1. When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?
There is just something about my favorite books that draws me into them and keeps my interest. I love Stephen King, Anne Rice, VC Andrews and so many of the old school authors because there was a hook at the beginning and before you knew it, they had you.
Two of my favorite novels of all time The Dome and The Stand (Unabridged version) both by Stephen King. Both started out simple enough but throughout the novel, King had a way of drawing you into his world and bonding you with his characters and making them feel very real like they were your next-door neighbors.
2. Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?
My genre chose me. Never in a million years did I think I would write romance but I started out in paranormal romance and then this was followed by contemporary romance with strong female themes and also romance known as New Adult.
Even though I write romance, I still try to challenge the reader and I have to work on that. I would like to be a more emotional writer and less intellectual writer. With Only Love, I think I balanced this but I still have a way to go and improve on my craft. I never want to stop learning!
3. If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?
Without a doubt, Stephen King. I think he is absolutely brilliant and he would be the only reason I would ever want to live in Maine. I really do respect he has a career that spans longer than my lifetime and although I would be the first to tell you I couldn’t read him when I was younger, I love his books now. It would be an evening of seafood and picking his brain about what makes his tick!
4. When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?
My favorite past time is traveling. I love to see new places and visit new countries. So far, I have been to Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, the and the Netherlands. I have a friend who lives in both Denmark and Norway so I would love to go see her and France is, by far, one of my most favorite countries on earth!
5. At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?
I have been self publishing for almost two years so when my first book came out, it was not ready for prime time. It wasn’t until I released my first book after this one (a paranormal romance that morphed from Death Wish to Mortal Death), I met a competent editor. We get one another and usually the process is plow through the novel, proofread and self-edit and then send it to my editor where it goes through three rounds of editing before it is uploaded.
I want people to enjoy my novels and focus on the plot, not the typos and awkward sentences.
Only Love Blurb
After an explosive secret is revealed, Deirdreleaves her life in Seattle behind and starts anew in La Jolla. However, shedidn't anticipate having the dashing "sex on a stick" neighbor in theform of Drake O'Connell. He's sexy, self-depreciating and a chef for one of themost popular restaurants in the city.
However everyone has secrets and as Deidre and Drakebecome closer, her old life catches up with her. Soon, Colin, her formerfiancé, is living in the same city and pushing Deirdre to make a decision.While she finds herself falling for Drake yet still not letting go of what sheand Colin had together, she must come to her own conclusions and in the end,someone will get hurt in the process.
When life is love and love is pain, and the wholeworld is various shades of gray, Deirdre gains strength in realizing she mustdo what is right for her and the future she desperately wants while trying tocome to terms with a past she would rather forget.
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Elle Chardou is a world traveler and author of several different series.
Ms. Chardou is the author of The Ties That Bind Trilogy,The Atonement Series, The Hart Family Saga, The Vamp Saga, The Supernaturals, Beginnings: Book I (The Plague) series.
She is currently working on A Summer to Remember from the new Seasons of Love & Lustseries, Only Time from The Atonement series and Indecent Behavior, which part of the newExploitation of Love series
Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.