Today I have an interview with contemporary paranormal romance author Elle Hill, focused on her new novel Hunted Dreams.
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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
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modern, paranormal romantic take on the Sleeping
Beauty fairy tale. Here’s a pared-down blurb:
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.
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.
got their nickname from the way they eat.” Reed’s voice was even.
blood?” she breathed.
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.”
stars,” she breathed. She got it.
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.
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.
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.
at him for a moment. “I’m trapped in here,” she grated.
relaxed into compassion. Hers hardened.
him for a moment longer. Finally, with a sigh, she leaned her head against the
glass. “Who are you, Reed?”
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.”
process of revising it right now.
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!
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
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
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
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
when you grew up?
or not, I couldn’t decide between a writer and a teacher. Guess I didn’t have
with the readers?
superhero and adopt your next furry friend from a shelter or a rescue.