Interviewing Author Elena Peeters
1. Tell me about your self what are your favorite books to read?
I’m Elena Van Peborgh, a young author from Belgium. I focus on writing fantasy. My debut novel Dragon Dream is a YA urban fantasy story about a young shape-shifter girl who dreams of becoming a dragon, but dragons aren’t real shape-shifters. She goes to druids who can perform magic to find out if they can turn her into a dragon with their magic.
I myself also like to read fantasy, I’m a huge fan of the Shadowhunters series of Cassandra Clare and the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
2.when did you decide you were going to write a book?
I was 8 when I started to become interested in writing. I wrote a short story as an assignment for school and my teacher was really impressed by the difficult words I used and she also said the idea for it was original. I continued writing small stories until I was the age of 15. At that age, I got my idea for the Dragon Dream. I had read Firelight by Sophie Jordan and she said in her thank you credits that she had written that book and the series because she was a bit sad there weren’t that many stories about dragons. I liked dragons too, so she inspired me to make a story about dragons too.
3. How did you come up with the name of your books?
The name of my books is very obvious and logical. Dragon Dream is about a girl who dreams about becoming a dragon. My next work is a series. The series is called The Queen’s Throne, it’s some kind of game for the throne because there are three big countries that have a lot of power and they are at war with demons who invaded their worlds, but they also have some discussions with the leaders of the other countries to get the most power. The first book in that series is called The Ice Queen, which is the nickname of the main character in that book. I know the title of a book quite early, I usually start with an idea which is the main topic of a book and that becomes the title.
4. What are you working on for 2020?
I just released Dragon Dream and I’m working on finishing The Ice Queen. I might have some time left to continue on the prequel for The Ice Queen.
5. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was 8 but only started on a big project around 15.
6. What advice would you give other authors?
Just keep writing, it will help you grow and become better. And whatever path you choose (traditional, hybrid, or self-publishing), make sure you feel comfortable with the agent and/or publisher you’re working with.
7.where can people find you online?
I’m on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. My username on both Twitter and Instagram is @elenavanpeborgh. For my Facebook page, you can find me by entering my author name in the search bar: Elena Van Peborgh or by this link: https://www.facebook.com/elenavanpeborgh. I also have a blog: https://www.elenavanpeborgh.com. You can also follow my account on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/elenavanpeborgh and Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/elena-van-peborgh.
8. Do you plan on making more books in the future?
Of course. The series of The Queen’s Throne will be 3 books and there will be at least one prequel for it.
9. How many books have you written?
So far I only have 1 out, my debut novel Dragon Dream.
10 did you go to college to be a writer?
No, I didn’t follow any special classes for writing.