Elaine Fields Smith – Ridin’ Around – Taillights in Chrome, 8-Tracks on Wheels

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Ridin’ Around – Taillights in Chrome, 8-Tracks on Wheels

In 1980, gasoline is cheap, cars are fast, and in-car 8 track tape players bring mobile rock & roll music like never before. It is a special time when dormitory room doors and windows stay open, cars are left unlocked, and most cops actually have a sense of humor. College and local kids run right into wild and hilarious adventures and have surprisingly tender moments. Crazy stunts, wild chases, entertaining stories, true love, great friendships and dreams come true are all found in “Ridin’ Around.”

Tell us something about yourself.

I am a middle-aged, straight-but not narrow-non-tattooed biker chick with a good sense of humor who can write, grow great tomatoes and grill a mean home-grown steak. Honestly, I’m fun to be around, easily amused, and achieving success as an author/publisher. A native Texan in touch with the pulse of the middle class. I am in the process of starting a new Ezine specifically for showcasing humor writing and art.

What inspired you to write this book?

An epiphany that I had a great job and hated it.

How did you choose the title?

It came naturally, we always go ridin’ around.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Time, just do it. We took in a foster child and that channeled lots of energy. There is only one way to accomplish what you need or want to do: prioritize and don’t put the writing way down the list.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I have always had a love of words. Again, just sit down and write.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Nope, just get on the computer, or get a pencil and paper. Whatever works.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

My husband calls the process “Pluck From Air.”

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book?

What? Oh my, there is no way to list what was learned. Publishing Ridin’ Around on my own was akin to graduating from college – it has that status in the history of my life.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t stretch it out over 3 years and I’d get some professionals involved sooner.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I used to be a Fantasy only reader, but decided to read Reader’s Digest Condensed Books to expand my horizons. That exercise exposed me to many different genre and writing styles and was instrumental in finding my own voice. Fanny Flagg and Tom Clancy come to mind. It usually is the work that appeals to me-not the author.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

It is a fiction novel based on a series of true crimes which occurred in 1988 in north Texas.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Obviously the writing advice is just sit down and write. Publishing advice is read, study, find a mentor, get a good editor and formatting company and choose a printer who will distribute your book. Start marketing way before the issue date, but not too much to overwhelm your readers.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Likely a person over 30 who cares about friendships and relationships and relates to cruising up and down the drag.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?