A Little About
Where Carpets Fly
However, Elina soon sees a darker side of life: a foreigner arrested at the circus, forbidden schoolhouse rooms with odd comings and goings, and unsociable pupil Simeon's shady deals at the docks. Everything seems connected to the volatile neighbouring country of Pallexon, but no one will tell her why
When Elina and Simeon develop a magical mind link, he seems close to confiding in her. But an unexpected voyage takes Elina and Kara away from answers and towards unknown danger in Pallexon.
Alone in a strange country, with no identity papers, the situation rapidly turns into a nightmare when Kara is mistaken for a spy. With her own freedom at stake, Elina must rely on her wits and magic to save her friend and unravel the secrets of Pallexon.
Author's Rating: PG for mild/occasional language.
Ten Things You Should Know
About Elise Edmonds
When I was 10, I attempted to write my own version of a kid's mystery book. Enid Blyton was a popular writer in the UK during the 80s, and she wrote many children's adventure, mystery, and fantasy books which inspired my imagination. I don't think I ever finished the book!
2. At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”
After I finished the first draft of Where Carpets Fly (the first 'first draft' I'd ever finished), I knew that finally I had what it took to write a book, and I think that's when I first felt like a proper writer. To me, the word 'author' implies you get paid for your work (whether rightly or wrongly) and in that case, I finally felt like an author when I published Carpets [in early February].
3. What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?
One of my favourite writing resources is a book called The Emotion Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. It describes how to show your character's emotions through physical actions, internal sensations, and thoughts. It's incredibly helpful in bringing characters to life without using repetitive body motions.
4. Do you write using a keyboard, pen and paper, or both?
I use a mixture of a laptop and my smartphone. I work full time in a finance job, so I often squeeze some writing in on my commute on the train (half an hour each way) and in lunchtime, so using my phone works well then. I've got various apps that making writing easier. At home, I type on my laptop. I type much faster than I can write, so I rarely use pen and paper.
5. What project are you working on now?
I'm currently working on the sequel to Where Carpets Fly. I'm undergoing some rounds of critique on my third draft right now before another edit is needed. All being well, I hope to publish the sequel before the end of the year.
6. What fictional character would you like to have as a best friend (could be your own)?
I would choose Lizzie Bennet (from Pride and Prejudice). I'd love to go to balls with her and have fun giggling behind our fans at all the eligible young men! And then we could spend the days reading books and playing the piano. Realistically, I'm sure life in her era was difficult, but it makes a fun daydream.
7. What book are you currently reading?
Right now I'm reading two books:
Stolen Magic by Marina Finlayson, which is a fantasy novel about a society of mixed humans, shifters, and elemental magic wielders.
Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne, which is a contemporary and historical thriller about an old haunted theatre.
8. Do you write/read every single day?
Yes, without question. I don't always get to work on my writing, but I'm always doing something towards it, or critiquing friends' work, or reading books, or working on marketing. It's just a habit, and one I can't do without, now!
9. What is one of your favorite beverages/snacks while writing?
You can't beat a cup of tea! And a bar of chocolate doesn't go amiss, although I try not to do that too often.
10. Do you have any furry writing buddies?
I have two cats, brother and sister, called Rafferty and Anushka. They are often keen to help by walking over my laptop, demanding cuddles, and sitting on my books and notes. It wouldn't be the same without them!