Interview with author Elizabeth Einspanier

Today’s
guest is independent author Elizabeth Einspanier.
She’s here chatting about her new Western novella, Sheep’s Clothing.
Bio:
Elizabeth
Einspanier is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and cross-genre
fiction, as well as poetry of all types. Her short stories have been published
in Down in the Dirt and Dark Fire Fiction, and her poetry has
been published in Aphelion, Haiku Journal, and Abandoned
Towers Magazine
She has
been writing as long as she has been able to string words together into an
interesting story, so naturally by the time she enrolled in college it was
clear that a BA in English was the way to go. Her inspirations are as diverse
as Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, C. S. Lewis, Arthur Conan Doyle, Madeleine
L’Engle, and Jonathan Coulton, and when she is not writing she works full-time
at the St. Louis County Library, where she feeds her hunger for new books. Her
other hobbies include playing Dungeons & Dragons and watching strange
movies.
She is a
native of St. Louis, but frequently visits worlds of her own creation. She is a
member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and a supporting member of the HWA.
Welcome, Elizabeth. Please tell us about
your current release.
Sheep’s Clothing is a Weird Western vampire novella
that pits a mild-mannered frontier doctor named Doc Meadows and a half-Sioux
gunslinger named Wolf Cowrie against three vampires who want to take over the
small frontier town of Salvation. I wanted to get back to the roots of vampire
fiction here, so I combined historical research with setting-relevant
mythology; the result is more akin to Bram Stoker than Stephenie Meyer.
What inspired you to write this book?
Basically I
read Twilight and ran as fast as I
could in the opposite direction. I like to get back to the roots of popular
monsters, and I wanted to do the same with vampires and make them dangerous
again. Taking the Wayback Machine to the old West seemed like the natural way
to do that without trying to rewrite Dracula.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’m working
on a couple of projects right now. One is Hungry
as a Wolf
, a spinoff from Sheep’s
Clothing
that centers on Wolf Cowrie, and the other is Silk and Steel, a romance fantasy novel that’s a cross between The Princess Diaries and Red Sonja.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
When I was
very young, I read voraciously, and then started writing my own continuations
to the books I read.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I write
part-time, and work full-time at the St. Louis County Library. I write during
breaks at work and in the evenings when I can. You’d be surprised how much you
can get done in an hour or two a day.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I
occasionally have full-blown conversations with my main characters while I’m
driving or trying to get to sleep. Oftentimes they have some pretty good advice
about where the story could go.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I wanted to
be everything from an astronaut to a veterinarian before I settled on writer.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Ways to connect with me include:
Book links:
Paperback | Kindle | CreateSpace              

Thanks, Elizabeth! Happy writing! 

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