Today I’m pleased to welcome Elle Field to the blog. Elle is the author of Kept, Lost, B-Side and Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not and her latest novel Found was independently published on 4 August 2016.
Today Elle answers a few of my questions.
1. Tell us a little about Found
Arielle has come a long way since her “kept” woman days – in all aspects of her life – and we find out exactly how far she has come in Found. It’s a fun, fast-paced book, set mostly in New York City, and I’m so pleased that readers are loving the way the series ends!
2. What inspired the book?
I left Lost, the second book in the Arielle Lockley series, at a cliff-hanger moment – anxious readers were my inspiration for writing Found!
3. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you? How long does the process take you from first line to completed novel?
I used to just sit down and write, but nowadays I jot down a line about the next few chapters I’m about to write. That’s the extent of my planning! The time it takes to complete the first draft is always an unknown quantity – it depends on whether I’m doing consultancy work, or whether I’m working on my book full-time – but once I’m at the editing stage I can turn around the book pretty quickly.
4. Found is part of the Arielle Lockley series. What do you think are the benefits are to writing a series? Are there any downsides?
The main benefit is that you can create a character who, almost, becomes real to people because they get to experience the character develop over time. I’ve had a lot of people share with me that they have come to regard Arielle a friend who they’ll miss now that the series has ended, which is a lovely thing to hear. The downside is that if people come late into the series and they don’t go back to the beginning, they tend to miss out on details – that can make the later books in the series less enjoyable for them, which is a true shame.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I like stories – whether it’s grasped through pages, on screen, on stage, or whether it’s a story you pick up from visiting a place and soaking in its atmosphere and history. I’m also a bit of a foodie.
6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
One book is just cruel! Couldn’t I pick a Kindle and load it with all my favourite books, and then read that for the rest of my life?! No, OK… Hmmmmm. I would pick The Secret Garden because it’s a wonderful book – full of magic and fantastic Yorkshire imagery.
7. I like to end my Q&A’s with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
I’ve never been asked whether I’d turn my hand at other types of writing – outside of the book world, that is. The answer is that I would love to write a screenplay one day. I have an idea formed in my head already. Maybe one day I’ll sit down and write it into words!
About the book:
“”How did people even come up with the idea of these dizzying skyscrapers, let alone work out how to make them possible? Whoever built the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, their legacy will live on forever. What sort of a difference will I ever make?”
Who knew one flight could change everything? When Arielle Lockley stepped on the plane at Heathrow, she never realised how different her life would be when she touched down in New York City. Now she’s dealing with that aftermath, as well as trying to find common ground with Etta, her new and unexpected business partner.
But, trying to sort out business in London whilst her fiancé, Piers, recovers from surgery in New York, is starting to take its toll on their relationship. Can Arielle and Etta work together to continue Felicity’s legacy without destroying it, and will Arielle and Piers even make it down the aisle to say “I do”?”