An interview with Elle Field
So Elle, tell us, what have you been up to this year so far?
I’ve been working hard in the day job so I could take some time off to write. I’m one month in to my six months off and am hard at work writing book 3.
You have two books under your belt now, what can we expect from book number 3?
Book 3 is the sequel to my debut novel, Kept, and readers will be able to find out how Arielle gets on now she’s back in London. I won’t spoil it for those who still have Kept on their TBR pile, but I can tell you that there will be more of Obélix and Felicity in this book, as well as some interesting new characters who might not be all that they seem on first appearances… I can’t wait to share what happens next to Arielle!
Where do you find inspiration for your characters, and are any of them based on real-life personalities?
Real life and people you know can be great for inspiration but I always make sure to add a heavy fictional twist if I do borrow from real-life!
I can tell you that Arielle, the heroine of Kept and Lost, has a few of my own traits. I think it is inevitable as an author that a few of your own experiences or quirks might make their way into bits of your books…
What have been your favourite reads of this year?
The Unwind Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes
The Peter Grant books by Ben Aaronovitch
Spare Brides by Adele Parks
Broken Dolls by James Carol
The Wool Trilogy by Hugh Howey
We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon
They are all amazing books that I highly recommend.
Who are your 3 favourite authors, and why?
This is such a tough question as I definitely have more than three favourite authors; this is in no way my definitive three favourite authors, OK! I love Bill Bryson, who I discovered as a teen. His travel writing is warm, humorous and transports you instantly to wherever Bill is. Roald Dahl is another favourite of mine – his way with words is simply magical. Finally, Sarra Manning is another teen discovery of mine. I used to devour her Diary of a Crush column in J17 each month with one of my best friends, so I was thrilled when she started writing adult books. (Though I read her YA books, too, obviously!)
If you could pick one book to describe you, what would it be and why?
This is even tougher than the last question, and I’m going to be sneaky and pick my own book, Kept. I’ve chosen Kept because like the main character, Arielle, I’ve known what career I’ve wanted to do ever since I was a child, though Arielle’s childhood dream was to be a fashion designer, not an author. Writing Kept made my childhood dream happen, but I won’t spoil it by telling you how things worked out for Arielle!
How important do you think social media is for authors to promote themselves and their books?
There’s a fine line between using social media to promote your books and spamming people but, nevertheless, it’s still important for authors to use it. It’s definitely better to promote yourself subtly by being your witty and charming self than send out full-on marketing tweets that just scream “Buy my book!”, though it’s OK, of course, to share your good news and reviews with your fans.
And finally, what do you have next in the pipeline?
Getting book 3 finished, as well as working on a deal that will see my books sat on the shelves of bookshops, airports and supermarkets – preferably at the front, on display, please – rather than just being available to buy online. I’m very excited!
About the Author
Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in South London with her boyfriend. Her debut chick lit novelKeptwas released last year, which was followed by Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not.
Watch out for the release of Lost, Kept’s sequel.
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