I am Brazilian born and raised, of American parents. I live in Sao Paulo with my third husband and children. I studied at the American school in Brazil, in boarding schools in Switzerland and the US. I have a BA in English Literature from FIU. I published a YA trilogy in Brazil and another YA novel in Turkey in 2001, now in its fifth edition. My passion is history and spiritualism. Besides Veiled Mist, I have another YA novel, Fallen Ruler, being released soon.
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On the Caribbean island of Maurray, spoiled-rotten, fifteen-year-old Hanna wakes up to a nightmare. She is not the daughter of an aristocrat but the orphan of a Gypsy. She is the descendant to a mystical Gypsy tribe. Their magic is strong and has lasted six hundred years. Ornella, the tribe’s guardian, arrives at the island with her mutt, Count Dracula, to guide Hanna. Hanna is told she must embrace her heritage or die at the ripe age of seventeen. But Hanna does the unthinkable, she chooses death. She hates Gypsies and would rather die. What she doesn’t know is that her death will destroy the entire tribe. What she also doesn’t know is how persuasive Ornella can be. The nightmare begins.
Veiled Mist is a book that by just looking at the cover you'd never guess what it's about. Which isn't a bad thing. This is the kind of book that has a little bit of mystery mixed it. I loved it. It is awesome to see the main character, Hanna, develop and grow. I want a Ornella in my life! And the dolls! What an awesome concept!
Eleanor does a great job at crafting this tale. Her character arcs are amazing and the reader can relate to them- something SO important when writing YA, something that sometimes gets forgotten! I love the magic elements that she's thrown in there. Her use of Gypsies is original- I've never heard of the Tribe. My family comes from Old Europe- yes, there is Gypsy blood in me, and I'm proud of that heritage! Eleanor nailed the rich teenager too, as well as the Knight in Shining Armor protecting his friend!
In short, I loved this book! I read it quickly- I read fast. I'd recommend it for a lot of different people- it doesn't just sit stagnant in one genre preference. I think anyone that likes paranormal aspects would like it, anyone that likes teen love, witches, dark fantasy, fantasy, the list goes on. In short, you should just give it a try and find out if you like it! I think you will!
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, then what?
I wanted to be an animal psychologist, but back in those days there were few colleges teaching that, actually one. Since it was still a very novel field and my father wouldn’t stop making fun of me, I chose child psychology. Two years into the course I became disillusioned and dropped out. Many years later I went back and got my BA in English literature.
Do your readers contact you? If so, what do they say?
The first reader to contact me directly did it through FB. They were adults who had read my children’s trilogy called The Gnorks, published in Brazil in 1990. They wrote how much the books influenced and helped them when they were growing up. One actually chose his profession influenced by the books. I did get letters from children when they book came out, but that fact that as adults my book still left an impression on them was priceless.
For aspiring writers, what three pieces of good advice would you give them?
For aspiring writers: Be aware that the publishing side to writing can take a toll on you as a writer, it’s hard, humiliating an ugly. Don’t be lazy when it comes to rewriting. Put your pride aside and accept criticism as a chance to become a better writer.
Do you have a favorite of your own books?
No, I love them all. They each represent a phase in my life as their themes carry the emotions I was trying to deal at the time I was writing. But, I only realized this later. What I really enjoy is watching my style change with the years. I’m proud of my growth as a writer.
How do you balance writing with your life?
I save mornings for writing, unless something comes up and I have to make an exception. I disciplined myself to sit at the computer everyday, even if I only write a paragraph. If I don’t feel like writing, I review.
How old were you when you wrote your first book and what was it about?
I began with books late in life. From early teens through late twenties I only wrote poetry as a form to deal with my troubles and pain. When I was Twenty-seven I decided I wanted to open a restaurant with a separate children’s restaurant. I had two small kids and idealized a nice adult restaurant, which I could take my kids and not have to die of embarrassment when they got bored and began to misbehave. So I created a world for the children’s restaurant, which turned into a book. Thank god I never opened the restaurant. The theme – a planet with magical and spiritual beings called Gnorks.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from many places. I love history so an event in time can trigger a theme. I love passing on a bit of history and cultural traits in my books. Spirituality, spiritual books that I have read, give me many ideas as it has endless possibilities and can be connected to magic and the unknown. Folklore and mythology also provoke ideas.
Do you have a writing quirk?
Writing quirk – I can’t write when I’m not home. I mean serious writing. I’ll take my computer but my discipline ceases to exist. I need silence and I have to get up and take a walk around the house when I feel frustrated with a scene.
Pantser or Planner?
More of a Pantser. I first let the story take me then I go back take the story.
Do you pick out dream casts for your books? If so, what's your favorite so far?
For one of my books I would have picked a younger version of Matt Bomer, but otherwise no, I haven’t given it much thought.
Coke vs Pepsi?
Chocolate vs Vanilla?
Cake vs Ice Cream?
Do you think we dream in color or that we wake up and remember it in color?
I think we dream in color.
What's your favorite food?
What type of food could you never live without?
Salads and cheese.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you take with you (limit 4 items)?
If I were stuck on a desert I would take a large and sharp knife, moisturizer, a good spy or mystery book (Can I count a series as one item?) and chocolate.
Favorite show growing up?
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Super power – Foresee the future – so that I could avoid making the mistakes I made.
What do you think the future will hold?
For myself I think the future will hold fulfillment along with growth. For the world - a return to important principles as humans. We have become way to selfish and self-destructive.
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