Elizabeth Parkinson Bellows is the author of Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit, a tale of mystery and imagination. You can visit her at www.azrapithsbooks.com
When did you first know you could be a writer?
I don’t have that perception just yet. Perhaps I’m a little too new to the publishing world for such a title. I see myself as someone who loves to write and has a fantasy world looming in my brain.
What inspires you to write and why?
Well, the obvious answer is my kids. Watching them play pretend all day makes me want to write into the evening. When I have a story unfolding inside the itch to get it out can be overwhelming.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Fantasy!! The only limits are my own imagination. It goes beyond a comfort level. There is something therapeutic about escaping to another world for a while.
What inspired you to write your first book?
When my son was born I toyed with the idea of writing short stories to read to him. Little did I know I had an entire series resting in my head. One day I stopped toying with idea and actually sat myself down in front of the computer to write those short stories. My son was six months old and a really good napper. What started as a short story transcended to The Azra’s Pith Series by the end of the first chapter.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
My childhood experiences; I have fond memories of visiting my grandmother at her house in Washington. She lived in a wooded area right over a lake. We would be outside creating adventures until it was too dark to see. Once I started writing the story flowed. I almost could not stop myself. Try to imagine years of day dreaming spilling out through your fingers. Imaginary characters I had been carrying around with me since childhood finally had their place.
Who or what influenced your writing over the years?
I watch my kids grow and create their own memories. Their unique personalities have found their way into Azra’s Pith starting in part two of the series. The urge to complete the story keeps me going. Even if it never sees the light of day, it has to be finished. It’s like a friend tugging on my sleeve; especially if I go too long away from my laptop.