Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in South London with her boyfriend. Her debut chick lit novel Kept was released last year, which was followed by Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not.
Elle was interested in being interviewed for my blog and kindly answered some questions.
What type of books do you write?
I write chick lit books, which some would call contemporary romantic women’s fiction. It seems that a lot people really don’t like the connotations of ‘chick lit’, but I think this rule should be applied: You should never judge a book by its cover; likewise, you should never judge a book by its genre!
Can you tell me a bit about your latest novel please?
My last novel to hit the shelves was Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. Geli works in the Gherkin as a newspaper’s Hot or Not writer. As well as scoring plenty of freebies, her job also has the added bonus of sitting next to Theodore Bones, the very hot political columnist who Geli has had a crush on ever since she started her job.
When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, Geli finally sets about to try and convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her light-hearted column suggests and, more importantly, that she’s the one for him. Geli soon realises though that like there are two sides to every story, that also applies to people…
Set in wintry London and sunny South Africa, Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not is full of twists and turns, glamour and glitz, as well as frolics and fashion. Make sure you read it to find out whether Geli gets her man!
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the sequel to Kept, which was my debut novel, so you’ll be able to find out how Arielle gets on now she’s back in London. I won’t spoil it for those who still have Kept on their TBR pile, but I can tell you that there will be more of Obélix and Felicity in this book, as well as some interesting new characters who might not be all that they seem on first appearances…
Lost will be out this summer, and I can’t wait to share what happens next to Arielle!
How do you feel once you’ve had a new book published?
It’s the strangest feeling. It’s exciting, of course, but it’s also a day tinged with sadness as you’ve now done all you can for your characters. I imagine it’s akin to having your grown children go off to explore the big, wide world!
Have you got any advice for anyone wanting to write their first novel?
Never give up. It might take you six months to publish your first novel, or it might take six years… if you give up though, it never will. Sometimes you will want to, but you must keep at it!
What do you like doing in your spare time?
It goes without saying that I do a lot of reading in my spare time. I love exploring and photographing Blighty’s capital, seeing far too many musicals, and eating my way around London’s culinary delights. I’m also a massive fan of The Killers, Milka Daim, giraffes, caipirinhas, Audrey Hepburn movies, balsamic vinegar, Scrabble, sunshine and champagne, so I like my life to involve these as much as possible, too!
Who are your favourite authors and have any of them influenced your writing?
Maggie Alderson, Meg Cabot, Dorothy Koomson, Sophie Kinsella and Sarra Manning are some of my favourite chick lit authors, and they’ve definitely inspired my writing.
If you could be Prime Minister for a day what would you do?
I would probably get distracted and spend a hefty chunk of that day poking and peering into the secret nooks and crannies of Number 10 and the Houses of Parliament. It would certainly be the opportune time to garner some unique insight for a future book!
Below are some useful links:-
Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Geli-Voyantes-Hot-Not-ebook/dp/B00FY12QUM
You can read Elle’s literary, London and life adventures on her blog: http://www.ellefield.co.uk
Follow her on Twitter: @ellefie
Like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefieldauthor
Connect with her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7060681.Elle_Field