Name: Elle Boon
Age: EEEEEKKKK 41
Where are you from: Missouri, like smack dab in the middle of Merica hehehehe.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: I have a degree in Accounting, but am a stay at home mom. My youngest is 14 and my oldest is 20. My husband and children are my world, so when my youngest started school, I was left with a gaping hole that I filled with books for the 7 hours while he was away. I’d always worked until I’d had my youngest that was born with underdeveloped bronchial tubes. From the moment we realized he was sick, I became a “helicopter” mom lol. So when he went to school, it was really hard to let go. Thank the lord for Romance novels
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just hit send on Final Edits of Jaklyn’s Saviors book 3 in The Ravens of War and am working on book 4 Kira’s Warriors. I think y’all will love where I took Jaklyn and her men (fingers crossed) and with book 4 it’s going to be even more different. My goal is to make each book a stand alone, but you will see characters from previous books in each story. I also plan to make them so different from each other that the reader won’t go “same story different hero and heroine”. In books 1&2 you had the same bad guy, but that was really the only similarities, however in books 3&4 there are no similarities.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’d always kept a journal and had stories in my head, but after my son started school I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. I realized life really could change in the blink of an eye, and there was soo much that I hadn’t done. So I made a bucket list. I became a beta/crit partner for several authors and from there I started writing the stories in my head down on paper. My bucket list started getting things checked off and becoming a published author was on that list. I’m happy to say I was finally able to put a check mark after that one too. Of course it took a few rejections which sucked major monkey balls to get them, but they made me a better writer in the long run. I learned a lot from the rejections and met some great ladies along the way who helped me. One of those women just so happened to be Desiree Holt. She actually critiques Selena’s Men and helped me clean it up and get it ready to submit to Siren.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I had a reader ask me for my autograph at Lori Fosters Reader Author Get Together in 2014. That was awesome! My hand was shaking and I truly have the most god-awful handwriting ever! She even posed for a pic with me so I could have it for my own scrapbook.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The story kept playing in my head. I could see Selena’s life soo clearly like it was real lol. Until I finally sat down and started typing, the same scene kept playing every time I stopped to think. Once I got it down, then I was able to move on To the next scene lol.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve found out that I am a “pantster”. I write scene by scene. I start out by getting my characters lined out. I know their names and descriptions from top to bottom. I know what the overall storyline is going to be, like who the good guys are and who the bad guy or guys are going to be. I know there is going to be an HEA and I’ll know what the major conflict is going to be. But everything in between is a mystery to me. I keep it in a notebook beside me and as I’m writing I add to the notebook. If a character pops up I add him or her to the storybook. If someone says something all the time I add it to their description, that way I don’t have another character saying or doing the same thing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I knew I was doing a series, so I wanted something that I could somehow use or play off of for the next and the next. And then I realized that was even harder than I thought lol. So I decided to use the ladies names to start each book, that way they all were cohesive in a way.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
For me my books are a way to escape from reality, that’s what I did when I was going through chemo. I read romance of all genres to escape from reality. But I hope that readers will read my stories and walk away happy. In all my books I write heroines that are no weaklings. They are all different in looks and sizes, but all have inner cores of steal. They all have overcome some sort of adversity or loss and were still fighters. So maybe that is a message and I didn’t realize it until now OY.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I put a lot of characteristics from friends into the characters of my stories. I even name or use parts of names of my real life friends in the stories. Also the setting for Selena’s Club is based off of a real life place near where I am from, only the bar is fictional sort of. There are certain phrases that are used that I am known to say or someone I know say in each book. I have yet to base a bad guy off of someone I know, but I never say never hehehehe.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Since the stories are paranormal and completely out of this world, the answer is not completely, but I do use some real life issues. I just tweak them…A lot for instance in Selena’s Men there is a scene where Selena gets on the bar and dances to a Sugarland song. I have actually done this with my friends at a bar. In Selena’s Men she does Krav Maga and so do I. In Two For Tamara she is the snarky best friend with a penchant for saying the “F” word, that is so me, and so many other things in each of my heroines. So there are many things from my life that I put into each story, not only of me but of my friends that I inject into my characters.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
This is where I’m supposed to say Jane Eyre or some other great book, and while yes I’ve read the greats, they are not what I love or would consider influential. Books or authors that I consider inspiring are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Carrie Ann Ryan, Laurann Dohner, Kate Douglas, Shelly Laurenston, Dana Marie Bell and Diana Palmer and so many others lol. I read to escape and for fun, so anything with an HEA and that is 3rd person. I know the trend is serials and 1st person, but I am not a fan of those.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Desiree Holt. Hands down that woman is by far the greatest, most giving woman ever. She has helped me soo much and I credit her for helping me get my first contract with Siren.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Diana Palmer Invincible. I just finished reading Mandy Roth’s latest I’Ops.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’ve been writing so I haven’t been reading as much. I have my autobuys and my favorites that I read, but I have read a few new Siren authors like Jordan Ashley, Michelle Roth, and Heather Fortman to name a few. They are all amazing and I highly recommend them all.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on book 4 in my Ravens Of War Kira’s Warriors. IMO this book is going to be awesome. A little darker than the last three, but soo good.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I can’t name just one person, so I’ll say my “Friends” and the list is not long. I have several girlfriends who I truly would be lost without. Debbie Ramos, who has been my friend, and beta reader from the beginning. Margie Hager, who has been a wonderful friend and cheerleader. Valerie Tibbs who has done so much for me, from creating my website, to making me ads for my books, to being one of my best friends. Not to mention all the new supporters that have been awesome. That list is getting long!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Right now I see writing as the best thing that’s happened to me since my husband and kids. I don’t know if I would classify it as a career. More like my passion, or my third love. ❤
