Ask the Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m the author of several YA novels as well as a middle grade series, The Great Shelby Holmes. I now live outside of Manhattan, but I’m originally from Wisconsin so I love cheese and the Green Bay Packers! I also love cupcakes. That has nothing to do with being from Wisconsin, it’s just because I have tastebuds.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
Past Perfect Life is about a girl named Ally. She’s a senior living with her widowed father in a very small town. She loves her life: her friends, a boy that could be more than a friend, and getting ready to go to college. Then she discovers her entire life has been a lie.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I was watching the news one night and a story came on about a teen who was found fifteen years after he’d gone missing. He had no idea that he’d been kidnapped and that he had another family that had been looking for him. I sat up in my seat and said, “OH!!!” I couldn’t get it out of my head.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I usually enjoy writing flirty banter, and while there’s plenty in this book, my favorite part to write was when the FBI show up and shatter everything Ally thought she knew about her life.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I always loved reading. I think the book that had the biggest influence on me was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice–I loved it so much, I did a retelling: Prom and Prejudice!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Don’t give up. There are many times that I get frustrated. Writing is GREAT and FUN, but it also takes a lot of WORK. Also, it’s important to never compared your first draft to someone’s fifteenth draft. Published books have been written and rewritten and edited multiple times. First drafts are supposed to be messy and imperfect. The most important thing is to just get it done. THEN you can edit and edit and edit it some more!