AMA + Giveaway!

* Note: NaNoWriMo has kind of hijacked my brain and I completely forgot about this giveaway. I know, completely stupid of me and I can’t apologize enough! Since it’s not likely that I’ll be done by Thanksgiving (in fact, I’ll most likely be writing until the very last minute, squeezing out enough words to get to the 50K,) I’ve decided to extend the deadline to the end of the year.

Thanks to everyone who has participated so far!


A lot has happened since I wrote a blog post thanking my 200 followers on Twitter. I went through a slump that made me angry at everything, right when I was in the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo, then slowly crawled my way back to everyday life and writing. Just as slowly, I started to be more active on Twitter – participating in fun events like #LoveLines, #2bitTues and #1lineWed, and more recently #WIPjoy, and also trying to interact more with others. I don’t know if you can tell, but I’ve really gotten more comfortable at putting myself out there and less self-conscious about my tweets. I’m still not at the point where I’d share a picture of me or reveal other personal things that aren’t writing-related, but I’m getting there!

It’s therefore kind of mindblowing and incredibly encouraging that after just three months, I’ve managed to interest over 800 people enough to follow me, and even more to like and retweet what I post about. I get a huge smile on my face with every notification on my phone!

Even so, I feel bad about being so closed-off. I don’t have a profile picture that shows you what I look like, I don’t tell you where I live or what my occupation is (and I don’t know when I could ever do that) and sometimes I feel like I keep so much distance between myself and all you lovely people that I’m not allowing real relationships to grow. I can’t just tweet a “thank you” whenever I reach a milestone of followers, that just doesn’t seem enough to truly let you how much I appreciate you and the way you encourage me, whether that’s by simply reading my words or liking, retweeting and/or following.

I’ve been thinking about how to adequately express my thanks for a long time, and there are so many things I wish I could do! Being a closet writer and one with such a paranoid insistence on privacy as me really limits my choices. I thought about a book giveaway, but how would that work when the stamp would reveal where it was sent from? I admit I was a little too lazy to figure out a way around that problem, but I think I’ve found a good alternative 🙂

AMA + Giveaway

  • Ask me anything on Twitter!
    Use the hashtag #askelyne and ask me about anything you want, whether it’s about me, my stories/characters, my writing process or something else. I don’t want to be restricted to less than 140 characters, so I’ll reply to the questions here on my blog. Please understand that I might take the liberty of not answering a question if I feel uncomfortable to and/or it might compromise my need for privacy. I promise I will try to answer everything and not just take the easy road of ignoring them!
  • One $15, two $10, three $5 Amazon Gift Cards!
    Leave me a comment* on how I can improve my Twitter and blog, as in what you would like me to post about OR what you enjoy about my Twitter/blog that I should keep doing. Simply put: why do you (or don’t you) follow me? I’ll choose winners among all participants, who will get either a $5, $10 or $15 gift card from Amazon! If the winners don’t get in touch with me within 24 hours, I’ll choose others. I should add that constructive criticism/ideas have a higher chance of winning. Since this is a giveaway meant to express my thanks, it will end on New Year’s Eve, December 31! The winners will be announced a week later on January 7. Note that this is a separate event from the AMA. You’re welcome to participate in both 🙂



You do not need to be following me to be eligible for the giveaway, but I naturally won’t complain if you do decide to follow me 🙂 

I’m looking forward to your questions, suggestions and – most of all – to interacting more with you all!


* You can tweet or DM me, comment on this blog post or send me an e-mail ( to participate.


4 thoughts on “AMA + Giveaway!

  1. I’ve been following you for about two months or so now and I want to say that I love to see you posts and reply to some. The only thing I might mention is that since you started participating in the events, I love following you even more. I hope you keel at it.
    I also want you to know that your posts are what motivated me to start writing again. Thank you =3

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  2. I’m a really private person too, though you might not know it right away from my twitter, wordpress, instagram, and tumblr accounts. I believe in PERSONAL privacy. My husband and I never post pictures of our kids online on ANY platform. My personal Facebook page is set to private, and even there among “friends” and family, I don’t say much about my life, post my personal opinions often about politics, etc.

    BUT I want to be a published author. How do I reconcile the two (and what is my advice to you)? Create a public persona.

    You already have your first name out there, but you could easily add a pen name for your last name. You’ll probably need pictures of yourself eventually, but that doesn’t mean you have to constantly upload selfies. You just need that one professional pic that can go on EVERYTHING (your book, twitter, blog, and website).

    You control everything you put out there. It doesn’t and shouldn’t control you. So own it and create who you want to be 🙂 It sounds like you are already doing a great job on twitter. I plan on taking YOUR advice on that front 😉


  3. Honestly, I like following you because your tweets aren’t always contrived self-promotion. I follow some writers and that’s all they do, and they quickly get unfollowed haha Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about self promotion, but there is a balance. Personally, I prefer to follow people that act, well, human. So goo job, human!🙂

    Along with that first bit, you’re very personable. You reply to tweets like a real person would, and that’s great. I like your musings and writing updates. It’s always fun knowing what goes on with other writers.

    I’m not sure what your plans are involving building a readership or professional profile, but one thing you might consider is (if you are going that route) a profile picture of yourself. I know, I know, I don’t have one either haha But it’s on my to-do list. I saw that was mentioned in a previous comment as well.

    Keep sending out your blog posts as they come. That’s one way to get readers. I also like that you post excerpts of your writing. If you have any short stories or other things you wouldn’t mind putting up as samples, I always like that so I can get to know the writer better. It’s tough sometimes, since not everything written is super polished and sometimes it’s frightening to put our babies out there for people to read and judge, but if that’s something you have, it’s a good way to bring in new readers. Of course, if that’s not a route you want to take, then that’s fine too 🙂

    But your blog is always a good read. I personally enjoy seeing how other writers write and cope and struggle and overcome and all that good stuff. Helps me see I’m not the only one haha

    One of the biggest reasons as to why I follow you on Twitter is that you are engaged in the community. I try to be, but sometimes it’s easier just to lurk around in the shawows. I definitely approve of how you handle your Twitter account. It’s engaging and friendly and makes everyone smile and helps them think about their own projects in a new light.

    Keep up the good work. You’re a star.


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