Behind the Scenes Q&A with SpeakEasy Author Elaine Greywalker

 Speak-Easy Author Interview Elaine Greywalker

Read Elaine’s Chapter 4 online or learn more about the Community Novel Project

Why did you want to participate in the Community Novel Project?

I participated in a similar project once before and I like to make things up.

What do you like about the premise and characters of this year’s Community Novel Project Speak Easy? What challenges you about them?

I like Julia and am looking forward to learning more about her life. I’m curious about how things are going to fall out with Ronni and her two guys.

What was your first reaction when you saw the chapter before yours?

Thrilled! It sparked a lot of ideas.

How did you write your chapter – in a burst of inspiration or carefully outlined?

All at once. I’m a pantser. I love to let everything fall out of my head and on to the page.

Any memorable stories to share about your writing experience?

When I hit 42,000 words while writing my first novel, I wrapped a silk scarf around my head and chanted “Swami Bawami” for about 10 minutes. I have no idea where that came from. Who knows what would happen if I won the lottery?

What is your writing background? What do you usually write? How was this project different?

Mostly I’m self-trained. I usually write SciFi/Fantasy novels involving other planets and multiple space-time continuums. This project involves Kansas and linear time only. Intriguing.

What other question do you wish we had asked in this interview?

I’m so glad you didn’t ask about my favorite color. I don’t have one. I’m also glad you didn’t ask where I’m from because I’m not from around here. Ever.

Elaine Greywalker is a visual artist and writer. Her first published novel, “Uncle Tauber’s Trunk”, is available through She writes SciFi/Fantasy novels with touches of time travel and mystery. She is an avid participant in National Novel Writing Month. Having multiple novel drafts has never prevented her from writing another. She sustains five blogs, one focused on creativity and the creative process. Sometimes she writes poetry and has published two chap books. She creates art in two categories: fantasy landscapes and abstract expressionism. Her published fine art is available through Fine Art America, Zazzle and Deviant Art. She tweets as “whooshing.” You can find out more than you ever wanted to know by visiting


Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.