Elaine Barris

I just completed my interview with the talented Elaine Barris, author of Master for Tonight. This was her first book and I must say of the many first time authors that I have worked with I was very impressed. She was super easy to work with and her book kept me intrigued the entire time. If you have yet to read her book I encourage you to do so immediately. Thank you Elaine for doing this interview with me and hope to have the privilege of reviewing the second one as well.

How long did it take you to write your first book?
Once I had the idea and the vision, it took me two weeks to write the first half. It’s all I could think about, and all I did when I got home from work. Plus my characters would wake me up and wouldn’t let me sleep. It was really a crazy experience. They really didn’t give me much of a choice. Now, when I say two weeks… That is bare bones. It took a year to really get it fleshed out, plus professional editing (which is crucial) and formatting.

When you decided that you wanted to write your first vampire book did you already know that you wanted it to be erotic?
My original intent for this book was for it be very dark, erotic and not go the direction it did. I reached a point in the writing where my male lead told me “No, I will not do that. You don’t see how I feel about her.” and that was the big twist that led to where it went. As far as how graphic it is, I honestly had no idea it would turn as raw as it did, but there you go!

What was your inspiration for writing Master for Tonight?
I can honestly tell you I have no idea.

Is this the first book that you have written?
Yes, it is.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband and my friends.

Can you tell us something personal about you that your readers do not know?
I’ve never seen an episode of The Vampire Diaries.

How did you choose the names for your characters?
Julian, Kate and Reese told me who they were. The others have sentimental value.

I am curious about the necklace that Julian gave to Kate does it hold any significance that will come into play or is it just something that he wanted to share with her at the time?
He finds it funny being thought of as a demon. He knows what he is, but he doesn’t let it affect who he is. His giving the necklace to her is an acknowledgement that she’s in on his secret.

Will we learn more about the characters such as the true age of Julian and Reese?

Are you self published or do you have a publisher?
I am Indie (self-published).

Do you have a favorite vampire book that you have read more than once?
I have read The Vampire Chronicles multiple times. I snatch up almost anything vampire/paranormal related. My favorite series right now is Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffith. The Greyfriar… *sigh*

Are you currently working on any other books that we will see in the near future?
Yes, I am working on Master for Tonight II. Wish me luck!

Do you have a favorite author and how have they impacted the writer that you are today?
My favorite author is Dannika Dark, but I can’t say that she impacted me as a writer. I had a friend that was intent on writing her first zombie book, and her dedication to writing no matter what is what spurred me to get started. Honestly, what kept me working as hard as I could was remembering my high school English teacher telling me I didn’t know how to write descriptively. That kept me expanding and detailing so much.

What advice would you give to other aspiring writers that are just starting out?
Yes, you’re scared. Yes, you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. I have no idea what I’m doing and I self-published. If I can do it, you can do it too. Get involved with book groups. You will be surprised at how many resources you have. Do not pass up editing just to get your book out there, and don’t go with the cheapest either. This is your baby. Treat it like it is… with proper care. Lastly.. reviews: Not everyone is going to like your book. Do you like all the books out there? I don’t, and I don’t expect everyone to love mine. So, get used to the idea that you will get bad reviews. Do not reply to them! Just take whatever constructive criticism you can and keep going.

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