Name Elisabeth Joye
Elisabeth Joye used to write about Congress. Now, she writes about sex. A former political journalist, she’s wanted to write a romance novel since she was 12 and finally found the inspiration to do it by incorporating her love of concerts and musicians. Invisible Ink is her first self-published novella.
Elisabeth’s philosophy when writing romance is simple – she writes what she thinks is hot and hopes others will, too. She wants to create characters who speak, act and fall in love like real people with issues, flaws and fears. But, above all, the sex is got to be hot.
When she’s not writing, Elisabeth is a stay-at-home mom to her four-year-old son. She loves fangirling her favorite celebrities and reading true crime obsessively. She didn’t have a smartphone until 2013 and now couldn’t live without social media and text messaging. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and family.
Where are you from
St. Louis Missouri USA. I have a masters degree in journalism. I am married with a four-year-old son and I’m a stay-at-home mom.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am currently focused on promoting my debut novella, Invisible Ink, which came out Dec. 31, 2015. I am also starting to brainstorm a sequel to Invisible Ink that I hope to have out this summer.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been writing stories since I was 12, in the 6th grade. I started writing fan fiction of my favorite band and celebrities as a fantasy escape and because it was fun and creative.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In high school and college, I worked as editor of the school newspaper, but I don’t think I considered writing as a career until I started freelancing for a small local paper when I was still in college.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Invisible Ink is romantic erotica and the story of a rockstar and a fan. I was inspired by my love of attending concerts and seeing live music – and my love of music in general. I also started the novella as fan fiction on Tumblr and it evolved into the book you see today. So I incorporated my celebrity crush into the novella (under a different name, of course!)
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t like a lot of description. I prefer to write very concisely and focus on the dialogue to move the story along. I love writing witty banter and I need to include as much hot sex as possible.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The hero, Jake Reed, has a lot of tattoos and is emotionally distant from the heroine, Lex, for most of the story. So, he is the “invisible ink” in the story. The title also refers to the “twist” at the end.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I just want readers to enjoy escaping into Lex’s shoes and having some fun with Jake Reed.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
I tried to make the story as realistic as it could be, given the premise. The characters aren’t perfect. They make mistakes. They don’t shower each other with love and they don’t necessarily “transform” at the end of the story – because when do people actually transform themselves in real life? Realism was very important to me when writing this book even though it is a fantasy.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There is a bit of the initial “set up” that’s based on my own life, but no, I didn’t hook up with a rockstar.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I wouldn’t be here talking to you if it wasn’t for the help of Amber Lea Easton, a fellow author in the romance world who also edited my book. She has guided me so much in the process of putting out and marketing my first novella and I would be lost without her!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished rereading Wuthering Heights, which was one of my favorite novels as a teen.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am hoping to write a sequel to Invisible Ink and have it out sometime in mid-2016. I’m also busying writing on my blog several times a week at http://www.elisabethjoye.com/blog-1
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have a ton of support from the book blogging community when I started asking for honest reviews of Invisible Ink. I couldn’t have been happier with all the promotion the bloggers gave me without any compensation at all. I also have several author groups I work with on Facebook to cross-promote and they are all awesome people.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
My “job” is to be a mother to my son. My writing is a side project just for me. Someday I might make it a “job” but right now, I don’t have enough money coming in from the book to consider it a job. I spend enough hours per week on it, though, that it’s like a job!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d probably make it long enough to be considered a novel.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have just always been pretty good at it and it’s easy for me for the most part.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I don’t have anything to share yet, but you can follow me on twitter @elisabethjoye and facebook at http://www.facebook.com/elisabethjoye to keep in touch and see a preview when I’m ready!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing description is tough for me. I have never been a big fan of it and I struggle with it.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author that I read most of his work is Stephen King. I love the way he can keep readers turning the pages. He doesn’t do a lot of description, either, so I like that 😛
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope! It’s all in my head.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My cover was designed by Amber Lea Easton. She’s amazing.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting it actually published was harder than any of the writing. The writing was easy! Dealing with websites to get it published and for sale was the toughest thing yet. And the marketing is like a full time job!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I have learned that self-publishing a book is a lot more complicated than just uploading something to Amazon’s website and hoping for the best. There is so much competition out there, you have to work hard on social media each day to stand out.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Set up your social media accounts, web site and blog strategy before you ever put a book up for sale.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you! Thank you for buying Invisible Ink!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but I started memorizing and reciting my favorite book Snow White when I was about four years old. LOL. I think the first chapter book I read was Ramona Quimby Age Eight, which I read in 1st grade.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My son. He makes me do both!
