It’s March! And you know what that means… A new #AuthorSpotlight!
This month’s feature is the super incredible, USA Today Bestselling author, JA Culican!
ELLE: Who’s your favorite Fantasy/PNR/Dystopian, etc. heroine? Why do you love her so much?
JA: I am going to go MG/YA with this and say Hermione Granger. She was this book nerd that I could relate too. People were scared of her knowledge and I think that is a trait we should see more of. And of course, she had some great one liners
E: What does your typical writing day/schedule look like?
JA: Crazy. I basically work 18 hour days between my day job, writing and my four kids. I write a solid 2 hours each day with zero interruptions. Everything gets turned off and I just stare at my WIP.
E: If you could have ONE magical power… what would you choose, and why?
JA: To freeze time. I feel like I miss out on so much because there just isn’t enough time in the day.
E: I hear ya on that one! What is your strangest habit? (Doesn’t have to be writing related)
JA: So, this drives my husband crazy, but I have to get out of bed on the right side in the morning. No idea why, it’s in my head that if I get out on the left side I will have a bad day.
E: How many words-per-book (and words-per-day) do you aim to write? How long does it usually take you to complete a novel of that length?
JA: My daily goal is 2k. I can usually write a novel in 4-6 weeks.
E: What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
JA: I am going to go back to the Harry Potter reference from earlier. I feel as the movies went on they got better.
E: I totally agree! What’s the most effective marketing strategy you’ve tried? And how did you go about implementing it?
JA: Definitely running facebook and amazon ads. I spent a crazy amount of hours watching youtube videos and testing targets etc.
E: You may choose 3 fictional characters to be on your team in the zombie apocalypse… Who are they?
JA: So, another fun fact is I am obsessed with comic books and superheroes. So, I would say…Wonder woman, Flash and Superman
E: That’s awesome! I know I LOVED the Wonder Woman movie! What’s the best writing tip you’ve received, or would give to a fellow author?
JA: Don’t worry about what other authors are doing and just worry about being the best you.
E: In my series, The Essential Elements, the characters have the ability to control 1 of the 4 Classical Elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind).
If you could control ONE… which would you choose, and why?
JA: Fire for sure. I love dragons. And when I think of fire the first thing I think of is dragons.
E: Please tell us a bit about your latest release!
JA: I just released book 4 in the Keeper of Dragons series. Book 4, The Crowns’ Accord is the last book in the series and it is bittersweet for me. Keeper of Dragons was my first series I published and it blew my expectations out of the water for it. I never expected so many people to love it and enjoy it as much as myself.
Thank you SO much JA for the awesome interview!
For more JA, please visit her Website.
Until next month,
— Elle ♥