Welcome to my guest page. Here, every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation, over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, if they are not driving, with a friend about their work in progress, or latest book release. I’ll be talking to all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers.

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Welcome to the clubhouse tearoom, Elaine and for bring in some lovely banana bread too. I hope your coffee is how you like it. Can I start our chat by asking you when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?

I would have to say I have always been on this journey. I used to tell stories to my brothers and sisters, anyone that would listen really. I began writing early, maybe 12 years old and I was fascinated with nature and the fantastical. I wrote poetry and stories about Fairies and football players, Cowboys and Indians and ghost stories. The stories I wrote were always fantastical, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Magical Realism. I love to write real stories with an element of magic.

What writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?

For years I worked in Journalistic Media, and as a Private Investigator, I am designated a research specialist. I think it spilled over and my strongest point is research and the way I see all elements of the story in a rather straight line. My weakest point is {punctuation} and fleshing out the story. You know… “The sky was blue, the trees were green, and she halted at the edge of the golden wood…” I write the story and then have to go back and flesh it out.

Lovely Elaine Marie Carnegie

 Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?

I thought it was time to begin writing that novel I always wanted to write. In 2015, a friend and I were having a discussion and the idea came to me in the form of a picture… He is a farmer in the Midwest and was telling me about how a certain weed has changed to combat the effect of Glyphosate. The story just continued to evolve in my mind for a couple of days and I sat down and put it to paper… Now, I have Part I of the Gaia Factor finished. You can see the Book Trailer here. I am still querying the manuscript.

How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?

I have two short stories and two novels working at present. I have an idea card with three others that I flesh out from time to time when the muse strikes me.

Do you write a synopsis first or write the first chapter? (If you only write short stories, or play or poetry do you plan your story (poem), or let the characters lead you.)

I just sit down and let it pour out of me. When I have a rough draft finished, I do an outline to verify perspective and storyline, plot holes, etc. I add or subtract from the story and do the first edit. Then after Beta Readers and Editing Professionals have “done their thing” and given their input I go back and do the crucial edits and repeat until I am satisfied with the story. I did a professional edit and six rounds of Beta Reads, some repeat Beta Readers, and some fresh eyes for Part I of The Gaia Factor. The synopsis is the last thing I write.

When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?

My mood is always reflected in my writing and it will sometimes take my story in a direction I don’t want it to go and I will have to backtrack.

 Did you uncover things about yourself while writing your books (or stories, play, poem) whether that be a long forgotten memory, a positive experience etc?

Yes, I would say that experiences, forgotten memories, even scents worked their way into my story much more than actual people I have known. The characters developed their own personalities and circumstance as the story progressed… but the details were in the recesses of my mind. A soft southern summer night surrounded by the smell of sweet magnolia, jasmine, and wood smoke. Sensory memories were the elements I most drew from while writing my novels and short stories also.

Do you set yourself a daily word count?

I don’t set a goal per se, but I might decide that a scene or a dilemma that needs to be worked through has to be completed by a certain day or time to give myself the motivation to work toward that goal.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

I wrote nonfiction for years, so I wanted a different name when I started writing fiction, but it got all confused, so I just hyphenated and use both names now.

 How long on average does it take you to write a book (story, poem, or play)?

Poetry is not something I strive to write. It will pour out fully finished or sit on my computer until the day that muse comes round again. A short story average length 3,000 to 7,000 words about a week on average, some longer and some shorter depending on the story, and research required. I began my novel in 2015 finished the manuscript rough draft in 2016, also working a full-time job. It was 2019 before it was edited, honed, Beta Read, and ready to start Querying. I have already finished the Rough Draft of Part II and it will go out to Beta Readers in February of 2021.

I have a short story called The Revenant that will be published by Barrio Blues Press in the Charity Anthology Unity. 

Thank you so much for this chat, Elaine and hope you will join us again in the future.

Below is a list of Elaine’s connections:

Elaine Marie Carnegie Website: The Writer’s Journey Blog

Facebook Author’s Page:  Amazon Author’s Page:  Twitter:  LinkedIn:  Instagram: 


    1. Thank you for letting me know. I’ve messaged the author, so I can change her link. The annoy thing was I checked all the other links. 😔


  1. Thank you Priscilla for letting us know the link didn’t work and for your wishes! Querying is by far the most difficult part of writing this novel!
    Thank you my friend, Jim Bates for your lovely comments. Thank you Paula for having me. I truly enjoyed it!


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