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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Elle Evans

Please welcome Elle to our blog today as she talks inspiration and weaknesses...

What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Elle Evans and I’m originally from the West coast of Florida (Saint Petersburg, FL USA)

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Stranded is a “moresome” tale about Ashley Carpenter, a Creative Director whose husband, Joey surprises her from time to time with erotic adventures. She playfully calls him boring and Joey uses that as an excuse to turn up the heat. This adventure really begins when Ashley goes off script. She finds herself scantily clad, in a Las Vegas hotel and thinks she is following a plan that her sexy hubby has prepared for her. While waiting impatiently for Joey to pop up and spring the “surprise,” she begins to second-guess her decision to participate in the weekend’s steamy, erotic situations.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Wow. Well… Can I plead the fifth on that?  Let’s just say that I have *friends* with some fantastic stories. I take these real life sexy situations and ask myself how I can, as an author, elaborate and push the limits to make them even more incredible!

What’s your biggest turn on?
The ocean. There is just something so sexy about fresh salt air. If I could spend the entire day on the trampoline of a catamaran with the warmth of the sun on my face, I would completely melt.  I love seeing shorelines of places for the very first time. There is a certain mystique about a new place, whether it is a quiet cove or the skyline of a busy city. It’s like there are hundreds of new experiences waiting right on in front of me.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
When people buy large boats, I’m talking about the 40’ + sail boats they don’t just go to their local hardware store and pick one off the shelf. Someone has to deliver (read: sail) the yacht from point A to point B. I would love to be that person. 

Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
Absolutely. Annie Linder is a character in a series that I have been writing for years. Although my first published book with Secret Cravings Publishing is “Stranded,” the Annie Linder series begins with a novel called “The Brisbane Experiment.” I really want to build a base of readers and fans before I introduce my pride and joy to the World.  Don’t get me wrong; I love Ashley and Joey—mostly because I sort of know those [sort of] people outside of the story. Annie Linder is just what tugged at my psyche to even begin writing. Her transformation from a quiet, reserved young widow into a ruthless sexy temptress is what drives me to keep typing away.

What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
I once had someone clear my schedule for an entire day and send me on a sexy scavenger hunt that ended with a lot of dark chocolate and wine.  The interesting part was that I didn’t see my lover until the end of the evening. The anticipation of what I would find next was exhilarating.  Each little sexy clue led me to another, as I was chauffeured around town. By the time that we reunited at the end, I was so turned on that I could have easily passed on the scallops and smashed plantains and went straight to bed. But… hello? Scallops and smashed plantains!  I love it when someone knows exactly what I want most.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
I actually enjoy a good Scotch.  It’s ironic though because I may pour a glass of a 12-year single malt to relax, but then as soon as I settle into my favourite chair and get into that quiet, comfy state of mind, the floodgates open and the ideas for new material pour in.  Although we have never met in person, I even thanked Malt Master, David Stewart at The Balvenie Distillery, for being my liquid muse for “Stranded.”

What’s your greatest weakness?
Those rippled oblique muscles that almost beg your eyes to follow the “direction” that they are pointing… yeah, that’s like Kryptonite!

What trait do you find the sexiest?
Physical trait? See the comment above.

How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
They are always going to be steamy, burn your fingertips hot! Real life has plenty of mediocre “hot” moments. Personally, I like to take it up an octave and give the readers a little nudge into an experience that pulls them just outside their normal comfort zone. I want to make them realize they were actually that person all along; perhaps they just didn’t realize it until they put the book down and picked the phone up.

Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
Yes. I don’t write male on male scenes. I don’t have anything against those stories, I just feel that there are people better equipped to write those scenarios. (Ha! No pun intended there.)

Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Now you are putting me between a rock and a hard-place. If I say experience, I may scare away potential relationships for fear of becoming fodder for my next tale. On the other hand, that could be a great way to throw down the gauntlet! The truth is a little of both.  I’m just really good at embellishing.

What’s your idea of a perfect romantic evening?
Romance?  For romance I would have to say bobbing up and down with the waves in an anchorage with a freshly caught meal and a nice wine. …But since I write more Erotica than Romance, let me also add that I prefer tequila body-shots and passionate sex on an open patio during a heavy downpour! I suppose romance is nice too, but it’s not as inspiring.

What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
I like this metal band from Atlanta, Georgia called Sevendust. But you have to remember that my love scenes are usually torrid. …Don’t judge me.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Sailing, exercising, shopping.

Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I have A.D.D. I actually stopped half way through this interview to watch an episode of Scooby-Doo and I’m not ashamed for it. I assure you that there are plenty of surprises in Stranded, though!

Ashley Carpenter is a Creative Director for an advertising
agency in Los Angeles. Her husband, Joey, is a designer
with a wild imagination of his own. To keep their sex life
as steamy as possible, he often plans erotic adventures to
surprise her. After a hiatus from their usual shenanigans,
Ashley taunts Joey by calling him boring. In response to
her challenge, Ashley finds herself thrust into his most
extravagant role-playing scenario yet; or so she hopes.

Find Elle on her website.

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