(This is a weekly feature that spotlights debut authors in hopes of introducing you to new authors you may not be familiar with… yet! Most of these authors are new to me as well, unless a review is posted.)
Brian Moss has agreed to a favor for his Mama: take her friend’s daughter to the girl’s first formal dance. All it took was a glance at Nellie for Brian’s interest to be piqued. He needed to know more.
What started out as a half-blind date, soon became so much more when Brian learns of Nellie’s big secret. Even after discovering the truth, Brian doesn’t run from her. Nellie is as surprised as those near and dear to her. But can Nellie trust him to stay? Will Brian be able to handle things when they get even harder? Can their quickly-deepening relationship survive the truth?
Love Me Steady is the story of Nellie and her journey through life and love, while struggling with a major health issue.
What led you to start writing?
It’s actually kind of funny. I was beta reading for another author and she told me she was having a hard time finding time to write. I thought to myself everyone can find a half hour in their day of free time. How much can you write in a half hour? So I sat down, opened my computer and started writing. I originally intended to just write non-sense stuff and from out of nowhere Love Me Steady hit me. I started writing and 5 hours later I had 30,000 words and the beginning of Love Me Steady.
How long did it take you to write your book?
From day one to publish day it was 6 months but I was only actively writing for about 4 of those months.
Tell us a little about your writing process and what your typical day as a writer looks like?
I fit writing in wherever I can. Most of the time though, I spent my nights writing. I have two young children so I wrote while they slept and then slept when they went to school. I typically turn on my writing playlist and then just start typing. Sometimes it hits me fast and other times I’m fighting the words but every little bit counts so I just try to get some words on the page every time I sit down to write.
What do you hope people take away from your book?
I hope people take away a feeling of hope and strength. Nellie goes through quite the journey but then again so does Brian.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m a stay at home mom to two young children. When I’m not writing I’m cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, and reading bedtime stories.
What’s your biggest book pet peeve?
My biggest book pet peeve is weak lead females. I love a broken character but there always has to be some glimmer of strength otherwise it just kills it for me.
What is your favorite love story (book or movie)?
A happy one? Haha, just kidding. I read so many books that picking a favorite is hard. I do have a soft spot for Tillie Cole’s Sweet Home.
What book are you impatiently waiting for its release?
I can’t wait for Melissa Collins’s upcoming book On Solid Ground! It can’t come fast enough!
Tell us 3 random facts about yourself. *
1. I’m a hooker, lol, more specifically I crochet. This winter alone I made 12 hats, 2 scarfs, and a pair of fingerless gloves. (haha, that’s the first time I’ve heard this term… well for someone who crochets lol)
2. Twizzlers and Mountain Dew are my writing fuel.
3. I was born in Japan.
Elle Vanzandt grew up a Navy brat who has had the privilege of living in many places but she will always call Illinois her home. A wife to a caring husband, a stay-at-home mom to two amazing children, a blogger, and a writer, she wears many hats. With determination and strength taught to her by her mother, she has made it through many obstacles, always sticking with the family motto ‘pull up your bootstraps and get it done’. Writing is an adventure she could have never predicted but is enjoying the ride all the same.