As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!
What is the first thing people should know about you?
I don’t know that there’s anything you should know about me, however, I am incredibly funny and make myself laugh regularly. My wit is dry and sarcastic!
Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
Steamy contemporary, with a little erotic romance thrown in, but I have no issue with it being called smut, dirty romance or anything else really.
What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I am a mother to twins, although lots of people are probably aware of that. Oh, okay, I once attended a signing in Blackpool and thought the people in the neighbouring room were having very loud sex, very early in the morning . . . turns out it was the lions from the neighbouring zoo saying good morning!
Name a book you’ve written that you wish more people had read, and why.
Disaster-in-Waiting – the first book I published and the hero, Cy is my absolute perfect book boyfriend – I love him.
What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
There are lots of books I have read and enjoyed, been inspired by, Hero by Samantha Young, The Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz, pretty much anything by TL Swan.
Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
I don’t know that it broke me and made me feel like I would never write again, but I did think I had created as near to a perfect story as I ever could when I wrote Disaster-in-Waiting, but as each new book came along and found its audience, I realised that someone’s 5* is someone else’s 1*. Also, when I published Single Dad and it became my most popular book, that message was reaffirmed.
Are you one of those authors for whom music is EVERYTHING and without it you’d never write?
No, I have tried to be, but I struggle not to get distracted by music, so tend to write in silence.
Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
I don’t have a desk or designated space, so usually it’s laptop on my lap, so pretty tidy.
Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Lots of people in different ways, but author wise, TL Swan, Tiffany Reisz.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Depends who I’m with and where. People who know me laugh when I talk about being shy, but I still am at times and when I was younger was too but covered it well. So make of that what you will!
The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
Readers demand for more – and that is a good thing. As a romance reader myself, I find that when I find an author I like, I really cannot get enough. And in romance the Happy Ever After never gets tired.
What is your advice to authors just starting out?
If you really want to give it a go, write. Write what you want in the way you want, because as I previously said, someone’s 5* read is someone else’s 1*, and these 1* reviews mean you have arrived, lol
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I don’t have any one place. Places I have been with my kids hold a special place in my heart, but the world is such a big place, (I only really came to this conclusion recently) that it’s a shame not to see more of it – so, I have a few places on my bucket list: Paris (it’s been many, many years, since I went there), the lakes of Italy, Santorini, New York – too many to name probably.
If you could live inside any fictional world, where would that be?
That changes from book to book, lol. When I write, I kind of do live inside that world, but when I read, unless there’s a group of girlfriends who just love and support their circle, I tend not to think about living there. If the sisterhood is there, then I want in. I have recently read the Dirty Texas series and I love that girl (and Derrick), plus the friendship group and would love to be one of the gang.
Your favourite place to read and/or write?
I tend to read in bed or if I am travelling on a train, and whilst lying in the sun. Writing tends to be in my living room, or if I need a break from those four walls, a Costa or Starbucks.
When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
It scares me to put a number on it as that’s like putting a ceiling on my achievements, so, I will keep writing so long as I enjoy it.
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I once met Simon Le Bon, very briefly and cried at him! He was the first man I loved so regardless his level of fame, that makes it pretty special.
What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
It changed a couple of times but a children’s nurse or an actress were the two big ones – never became either.
If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
It’s not my full-time job, but that is the dream, and I think proper jobs might be overrated!
Who is your biggest cheerleader?
My children and I have a couple of people I’m close to who are always supportive and encouraging.
BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
I am currently writing a book with a Catfish theme!
Thank you so much for your time, Elle M Thomas! Here are all of her stalker links:
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