Lotté Jean Elliott is an Author from North-Eastern England who began as an avid reader before picking up a pen one day and started using her imagination as a tool to create a new universe just like her favourite fictional ones. Through literature, she saw a whole new world open up, and ever since she put pen to page, she has not stopped diving into the deepest parts of the mind and pulled out words that could inspire through poetry or start an adventure with a new character.
When she isn’t writing novels, poetry, or screenplays with her sister Francesca, Lotté loves nothing more than to find inspiration for life through art films, music, exploring museums, and language learning. She loves to explore the deepest meaning behind things and gain new perspectives of the world in which we inhabit.
1) What got you into writing?
I gained a love for reading at the age of fifteen and after years of being consumed by that world, one day I decided to write my own book after becoming inspired by so many of these beautifully crafted universes. It started from wanting to read a particular type of story and since nobody had written it the way I wanted to see it, I decided to write it myself and that is how my writing career began.
2) What is your favorite book genre?
It has always been fantasy for me. However, as I have gotten older, I’m loving exploring many genres.
3) What was the inspiration for this book and series?
This book was inspired by my favourite fantasy worlds. It came to me after wanting to see a particular type of world that I hadn’t seen yet and so, decided to write it myself. The fantasy genre was the area that really made this story bloom into what it was and without the books in these worlds I doubt it would have come to me!
4) Who is your all time favorite author?
My all-time favourite author is Murakami Haruki.
5) What challenges did you face when writing ‘The Damned Society’?
My greatest writing challenge has always been bringing out the vibrancy of the world that my characters are in. I’m most comfortable with dialogue but scenery creation has always been my struggle but overtime as I’ve been writing more books, I’ve been learning lot’s and am starting to really enjoy this part!
6) Are you planning to write more books when you finish this series?
In total, out of this series, I have about 23 completed books. So, I have plenty to edit before I need to write another!
7) How long did it take to write this book?
I finished the first Damned Society draft in the 2018 Nanowrimo. It took one month to write and a few more to edit.
8) What does your family think of your writing?
They love it! I’m lucky because my sister is also a writer and we work together as a screenwriting duo outside of books. She’s my first port of call for when I need some fresh writing advice as she understands the frustrations it can hold. My whole family are very supportive, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.
9) What was the most interesting thing you learnt while writing your book?
That first drafts are allowed to be terrible. I always use the first draft to build the skeleton of the book and that is it. I get out all the information I want and then start building the true picture. It helps me not only finish a book by looking at things this way but take away the pressure at the same time.
10) Did you need to do research for your book?
I researched superpowers and tried to pick ones that I wanted to represent my wild characters who all have problems with controlling them. I also did quite a bit of technology research so that the treatments the characters must receive are a lot more real than fictional. In fiction, I love making things seem as real as I can, no matter the genre and that was the greatest task in research.
11) How did you feel when your first book was released?
It was bizarre. It still doesn’t feel real knowing my book is out in the world! I’m so beyond grateful though and overwhelmed by the support, I hope everybody that also wants to get a book published keeps trying to do so because it can happen to anybody.
12) Finally, if you could give any advice to future writers, what would it be?
To never stop querying and writing. My best advice is to just never stop. No matter how many rejections you receive, keep at it.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me, L. J. Elliott. It was a wonderful experience, and I wish you all the success with your book.
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