Saturday, September 20, 2014

Words With Writers: Interview with C. Elizabeth Vescio

I love author C. Elizabeth Vescio. She is the bees knees. Not only is she incredibly creative, but she's a talented writer and a graphic design genius. When I found out that her Wasted series was coming out with another title, I just had to have her on Pub Hub!

Author Interview C. Vescio


Hi Cara! Thanks so much for being a guest today on Pub Hub. I’m so excited to have you and your new anthology Wasteland.  Let’s get started!

Wasteland is a different kind of release, as it’s an anthology of stories from different characters in your novels. What a fun concept! How did you come up with it?
I’ve never written a book in first person before. I knew I wanted the Wasted Series to be from my (anti) heroine’s point of view, but that means losing a lot of the whole story and who the other characters are. I wanted to give my other characters a shot at the spotlight. I had built them up in my storyboards, but you don’t get to see a lot of that in Frankie’s perspective.

Do you have a favorite tale in Wasteland?
For most of its production, my favorite story was Yeh’s. He’s always been a favorite character of mine, and I felt like his story might be the most in-depth… however, a few months before the scheduled edits, I decided to write a Logan Krushinski story… which helped me develop him for book three. It ended up being my favorite because it was just nuts.

As a reader of your series and someone who loved the special insight into each character, I feel like this could be a new trend for authors wanting to do something new and exciting and offer some companion to their novels. Do you have any advice for authors wanting to try something groundbreaking like you’ve started?
I’ll tell you, writing first or third person, it’s always good to outline your characters in detail… what they wear, what their favorite food is… you never know when some of that information could become important to the story… and if you never use it, then it can become a part of your companion novel. People like reading about characters, who they are really, and what they don’t see on the pages.

If you could sum up your Wasted series in five words or less, what would it be?
Action-packed, humorous and self-deprecating. Did I just cheat?

What is something surprising about you that people don’t know?
I was in the US Navy from 1998-2001.

What is your favorite genre to read?
Paranormal romance… I’m a sucker for the ridiculous. I’m a big fan of Mary Janice Davidson and Charlaine Harris.

What’s next?
Paranormal romance? It’s a question mark because I’m currently not sure if I want to tackle a sci-fi space opera or an angel and demons saga. Choices, choices…

Oh! Both! Both! But that's the selfish person in me speaking!


Lightning round: Which do you prefer?

Secret agents or ninjas?
Ninjas

Christmas or Halloween?
Halloween

Hot or cold?
Cold

Ebooks or physical books? 
Physical Books

Rain or sunshine?
Rain

Past or future?
Future… my past is behind me for a reason.

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Thank you so much Cara for being on Pub Hub today! I absolutely love your Wasted series and encourage all people who are looking for a fantastic and witty read to check it out!


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Wasteland



About the Author C.Elizabeth Vescio


Jack of all trades and stereotypical black sheep, Cara has been writing somewhat dark and morbid since that teen angst hit somewhere in the early 90's- probably because her dad was a mortician. After pursuing a degree in English, she changed gears to photography and design in 2006... although she kept penning stories for fun while reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway (whom she adores even though he was a huge douche canoe). In 2009, her life shifted considerably and she found herself writing Elegantly Wasted- helping her sort out a bunch of stupid feelings and other lame stuff. 

She enjoys cynical debates, cupcakes, making her mother-in-law sew her aprons that she never wears, zombies, the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider. She gathers her life inspirations from Neil Gaiman, Julia Child and Paul Simon. When she isn't out photographing her next project, she's studying color, concept and design or writing stuff down in hopes it makes sense one day... or she's on Pinterest. 

Cara lives in Las Vegas with her husband, John and their three genetically altered dogs all of which have personal vendettas for the guy who cleans the pool.

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