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

The Awkward Truth of Being A Writer

Being a writer is tougher in reality than it seems in fantasy. You see all those memes about what your mother, friends, society thinks a writer does. None of them really show the truth of a writer’s life. So, here are the most awkward truths about writing.


You always have to eat or go to the bathroom when you’re:

  • on a roll
  • writing an intense love scene
  • writing the most emotional scene of a story


You don’t enjoy editing nearly as much as you enjoy writing.


You spend more time looking for the ‘perfect’ cover image than you do writing the book. The key is to not wait for the ‘perfect’ cover, but take the ‘best’ of what you find.


When you go to bed at night, you don’t:

  • sleep
  • dream of anything except story lines
  • actually get any benefit (see reasons 1 and 2)


When you’re sitting alone in a mall/cafe/restaurant/social place, you:

  • people watch, looking for good character traits
  • note names, conversations, phrases for use in your next book
  • notice hair/eye colour combinations, real/fake features and clichés
  • try to determine who is the: geek, romantic, jock, action hero, cheerleader


You always get your best ideas:

  • on the loo
  • when out shopping
  • when you don’t have paper, a pen or both
  • during the early hours of the morning, when you get blinded by the light you have to put on to find a pen and paper.
  • whilst eating
  • in the bath


You will spend more time advertising your book on social media, than you will talking to your friends on social media.


You will undoubtedly spend more time on the internet than you plan to, checking messages, advertising, and talking to other writers. It will quickly become your go-to method of procrastination.

Source: http://ellelainey.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/the-awkward-truth-of-being-a-writer