We recently had a Skype call with crime/thriller author Elijah Cainaan. Here it is!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
After I’d asked a friend of mine to write this idea I had in my head and he refused to write it. He told me, “This is your baby, and you need to nurture it like a child. I am not going to write something that was meant for you.” That was Twelve years ago. And I have been writing ever since.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends. I drum up the idea, then, I let the story write itself. If I have allotted time to put in my work, generally, eight months.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
To be honest, I really don’t have a work schedule for writing. Ideas constantly flow in my head. I might write something five in the afternoon or three o’clock in the morning. It’s when the mood hits me.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Ha-ha, I believe it’s my realism when I put into my writing. Everybody has problems, and I think it’s best to put problems on more than one character. Also, “Prospective” the way my character’s thinks and feels about situations when they encounter them.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Believe it or not, everywhere and anything. Especially from music. It’s not the words, but more-so the rhythm from the instruments. I listen to so many types of music, and I feel it opened my mind to the concepts from different thinker’s. I feel an artist of any kind are generally free thinkers. We absorb everything we encounter, and we extract what we need to produce another rhythm to attract other free thinkers. Either through, music, art, dance, acting, and “you guess it” writers.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Well, I wrote my first book in 2007. I was 32. But was interesting, when I was eleven, I’d drawn and written dozens of comic books. When I started writing my first book, I started to remember I have been writing all my life. But it took me writing my first book to remember.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Poetry. I love listening to poetry. The rhythmic flow is so amazing. I have thousands of poems I’ve written. I always go back to writing.
Here is a sample of one of my poems, this one is a short one.
Something to remember
When I have you, I will love you…
Take you to a place of satisfaction…
A place where you are honored and adored…
And the only course of action is to bask within its pleasures…
I want to nurture you mentally and physically..
Bathe you within my love…
Make you my favorite fruit when I kiss your tender lips …
A drug that I can’t help but to take….
A love that go beyond of what you see…
A person who will be there for you, care for you, and love you throughout eternity…
I want you to think about that when you remember me….
You see, I really like words.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written four full manuscripts, and I am working on two right now. My favourite one, I really can’t say. When I read my work, sometimes, it is hard for me to believe that I have written the manuscripts I wrote. My passion is writing, and everything I have written has a special love for each one. It’s hard to choose my favorite.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Writing comes from your inner voice. The thoughts that play in your mind over and over. I feel, the best way to fine tune your craft in writing is to stay open minded and be very attentive to details. I let my words flow. I don’t force myself to write. Then, you will see better results. Any artist from any genre will say the same thing.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Well yes, they asked me when I was going to write another book, and give me suggestions on what they want me to write. Sorry, but I don’t like suggestions. I always like my work to write itself. That is the only time I get real satisfaction of what I have written.
What do you think makes a good story?
The Characters mostly. I make them as real as possible. We are unpredictable creatures; and I feel that aspect makes the characters more explosive in any stage you set.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Like any child, I wanted to be a superhero. I’d never thought I will find myself wanting to become a writer. I didn’t like reading and writing in school, and yet, words became my love. Funny how things you never like doing, come back to you as your comforter.
The Book will be Available From Amazon and other online retailers at the end of February.
Elijah also available for interviews and guest blogging.