The hardest part for me is honestly balancing my "work life" with my personal life. I stay at home now to be with my fiance, and I could honestly spend every minute writing, but that wouldn't be fair to my fiance or to my fur children. Other than that I would say the hardest part is just getting the right words on a blank page.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Travelers?
A girl discovers her life is a lie, and the only person who can help her uncover the truth has been ordered to lie to her.
Maybe that isn't the answer you are looking for, but I would say that sums it up in one sentence.
What inspired you to write this book?
I actually had this awful nightmare one night, and after being unable to get it out of my head, I started writing it down. The story has changed a whole lot since then. Who knows how many times I've gone back and rewritten some of the chapters or added more to them?
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I try to write for at least 1-2, but some days I don't get a chance to write at all. Those days are usually the ones that make me feel like I'm failing all my readers who are begging for the sequel. My mom has been waiting over a year, so it's killing her.
Name your top five favorite books.
Evermore by Alyson Noel, Harry Potter (I think the series counts as one, right?), The Giver by Lois Lowry, Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien, and Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough.
What are you working on now?
I have been in the process of the sequel to The Travelers pretty much since I finished the first one, but after going through the publishing process, I had to put it off. Now, I also have another unrelated novel in the works and a memoir.
Title: The Travelers
Author: Elizabeth Jeannel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The town Alex calls home has always felt safe to her, until
three girls her age are found dead. When Alex’s father forces her mother to skip town with him, possibly for good, they leave Alex behind to fend for herself and unfold years of lies they have built her life upon. Jaze, who has been invisible by her side for months, appears just in time to eliminate any normality that remained in her life. He’s tall, dark and terrifying, though that wasn’t his intent. Just as Jaze is earning Alex’s trust, the Council, a feared and powerful group of leaders from his world, orders him to protect her with his life.
Jaze quickly becomes torn between his duty and his love for Alex. When her real memories of her childhood return, Alex tumbles head first into Jaze’s strange world and into his arms. While Jaze soon finds that Alex may not be the ordinary girl he had originally assumed her to be. Together the two of them discover that sometimes love and simplicity aren’t always options in life.
Okay, I’m actually kidding, but while you’re here, there are a few things about me for those who don’t know. I am currently a 911 dispatcher for a local county in Southwest Missouri. I spend my days with my girlfriend, my cat (shown left), and my leopard gecko. Writing has been a dream of mine since I first developed a love of reading; I’m guessing around the age of ten. With both of my parents being English majors, it was hard to ignore the call of the word world. So, here we are, nearly a decade later, and I’m finally reaching for the dream half of my life in the making.
To all of my friends and my family who have been by my side through this journey, thank you for your support. And to you reading this now, thank you for taking the time from your day. If you have big dreams, remember you can do anything with determination and a whole lot of guts. I hope I can inspire others the way that other authors have inspired me with not just my writing, but with life itself.