Name: Elayne Tulliani
Today we say hello to Elayne Tulliani a writer from the USA who is exactly where she wants be and busy eating pistachios. But strangely seems to have a very tidy and clean desk, unlike mine when I eat pistachios. Lets find out some more.
Please give us a short introductory bio.
I began my writing career as the owner and lead writer for, “The Voice.” This was a local publication that I began to assist teens in crisis to better connect with the services that they needed. It also allowed adults in the community to better understand what issues our kids were facing. My publication soon gained major support from Massachusetts General Hospital.
I have gone onto writing several pieces pertaining to Vietnam Veterans and have been honoured to share my writing at various veterans services with live readings.
My writing is based on the simple premise that we each hold within us the ability and responsibility to make a difference.
Where in the world are you?
I was born and raised in Massachusetts in the seacoast town of Revere just a stone’s throw from America’s first public beach, Revere Beach.
Where in the world would you like to be?
I am exactly where I want to be.
Books – buy links: www.elaynetulliani.com coming soon to Amazon as well
Website link: www.elaynetulliani.com
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Favourite book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Favourite snack when writing: pistachios
What do you write on – computer (what type) – software –pen and pencil – quill and vellum – and tell us why.
I do the majority of my writing on my ThinkPad laptop which is connected via a dock to my full size monitor. I prefer the laptop because I tend to sit in the dark with my eyes closed and try to immerse myself in the character I am writing about and the laptop affords me the perfect outlet to do so.
Where do you write? (Can you post a photo?)
This is where the magic happens.
What are your current projects?
My novel “Memories Are An Old Man’s Toys” will be available on Amazon within 1-2 weeks. I am also working on a children’s book titled “What Am I?” which addresses how we tend to view ourselves based on how others label us.
Can you share a little of your current work with us (no more than 1000 words)?
“With that, I realized that I had the ability, if only for a short period of time, to remove the platform that too often isolates us. I guess I simply want the world to slow down for a moment, look up from their devices and see the beauty that surrounds them. I want the moms to put down the phone and push their child on a swing. I want the dads to put down their phones and just throw a ball with their kids. I want families to sit down for dinner and not all be distracted by their social media; I want them to talk, to share, to be families again.
“I know these are perhaps pipe dreams, but I can think of no other way then to simply make it all go away, if not for just a little while. I know some will flock back to the devices the moment the programs become operational again, but I’m holding onto the hope that maybe, just maybe, some will begin to see the value in human contact again. I’m hoping… I guess that sums it up Sherry…I’m just hoping.”
Sherry sat silent for a few minutes after Billy stopped talking then she broke her silence by reaching down and taking Billy’s hand and gently kissing it. “I get it, Billy, I truly do, and I don’t know how this will all play out in the big picture but I hope that your vision comes to life. I have often had the same thoughts as I look around at people and I know for a fact that there are others who feel the same way. I guess I just never imagined it was even possible to turn back the clock on any of this.
Why did you write that? What inspired it?
I felt compelled to write “Memories Are An Old Man’s Toys” after witnessing the masses become obsessed with social media. Our ability to connect as people seems to have fallen by the wayside and my main character, “Billy” has devised a plan to help us re-connect with one another. Writing this book was my way of sharing some of my thoughts through a storyline with the hopes that perhaps a few people will take the message to heart.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t be afraid of the feelings that your writing provokes. Embrace them and learn from them, not only for your writing but also for your personal life.
Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Erma Bombeck is the first author that I remember reading. Quite honestly it was my mother that introduced me to Erma’s work while we sat at the kitchen table having breakfast. She used to read me her stories and they ignited my ability to look at life, even the stressful parts, and ask myself, “What can I learn from this moment?”
Can you tell us a writerly joke?
Why is punctuation important?
Juvenile court to try shooting defendant.
Okay admittedly not the best but comedy isn’t my forte J
Anything else on your mind?
In a world quickly being consumed by technology I believe that writing and reading are arts we need to fight to protect. The well written word allows the reader to experience things that otherwise would have never found their way into their lives. There is plenty of room in this world for competition and I believe that writing doesn’t have to be one of those areas. I love that fellow authors seek out others to support.