Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.
She has also released titles as an individual indie author.
Forever Blue, released by Hot Ink Press, December 20, 2013, erotic fantasy romance
Claudie loves living in the countryside and close to the forests. She’s a film maker and works for the wildlife trust. One night she steps onto her patio and sees a man sheltering there. She confronts him and he runs away.
Jasper has watched Claudie for a year. He fell in love with her, but he has a secret, one that might mean he can never approach her.
Will love and fate find a way?
How much time are you able to devote to writing?
I try to write every day. The reality is sometimes I only get to do a read through, or edit of the previous day’s writing. I write in any time I have, typically at night. I would estimate I have two hours a day which I can devote to writing.
Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.
I’ll talk about Owen from, Forever Blue, because of how I ‘met’ him.
Owen is a forestry worker. He falls foul of a woodland sprite and her actions change his life. Fate has something in store for Owen when he comes across Claudie, a woman who lives in the countryside near the forests.
I had Owen in my head for a long time before I wrote his story. I have a big glass door that leads to my patio and garden. One morning on the glass was the strangest thing. A white face shape had appeared overnight. Not a whole face and not frightening in any way it sparked the notion that something ethereal and supernatural had looked into the room in the night.
I live near forests and drive through them to work. I’ve seen forestry commission workers in the woods taking care of the trees. One morning, a particularly attractive man stopped work as I passed. He watched as I drove by, and took off his work gloves to push his hair from his face. He was suddenly Owen for me, the man who disturbs the woodland sprites.
Of course, since I write romance he was given a happy ending.
Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?
Stories drop into my head as I go about life. A sign post, a building, a person, a place, suddenly spark an idea and now I write the story. For the longest time, I kept them in my head, but now I find I must write them.
I always give this answer, because nothing ever changes. Marketing is the biggest struggle, actually getting a book noticed by readers. It’s the most enormous time consuming activity and never ending.
What is the biggest reward you’ve gotten as a published author?
The best reward has been when people tell me how much they love my work. Reviews are great to get, but often a message is left on my blog, or Facebook. A reader told me my stories were beautiful a few weeks ago in a message on Facebook. A comment was left on my blog that said the emotion in one of my stories was incredible. Those things are the reward, because authors don’t really earn a living, (smiles) not unless you’re very famous, or one of those rare phenomenon authors.