Today we are joined by Eliza Scalia who writes youth adventure stories. If you had a superpower, what would it be? Would you use it for good or evil? Think about it as you get to know Eliza with three questions. Our first question, what do you love most about the writing process? The least?
Eliza: When it comes to what I love the most, that is easy. The best part is watching your ideas come to life, doing the actual writing. Creating the story in your mind and laying it out is alright, but nothing compares to watching the words come out to create an actual story. What I truly hate is the editing process. Anybody who follows me online would know that my most bitter enemy is the comma. I have a problem with them, and they have a problem with me. Hopefully, we will one day either make peace with each other or reach a stalemate. Either way, I would be happy.
Editing can be a challenge. I’ve heard if you read your manuscript out loud, it’s easier to hear to awkward sentences. Good luck with the comma drama! Next question, were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in between?
Eliza: I started my writing career very young compared to most. I started trying to write my first novel when I was in the sixth grade. I got around forty to fifty pages into it before I gave up and my mind went elsewhere. My interest in writing started again in my sophomore year of high school when I started writing poetry. By that time, I had another idea for a book series and by the end of my senior year of high school, I had finished my first book. I self- published the first series, the Death’s Assistant series, and I have continued writing since. In 2019 I received a contract to write a series of children’s chapter books with Winged Publications. This series has to do with superheroes and has an anti- bullying premise. I am still writing that series today, five of those books have been written so far. As of this moment, I am twenty- four years old so I can still consider myself to be a young writer.
Way to stick with your talent! There are many great authors who found their writing voice early. Final question, if you could give a novice writer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Eliza: Never give up. Starting the writing process can be very difficult when you’re trying for the first time. You can have the greatest idea for a story in your mind, but it can be difficult to know where to start or how to tell the story. Just keep going. Anybody can say that they want to write something, or they plan to, but that doesn’t really matter until you sit down and actually write something.
It will not be perfect, but when it comes to writing you improve with practice and effort. I still have my difficulties and I am currently starting to work on my tenth book. Try to give yourself a little bit of time every day to write. Make it a habit. It may seem tedious at first, but after a while it will become easier. Some people may find your efforts to be in vain, do not listen to them. If you really want to write, then do it. Their opinion does not matter.
You are so right! Just start writing the story, and then let the editing process later clean it up. Thanks for sharing with us today.
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Eliza Scalia Bio:
Eliza Scalia has a master’s degree in clinical mental health which she uses in her work as a therapist for adolescent young men within the juvenile detention system. In her spare time, she studies martial arts and swordsmanship, does various forms of needlework, and writes. Miss Scalia has self-published the Death’s Assistant series for young adults as well as published the Adventures of Silver Dove series for children.
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Book Overview for The Adventures of Silver Dove:
The Adventures of Silver Dove book blurb: If you had a superpower, what would it be? Would you use it for good, or would you use it for revenge? When Colomba and Luis began their first day of high school, they didn’t expect to be given superpowers in the form of magical pins. Whenever Colomba uses her magical pin, she transforms into the superhero Silver Dove. She has super strength, she can fly, and she can’t get hurt. When Luis uses his pin, he becomes the Crow; he has the power to create shadow- like monsters whenever he wants, he can fly, and he can give other people superpowers. Colomba wants to use her powers to protect people from evil, but Luis isn’t sure. Should he use his powers to make the world a better place, or should he use them to get revenge on all of the bullies in his school who pick on everyone, including him?
By a twist of fate and with an extra dab of this and a little bit of that, nurse Anna Ingram sets out to prove that JJ is more than his past mistakes and Heather can find hope and love in the midst of the biggest battle of her life.