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No! I truly love my stories and how I wrote them. I’ve re-read them and I still love them. Heck I just re-read book 3 Jaklyn’s story and I fell in love with the characters all over again. When I was reading it for editing purposes I found myself laughing at the antics of these characters that I created. When I was reading the editors comments, and how much she enjoyed them too, I was excited to hear the readers take on them.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Honestly I’ve always kept a journal and made stories up in my head. I just never thought about doing it until one of the authors I was beta/reading for said I should become a writer that I really became serious. I was helping her through a “block” and we were on the phone while I was driving (I was on my wireless headset) and she stopped in the middle and said I was wasting my talent. We chatted and I told her about my recurrent story and she told me to get it on paper or computer…NOW. So I did and the rest as they say is history. Now, let me back up and say I do have a story I wrote prior to Selena’s Men, that will probably never see the light of day. It is a contemporary romance that needs A LOT of work.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am writing the 4th book in the Ravens of War series. This book takes us to Japan with Thane and Garrick and Kira. You meet these three in Jaklyn’s story and get to see that there’s more to the petite young woman than meets the eye. The Ravens had been hired to protect her by her father, but all is not as it seems. She helps to save a very important person in book 3 (don’t want to give any spoilers) but her life is in danger, which is why she has Ravens as bodyguards. I’m only in the beginning, but I think it’s fabulous.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I love writing, it’s the promo that I find hard. I love chatting with readers, and going on blogs, and the parties are awesome. But I don’t think I’m good at promo
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
OY, I have so many favorite authors. My favorite genre is paranormal though. I have a tattoo of books on my right shoulder and down my back of books. On the books I have different symbols, from a wolf paw to a star and I had the double bow and arrow from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters. So I guess you can say she is one of my favorites. But I still love Diana Palmer too even though she’s as far from paranormal and erotic as you can get.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet and thanks to the internet I can find just about anything I need concerning the places I do use. Also since I write paranormal and some of the places I use are fictional, I can make them look the way I want with my own creative mind. In Two For Tamara the crew travels to the fifth level of Hell. I was very creative in what I though each level would look like and feel like.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Harris Channing has made all the covers so far. I described what my characters looked like, what I didn’t want and have loved what she’s come up with. I can’t wait for the print versions.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Submitting them for the first time. That was truly scary and then came the wait “insert nail biting”!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned I suck at proper comma usage *weg*, but that wasn’t really a shock.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
To not give up. If they really want to be a writer, then they need to keep trying, even if they get rejected. This is not an easy business, but it is soo much fun to create worlds. I was told that a writer had to have a thick skin, and that is the absolute truth. I luckily only got rejected 3 times, but I have friends who had been rejected dozens of times.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you…Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance and reading my stories, when there are so many others to choose from. Thank you for leaving a review on all the different platforms, and for friending me on Facebook and liking my posts. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you. Big Huge Hugs. And as I’m fond of saying, but is so true. Love y’all soo hard
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember the first book I read when my son started kindergarten. It was Diana Palmer’s Carrera’s Bride. I think I have read that book a dozen times and it’s still one of my favorites. When I was younger I read all the time, but since I went through chemo I have what is affectionately called “chemobrain”. I just always loved to read and had tons of books even as a child.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading lol. I also love to sew. Anytime, anyone in my family has an article of clothing that needs to be fixed or made, I’m the one they bring it to. I love to make things
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love Game Of Thrones, True Blood, Teen Wolf, and recently my daughter who is 20 has gotten me hooked on series through NetFlix. She has been getting series that I have fallen in love with even though I don’t watch much television, like Prison Break (Love them brothers) and Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, and now Greys Anatomy. Lord Save me lol.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
I love Italian food, my favorite is chicken con broccoli over angel hair pasta with a creamy garlic sauce yummmm. My favorite color is purple, add sparkles and I’m in love. My taste in music is very eclectic. I love country, rock, and some pop. As long as you can dance to it I love it. With that being said my all-time favorite group Metallica, their re-make of Bob Seger’s Turn The Page is something I never get tired of hearing, and then I can switch to country and boot scoot with the best of them. I love the hair bands of the 80’s, but I also love heavy metal too. Very eclectic lol.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Exactly what I was doing. Being a wife and mother. I love my life with my husband and kids, I’m just grateful that I am doing what I always wanted to do now and that is writing. I’m glad that people are getting to read my stories and seem to like them.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes mam. It’s http://www.elleboon.com, but I am on Facebook all the time. Here are a few of the places you can find me
Places to find my books