Interview with Elise Fender Burns



How did you become a writer?


My mom is a writer! She worked for our small town newspaper, so I grew up watching her write and reading her articles. I always knew I wanted to be a writer too.


What are your current/future projects?


I am currently working on a YA manuscript that follows the relationship drama among a staff of teen lifeguards. It takes place over one summer at a country club pool.


Could you share some of your challenges as a writer?


Finding time to sit down and write is my biggest challenge! I find that my head is full of so many words and ideas, but I don’t have nearly enough time in the day to put all of them on paper, before they leave my head forever!


Do you have a routine you follow when you write?


I like to go for a long walk before I sit down to write. I use the time to mentally leave my own head, and prepare to enter my character’s mind.


Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?


I don’t have any original advice, but I will share my favorite quote from Jodi Picoult! I return to it time and time again when I feel like every sentence I write is bad: You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. - Jodi Picoult


What is your preferred way for readers to get in touch with you?


Twitter- @EliseWritesYA

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