Oh goodness. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I think a lot of writers have a tendency to fall in love with words at an early age, even if we don’t pursue it professionally. I didn’t really start writing seriously until 2013 I suppose. That’s when I had the opportunity to leave my career and it gave me the chance to go back to my love of writing.
What and who inspires you?
My children, my husband, my mom. These are the people who inspire me the most because I see so much of life through their eyes,so much wisdom and creativity and passion, and I want that to reflect in my stories. Bees in My Sleeves was written for my oldest son, Lincoln. He was only three when Bees was first written, and at the time I couldn’t find anything that had fun and silly and more in-depth than the traditional books for his age so I made him one. Missy Moo and the Big Visit is inspired by my mother and her relationship with my children. She was always worried that they would grow up to remember her in a wheelchair, but I could see that they remembered her for being fun and silly. I wanted to reflect that in this book… that it isn’t her chair that they cared about—it’s her.
Favorite author and/or book?
One of my favorite authors is L.M. Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series. I fell in love with Anne Shirley as a child, and I continue to look to her for inspiration to this day.
Tell us about your novel and where the idea came from. Is this part of a series or a standalone?
Bees in My Sleeves is a standalone book, meant to expose young children to poetry. As I mentioned before, the book was inspired by my own son’s love of reading. Seeing his passion for it, I knew it would be important to try and encourage passion in young children so that they might grow up to love reading as teens and adults.
Is this your first professional publication?
YES! And it’s been very exciting!
What's your one piece of advice to those that want to be published one day?
Keep going, keep trying, keep writing for as long as you love it.
What was the hardest part about writing and publishing your first book? The easiest?
The hardest was creating it. The easiest was creating it. I think the whole process is challenging and yet enjoyable at the same time.
Do you have other projects currently being worked on? If so, can you tell us anything about them?
Missy Moo is a series that I have been working on with illustrator, Christine Tribou. The series follows the precocious Missy Moo on her adventures with her pet Bug. Missy Moo and the Big Visit will be available in July and Missy Moo and the Big Boo will be available in September (just in time for Halloween).
Where can your audience keep up-to-date with you and your writing projects?
You can find the most up-to-date information at www.ElaineGrey.com and www.facebook.com/ElaineGreyAuthor
Where can people buy your book?
You can find Bees in My Sleeves on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
Be sure to stay updated with Grey by visiting her website, Facebook author page and, as always, KCL Publishing.