Elaine White's Life in Books

The Author

 

Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

 

The Reviewer

 

I’m an author and reader, who just can’t get away from books. I discovered the MM genre a few years ago and became addicted.

Top #50 UK reviewer on Goodreads
#1 reviewer on Divine Magazine

Facts About Me: Life As An Author

I had no idea what I was doing when I joined the industry. I knew nothing about grammar, branding, or anything to do with marketing, except the things I'd seen other people do and watched on TV or movies.

Somewhere along the way, I stumbled upon information. I researched. I began to take it seriously, and I learned from those who were willing to offer even a crumb of advice to a newbie.

Now, I believe I do a decent job of it. My books are branded in two ways – visually and by title. If you take a look at my Decadent series, book 1, Decadent, is the only one (so far) with a title that isn't a song directly related to the events of the book. Books 5 and 6 won't have that theme, either, because when I began writing this series, I had no idea that it could or should be done. Yet, The One That Got Away is followed by Never Let Me Go (see what's going on there?), The Cellist is followed by Clef Notes, both musically themed. The Royal Series is a pattern of 'A Royal _', but it's also a pattern of initials. So book 1 is ARC, book 2 is ARP, book 3 is ARM, and book 4 (in the WIP stage) is ARL. Why? Because I love short hand, when I'm writing my notes, but I also wanted to make sure there were no accidental doubling of initials, like when I briefly considered naming book 4 something along the lines of A Royal Curse. I couldn't have two ARC's, could I? The Cacodemon series takes the angelic/demonic theme of the plots for those titles – Deal with the Devil, Eyes on the Angel, Lead Me Into the Light. See?

I also, somehow, found my way into branding my images. So, The Cellist and Clef Notes are square images, with a bright art deco theme and small quotes; Decadent are all portrait size, with a border at the bottom for the title, a picture that depicts the scene/quote, and a quote of any length. Cacodemon are fragmented images, because of the split between angel and demon, how they're the same but different parts of the same entity.

It took me a long time, but I finally found my way. And I'm always learning.