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Interview with Elle Brookes

Interview with Elle Brookes @tymslyder @iReadBookTours


What genre do you write and why?
My first two books “Lust. Mechanics. Mini Cooper.” and “Sex. Coffee. Time Travel.” exploit a mix of several genres; suspense, historical, romance, contemporary, time travel, with a dash of "entertainment insider." I want to write books I would enjoy reading. I know I'm not writing great literature. I want my readers to have a good time. My beta-readers enjoyed them even though they are tough to categorize. They said I made the unbelievable, believable. Or as the main character (Lesley Meryn, a writer of adventure suspense novels featuring Saber and Steele) says "I make them want to believe." I worked for a television production company for several years, and I have based a lot of what happens to actor-character Jason Hambrey on real-life situations.

Interview with Elle Brookes @tymslyder @iReadBookTours
My most recent book, The Fabergé Entanglement, is a spy-fy-suspense-adventure, with two characters deeply attracted to each other (so a dash of romance, well…maybe more than a dash.) This novel is more easily definable, and I’ve kept to the conventions of the genre, but on my terms. Still, it's a bit off-kilter.


Who are your favourite authors?
I greatly admire the work of Adam Hall. His work is a great inspiration for me. When I was younger I enjoyed Robert Heinlein when I was going through my adolescent Science Fiction phase. Lately, in that genre I read Robert Charles Wilson, Octavia Butler, Sara King and Hannu Rajaniemi. I enjoy Tim Powers, and Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa Michael Munroe series. I savor Nordic Noir. The last book I read that blew me away was “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love both Saber and Steele. Asking to choose one is like asking me to choose my favorite child. They are both more complex than they first appear. Both have had a hard time in life. Both are struggling, albeit in different ways with identity, intimacy, and loss.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
It’s a fun book. Who doesn’t want an escape for a few hours or so? If you want to take it in layers, you can do that. It’s very densely written in that sense. There are some serious themes in the book, concerning both Saber and Steele. Saber has issues she has not acknowledged in her life. Steele is deeply conflicted about his work. He lies for a living. His betrayal of trust is more than second nature, for him it’s a matter of survival. And he kills people.

Who designed the cover?
Damonza, a studio in South Africa, designed the cover for The Fabergé Entanglement.

How do you research your books?
I have actually been to all of the locations mentioned in my books, and this informs the descriptions with an authenticity that informs the rest of the book. I research nearly constantly, drawing ideas and plot points from technology. The SonicStar is real. It’s just not been rolled out yet. I also use resources that decline to be named in the Acknowledgements.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
I am very fond of my characters, Saber and Steele and want to write more about them and their unique chemistry. They are very different people; yet compliment each other so well. Right now, in progress, I have them appearing in Havana, Cuba, Tangiers, Morocco and Japan. The story concerns a very new, cutting edge, military technology that is very real and very dangerous. I have access to documents that are not classified but they are not widely available to the public.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I learned to read at a very early age. I consumed books shelf by shelf at my school library. I started to write my own stories to amuse myself. In college I worked on short stories and took every writing course I could find. I discovered the satisfaction there is in writing, and the power in self-expression. Once I unshackled myself from the idea that what I wrote had to be literature, I was off! I was even able to write a couple of papers as fictional stories. My professors weren’t sure they should accept this form, but they were happily entertained by the results. For a while I wrote spec (speculation) scripts (I lived in LA, that’s what people do there!)  Then, I thought I’d try long form. I haven’t looked back. I love the room long form gives me to build characters and situations and emotions.

What are you currently reading?
“The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” I’m enjoying it immensely. I’m re-reading it so I can read John le Carré’s latest. That man is incredible, still writing in his 80s. I’m so impressed with his writing.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. A lot. I work on language study. I’m usually planning a trip somewhere for a new adventure of my own. I just returned from Japan hiking parts of the Nakasendo Trail, from Kyoto to Tokyo. I love Japan! A friend wants to take a trip in a few months and so far it sounds like we’re heading to Peru.


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1 comment:

  1. Good Morning Jo,
    Thank you very much for hosting me and my latest book, The Fabergé Entanglement.

    Blog Readers, don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a free copy of the ebook, an Amazon Giftcard, or both!

    Happy reading everyone!
    Elle Brookes

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