Interview with paranormal romance author Elle Hill

Today I have an interview with contemporary paranormal romance author Elle Hill, focused on her new novel Hunted Dreams.

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Elle began writing novel-length
romances in junior high. She continued scribbling wild tales on her wide-ruled
notepads till those pesky college and career things got in the way. Finally,
after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology, Elle gave herself permission to get a
life. Now, she spends just about all her waking hours doing one or more of the
following: teaching, writing, volunteering, and tending to the whims of her
kitty masters.
Welcome, Elle. Please tell us about
your current release.
Hunted Dreams was released in April 2013. It’s a
modern, paranormal romantic take on the Sleeping
fairy tale. Here’s a pared-down blurb:
Her history, her whereabouts, her name: She knows nothing. Nothing but
her current reality: a constant stream of surrealistic scenarios in which she
fights endless monsters.

She is dreaming. So says the handsome man who
uses his psychic ability to flicker in and out of her dreamscape. With Reed’s
help, she slowly learns more about who she is, what trauma in her past keeps
her locked inside her mind, and how she might devise her escape. 

What inspired you to write this book?
All of my
novels and stories involve people who are trapped inside a room or situation. I
honestly think it’s because I have, while not agoraphobia per se, a disinclination to step outside my house.
I feel out of control outside the borders of my home, and I find it amusing
that I also stuff my fictional characters into small, controllable
environments. Finally, I asked myself what I would do with a character who
wasn’t physically trapped but actually locked inside her head. The premise
really appealed to me.
“The Leeches
got their nickname from the way they eat.” Reed’s voice was even.
“They drink
blood?” she breathed.
He shook his
head. “A little less literal. The Broschi are empathic. They can feel and even
evoke other people’s feelings, negative ones like fear, pain, horror.”
“Sun and
stars,” she breathed. She got it.
She got
eating me,” she said, and laughed, but not humorously. “These superhuman,
psychic Leech people are keeping me trapped in nightmares, eating my feelings.”
Her chest felt heavy. She pressed her left hand against it and felt its gentle
rise and fall.
None of
this is real. All this drama, all this fear, all the pain and anger and malice.
None of it exists except in the form of juicy brainwaves that these beings sip
like mint juleps
. No
wonder she couldn’t die, couldn’t escape, couldn’t ever wake up.
Reed’s face
was flushed, his nostrils wide. Her handsome hero. For a minute, she hated him,
hated that he got to wake up, hated this situation, hated everything boxing her
in this narrow world.
Katana glared
at him for a moment. “I’m trapped in here,” she grated.
His face
relaxed into compassion. Hers hardened.
“I know,” he
She stared at
him for a moment longer. Finally, with a sigh, she leaned her head against the
glass. “Who are you, Reed?”
“I’m a Leech,
too, Katana.”
What exciting story are you working on
I just
finished writing The Tithe, a novel
about seventy “unworkable” people who are sacrificed by their towns in order to
win favor from their god. It sounds dire, and in part it is, but it’s also a
story in which the main character, raised her entire life in the equivalent of
a convent, finally learns the meaning of friendship, love, and sacrifice. As I
say in the back blurb, “How funny that she had to die to find reasons to live.”
I’m in the
process of revising it right now.
When did you first consider yourself a
I can’t
remember not considering myself a
writer. My sister taught me to read and write at the age of three, and I’ve
been penning stories ever since. By the time I was thirteen, I was writing
full-length novels (albeit very, very bad ones). I stopped writing creatively
during my twenties; working and learning full-time left me without time to
sleep, let alone do something fun. I picked it up again in my thirties, and,
well, here I am!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I almost
wrote “I wish I got to write
full-time,” but I don’t know that I do. I’m a college instructor, and I adore
my job. In addition to writing, I’m too much of a performer not to love standing
in front of a roomful of students, trying to instill a lifelong love of
Making time
for writing is incredibly hard. My last novel, The Tithe, took a year to write
because of my hectic schedule. I’d like to think it will get better and I’ll be
able to balance my passions a little better, but I’m probably kidding myself.
Since teaching pays much better than writing, I guess I’ll keep putting it
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I often
stop writing for the day during a scene’s climax. It helps me bypass the threat
of writer’s block; it’s easy to keep writing when you’re dying to go back to
the excitement.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
Believe it
or not, I couldn’t decide between a writer and a teacher. Guess I didn’t have
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Be a
superhero and adopt your next furry friend from a shelter or a rescue.
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19 thoughts on “Interview with paranormal romance author Elle Hill

  1. Elle Hill says:

    Sorry for the mass thanks, but I'm writing this in a busy airport terminal on my smart phone. 🙂 Thanks to Eva, Shannon, and Jane for the super kind words. If you grab a copy of _Hunted Dreams_, I'd love to know what you think. Good luck with the giveaway!

  2. Chelsea B. says:

    Wonderful interview! Ah, I wish I could adopt an animal! I love cats– alas, my allergies do not. Ten minutes in the same room with the saucy fiends and I'm a hacking mess! My sister just adopted a kitten, though:-)


  3. Elle Hill says:

    I know the feeling, Chelsea. I'm also quite allergic to furry animals. I take allergy meds to be able to breathe.

    Good luck winning the gc! 🙂

  4. Leslie Soule says:

    I love the premise that the main character is trapped inside her own head. It is at once unique and also relate-able.

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