Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Lust. Mechanics. Mini Cooper. by Elle Brookes #interview

Romantic Comedy/Adventure/Time Travel
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Part Two: Sex. Coffee. Time Travel.  Coming Soon

 Adventure-romance author, Lesley Meryn, has lived her own share of adventures. But the one thing she has never experienced is the "coupe de foudre", the Lightning-Bolt of Love. Connected by years of friendship to the sexy action-movie star, Jason Hambrey, Jax, the two really are "just friends" but the paparazzi are merciless, making their lives and their friendship almost impossible to sustain.

When Lesley's Aunt dies, leaving her a piece of property in North Yorkshire, Lesley is mystified. Her aunt kept it a secret. Lesley travels to London and learns her that her aunt leased the property twenty-five years before to an 'Historical Research Society'. The lease on the property is up for renewal. Before she makes her decision; Lesley travels to the farm to investigate

Nothing could prepare her for what she finds at the farm. Miles Sherwood is dark, devious, and desperate. He's the very last person one would consider the head of a stuffy British 'Historical Society'

Lesley finds him insufferable, yet irresistibly attractive. The two unknowingly share a deep connection. Whether they like it or's Lightning-Time!


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
If there is a message, or theme in my book(s), it is that my characters, just as people do in real life, take on many different personas, as circumstances demand. I include a famous quote from Shakespeare, from 'As You Like It' at the beginning of LUST. MECHANICS. MINI COOPER., that sums it up, that each person plays many parts in their lives, some by choice, some by necessity.  The Hero of the book, Miles, has changed his life in an effort to escape an unsavory past, but a past that helped him to survive a rough youth. Unfortunately, in Book Two, his impulsive, risk-taking nature causes him to make choices that are not necessarily in his best interests. Lesley, too, takes on a 'public' persona, to mask her shyness, from the trauma of being harassed and ridiculed when she was forced to attend a girl's boarding school in England. In Book Two, SEX. COFFEE. TIME TRAVEL. she 'masquerades' as a young man in the past, as circumstances demand that she do so (because it "works all the time in the books"). Another character, Jax, as an actor, changes because that is his work, but his basic personality and character are fairly consistent through both books. However, he does take a certain delight in anonymously torturing the paparazzi who plague him constantly.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Because of the strong personalities of my characters, they sometimes decide to go off on their own pathways. This is frustrating on one hand, but on the other hand it means they are taking me to the truth of who and what they are. As they should. Sometimes they are the ones who need to point out to me what is important.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have completed two books, Book One is LUST. MECHANICS. MINI COOPER.. Book Two, SEX. COFFEE. TIME TRAVEL the thrilling conclusion to Book One is going live in September. I am also nearly finished with another book, SABER AND STEELE: THE HALCYON VENGEANCE. It is full of action and intrigue, with new characters, Sabinne (Saber) Darrieux and Adrian James Steele.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Everyone has their own idea about how the characters from a book manifest themselves in the reader's imagination. I can't really say. After working in TV production I can say that I have great respect for Casting Directors and what they go through in order to bring a production to life through their choices. They have a difficult job to do.  But I think what really makes the casting for a character a success, is a great actor.

When did you begin writing?
Writing began very early for me. I wrote stories as a child. I was always writing, short stories, mostly. In middle school, I wrote epic-length adventures with a friend. I was probably the only person in any of my English classes that had no problem with writing fiction. In college, at the first meeting of a freshman writing class, the instructor told us that he expected 40 pages from each of us. There were groans all around me. And that was for the semester. I remembered thinking: what was the problem? My first story for the class ran about 38 pages. As it happened, it turned out to be the first incarnation of the story of Lesley and Miles.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
This particular book had a very long gestation period. I'm glad that it did, because it is informed by the person I am now, with what I know now. It began as a dream I had when I was much younger, and was an idea that always stayed with me.  Of course over time many things have changed, but these two people were always in my head, waiting to get out.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
I always loved the classic stories of Alexandre Dumas and Rafael Sabatini, and Daniel Defoe. Adventure stories of any kind. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all-time favorites.  

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
The pure joy and freedom of the creative process, and the excitement wondering where the story is going to take me.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Saber and Steele would be: Spies. Vegas. Seduction. Duct-tape.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I really love writing Saber and Steele, and there is the possibility that it might become a series. Saber is a strong female character, but she struggles with certain vulnerabilities. Steele is an intelligence agent, but very closed-in, tight, controlled. He does what he does because he doesn't know how to do anything else. He's in the trust and betrayal business and he is a master player. And he doesn't really know who he is. There is something in Saber that unlocks the desire  inside of him to want to be more, to be an open and honest human being. I have notes and plot-lines for follow-up book.

Elle grew up in Los Angeles, California, but has lived in San Francisco and then Jamaica when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer.  At the age of  twelve she became obsessed with keeping falcons in the back yard. Fortunately, for the hundreds of hapless French poodles living in the San Fernando Valley at the time, she was not allowed to do this. In the course of the following years, she took on the challenges of earlier times, learning how to fence, how to ride horses, archery skills, and she even took a "Grand Tour of Europe". Travel continues to be a passion of hers. Her father always claimed that she had been born into the wrong century.  He may have been right.  Elle currently lives in the central highlands of Costa Rica with her dog Pixie, and her hedgehog, Quiller.
Skype: BROOKES2011

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