It’s my pleasure today to introduce Elizabeth Foster as part of the blog tour for her debut novel Esme’s Wish.
Elizabeth’s top tip for authors: Be bloody-minded about setting aside time to write. Shut off social media during your writing time – I have an app on my computer that blocks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all the usual culprits! Also read, read, read.
Elizabeth Foster hails from Queensland originally, but now lives in Sydney. She loves swimming in the ocean, walking, and playing the piano (badly). As a child, she was called Dizzy Lizzy-which she regarded as an insult all her life, until she started writing. Now, daydreaming is a central part of what she does. Reading to her own kids reminded her of how much she missed getting lost in other worlds, and once she started writing stories, she couldn’t stop. She’s at her happiest when immersed in stories, plotting new conflicts and adventures for her characters. Esme’s Wish is her first novel.
Why do you write? I write to explore new worlds and to experience new things. I am also intrigued with the alchemy of writing – the way a story can take on its own identity and sometimes feel like it is writing itself. It is a mysterious but fascinating process.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? Anything which would enable me to express myself creatively. I dabbled in painting before I began writing so I would probably go back to that.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? My book fell between the cracks when it came to finding a publisher. It crossed between the age categories of middle grade and young adult, a no-no for children’s literature. Esme’s Wish eventually found a home at Odyssey Books, a small press who like stories a little out of the ordinary, like mine!
How involved have you been in the development of your books? Do you have input into the cover/illustrations? I worked closely with Odyssey Books to bring the book to publication and also with Furea, a talented fantasy illustrator from Melbourne, who designed the cover.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? I can set my own hours. I can write anywhere, although I prefer to write either at home or in familiar cafés. One of the other great aspects is the reading side of it. I always considered reading a luxury and put other things first, but now I make it a priority. I love that reading informs my writing – finally I’ve got permission to have my nose in a book!
—the worst? It can be hard to make time for the practicalities in life. Now that my book is published I have even more on my plate. But I wouldn’t trade my job for any other.
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Be kinder to myself during those first baby steps of learning how to write, when self doubt can be crippling. Be more patient when obstacles come my way.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That learning to trust the writing process would be the antidote to a lot of my fear. That establishing a routine and sticking to it, no matter what, would get my book written. That reading is crucial to writing.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? I like any words that inspire a can-do attitude or help build grit. Writers need plenty of that! One of my favourites is by Lao Tzu.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
This was her last chance.
Her hand twisted high in the air.
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
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JWFK website- www.justkidslit.com/shop/young-adult-books/esmes-wish
Odyssey Books – http://odysseybooks.com.au/titles/9781925652246/
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