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I am a huge Beatles fan, so I would love to have met John Lennon. I also love David Bowie and wish I could have met him or seen him in concert.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Oh lord. I don’t want to have a headstone. Just throw my ashes in a lake.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I like listening to podcasts while I work out.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TV: LOST, American Idol, Top Chef, Project Runway, Big Bang Theory, Friends
Movies: Gone with the Wind, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Popcorn/Purple/Anything but Jazz and Classical
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I think I would make a good attorney but I wouldn’t like the hours.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Web site: http://www.elisabethjoye.com/
Amazon Author Page: Author.to/ElisabethJoye
Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/GRElisabethJoye
Goodreads Book Link: http://bit.ly/InvisibleInkGR
Mailing list: http://www.elisabethjoye.com/subscribe/
Street team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/elisabethjoyefans/
Title: Invisible Ink
Release Date: Dec. 31, 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance
Heat Level: Erotic
Word count: 36,410
Author: Elisabeth Joye
Cover Design: Amber Lea Easton
Invisible Ink on Amazon: http://myBook.to/invisibleink
Lex has never felt more exposed.
She has just allowed Jake Reed, the lead singer of rock band Inkjet, to undress her and tie her to a chair backstage after a show, only to have him leave to go sign autographs.
It is the start of a dark, obsessive relationship that will lead Lex, a 20-something public relations professional from L.A., to lose herself almost entirely as she struggles to break through her sexual boundaries without falling in love with Jake, an intimidatingly gorgeous Hollywood actor/rock star who closely guards his emotions.
What starts as a series of casual hookups ends up a powerful addiction that will push Lex past all her sexual boundaries as Jake moves repeatedly in and out of her life, making few promises along the way. Lex fights to keep a sense of herself while she succumbs to Jake’s glamorous world and his irresistible allure.
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“So you’re in love with him, right?” Sammi asked as soon as I finished telling her the story of my recent activities with Jake. We were at the pool, soaking in the sun and sipping those cocktails that you don’t realize are getting you drunk until it’s too late.
Drunk Sammi was an expert at putting her old reporter skills to good use.
“In love with him?” I avoided eye contact, put my blonde locks up in a bun and played with the straps on my bikini. “No. It’s not like that. He’s not even in L.A. right now.”
“Well, you should see your face when you talk about him these days,” she said, taking a sip from her pink straw. “You’re in so much trouble, Lexi. I hope you don’t get pregnant.”
I laughed. “We always use a condom, Sammi, You know about his manwhore ways.”
“Exactly. My point exactly,” she said.
Since our night together that turned into a morning together, Jake had been traveling non-stop preparing for another new project. Other than his random text messages, which kept me entertained on fall afternoons when stuck at my desk, I tried not to think about him. He wasn’t around. I didn’t want to waste time missing him.
I struggled, however, because as the months passed since our first hookup, he was more and more popular in the press, his face in magazines, in the tabloids and his name on the lips of people that hadn’t even heard of him a year ago.
But we weren’t anything serious. We were just a sex thing.
I stirred my drink with the straw and thought about Sammi’s “love” comment for a long time, staring up at a the palm tree over my head. “When I’m with him,” I said. “It’s like…the real world doesn’t exist. Thoughts don’t exist.”
Sammi sighed and flipped from her back to her stomach.
“Trouble,” she said.
* * *
It was 11 p.m. and my phone buzzed next to me in bed. I was half asleep and rolled over to glance at the screen.
“I must have done something wrong in a past life.”
Another weird text from Jake. I could never be never sure he meant them for me.
He was thousands of miles away telling me he had a bad day. Or maybe he had one in a past life?
“I must have been a crooked lawyer or a dentist or something,” he said.
I pictured him lying in bed alone with his phone and found myself missing him. I shook the thought away.
“What’s wrong?” I asked back.
“It was a long day.”
He didn’t write back for a few minutes.
“I just shouldn’t try to debate things with people when I’m exhausted,” he wrote. He wasn’t joking or charming me. Maybe he had actual human emotions?
“What happened?” I wrote back, trying a third time to get him to tell me.
“Send me a pic of u,” he said.
Of course. Of course he asked for a fucking picture.
“Only if you tell me you know for sure who this is,” I typed back.
“U doubt I know who this is?” he said. “Your name rhymes with S-E-X.”
I laughed out loud.
“And you taste great.”
“Ok, keep going,” I typed. I could be bolder on the phone than I ever could be in person with him. I didn’t have to look into his eyes on the phone. Or risk him touching me and making me forget what air was.
“Don’t get greedy,” he wrote back.
Silence for a long time, then the phone buzzed again.
“Where’s my pic?”
I didn’t respond.
“Ok. I’ll play. You’re a good way to calm myself down,” he wrote.
An unlikely compliment from him. I felt uneasy. Before he could type back anything else, I stripped off my shirt and snapped a topless selfie on the bed. After I cropped it and colored it the way I wanted, I pressed send.
“Now I don’t feel so calm,” he said back. “Goodnight.”
I stared at the phone for a minute and then at the ceiling for another half hour.
Exhausted from tossing and turning, I clicked the screen back to life.
“Now I can’t sleep so you owe me,” I wrote.
* * *
A few days later, a book arrived at my apartment. It was a collection of outdoor photography, no words, only gorgeous pictures. Tucked inside, a typed note.
“Next time you can’t sleep, look at this and remember beauty is everywhere. – J”
I wondered how many other girls his assistant had sent this book to over the years. Still, I smiled to myself there in my kitchen.