This has been a crazy winter! We’ve been swimming from one atmospheric river to the next here in the San Francisco Bay area, the Sierras are buried under many feet of snow, and it’s flooding all over the place. From what I hear, other parts of the country have also been suffering from a moody Mother Nature.
I have the perfect distraction: cuddle up with your screen and virtually travel to the United Kingdom to meet Roxy Eloise, author of the dystopian novel, The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis. Enjoy the interview!
About the Author
Roxy Eloise is a successful participant of the Pitch Wars event held quarterly on Twitter. During this event, she created a pitch that stood out from the hundreds of thousands, landing herself a traditional publishing contract.
Being an author was a childhood dream, but she struggled with a severe lack of self-confidence. She started writing after finding the courage from motivational speakers. Roxy Eloise is a huge advocate of reading and writing, and can be seen promoting the positive effects they have on mental health.
Who or what inspires you to write?
Before being published, great stories inspired me to write. I saw books as works of magic and the author as the magician. I had to recreate it and provide others with the escapism books provided me. Now that I’m published, it’s not only the readers who inspire me to write but actually my characters. I see them stuck, almost frozen, in the last scene I wrote, and I have to move them along in their journey. I absolutely love the magical world they live in, and I love spending time there.
I love that idea of thinking of your characters as stuck and needing help from the writer to move them along. It sounds like a great nudge to keep writing. What is the best thing that has happened because of your writing?
Writing gave me my purpose. Living without a purpose was exhausting, never knowing what I was doing here on earth and wondering when I could leave. Finding my passion gave me an unbelievable love for life.
It’s wonderful that writing provides purpose for you and a love of life. What about the other side of the coin, what is the most difficult thing you have experienced about writing or publishing?
Writing . . . I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! It’s not work. It’s fun and what I want to spend every second of my life doing. I have to give myself a curfew in the evenings to force myself away from my laptop. Marketing . . . now that’s hard work! It can feel thankless at times and it takes up a lot of time.
Marketing seems to be the thorn in the side of many authors, including myself. Was there anything you didn’t do during your writing or publishing journey that you wish you had?
I wish I had the belief in myself younger and had started writing from a young age. I would be a lot further in my career, and I would have found my passion sooner. Another thing I wish I’d done is to have written a book before writing my “big story” idea. The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis is my first ever completed manuscript, and I’ve come a long way since writing it. I can spot my beginner mistakes, and I wish I had the chance to rewrite it—not the story, just the way it is written.
I think many of us struggle with believing in ourselves, but you found a traditional publisher that believed in you. Can you tell us about that?
I stumbled over an event called PitMad on Twitter. I thought I’d give it a go and gain some experience, but I ended up finding a home for my manuscript!
Congratulations! That experience must have been incredibly affirming. It can be so difficult to get a traditional publishing deal in any genre. Which genre(s) do you like to write in, and why?
Dystopian because I love how interesting the rules and restrictions can make the story. And I also like to write a form of magical realism. I’ve been obsessed with magic from a young age and truly believed it existed. It had to after all, since Santa proved it. What a devastating reality that was on the day I found out it was all make-believe. So, I love including magic in everything I write. For a time, whilst I’m in their world, magic exists again.
It must be fun hanging out in a magical world while you’re writing. Do you outline your books before you write them?
Yes. I roughly know where in the book the main events will happen, but it is important to let your characters guide you there. They can sometimes react differently to how you originally planned, and it always makes the story better.
It sounds like you are a bit of a plotter and a bit of a pantser, or as another author recently put it, a plantser—outlining and writing by the seat of your pants. Both ways are successful, or a combination of the two. How do you define success as a writer?
For me, I felt successful after writing my very first chapter. Then when I finished the whole manuscript, my mind was blown. It was a huge sense of achievement. Now I’m published, the bar has moved again, and I’ll feel successful once I’ve reached a wider readership.
The writing success bar seems to vary greatly among authors. If you could have lunch with any author, who would it be?
Alex Aster. I’ve yet to read Lightlark, but she would be a great mentor. She is an absolute inspiration.
I see that book is being made into a movie, which should be a great adventure. Tell us about a great adventure you’ve had.
I spent a lot of my childhood playing at the stables with my younger brother. We had the best adventures, and I have the fondest memories. Bridge to Terabithia is my favorite film because it reminds me so much of my childhood. My brother and I had acres of woodlands and farmland to play in, and we would get lost in our imaginations for hours. We would become runaways living in the wilderness learning to survive, and we would hunt, build dens, and be chased by monsters.
You have some wonderful childhood memories. I’m going to add that movie to my list to watch. Roxy, thank you so much for spending time with us!
Readers, you can learn more about Roxy at her website, https://www.roxyeloise.com/. Find out more about her book below.
The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis is the first book in a dystopian, fantasy, romance series following a sixteen-year-old orphan being raised in a strict institute. As she’s struggling to cope with change and bullies, she begins to discover the extraordinary.
You can purchase the book on Amazon here.
Readers, what would your magical world be like? Let us know in the comments!
3 thoughts on “Author Interview—Roxy Eloise”
I enjoyed your interview with Roxy. That is wonderful that her writing helped to give her much more confidence in herself and that she can express herself through her magical writing.
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I’m glad you enjoyed it, Julie. It does sound like Roxy has found her happy place.
Roxy, I think it’s great that you love writing so much. I know many writers often have times when they struggle to come up with new ideas, but this does not seem to be a problem for you. And not many authors are successful getting a publisher, so you are doing well. I wish you continued success.