Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Elle Field
What They Say:
"I'm starting to realise that age is just a number, but Tabitha pointed out I'm only saying that because I'm twenty-five, engaged, and have my life together. (Touch wood things stay that way.)"
Arielle is back! OK, she's not on her way to becoming the next Coco Chanel, her childhood dream, but she is one way step closer to running her very own shop with her business partner, Felicity.
She's also planning her perfect romantic wedding to fiancé, Piers, and Arielle is starting to believe that she's finally found her place in the world... Of course life is never that straightforward.
With a new-found foe interfering with her shop decisions, not to mention haughty wedding planners and loved ones facing personal struggles, will Arielle figure out what's important before all is lost?
Out in Kindle and in paperback formats now:
If you’ve not yet read Kept, the first book in the Arielle Lockley series, buy it here:
Interview with Elle Field
Welcome to Comet Babes Books. Thank you for having me!
Can you tell us about your book?
I'd love to! Lost begins two months after the end of Kept, and Arielle is busy planning her shop launch in London, as well as her wedding to Piers. But, with a new-found foe interfering with her business decisions, not to mention haughty wedding planners and loved ones facing personal struggles, Arielle needs to figure out what's important before all is lost...
Can you share with us who designs the gorgeous covers for you books?
My covers are hand-illustrated by a designer called Will Duffy, and I really love them.
Can you tell us about your writing process?
I write the first draft straight on to the computer - I used to write it by hand and type it up until I started struggling to decipher my awful handwriting - and then I do several rounds of edits before the manuscript goes off to my Copy Editor. One of the most effective ways I find to edit a book is by reading it out loud - you miss so many little typos, and what not, when you read a manuscript silently. For some reason, my brain wrongly always reads the incorrect word on screen as being correct!
What inspired you to take up writing?
I've always been a voracious reader who scribbled down stories so I think it was inevitable that I would become a writer – it was just a case of when and what genre! I dabbled in writing children's and YA fiction as a teenager, but it wasn't until I was twenty that I properly discovered chick lit and found my genre of choice. Although, who knows, maybe one day I will write another genre!
What items are on your desk/where you write?
Hot cups of tea and my Moleskine notebook are the two most important items I can have close by when I write.
Do you have a routine for your writing? ie time of day.
I write in fits and starts throughout the year, so when I do write it's full-time and I treat it like a day job. (I currently spend half my year doing consultancy work, and half the year writing books.) I spend the first few hours in the morning catching up on emails and social media stuff, before I settle down to write. I don't tend to have word targets for the day - sometimes I write a mere 50 words, other days I write 5,000 words - and I make sure I'm finished by 6pm so I can enjoy the evenings.
Any tips for writers who are just starting out?
Don’t give up. It might take you six months to get your novel published, or it might take you six years - perseverance is key! It sounds like simple advice, but you should always have it in the back of your mind that you will face rejections – likely, many of them – but you can’t let them bother you and stop you from doing what you love. One person’s treasure is another person’s tat, after all!
At the moment I'm in the ideas stage and am thinking up what happens next after Lost. There will be one more book in the Arielle Lockley series; Found should be out towards the end of the year.
What's the worst advice you have ever received?
I received a critique of my second book, Geli Voyante's Hot or Not, which advised me to cut out all the sex scenes because "no one enjoys reading about rough sex". The reader evidently didn't enjoy reading those scenes, but this side of the characters was important for both the plot line and how their relationship developed - it was terrible advice for the book, and their personal preferences shouldn't have swayed their critique in this way. It was advice I firmly ignored!
If one of your books was made into a film/TV series, who would you like as the leading lady/man?
I'd quite like Henry Cavill - swoon! - to play Piers, and I could definitely see Emilia Clarke (Daenerys in Game of Thrones) playing Arielle.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I'd sneak into all those places you can't typically access and see what the Queen is up to, for example, or maybe cause some mayhem spooking tourists on Oxford Street!
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
Thanks for having me!
- Elle xx
Elle Field lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She enjoys exploring new places, watching musicals on the West End, and eating her way around London’s culinary delights.
Her first novel Kept was released in April 2013; Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not followed in October 2013. Lost, the sequel to Kept, is out now. Look out for the final book in the Arielle Lockley series, Found, towards the end of the year.