Elora Canne has written two children’s books but more recently, she has written her memoir under the pen name of Elora Canne. As a retired Childcare Educator of 20+ years, having so much free time was just what she needed to put pen to paper. Her memoir spans a period of roughly 10 years, including her inward and outward travels as a midlife gap year helped her handle her internal struggles and re-ignite her decades-long marriage.
Genre: Memoir, Travel, Self-Help
Q1: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It was inspired by the sudden realization that I no longer needed to live a life that pleased others. I have a voice, an opinion and am not afraid to use it.
Q2: What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?
It started out as a travel memoir and evolved into a self-help, inner-strength, unravelling of people-pleasing, and finding voice.
Q3: What authors, or books have influenced you?
Martha Beck: Expecting Adam, The Way of Integrity
Michelle Obama: Becoming
Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project
Q4: What is your schedule like when you’re writing a book?
I’m an early bird, it’s when I do my best work. But I’m also a spontaneous note scribbler when inspiration hits.
Q5: What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
Just write everything down. Don’t stop.
Q6: What is the best writing advice you have ever heard?
Write for yourself. I know they say write to your audience, but I feel memoir falls into a different set of writing rules.
Q7: How do you celebrate when you finish your book?
I take a long walk in nature to clear my head of self-doubt.
Q8: What do you think is the best way to improve writing skills?
Courses and tons of research plus reading books from the experts.
Q9: What are you working on now?
A based-on-truth children’s book about the perils and joys of becoming a Nana.
Q10: What are you currently reading?
A Promised Land, by Barack Obama. Lots of politics but I just love his perspective on life, his gentle humour and his relationship with Michelle and his daughters. I read Michelle’s Becoming and wanted to read his telling of the same period in their lives.
Find out more about Elora Canne by following the links below:
Amazon Author Page
“Putting voice to your thoughts and opinions takes a lot of courage.
For me at least.
When I caught a glimpse of my path unraveling before me into a life I did not want to lead, I knew I had to do something about it.
I had to kill the inherent people-pleaser inside of me.”