Monday, February 23, 2009

Q&A with ELLE AMERY!!!

Give a welcome to Elle Amery who has not one, but three releases with Ravenous Romance. You can check out her releases by clicking here. Give a warm welcome to Elle!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

I have a contemporary erotic romance trilogy with Ravenous Romance: Saving Sophie, Grace on Fire, and Tally’s Gift. The stories follow three best friends who fall in love with each other’s older brothers. The girls are awesome: they’re strong, independent women who fall in love with equally awesome but flawed men. My writing is steamy, but is a bit more on the sweeter side of steamy.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I think in second grade, when I read Charlotte’s Web. I found myself completely lost in Fern and Wilbur’s world. Still sends tingles down my spine when I think of that book. I lived on a farm way the heck out of town, so I didn’t have any friends nearby to play with, AND, we didn’t have a TV! To counteract the boredom and loneliness, I escaped into books and into my own fantasy world, where I’d make up fantastic stories.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

This is a fun one to answer! For most of my stories, the premise comes straight out of my head. But in Tally’s Gift, the premise is based off an experience one of my best friends (a guy) had after he had surgery and couldn’t use either hand to, ehem, well, we’ll leave that one unsaid! And to be clear, NO, I didn’t do what Tally did in the story! But I do enjoy having a few good guy friends—they’ll say anything!

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I zone out on the couch and dream when I get stuck with a scene. I’ll spend an hour or two going over the scene in my head—finessing, adding, changing—until it becomes such a part of me that I can sit down and write it out, almost word for word. In grade school I had a teacher who used to get mad at me for staring out the window, daydreaming. Little did she know that someday I’d get paid to daydream!

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I’m also an editor, writing coach, and copyeditor. So I was shocked to realize that it’s so much easier to edit someone else’s work than my own! I can’t seem to edit my own work the way I can others. I also was surprised at how many words I can write in a day. I’m not one of those people who can will themselves to write a certain number of pages a day. Nope, I’ll go for two days without sweeping the floor, doing the laundry, or checking the mail while I clickety-clack away on the keyboard!

6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

My friend Suzie has always been a great cheerleader, and my friend Julie’s always believed in me. I’ve been inspired by the careers of a number of writers in a variety of genres, including Jane Austin, Virginia Woolf, Kate Chopin, Elizabeth Peters, Heather Graham, and Saskia Walker. Just realized – I listed all women!

7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My parents are a little old-fashioned, and we live in a microscopically small town, so it’s difficult for them to have a daughter who writes erotic romance. Not something they want to brag about around town. They are very supportive, however, and hope for my continued success. Now, if I could write a historical non-fiction book about World War II, my dad would be singing from the rooftops!

8. What is coming up next for you writing wise?

I’m working on editing an anthology of short stories for Ravenous Romance about lovers who’ve found each other once again. It’s called REKINDLED: Finding Lost Love, and should be out sometime this spring. I’m toying with the idea of writing a fourth book in the series I have for Ravenous Romance. This book will follow one of the antagonists in the trilogy, Doris, who actually has an interesting story to tell. She keeps coming to me in dreams—guess I should pay attention to her! In addition, I have two other books nearly complete, and although they’re steamy, they don’t have quite enough sex to fit into the erotic romance market, so I’ll be sleuthing for publishers.

Learn more about Elle by visiting her website or her blog at


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Elle, you are such a hard working writer. I don't know how you do it all. I know what you mean about being in a small town though my writing is more sensual than erotic. I can't wait to check out your trilogy.

Lisa F. said...

I've never heard of Ravenous Romance so thanks for bringing it to my attention. The titles of your books are enough to get my interest as well as the short info you gave about them. I plan to check out this site.