Elaine Everest was born and brought up in Erith, Kent, which is where she sets her sagas. She has worked as a jobbing writer since 1997 and has written over sixty short stories, as well as features and non-fiction books. She lives in Kent with her husband of many years, Michael, and also her Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry. When not writing Elaine can be found running her writing school, The Write Place, at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford, Kent, or attending dog shows. She is also a committee member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Her latest book, The Woolworths Girls, starts at the end of 1938. Sarah, Maisie and Freda meet on their first day at Woolworths and share the highs and lows of their lives as war starts.
Elaine is currently working on edits for The Butlins Girls (also Pan Macmillan) which will be published in early 2017. She is also planning a saga for 2018 publication.
My Three Top Tips for Writers
1. Don’t believe that the first book you write will be published
Like any other trade we need to learn our skills and hone our craft. Your book will need heavy editing so never be precious about your work. Enjoy writing for fun and not just for publication. Try entering writing competitions while you find your voice and discover your favourite genre.
2. Never stop learning
Attend classes and workshops, and as many writing conferences as possible and listen to those who are further along the publishing path than you. Follow agents and publishers and learn what they are looking for. Keep an open mind and do not question your peers. Read writing magazines and sign up for news bulletins from The Bookseller and other publishing organizations so you absorb what is going on in the industry you may one day join.
3. Read, Read and keep Reading.
Do read the genre you wish to write but never copy the author’s style. Discover your own style, your own voice. Keep an eye on what books are top of the sales lists on Amazon and what is flavour of the month. However, never forget that your book when sold may not be published for at least eighteen months so there is no need to write what is currently published. Do your own thing but don’t be too outrageous, as publishers don’t often take an outside risk on newcomers.
Her latest book is available from WHSmiths, Waterstones, Sainsbury, most high street book stores, Amazon ebook and paperback. A large print version will also be available in libraries.