One author, Four questions. Today we’re introducing OneFour debut author, Elle Cosimano.
I was attending a real estate seminar and we were doing one of those painfully cliché icebreakers. I was supposed to introduce myself and talk about the accomplishment I was most proud of. Problem was, I didn’t know what to say. The career I’d spent over a decade building felt so far from the person I’d always told myself I was going to be.
So, you know that whole philosophy on goal setting, and how the first step to achieving a goal is to say it out loud and make yourself accountable to others? I told every single person in that banquet hall, “I’m writing a novel.” Present progressive. As in, I am doing it now. And I am making progress.
Only I hadn’t written a word. All I had was a bottle of Tums and a looming fortieth birthday. So when a few people started asking, “what’s your book about?” I figured it was time to do something. The next week I let myself daydream, and the next month I wrote some notes, and that summer I finished my first manuscript. I took that manuscript to a writing workshop, certain that someone would tell me it wasn’t good enough and that I should chalk it up to a midlife crisis and go back to selling real estate. Instead, they told me my pitch and writing showed promise. Two months later, I queried and signed with the extraordinary Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency. One year (and several revisions later) we sold in a two-book pre-empt to my dream editor at Dial/Penguin.
What’s your debut book about?
NEARLY GONE is a YA thriller, in which a math-whiz from a trailer park discovers she’s the only student capable of unravelling complex clues left by a serial killer who’s systematically getting rid of her classmates. It’s a mystery with a little math, a lot of murder, and just the right amount of making out.
What cool facts might readers not know about you?
- When I was a teenager, I worked on a fishing boat, baiting hooks, scrubbing decks, and lugging buckets of chum.
- I am the daughter of a prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rode a Harley. I had a very eclectic upbringing.
- I wrote NEARLY GONE in a jungle tree house in the Mayan Riviera.
- I’ve herded cattle through the mountains of Wyoming. (I never said I was good at it.)
- I am a homeschooling mom to two wild and wonderful boys, and the wife of a very patient man.
- NEARLY GONE will be among the first books published under a new Penguin imprint, Kathy Dawson Books.
Do you have any writing quirks–places you need to write or things you need to have with you?
More like things I can’t have with me. I’m one of those writers who can’t have any distractions. No noise, no music, no kids, no puppies, no social media when I write. I have to completely disengage from the rest of the world. Sometimes I sneak away to a local library. Often I rent a cabin or hotel room and retreat. And there’s always the tree house.
|Elle Cosimano drinks too much coffee and is a professional puppy and little boy wrangler. She majored in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. She divides her time between her home near Washington, DC and a jungle tree house in the Mayan Riviera.|