Author Interview with Eli Liszt

Author Interview with Eli Liszt

interviewed on Dec 15, 2020 Dallas, Texas - United States
Q. How would you describe yourself?
I am an introvert by nature and find it hard to socialize or connect with new individuals that I've never met before but once I feel comfortable then it’s hard to get me to stay quiet. Besides writing, I love to read and recently began collecting all sorts of books from different genres to add to my collection. Gardening is another hobby of mine and a must as it allows me to focus on nature and decompress from reality.
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
So far I have only written one book and I’m currently working on the second book which is part of a series. PNĔUMÄ – The Celestial Beings Trilogy is a sci-fi novel that explores self-acceptance while navigating the difficulties of inequality between two species. There is a particular scene in the novel that first came to me in a nightmare which induced anxiety and caused night terrors. I then began writing my thoughts in a journal that eventually turned into a story and slowly morphed into this novel.
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
Writing is not a want for me but rather a need and I cannot see myself not writing, whether its poetry, a short story, or a novel. My writing journey has been a little difficult to say the least – I first started writing 5 years ago and finished the book in 2019. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to publish my work or just keep the draft to myself because of the challenges with traditional publishing. But after much research and endless nights, I decided to self-publish. The process was far from smooth; however, all of the headaches and bewilderment were worth the trouble.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
To be honest, I have to be in the mood to write otherwise I will just stare at a white screen in hopes of producing a sentence. My typical writing routine starts off with absolute concentration that involves a laptop, several cups of coffee and an impeccable playlist. I just feel like I have to have background noise in order to focus otherwise I will get distracted with any little movement. It’s amazing how much writing I’m able to accomplish when I’m plugged into Spotify – the keystrokes are endless.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media – A writer must have social media presence in order to attract potential readers. What has worked for me is Amazon Author Central and Goodreads. These two platforms are in addition to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – you have to be diverse in all social media platforms while posting regularly in order to market your published works.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
Preparation, a great storyline, reviews, and timely marketing – these points are all mutually inclusive.
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
I’ve had a few readers reach out to inform me that they couldn’t put the book down! That alone makes me feel wonderful and excited to continue writing.
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
Anais Nin – The Quotable Anais Nin, her writings are erotic, dark, and often misunderstood. I can relate to her writings and the deep connection that she shares with her audience. Anais’s quotes have inspired many of my ideas and I will continue doing so in all of my future novels.
Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice, I have read this book so many times. Darcy with his pride and Lizzy with her prejudice has the reader speculating whether they would ever see past their own imperfection.
Emily Dickinson - The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, there is a deep connection with loss, life, and spirituality of which I can also relate to.
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
Anais Nin, Jane Austen & Emily Dickinson – I am a feminist so you can see why these three females are my favorite authors of all time. They were all eccentric but artistic and passionate about writing.
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
At present I am working on QUINTESSENCE which is the second book in the Celestial Beings Trilogy. I’m hoping to have this manuscript wrapped up by mid-2021 and published in the same year. It’s been quite a challenge allocating time to write while marketing PNĔUMÄ, managing my blog and designing my website but remain optimistic that I will be able to fulfill any commitments.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
Every writer/author faces their own challenges but in general in my opinion, the biggest challenge I’ve encountered has been transparency on book sales. I have no idea who has purchased my book therefore I am unable to thank, market nor sell directly to them.
The worst thing about the book industry is rejection of any kind – whether that be a rejection from a traditional publisher, bookstores not accepting your book, readers not agreeing to leave a review, interviews etc.. We as authors must remember that it took courage to write and that this alone is a reward in itself. Everything else will gradually come along so we must be patient.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
I share three quite different lives – I am a mother and wife; I have a career and work in order to make a living; And I am a writer. My ultimate goal apart from my career and trying to be the best parent and wife was to become a published author. Hard work and dedication have both allowed me to achieve this goal and to continue pursuing my passion.
Q. At QwertyThoughts.com, we are trying to bring authors and readers under the same roof, to connect, discuss and socialize over books. What's your take on this?
This is amazing! I think every writer should join Qwerty Thoughts as a marketing tool while connecting with like-minded readers.
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
Remain optimistic and stay positive – you have earned the right to feel elated so do not allow any negative reviews or obstacles to take that away. As a writer we will always encounter some type of limitation, the key is to look for ways to overcome the impediment and continue with your writing journey.

Comments (1)
  • You should be so proud of yourself! You are such a talent and I'm honored to have witnessed your process and now to read the end result, your published work! (Andrea)

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Author of PNĔUMÄ: The Celestial Beings Trilogy. A sci-fi/fantasy novel that is filled with suspense.
About the author
Eli Liszt has always been fascinated with myths, folktales, and unexplained phenomenon. During her college years she became captivated with the campus library and took personal interest in literature, particularly works of poetry and fiction. After reading countless novels and becoming immersed in their fables, she decided that it was time to pursue her own passion in writing. 
A native to Texas, she divides her time between Houston and Dallas as often as possible. Her hobbies include g
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