Five questions with: Elisabeth van der Wilt

I recently had the pleasure of working with Elisabeth van der Wilt on her cover for 16 and Pregnant with Twins and she kindly agreed to answer a few questions about her book and her life as an indie author.

Here’s the blurb:

The laws of attraction are forbidden in the home of Lora’s parents, who are devout Catholics. The laws of attraction are regarded as a choice and a sin. When longtime friends Lora and Tommy give in to their love, on Lora’s sixteenth birthday, and Lora becomes pregnant, there is hell to pay. Lora is, even more, overwhelmed to discover she is having twins and now Lora may be forced to leave her parents house.

Lora and Tommy will only survive if their love beats the odds under pressure to create a perfect life for their unborn babies.

Decisions have to be made, and Lora is worried if she’ll be left to be a single mother raising two babies on her own.

Will Lora and Tommy’s love conquer all and defeat the odds?


1. When did you start writing and what inspired you to write that first book?

I wrote my first book at the age of 12. Which I published today. I wrote the book because of a dream. A dream that felt so real, that if I didn’t write it as a story I would feel I cheated the characters. 

2. Which of your characters is most like you and why?

Lora is so much like me. She is the most similar character to me. She is Catholic, she has the same emotions to me I would say. My only published book included my favorite set of characters

3. Why did you decide to self publish?

I decided to self-publish because I wanted something where I was in control of the process. This book had been accepted to a publisher and they were going to publish, but in the contract it stated that they would make many unnecessary changes at their discretion. Which I did not sign or agree to. (Always read before you sign)

4. If the main character of 16 and Pregnant with Twins was witness to a bank heist. How would they react?

She would be nervous, but try to hide it. She would know it’s very serious and try to keep calm and quiet.

5. What is the greatest piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Personally, I haven’t heard anything that is 100% agreeable to me. I am so very different than the average person. So not a lot of stuff I would say applies to who I am.

You can purchase 16 and Pregnant with Twins here: