and my style of writing. I have improved tremendously because of it.
This blogger: That’s great advice. It’s lovely to hear that you overcame your fear of people reading your material as well. It’s such an important part of the writing process.
What is your writing kryptonite?
I prefer writing on a notebook than on a computer. Most of my rough drafts end up being handwritten and final drafts are always typed.
I find it easier to get a draft down if I write it in a notebook first. It becomes a guideline for my second draft. Also, it allows you to always have an original copy in case something happens to your electronic files.
How has writing changed you as a person?
Writing is therapeutic. When you put your thoughts into words, they become less scary. When you write down what scares you, you will automatically work on a solution. Sometimes the solution is acceptance. But you need to write those things down first.
Moreover, writing has helped me improve my self-knowledge. Nothing will help you to get to know yourself more than translating your thoughts into words. When you force yourself to write every day, you automatically become more aware of your thoughts. And self-awareness is one of the most important skills that predict career success.
This blogger: I did not know that about self-awareness. So, thank you for that. Also, it is wonderful to hear how writing has changed you for the better.
Are you writing another book at present? If so, please could you tell us a bit about it?
I am not writing any books at the moment. At the moment my writing is academic because of the course I am studying.
Lastly, outside of writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Also, I enjoy reading, going to the theatre, and watching films.
This blogger: Sounds good to me .
End of Interview
That brings our interview with author Elsa Joseph to a close. I would like to thank Elsa for her time and to say that it has been delightful getting to know her. I wish her only the best going forwards with her studies.
You can purchase Elsa’s books on Amazon, including Best Kept Secret and Dylan’s Cosydoze. If you like romance thrillers or know someone with a child that you’d like to give a book to as a gift, then check out Elsa’s books NOW!
Otherwise, like Elsa on Facebook; follow her on Instagram and Twitter; and visit her website. That way, you’ll be able to keep up to date with her, and know exactly when her future works will be available.
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