Vampire Author, Elizabeth Loraine, talks about how she got started writing

April begins another great book blog tour. Cain, the fourth book in The Royal Blood Chronicles is taking a tour across the internet after the successful tours that the previous books in the series had. Katrina, The Protectors, and The Dark Prince were embraced by bloggers and reviewers alike.

The young adult vampire series that boasts the strong female vampire characters of Katrina and her sisters is the creation of Elizabeth Loraine. Elizabeth began writing only within the last few years while in her fifties. She has never wrote before but that's enough of my telling her story, Elizabeth visits today to share her story with everyone as to why she began writing so late in life.

Elizabeth:

 I have been asked why I started this journey so late in life, so I will try to answer that question.I had always written stories in my head, but I had never written them down. I had no idea if I could really write a book or not. My only thought was that if I didn’t try, I would never know.In my naïve mind I thought it would be nice if I could sell a few books. See them in the front window of a bookstore and have a hobby now that I wasn’t working for the first time. The budget being tight, wouldn’t it be nice to make a few dollars doing this?

I was really getting tired of the books that my sister and I were finding in the Young Adult isle in the book store that we always searched and then shared. We loved Twilight, don’t get me wrong and several other of the series on vampires were good too. The problem was that they were so much alike. Modern teenagers involved in some sort of love triangle, which is fine. I just longed for something different.

So at the ripe old age of fifty-two I sat down at my desk with a blank sheet of paper in front of me. Not at the computer, which I rarely used by the way. This blank piece of paper could be intimidating for some, but because I had told myself it was alright to fail, I would learn from it if I did. I wasn’t intimidated at all.

I think my age has helped me in these ways. I have so much life experience to draw from. I was a wife, a mother. I handled problems and solved them every day. I had parents, a husband and children that had always believed in me and supported me and a very smart, computer savvy sister who I was sure would be able to help me.

On that first blank page I wrote a simple outline. I had no idea how to go about this. I didn’t go out and take classes. I didn’t buy a book on how to write. I had a dictionary and that blank piece of paper. The outline said: Strong female characters in a historical setting. That was it. Am I a tactician or what!

I decided on where my heroine would be from based on family history. I decided on royalty as my backdrop because it’s romantic, so interesting and there would be so much to draw from, so much history. And this was my book and I could do whatever I wanted.

But this blog is more than a story about an author that happened to start on this journey at an older age than usual. It’s about setting your mind on something and then getting it done. It’s about having dreams and fulfilling them. If you are going to dream, dream big. Don’t say why, say why not.

People would have thought I was crazy if I had told them. At least that was what I thought, so I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing. I bought a writing tablet and started to write. From that simple outline Royal Blood Chronicles was born. As it turns out I filled four of those tablets.

I found that I enjoyed writing so much. Loosing yourself in the story, becoming the character, hearing their voices and seeing the surroundings was thrilling. I had found what I had been searching for, this was what I was meant to do. Like Oprah said once. You know what you are doing is the right thing because it feels like breathing. That’s what I want to tell you. Find your passion.


So I finished the first book, my first book. It still sounds surreal. Now I had to turn on the computer. I was so glad I had taken my mother’s advice and taken typing class. Yes on a typewriter!

I transferred the hand written book onto the computer and edited as I went along. This is when I discovered something else about myself. I couldn’t spell! Anyway the process has been a long one. I was told I had to try to get an agent and a publisher. So I tried. And I tried, with no luck. I went on a site for new writers and got suggestions and reviews on my book. After months of reading amazing works of writers who were so talented and also were being rejected, I decided that this was ridiculous. I had heard about Create Space on the morning news and checked it out. I finally told my sister what I had done along with my husband and children. I knew they would tell me the truth. They liked it. My sister helped me get it formatted. She helped me edit, with no budget I had to do as much as I could myself.

Along the way we got it re-edited my sister and I designed and redesigned, re-edited and that is the product you see today. The biggest thing that happened was taking the plunge and going to e-books. Once that happened and we got the pricing right sales exploded. I found many new friends and thanks to one of those Bertena Varney I got help getting the word out. Sales were up 500% between January and February and continue to rise. With four books out now and a fifth written I think I am really close to doing what I set out to do, make a living doing what I love, writing. The bonus? The readers! I love them. Are there critics, nay sayers and others, of course, is it worth it? Absolutely.

I wanted my characters to be someone that young girls could look up too. Heroines are few and far between. I hope my journey tells you that you can do anything you want if you’re passionate about it and don’t give up. Go for it, at any age! Like mine your life will be enriched by the experience, the people you meet, and the new friends you will make. This life is yours, grab it, live it to the max, you only get one. And finally, be your biggest fan. If you don’t believe in yourself how will others ever believe in you?

If you are interested in following this virtual blog tour hosted by Mystical Events please visit the Facebook pagehere.

If you are interested in hosting Elizabeth or reviewing her book please email me at mysticalevents@yahoo.com

Please visit Elizabeth on her websitehere.

Here are Elizabeth's books on Amazon.com - Katrina, The Beginning (Royal Blood Chronicles)

The Protectors (Royal Blood Chronicles)

The Dark Prince (Royal Blood Chronicles)

Cain, The Quest (Royal Blood Chronicles)

Don't forget thta Elizabeth will be in Lexington on OCtober 22nd for A Day of Mystical Blood Lust.

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