So happy to share a guest post from author Elida May.
Check out yesterday’s post for info on her fab book FOLLOWING EVAN!
Guest Post by Elida May
A Day in the Life of an Author
My day as an author starts when most people are settling down to go to sleep – at 11pm. This is when my mind becomes quiet from the noises of the day and it’s only me, a cup of coffee and a clean sheet of paper. It’s then that the magic happens and for two or three hours the creative juices flow.Then I can go to bed with a mind emptied of thoughts and feelings. When I sleep I seldom seem to dream.
When the sun rises and the morning light strikes the window my mind is quickly alerted to the scenes I have to write. During the day I talk myself out of trying to write, but in the end I have so many voices in my head that I have to give in and put pen to paper – my characters don’t keep quiet unlessI do this. During the day I take a lot of breaks and like to listen to music. I like all sorts: pop music, jazz and classical. (I cry every time I listen to Casta Diva by the Italian opera composer, Vincenzo Bellini). The music feeds my soul and calms me down when I’m feeling stressed. I close my eyes and for a moment escape into my imaginary world that belongs only to me.
For the most part, I am a homebody who loves to escape into books. But sometimes I love to go and write in my favorite coffee shop, where I can people-watch. I enjoy the hustle and bustle of public spaces and listening to the buzz of conversation around me.
A big part of my day is taken up with spending time with my son, Elidon, who is a young teenager. I’m a single parent so I try to give him all the time he wants. I try to be his friend as well as him mum, and I’m happy that he feels able to be open with me and still enjoys spending time with me. For leisure we might play football in the park or go to the cinema. When it’s time to study I sit down with him and assist with his homework.
About the Author
Elida May was born in Albania in 1972. Growing up in a Communist country, where access to books was severely restricted, helped to nurture her love of the written word, and she avidly read whatever genre she could get hold of, including a lot of European literature.Today Elida lives in London with her son Elidon. Following Evan is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Diary of Michael Vica.