One of my favorite authors out there is New York Times & USA Today best seller Elle Casey and I love telling others about her wide range of books. First off, Elle just published her first sci-fi soap opera Drifters Alliance, check it out today on Amazon. Here catalog of books range from YA, Paranormal, NA, action adventure and contemporary stories. She does it all!
Check out her Amazon page for her full list of books.
The first book of Elle’s that I read was Don’t Make Me Beautiful this book will make you ugly and happy cry. A beautiful and touching story about internal and external beauty. Also check out the first in her Fae series which is now FREE on Amazon–The Changelings (War of the Fae Book 1). My other of her book recommendations are at the bottom of the interview.
Now check out her answers to my 5 (or 6) burning questions.
Let’s start off with Kill, Marry or Screw? Gideon Cross, Kellan Kyle or Colin from Rebel Wheels?
My book boyfriend is Colin from Book 3 of the Rebel Wheels series. But then there’s Rebel from Book 1 and Mick from Book 2 also. They’re very different but also very similar in some ways, and all versions of guys I find very sexy. Believe it or not, I haven’t read the Crossfire series or SC Stephens series, because I’m always very worried about other people’s writing leaking into my own. When I’m writing romance, I don’t read it. Crazy, I know. I’m a huge romance fan from way back (I mean, like WAY back, when I was too young to be reading the stuff), but it’s been a while since I’ve read anything in the genre. So I’m not sure who I’d kill, marry, or screw in that list you gave me. Sorry, that’s a lame answer!
2. Do you remember the first romance book you ever read? Can you tell me about it? I think mine was Bitch by Jackie Collins and I was about 10 or 11
I have read so many, I have no idea what the first one was. Maybe Forever by Judy Blume? It was the one semi-sexy book she wrote about two teens losing their virginity together. In 6th grade, all the girls were handing the book around, taking turns reading it. We all had to swear on the Holy Bible (everything was sworn on the Holy Bible back then) that we’d keep our parents from seeing it. For a 6th grader, that book was steamy! Whoo! I also snuck the book Wifey from my mother, reading it during the day locked in my room when she wasn’t around. She kept it on top of the fridge and I’d climb up on the counter to get it. I was maybe 11 years old. That was pretty hard core for an 11 year old. I let my neighbor friend read the best parts with me too. ha ha. No wonder her mother never liked me.
I’d like to write more romances without the graphic sex scenes, believe it or not. As a reader, I went through phases where I’d just scan the sex scenes because they were so similar they became boring. Then I appreciated the novel that only alluded to the sex and left it to my imagination. Nowadays, as a romance author, I save the sex scenes for the end (I write “insert sex scene” where they’re supposed to be and go back!) and really work to make sure they’re each very believable and genuine, tailored to the personalities of the characters. After doing it 30 times, it gets harder and harder to do that (no pun intended, ha ha). I have this paranoia that my sex scenes will start to look rote or something, so I spend more and more time on them. At this point, I’m either going to have to start having some similar scenes or move into BDSM, which would be tough since personally I’ve never been into that culture. I think it’s important to write about what you know, and I’m afraid to let someone put either handcuffs on me or put a whip in my hand. I could only imagine what would happen next, and believe me, I have a very fertile imagination
Ride my horse while my daughter rides hers.
5. What is the one thing you’d like people to know about you when reading your books?
To know about? Hmmm, well maybe that I’m hoping they’re really enjoying themselves. I hope they’re getting lost in the world, the characters’ worlds, and forgetting their chores and troubles for at least a little while.
6. For bonus points, what’s your favorite swear word?
Fuck balls. It was something said by Deb in the series Dexter that just flew out of her mouth during one episode and made me laugh out loud. She has a serious potty mouth, so I really found her entertaining, but that scene in particular was super funny for me. It’s in one of my books.
Other Elle books I recommend:
Lost and Found (Book 1 in the Love in New York Series) this is the first in a three part contemporary romance. The first has a creative plot twist and Elle’s trademark funny banter. All The Glory is a sweet sport based YA book but don’t let either of those topics keep you from reading. This a sweet and beautiful story worth your time. Trust me.
Wrecked This was action packed and romantic, it will have your heart racing.
Shine Not Burn this is a contemporary country romance which I am a big sucker for. Check out the two in the series they’ll burn up your kindle.