Meeting Elaine Day, author of Battle Royal

This week I’d like to introduce Elaine Day, the author of Battle Royal. It is one section of her autobiography. Elaine is also offering the book as a free Kindle download tomorrow, Friday 18th April and Sunday 20th April. Just scroll to the bottom of the interview for the links.

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As with all autobiographies this one is written in the first person, by the subject themselves. What we read in an autobiography then is just one perspective amongst many possible about the events that take place in the world. We are, in a sense, each the author of our personal autobiography because all our experiences are interpreted and understood according to our
own life experiences, values and ethics. We can only ever see events from our own ‘window on the world’.

Elaine’s book is an interesting and sometimes challenging read. I found her style of writing difficult as it constantly flips between present day and past experience, with a large helping of bible quotes along the way. But, it does draw you in and I found myself sneaking out of bed to finish it because
I wanted to know what happened; how her story ended – if indeed it had ended
at all.

The Elaine Day Interview

Elaine DayWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I have absolutely no fear of death; being a single woman with no children helps. I know that had I been married with children I would have walked away from my ‘royal position’ in February 2004. Family and friends too have suffered the backlash of the British establishment through my battle for truth and justice with ‘The Powers That Be.’

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Writing is of necessity a very solitary affair. It is important to be disciplined and consistent (working a set number of hours per day) so that you have time for family and friends. Never think that what you have written is irrelevant – we all have a story to tell and sharing it brings us closer together. Relationships are what matter, after all.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Because of the high profile nature of my book (and being so far away from close family and friends in the UK), I was not able to ask anyone to read it through before publication. I would have valued a second opinion. Living in ‘exile’ in Jamaica as a caregiver without that physical support of other family members is difficult.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Genuine writers are born so by 21 you should know whether you have the gift. Unless you have that ‘fire in your belly’ that compels you to write down what you see, hear and learn every minute of every day, with an imagination that never goes to sleep, writing may be possible but it will not be that life-enhancing and totally awesome experience it ought to be.

Where do you find your inspiration?

My inspiration to live and tell my story is God-given. I am a committed Christian and one that actually believes that The Bible is God’s Word – all of it not some bits that I can conveniently incorporate into my busy 21st century life. Every morning I open my Bible, and ask for Jesus Christ to help and guide me through each day, according to His will.

What is the book that you wished you had written?

My favourite author is Ellen G White, a co-founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In her book, The Desire of Ages, she relates the life story of Jesus Christ and I have never come across another biography to match it.   Her voice is real and powerful – she takes you back to those very events that divided history and changed the world forever.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

I drink water while writing, juice when I break for lunch, and hot chocolate for a treat at the end of the day. To stay healthy, I follow a balanced vegetarian diet and every morning venture outside to get a taste of that fresh morning air, greeting my friends – the birds, butterflies and flowers…

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Where can you find out more about Elaine and her book?

You can find Elaine’s book in Kindle format here:

You can also meet her online:

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/.

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