Elle Kennedy steps into the Author Spotlight to dish on sizzle and suspense, and talk about how she delivers both... plus, she's got a giveaway!
A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently publishes with Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, and Samhain Publishing. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
Elle, thanks so much for joining us here at The Pink Heart Society today. Can you tell us a little about your latest story? What inspired it?
Witness Seduction is my latest release from Harlequin Blaze. It's about a sexy cop on a stakeout - because who doesn’t love sexy cops on stakeouts?! Seriously though, I love a man in uniform and there is something incredibly alluring about someone ‘being watched’ - it sets up an interesting dynamic between the hero and heroine.
Couldn't agree more! Men in uniform definitely get a double take from me. And the premise of Witness Seduction sounds great. How about a blurb?
Night after night, Caleb Ford stakes out the house of the curvy and tantalizing woman next door, waiting for her fugitive ex-fiancé to show up. Yet for an assignment that should be easy, this one is turning out to be oh so hard, especially when he can’t stop fantasizing about the woman who might very well be working with the enemy. But who said he can’t use a little bit of seduction to uncover the sexy nurse’s secrets?
DEA Agent: Caleb Ford
Subject: Marley Kincaid, aka Nurse Hottie
Purpose: Kincaid's drug–dealing ex, Patrick Grier, is on the run after killing a DEA agent. Grier won't be able to stay away from Kincaid—she's way too tempting…
Day One: Kincaid's oblivious to the danger. Spends all her time renovating and doing sexy yoga. Damn, she moves her body in tantalizing ways.
Day Three: If I see her curvy silhouette one more time I'm in serious trouble.
Day Five: No sign of Grier, but after a few days of observation, things are getting incredibly…er, hard.
Day Seven: I had no choice but to make contact with Kincaid. Now that I've touched her, it's im-possible to stop. The investigation is jeopardized. Seduction is imminent…God help me.
Who are a few of your favorite authors to read?
I love Iris Johansen (I drop everything when she releases a new book), Diana Gabaldon (her Outlander series is amazing), J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Danielle Steel...I could go on for hours so I’ll just stop there.
What’s in your TBR pile and why?
First, the ‘Game of Thrones’ series by George R. R. Martin -- I got hooked on the first one and now I must finish the rest! Also, everything by Philippa Gregory. I loved ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and can’t wait to read her other work - I’m a bit of a history junkie.
When the writing is done, how do you kick back to relax?
Sometimes with more writing! I often have a project or two on the go that’s ‘just for fun’. Sometimes it’s nice to work on something just for me, without any expectations around it. I also watch a lot of movies, read, play scrabble, and if I’m lucky, get away to a beach.
What’s something about you that would shock your readers to know?
I'm NOT a romantic at all! I really don’t go for a the ‘mushy’ stuff in my own life. I’m pretty content just hanging out with my guy & having some laughs -- I don’t need or want any big romantic gestures! I suppose some people would be surprised to hear that from a romance writer!
How long have you been writing and what prompted you to begin?
I’ve been writing since I was little - I’ve always loved it and always knew that this is what I wanted to do. I wrote my first ‘book’ when I was 12!
When you write, how many projects do you generally have going at once?
As many as will fit in my head! Well, probably around 4...with a few more ideas and rough drafts floating around. It depends - when I get an idea I like to run with it. Some-times I am very inspired, so I’ll have a lot on the go. Other times not as many.
How do you manage your ideas for new stories before you’re able to really sit down and work on them?
I think about new ideas a lot - for me, ‘daydreaming’ is work! I’ll often figure stuff out in my head before I put anything down on paper. Often I’ll talk about it with friends - some-times talking it out really helps to flesh out ideas. And then I’ll jot down notes, write a synopsis or the first few chapters.
What’s the best piece of advice you have to offer to an aspiring author?
Keep writing! Find a good critique partner who will give you honest feedback. Submit your work to as many places as you can. And don’t be discouraged by rejection letters - I have a gigantic stack of them myself.
How would you describe what writing is to you? (Habit, hobby, outlet, obsession, sanity savor…?)
ALL OF THE ABOVE!
Elle, wonderful chatting with you today. Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers?
I’ll be giving away a copy of Witness Seduction to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment to enter! Check back tomorrow for the winner!
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