Elle was born into this world in Redwood City, California and spent her childhood growing in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in education. For fun she reads, spends time at the beach, travels, and enjoys time with her favorite friends, and family. She is a night-owl known to be a hermit during rainy days, as she has a love for sun, and is mostly found poolside over the hot, humid summer months.
My latest book Eye of the Storm Eilida’s Tragedy is a suspense thriller with a distinct touch of the paranormal. Eilida observes something so intensely horrific it sends her fleeing through the mountainous woods during a heavy thunderstorm. She awakes to no memories of her past. Sunshine, a receptionist at the local paper, upon hearing of Eilida’s tragedy becomes engrossed and seeks to find the answers. She finds a whole lot more.
This year I plan on releasing Baby Girl Book 4 Bite the Big Apple and in the fall Calm Before the Storm Evan’s Sins the prequel to Eye of the Storm.
From where do you draw your inspiration?
Inspiration is a funny thing. I feel as though I have lived different lives and in those lives have experienced a multitude of frightful events, people, and places as well as happiness and serenity. My inspiration comes from all of that and sometimes it is a simple smell or sound that triggers my subconscious and a story ensues.
Do you ever base your characters on real people in your life?
Occasionally, but not too much my characters have a way of designing and naming themselves. My job is merely to put their thoughts, action, and words in written form.
What was your road to publishing like? Tell us about it.
My road to publishing was a rocky one. I have been writing for years and have rough drafts upon rough drafts that may one day come to fruition in a novel or series of novels. My spark to finally publish was the loss of a wonderful friend. When he passed away I buried myself into publishing As Snow Falls but then I couldn’t stop. Cleo kept edging at my mind and the Baby Girl series began.
Eye of the Storm Eilida’s Tragedy is volume 1 in a the Ruthless Storm Trilogy. The next book will be a prequel and the third book is the story from an outsider (who becomes an insider) story.
Do you read the genre you write for or do you prefer other genres?
I love to read and enjoy a variety of genres from romance to horror and everything in between. My favorite genres are probably paranormal, mystery, and gothic- horror.
Have you joined any writer’s groups?
Tons! I mean tons and have met some wonderful authors and colleagues. I don’t think I would have made it through the first year as an indie author if it wasn’t for the wonderful, supportive people I’ve met in these groups. They are full of innovative minds. We share and learn from one another. I suggest for any author writer groups are an important tool and an invaluable resource.
Have you won any awards for your writing?
I have won an award two years in a row for NaNoWriMo. I wrote Eye of the Storm Eilida’s Tragedy for NaNoWriMo 2013 and in 2014 I wrote Baby Girl 4 and beyond. The beyond was writing Baby Girl 5 and half of the 6th book. Baby Girl Book 1 In the Beginning won IBD (Indie Book of the Day) June 10th 2014.
That’s a toughie but I would have to say Cleo from my Baby Girl series. We have completed 5 and a half books together bringing us very close. Sometimes its difficult to shut her out of my mind so I can go about my day.
What is your preferred writing environment?
This is an interesting question. Some people prefer music or background noise, smells may trigger ideas in authors, even sights and travelling. For me, I like a quiet place where I can become one with all my characters. I tend to be a little ADD and am distracted by irrelevant noises such as TV. I have spent hours writing with the TY muted but on. Music is Ok so long as it’s quiet.
Do you have a careful plan when plotting your stories or do you just go with the flow?
I go with the flow. I have tried to plan, but my characters have other ideas. Sometimes characters pop out of nowhere or characters that haven’t been seen in a book or two popping up without warning and interject themselves into the story. I do start with a rough plan and let the voices in my head take over after that.