Thursday, May 06, 2010
HEIDI'S PICK SIX - E. B. Loan
E. B. Loan
HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character by far is Lizzie Hogan. She is one tough nut—older, wise, and not afraid to spout off to anyone close enough to hear. She follows her gut and isn’t afraid to try something new. She is delicious.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee! I never touched the stuff until I married my hubby. He is an addict—completely and totally addicted. It wasn’t long before he had me hooked and I was doing the java jive. (Does everyone pick this question? I feel like everyone is drawn to it for one reason or another…)
4. What else can you do besides write?
I’m a fabulous cook, I can train anyone’s dog—no matter how unruly (or kids for that matter), and given enough time I can usually find a solution to any problem. Seriously, world peace? Call me, I got it all figured out…
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
People watching! If you pay attention, you can find a story in everyone you meet. If you ever get the chance, sit down with someone much older than you and ask about their life—it is fascinating (and story worthy). Besides that, I really gravitate towards stories that take place in places that I love for various reasons; the ocean, the mountains, etc. I guess I’m a traveler at heart.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
My taste varies. If I’m stressed out I like to go for a drive and crank it up to something loud and obnoxious like Pink or Foo Fighters. If I’m feeling romantic give me Billy Holiday or Carole King. The only thing I can’t relate to is Opera. I just can’t do it. I’d rather lick chalk.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Oh boy, I bet my editor would really like me to say that I write an outline—because it would make her job so much easier, but I’m just not that organized! I usually have one thing that sticks in my head (a scene, a person, a name etc.) Then I ask myself who is this? What are they like? Where do they live? Then I write a page or two. Then I think a little more, write a little more, and so on and so on…
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Elizabeth Loan was born and raised in the hood of Elmhurst by her artistic hippie parents. Her mother allowed her to read whatever she pleased at a very young age, and by the time she was ten she'd already logged such classics as Carrie, Salem's Lot, and IT. She credits her liberal childhood as being the main source of her now unbelievably dark and disturbed imagination.
Currently Elizabeth lives in Lombard, IL, with her beloved, completely straight laced husband, their five insane children, and three German Shepherds that do nothing but slobber and shed. She works full time at a private school for children with autism and has no plans of leaving any time soon. She loves those darn kids to pieces-- they give her more than she could ever give them.
Killer on the Key, her first novel, is a thrill ride that delivers from page one questioning the very core of what exists inside our hearts and minds. The characters capture the best, and the worst, of what lives in us all. It is not afraid to open the door to those dark unexplored crevices. The question is...are you?
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