Hey. I'm Hannah, author of The Lie, the first book in The Elementalist Series.
I have been a writer since a young child. I could never write good short stories as I have always been a little too descriptive. As a result, my primary school teachers had a lot to say about my work. "Very graphic and gory" springs to mind. Every setting we were given, every item we were told to write about... it all turned into very vivid and gory horror.
My teachers eventually tried to get me to write a fairytale... the goblins still ended up slaughtering the elves and taking over fairyland.
I'm not really one for the light-hearted side of books. I can write happy moments, but they are often punctured by the gloom of something to come, or something just happened.
The Lie began as a short five chapters on five sheets of A4 paper. It was really only an attepmt at writing something different. Something that wasn't horror and gory. To be honest, at the age of 13 (as I was when I started), I wanted to try something more sophisticated. The story began with this necklace I had (and later lost in Egypt). And it grew.
That's the strange thing about stories. They grow into books before you even realise it.
I handwrote to begin with, allowing to write anywhere and everywhere. And I did... particularly in classes. I belatedly apologise to all teachers affected in my Year 8 and 9 classes. But I became hooked. To be honest, I don't feel quite like I wrote the book. In a way, it wrote itself. Characters would just appear. In fact, when I got my proof copies only a month ago, it was the first time I had actually read my own work.
I decided to get published mainly because everyone wanted to read this book... So I am getting it into the world. Also, it isn't really complete until it is in proper book format and bound. So I went for it, and I'm not sure how I really feel about it. I'm not really after fame. I just want to share a novel. I'm not really after the profits, although they will hopefully help me through uni. I don't even really want to be a full-time writer. I want to be a SOCO (Scenes of Crime Officer).
I've always been a reader though. And I know the joys of picking up a new book that tells of something new and different. Most publishers seem to be sticking with the same sort of stuff, so I have self-published. I really like the control I have retained over the design.
And I really want to pass the joy of picking up a new book, and losing yourself to the smell of new book that is from the glue in the binding... and running your hands over something pristine and still flat before it is opened, read, and bends out no matter how many heavy-weight books you put on top to try and close it.
Mre importantly, I want it to be something readers of all ages can read and read again. I have plans to make it a trilogy of trilogies, but that is just where my characters have told me to go. And so I'm going. I'm listening. And I keep straying onto other projects.... other books. But I write what I want when I want so I don't care.
I AIM to finish Book 2 by next April... But maybe I'm too hopeful. I promise, however, to try and not keep readers waiting longer than September 2010 for the next installment. That is my goal. I don't know how successful I'll be.
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