Elodie Iver is the author of The Violet Theory. She recently graduated from high school and is looking forward to continuing to pursue her writing career through college. She is a collector of vinyl records and antique teacups and loves music, art, writing, and being outside. One day she wants to travel the world and has a life goal of petting every single dog she comes across. Elodie is working on the second book in The Violet Theory series.
Q. What was your main inspiration for The Violet Theory?
EI. My main inspiration for The Violet Theory actually came from the question mark tattoo. An English teacher of mine had a purple question mark tattoo on her finger and that just stuck with me. A few years later I started with that as a key basis for my plot and figured out how to shape the story around that.
Q. Do you ever put yourself in any of your characters? Which ones?
EI. I think I definitely put parts of myself into my characters, but it’s more of a subconscious thing than on purpose. Most of my humor really shows through Beck and my curiosity through Mavis.
Q. What does your writing space look like?
EI. My writing space is any coffee shop I feel like going to that day. I usually rotate between three of my favorites.
Q. What is your favorite thing to eat or drink when writing?
EI. I’m obsessed with coffee. I drink way too much of it. When I’m at the coffee shop I usually order a yam spice latte (trust me, it’s amazing) but when I write at home, I tend to stick with green tea and honey!
Q. What did you choose to edit out of The Violet Theory?
EI. Tough question! Mavis, Beck, and Kit were all characters I created when I was 14. I wrote many scenes with them in it that wasn’t technically part of the book, but they contributed to my development of those characters in my mind if that makes sense. They were all really bad so they got cut. As far as the official book, I had to edit out a lot of scenes that the characters weren’t really developed enough for. I didn’t really “cut” those scenes, but just pushed them back deeper into the series.
Q. Does The Violet Theory carry any sort of message with it?
EI. One of my main goals was definitely to share my faith through the book. The ocean is very symbolic of God and the power the He holds in my life. There are also four mercy manuals, which were inspired by the four gospels! There’s definitely a message of friendship, loyalty, and not being afraid to be unconditionally you.
Q. What can you tell us about your current writing projects?
EI. Lately, all of my focus has been on When the Blackbird Sings, which is the second installment of The Violet Theory series. I also write an article for We Heart It every month, so that’s an ongoing project. Lastly, I’m in the beginning stages of writing a young adult/historical fiction-esque book about time traveling detectives that I’m super excited about.
Q. How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
EI. Publishing the first book slowed my writing process down a lot. Now that I have more experience, I’m harder on myself and picker with my work. Although I’m hoping that is a good thing and the end product will be better than the first book. It has been more of a challenge to get words on paper this time.
Q. What has been one of the most rewarding experiences that you have had as an author?
EI. Being an author has come with so many amazing experiences. The reality of being able to call myself an author is still a bit unbelievable. I think the most rewarding thing that has happened, was at a signing in my hometown library. There weren’t many people there, and I was a little discouraged by that. But then when the event was opened up for discussion, a young girl started asking some really great questions. After the signing, she came up to me and told me that she was writing a book, and even let me read the first few chapters! I think about that constantly, and just knowing that I had made a connection with a young writer is such an amazing and rewarding feeling.
Q. What are you studying in college? What are you planning to do with your degree?
EI. This is my first year in college and I’m studying English with an emphasis in rhetoric and writing. I’m hoping to be an editor or literary agent and, of course, continue writing.
Q. How old were you when The Violet Theory was published?
EI. I was 17 when The Violet Theory was published, during my senior year of high school.
Q. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing or going to school?
EI. I love hiking, so it’s always sweet when I get the time to do that. I enjoy reading, collecting and listening to my records, and watching basketball with my brother.
Q. What is your favorite book(s) as of right now? What was the first book that made you cry?
EI. Coincidentally, it’s the same book! All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is my absolute favorite book. before reading that book, I never cried at anything. Now, just thinking about the book makes me tear up. It’s such an amazing and heartfelt story.
Q. Do you have any pets?
EI. I have three dogs and three chickens. This is Dixie, my English Setter who is extremely spoiled. Can you blame me though? Look at that face!
Thank you so much, Elodie. You are an amazing writer and I can’t wait to see what else you write!