Let’s Chat with Eli Celata

How does your work as an anthropology doctoral student affect your writing?

Pursuing my doctorate means classes, work as a teaching assistant, and more. I generally read 1000+ pages a day about forensics, anthropological theory, and biomechanical principles, so there are times the vocabulary slips over. Otherwise, it’s just a question of time or lack thereof.

What is your field of study for your doctorate degree?

I’m studying biological anthropology with a focus in forensics. Really, it just means I work with bones.

On your website, you mention five resolutions for 2017. When you make resolutions do you create a step-by-step plan or just wing it? Why did you choose the five you chose?

I over-plan. For any resolutions I make, I have stages with steps to ensure I have measurable goals. Those chosen this year came from necessity in part. They were already in process, so it was follow through. Focusing, however, on them was a decision made out of frustration. I’d spent the last year focusing on my degree despite my debut publication, so I had left the promo side a bit late.

Is writing always something you wanted to do?

Yes. I grew up with stories. All my siblings write one way or another.

What is your normal writing routine?

I schedule out my writing. When I’m ready, I set on the correct playlist and write. Outside of music, I don’t really have any particularities about my routine.

When you planned Warlock of Rochester did you plan on it being a series or was that an afterthought? If you planned it, how did that affect your overall outline?

I knew it would be a series due to the realization that a single novel wouldn’t be enough to get Jon from an excited, young college student / demon-hunting warlock to where he needed to go. Due to that, the end is clear as are a few of the stops along the way, but there’s some leeway in the middle.

Is it easier or harder to write YA novels and why?

For me, the story decides, so it’s not a difficulty unless I try to force a novel to be what it isn’t.

What is your greatest strength as a writer and what is your greatest weakness as a writer?

I can finish a story like nobody’s business, but I am horrible at editing. Luckily, I have beta readers who are willing to guide me in the right direction there.

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Definitely a plotter. My notes and subnotes are ridiculous.

Advice for new authors?

Be prepared to work. Writing the book is the easiest part.

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