Today we’re joined by Elle. Elle is a fantastic and versatile writer who writes in a number of styles. She’s got the soul of a writer, writing everything from novels to poetry. A lot of her prose writing is fantasy, which is awesome. Her interview demonstrates an enthusiastic and passionate mind, which always makes for a great interview. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’ve been writing ever since I knew how to write! I write anything from short stories to books, to poetry. I’ve had two poems published in national books. I stick with fantasy or the supernatural. My poetry usually revolves more around emotions, objects or single moments in time.
I also cross-stitch and knit.
What inspires you?
People! I work around people and people are just so interesting. I’ll admit I sometimes take direct quotes because really, sometimes, there’s just no making that stuff up.
Clothes also inspire me. I can build entire personalities or plots around a decent outfit.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
My mother used to tell me the most fantastic stories. To get my brothers and I off to sleep quicker and waste our energy she’d make us tell the stories. When I started picking up a pen it just seemed like a natural progression.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I have no real thing as it were but I always, always manage to include an asexual character even before I knew what asexuality really was.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
This might be an unpopular opinion but don’t try to make a career out of your joy. That turns something you love into something you have deadlines for or creating art you may not want to create. If you can handle that however (I definitely can’t!) then go for it!
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m incredibly lucky in that I haven’t encountered any in my field.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it can be changed. Many people don’t understand that it’s not some kind of mental illness or personality quirk.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Take your time to work it out. There’s no rush, I promise.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Nowhere yet, I’m working on getting things out there via Etsy or self-publishing!
Thank you, Elle, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.