Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Soapbox Spotlight: Elodie Parkes

Welcome to another Soapbox Spotlight!  Today, I'm interviewing international author Elodie Parkes.  Elodie lives in the UK, an amazing place to visit I hear, and is talking to us today about her new novel, Millie Reinvented.

Tell us about yourself, Elodie.
I live in Canterbury, United Kingdom. It’s famous for the Cathedral, Chaucer, and there is a UNESCO world heritage site, which includes the ancient ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church. There is also a ruined castle. It’s a pretty place too, and the coast nearby is great.

I work in an antiques shop and write. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks.  I write romance, contemporary and erotic with a twist of mystery now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I was seventeen. I never did anything like submitting to publishers etc. until I was about twenty-five and then queried to no avail.  I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago because had so many stories in my head.

What inspires you to write and why?

People and emotions and the things that happen to people emotionally inspire me.

What first attracted you to this genre?

I like to have love, romance, beautiful things, and happy endings in my writing, and so my genre is perfect for me.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Oh dear, [the hardest things have] to be marketing, drawing attention to the book, and finding the reader audience.

Did writing this new book teach you anything and what was it?

Millie Reinvented taught me to go with my heart in my writing and stop being so academic.

Good things to learn!  Have you developed a specific writing style?

I write in narrative storytelling mode. I did try first person a couple of times but found it very restrictive so I don’t use it at all now.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

I think it’s the joy I get from writing, and so I put it back into the work.

Tell us about your latest work Millie Reinvented.

Millie Reinvented is about a young woman who suddenly realizes that her husband has not really been kissing her for a couple of years.  Millie is kissed by a young man who works in the same firm as she does at their Christmas party, and the kiss is so different, and enjoyable it jolts her into the realization that she has been kissing her husband, but he’s just been taking it. It’s not the only thing he’s been taking.  Millie finds herself assessing her relationship with her husband over the next months as the young man who kissed her at the party starts to pursue her.

The things Millie finds out about her husband astonish her.  She falls into a relationship with the young man, August. He is special and begins to love Millie entirely.  As Millie and August’s relationship deepens so do their love scenes.  There are some fun aspects to this erotic romance when Millie meets August’s friendship group from when they were all in university. There’s an instantly likeable group of women in this book, and it was easy to fall in love with August as a writer so I hope as a reader too. I tell his character journey with tenderness because he needs some healing as well as Millie. It’s a love story.

That sounds really interesting!  How did you come up with the title?

The character August gave it to me :-)

Can you tell us a little more about your main character(s)?

Millie needs to be loved. She’s kind, generous, and affectionate. She has a good job and works hard.
August is a darling who helps his friends, and he needs love too, but doesn’t realize it until he meets Millie.

Wow!  This book sounds like a great read!  Thanks for stopping by, Elodie!

Thanks for having me, Ray!

You can find Elodie at the following places:

http://elodieparkes.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/ElodieParkes
https://twitter.com/ElodieParkes
https://plus.google.com/u/0/100127291306930462635/posts

You can purchase Elodie's book at the following places:

http://www.amazon.com/Millie-Reinvented-ebook/dp/B008H5IF7U
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Millie-Reinvented-ebook/dp/B008H5IF7U

Find samples of ‘Millie Reinvented’, and ‘Two of Them’ on the blog http://elodieparkes.blogspot.com.


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