Also this evening, I have another brilliant Meet the Author interview with Elizabeth Moore. She’s talking to us about her thoughts on social media, where she’d visit if she could go back in time, what super power she’d choose, wake-up calls and her most recent book From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi’s City…….
Elizabeth Moore writing as EJ Bauer
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I’ll include the cliché ‘I always wanted to write’ here, but never felt convinced I could produce a well balanced romance, thriller or crime novel. When I found I could write about my travels and that people actually enjoyed what I wrote, I was off and running.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written three books in my Someday Travels series. The first From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi’s City has been published. My second on Spain and Portugal is due out this year and I’ve just finished my third on Italy.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Probably around 6 months to physically produce the requisite 80,000 odd words on a screen. Of course, that’s just the beginning. Proofing, editing, re-writing and reading over again several times before submission is the less glamorous side of the equation and can often take much longer than the emergence of the original manuscript.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I think I ran the gamut of desired professions when I was younger; nurse, reporter, teacher or doctor, all were on my list at various stages. I started my working life as a speech pathologist and then morphed into a retail and events manager at our regional Science Centre and Planetarium. I only started writing when I retired.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
Well, I want to include the proviso that I’d be invisible and then I’d love to return to Tudor England and observe the pageantry, romances, customs, food, court intrigues and the high drama that the era embodied. Provided I was safe…
Oh. Can I add Louis XIV’s court at Versailles?
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love to travel, garden, read and experiment with recipes. I’m also a keen observer of the passing parade and, above all, value my family, beautiful grandchildren and my tortoiseshell cat, Lucy.
What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?
Apart from marriage and children, by far the best thing I have done was to heed the wake-up call I got when I was diagnosed with cancer over 10 years ago. I decided that all the things I had on my ‘Someday’ list couldn’t wait indefinitely. I began travelling and writing and I’m so glad I did.
If a movie was made about your life, what genre would it be, who would you want to play you and what would its title be?
It would definitely be a memoir somewhere along the lines of “My Crazy Journey” and without a doubt I would have Jennifer Saunders playing me.
If you could travel anywhere (world/universe etc!) where would you go and why?
At this point, I’d head straight to Italy, although travel is not an option for anyone at the moment. My daughter and her family are living there and I dearly want to see my grandchildren. In a world of free travel, the next country on my list is Greece. I would love to spend time on one of the smaller islands, away from the tourist destinations.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
My superpower would be to have the ability to teleport. I’d never miss friends’ or family members’ celebrations, I could travel anywhere on a whim and save enormous numbers of travel hours.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
I do love memoirs, especially ones concerning travel or starting over in a foreign country.
What do you think of social media?
It really does have a lot of poor publicity and often for good reason. I see it in a more positive light.
I would never have had my book picked up by a publisher.
I would never have had the ability to market my books.
I would never have made the amazing contacts I now have all over the world.
I would never have met several lifelong friends I have travelled to meet and who have visited me in Australia.
I would never be able to reach out instantly to distant friends and family through Skype, Facetime or Messenger.
I’m sure there are many more reasons. I’m just grateful it has been something I can access readily and that I have enough technical ability to use it positively.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi’s City is available on Amazon
AMAZON UNIVERSAL LINK: smarturl.it/FromMoulinRougeEJB
AMAZON UK LINK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075BKFMLY
AMAZON .COM LINK: www.amazon.com/dp/B075BKFMLY
final words from chelle…
Thank you so much Elizabeth. As always it’s lovely to learn more about you! If you ever get to travel back in time, let me know how Tudor England is! I’m sorry you were diagnosed with cancer but I’m so happy that it gave you the nudge to do all the things you wanted, and to get travelling. And I love your points on social media; sometimes we are very quick to moan about it but there are also lots of positives!
If you have any questions/comments for Elizabeth then make sure you get in touch.
Have a wonderful evening lovelies