Welcome to Author Ilana Waters
Ilana Waters is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, she can be found working on novels and short stories—as well as nibbling string cheese. She once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoys walking in circles around the park for no particular reason. Ilana is currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013.
If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past. You might be able to prevent bad things from happening in the future that way.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want with you?
Three rescue boats—one to get me home, and the other two as backups!
What is one book everyone should read?
The one they want to the most. A “must read” book will always be different for every person.
If you were a superhero, what would your name be?
The Procrastinator! Able to leap over deadlines (without meeting them) in a single bound! Okay, so I’ve never really missed a deadline. But my powers of procrastination are pretty amazing, if I do say so myself.
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Reading people’s minds. I believe it was Anne Rice who said “If you can read the minds of men, you can have anything you want.” Heh-heh. 😉
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
It is the combined flavor of every type of ice cream in the world. It has not been invented yet.
People who let pet peeves get to them.
Please tell us, in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it’s a fun and exciting mix up of periods, themes, characters, and adventures that they’ve never seen before!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Oh dear, yes! Too many to name. I have novels, novellas, and short stories that are part of the whole Hartlandia multiverse. I actually hope to put out at least one novella and one free short story within the coming months.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
The most difficult there is to follow: “Never, never, never, never give up.” –Winston Churchill
If you could be one of the Greek gods, which would it be and why?
Athena. Most people know her as the goddess of war and wisdom, but she’s also goddess of arts and crafts—especially weaving. I liken weaving to storytelling, because you’re spinning a tale and hoping to entrance others with it.
Athena is also associated with olives, and I just love olives!
How did you know you should become an author?
When I realized I loved writing so much I kept putting off having lunch . . . so I could write more. When you love something more than food, I’m fairly certain you should make a career out of it!
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Hmmm . . . there are too many to list, but off the top of my head I can think of Lemony Snicket, Michael Ende, Philip Pullman, and Diana Wynne Jones.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Definitely. Each one contains part of my personality. Stanley is my shy, quiet side. Sophie is how I feel when I’m irritated. And the befuddled psychic Foreshadow is the part of me that spends two hours searching for a sweater . . . that I’m wearing.
If you were a super hero, what would your kryptonite be?
Reality. And it’s already my kryptonite . . . sigh.
You have won one million dollars. What is the first thing that you would buy?
A cookie, because I am hungry.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Finish the sentence–one book I wish I had written is . . .
The one I’m working on right now. Because then . . . it would be done! And I could go have a cookie.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
My future spouse, though I do not know who that is yet! I think it would be challenging and fun to create something new with someone you love.
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
10 Ebook copies of The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt
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