Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today, Elodie. So first, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Canterbury, United Kingdom, and work in an antiques shop and write. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks.
I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale. I never consciously thought I wanted to be a writer. I just knew I had things to write and have always written things, even if it has just been left on my computer for years.
I have published three erotic romance books to date, Millie Reinvented, which is a book for women, a love story, an uplifting story for the lonely, there’s a little humor in it and lots of yummy sex.
Two of Them, a contemporary erotic romance that men might like because the two principal characters are men looking for love, lots of secrets and sex.
The Horoscope Writer, a deeply romantic, sexy love story, full of delicious sex with a touch of paranormal.
I am awaiting a fourth book being published, by Eternal Press , the release date is May 1st. The Last Time, is erotic romance.
I’ve also written an erotic romance short (14,000 word story) The Picnic, for an erotic romance anthology that will be published by Moon Rose March 31st
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Not much besides my laptop and Tea, yes cups of tea.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
My heroes are loving. They have flaws and are sometimes vulnerable. They always love their women deeply. They have fears and yet will dive into the fray. They are always sexy and love sex. I think that’s important. (smiles)
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
I used to think it was August in ‘Millie Reinvented’ because he is so endearing and loving. Then I switched to Dominic in ‘The Horoscope Writer’ because he’s so sexy and yet vulnerable and constant in his love for Cassie. Recently I’m in love with Seth from my new novel soon to be published by Eternal Press. I love all my characters, every one of them. I can’t choose a favorite.
Lots of my characters have some foundation from real people who have passed through my life. They are composites of those glimpses of people and my imagination.
I’ll tell you about two books because they come directly from contact with particular people.
For instance my book ‘Millie Reinvented’ was inspired through my day job.
I was talking to a young woman who was in the antiques shop where I work and she was buying a little sculpture of two lovers kissing. She said she had to have it because it was so nice to look at, as her husband didn’t even kiss her anymore. I couldn’t say anything I just wrapped the item, and stored the thought until the story burst out onto my laptop.
The book ‘Two of Them’ was inspired by a guy in an auction house. He came to stand next to me and was bidding for a Georgian table. He was talking to me about having inherited a run-down cottage from his grandfather and buying a few pieces for it as he renovated it. We had coffee together; he had the bluest eyes and was very nice, he told me he was looking for a different job because in his words ‘he felt as if he couldn’t stand the one he had another second’. He inspired the character Jet.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
I think the hardest scenes are violence, and actually I haven’t done many. I think it’s because I abhor it.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
No one did really. I read so widely and such a variety. No, it’s real life that influences me.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Dominic Reed from my own book, The Horoscope Writer, A deeply romantic, sexy romance, full of delicious sex that shows the lovely character of the main male lead, Dominic. He’s my ‘wish he was real guy.’
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Yikes! I’ve led a sheltered life. I can’t think of one thing. To be honest I’m very short on male company and always have been (smiles).
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
I like intelligent, creative, competent heroines, someone a little different, independent but not afraid to show her sexier side.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
With a guy who came to a club with me and was scathing of the music, the people, on and on, so intolerant and opinionated. I went to the bar (allegedly) and left him there. I went off to another club that I knew.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
My laptop, and a portable generator.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
I guess I just want to reach more readers. I love to write and sometimes you just hope someone will read your story and love it enough to say so.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
I’d be blue-violet because it’s so lovely and feels happy.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
I’d like to think I have my own perception of love, built from a love of the earth, the countryside, nature, and seeing shit go on all over the world, I think real love has to be rare. I find the world harsh. There’s not enough love in it. Lots of people never find love.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Far out, I like both. As long as they have blue, green or gray eyes and are kind, intelligent and sexy. (Oooh nice answer!)
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet, no kinky, er no sweet how about damn sexy, hot and yet sweet too?
Fast or slow? Slow
Public or private? any chance of both?
Beverly: A girl after my own heart!
Top or bottom? Top
Elodie Parkes lives in rural England, United Kingdom.
She works in a sales and buying capacity for antiques, but her first love is writing. When she isn’t working, Elodie has two dogs that keep her fit with their need for walks.
Elodie lovingly writes contemporary romance, always erotic, sometimes with a twist of mystery, paranormal, and suspense. She likes to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale. Elodie finds inspiration in the many people who visit the places she works. People and emotions inspire her, and especially the way people act when in love or looking for love.
Find Elodie online:
http://elodieparkes.blogspot.com where you can read lots of snippets from my erotic romance novels, meet other authors and read snippets from their books.
She was kissed under the mistletoe: he fell in love.
When August kissed Millie at a Christmas party, he was perhaps already half in love with her.
Millie suddenly realizes that her husband has not really been kissing her for a couple of years
The kiss from August is so different and enjoyable it jolts her into the realization that she has been kissing her husband but he’s just been taking it.
It’s not the only thing he’s been taking.
Millie finds herself assessing her relationship with her husband over the next months as the August starts to pursue her.
The things Millie finds out about her husband astonish her.
What will happen as Millie and August develop a steamy, and special relationship?
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