Hi everyone. Today, I have a fun post to share with you. I am interviewing Eliza Noel today, gearing up for the release of her book, Dawn Chandler. Let’s begin!
1. When did you first realize that you loved writing?
I’m really not sure…maybe when I started Dawn Chandler at age 12. I wrote stuff before that, but I wasn’t as dedicated and excited about it.
2. Do you write by hand or on the computer?
On the computer, but I do enjoy doing it by hand occasionally. If I’m journaling or just doing a writing exercise I’ll usually do it by hand.
3. Is your writing inspired by other authors?
I’ve definitely seen that my writing will start sounding like specific authors (C.S. Lewis or Jane Austen maybe) when I’m reading one of their books, but I usually go back and edit it to make it sound more like me. Overall, I can’t think of a specific author.
4. What does your writing day look like?
Lately I’ve been doing so much formatting and promotional stuff just whenever I can that I haven’t had a normal writing schedule. If I’m feeling motivated and get a decent amount of sleep I’ll get up at 5:30 a.m. and work on writing-related things until about 7:30 a.m..
5.Where did you first come up with the idea of Dawn Chandler?
I was on a family trip in Lone Pine when I went to the drugstore, bought a composition notebook, and started writing. Fun fact though- at that point the book didn’t take place in Lone Pine. I changed it to that later.
6. How long did it take you to write Dawn Chandler?
From idea to publishing date about seven years. There were a lot of breaks throughout that time though.
7. Do you have a favorite character?
What is it that you like most about him/her? My favorite is Kenneth, Dawn’s older brother. I like him because he’s funny and caring.
8. What was it like self-publishing your book?
It’s been up and down, hahaha. Overall it was good. I liked the control I had over all the details. There were a lot of moments when I was formatting that were frustrating. I almost hired someone to do it for me, but now I’m glad I pushed through and will know how to do it next time.
9. Is there anything else you would like to say?
Yes, thanks for taking the time to interview me, Rebecca!
Dawn Chandler likes the way her life is— or was. She liked going to the mall with her best friend, excelling at middle school, and attending church with her family. Typical life for a twelve-year-old in the city of Fresno.
When Dawn’s parents announced they were going to homeschool her, on her birthday no less, she felt like her world was falling apart. Normal kids are supposed to go to school, not read books at home. To make matters worse, they may be leaving the only home she’s ever known.
What are her parents thinking?
Before making the final moving decision, the Chandler family visits Lone Pine, a small town between Mt. Whitney and Death Valley. While there, Dawn and her siblings become acquainted with their eccentric great uncle, explore the new area, and meet a large homeschooling family. All of this makes the ‘vacation’ more bearable. Still, Dawn isn’t sure if she can make the move and leave everything she’s familiar with behind.
Can Dawn learn the values of faith, family, and contentment?
Eliza Noel is a home school graduate with passion for Jesus, people, and literature. Growing up, her favorite books were always Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice. Around age twelve she wanted to read something with positive values in a modern setting, but couldn’t find what she was looking for. So she wrote it.
When not doing something book-related (reading, writing, blogging, bookstagramming), Eliza works at her day jobs, spends time with her many younger siblings, longboards, has coffee with friends, eats chocolate, and listens to music. California is home, but she would like to travel more and feels she could learn to be content anywhere.
You can follow her writing journey and see snippets of her everyday life on elizanoelauthor.blogspot.com or by following @elizanoelauthor on social media.