My name is Jennifer Elig and I am a Children’s Book Author. The first two books I have written and illustrated with photographs are bilingual (English/Spanish) books. The first book, “A Cat’s Life: La Vida de un Gato,” is a whimsical look into the day in the life of a cat. The second book, “One Lord, Two People: Un Señor, dos Personas,” is a Bible-based counting book.
I have enjoyed writing since childhood and have taken the opportunity to incorporate book writing into a classroom setting with my students when I was a first grade teacher, then decided to publish my own books. I enjoy writing and using my God-given talent for others to enjoy and for the benefit of others in hopes that they will pursue their dreams as well.
To those that are following a journey similar to mine I would say, keep at it! If writing is a talent you have been blessed with, follow that dream to publish your work and get it out there for others to enjoy. Enjoy the journey!
What inspires you to write?
Many things inspire me to write…animals, nature, funny life moments. Most of my inspiration, however, is inspired my personal relationship with the Lord. For example, a book of mine that I have not published yet, came to mind while I was trying to sleep. I immediately got up, went to the table and started writing. God kept bringing to mind idea after idea until the book was completed 30 minutes later! Amazing things can and do still happen.
Tell us about your writing process
My writing process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 months depending on the book. Some ideas come slowly and require many revisions, while others come immediately do not require a great deal of revision. When I typically write, I sit down at my table and write down all of the ideas that come to mind right away, then go back over the next several days or months and add to my initial work.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
Writing for children is more based on the visual aspect, in other words pictures are key. For adults, the writing and the story line are of the utmost importance and they aren’t as interested in the visual aspect. For children, however, they need to see pictures or illustrations of what is being written about to get a mental picture and are better able to follow the story in that way.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
There are many publishers to choose from. The way I chose my publisher was by initially calling many publishers and speaking to them directly to see if their vision for my book lined up with my vision for my book. To me, my faith played a major role in publishing my work, so I decided to go with a Christian-based publisher that had the same outlook for my writing as I did.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is still good. In a world that now offers a plethora of electronic devices to read material on, there is still nothing that compares to cuddling up on the couch with your favorite warm drink and holding an actual hard copy of your favorite book in your hands.
What genres do you write?
Children’s Non-Fiction (currently) and Children’s Fiction (in the future)
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print