Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in South London with her boyfriend and their cat. Her debut chick lit novel Kept was released in 2013, which was followed by Geli Voyante's Hot or Not later that year. Watch out for the release of Lost, Kept’s sequel, in Spring 2015.
1. Have you always wanted to be a writer? I have, yes! I've always scribbled down stories ever since I was a child but I first started writing New Adult romcoms the summer I turned twenty-one. I'd had a bit of a rough time in the months leading up to that birthday and I found it to be quite cathartic making things turn out well for my characters. It was definitely much more fun than working on my dissertation which was what I was supposed to be writing that summer!
2. Who are some of your inspirations? Maggie Alderson, Meg Cabot, Dorothy Koomson,Sophie Kinsella, Paige Toon and Lauren Weisberger are all authors who have inspired me. I'm a big fan of their work; it would be a dream come true if I achieved just a fraction of their success(es)!
3. Are you working on anything now? I'm working on the next two books that follow on from my first book, Kept. Lost will be out in spring, and Found should be out by the end of the year. 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...
4. What are some of your favourite books/authors? I have far too many to name them all, but I love Cents and Sensibility by Maggie Alderson, and The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson, I'm also a big fan of dystopian YA series: I loved the Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman.
5. Where do your ideas for the books come from? Real life and people you know can be great for inspiration but I always make sure to add a heavy fictional twist if I do borrow from real-life! Arielle, the heroine of Kept and Lost, has a few of my own traits. I think it is inevitable as an author that a few of your own experiences or quirks might make their way into bits of your books...
About the books
A funny new adult romantic comedy, Kept is the perfect novel for chick lit lovers! Kept was long listed in the Best Romantic Comedy category in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013.
"Did she really just say that? I am fifteen again, except the reality is I am experiencing full parental horror, aged twenty-five. I want to die."
Life hasn't quite worked out how Arielle Lockley imagined it would. Becoming the next Coco Chanel was always her childhood dream, but she's spent the past four years living a dizzying whirl of glitzy parties, luxurious holidays and daily shopping sprees - all paid for by boyfriend Piers - and not doing anything to make her Coco dreams happen.
When the recession hits, it's not just the economy that takes a tumble and Arielle finds herself living back with her parents, on bad terms with Piers, and having a CV that's as welcome as a pair of knock-off Jimmy Choos. And maybe it's the location, but she's also finding unwelcome thoughts of her childhood sweetheart are popping into her head...
What's a girl to do? Can Arielle figure out what it is she now wants to do with her life and move on, or will she be doomed to spend the rest of her life dwelling over her worst mistakes, stuck listening to her parents' embarrassing dinner table talk each night?
A delightful romantic comedy, Kept is the funny chick lit book that is loved by Shopaholic and Bridget Jones devotees. New adult fans will love this coming of age series.
"I think I will always be known as the Hot or Not girl, defined by it for the rest of my career. Even my tombstone will read: Angelica “Geli” Voyante, beloved trendsetter. Death? Not Hot.
Yet, it doesn’t sound right. Why won’t anyone realise that there is more to me than this fickle persona I have inadvertently become?"
Geli Voyante is bored of being the Hot or Not girl, even if it has the perk of sitting next to Theo, the newspaper's very Hot political columnist. She's also getting a little lonely being single.
When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, and other loved ones start to settle down, it's time for Geli to convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her column suggests and, more importantly, she’s the one for him. Geli should remember though that there are always two sides to every story, and that applies to people too...
A sexy romantic comedy, Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not is the perfect contemporary book loved by Shopaholic and Bridget Jones devotees. New Adult fans will love this coming of age series.
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in a small, suburban town in northwest Florida, she was seventeen before she realized that not all beach sand is white. From a young age, she has always been a longwinded individual, first verbally (to the chagrin of her ever-loving parents) and then eventually channeled into the many novels that dotted her Windows 98 computer in the early 2000's. After high school, she got the hell outta dodge and went to school near the nation's capital, where she somehow landed jobs at National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and the British Broadcasting Corporation, capping off her educational career with delivering the commencement address to 20,000 of her closest friends. She determined she'd goofed off long enough with that television nonsense and got a "real job" as an IT consultant. Yet she continued to write, developing 20 page standard operating procedures and then coming home to write novels about badass bounty hunters, teenage magic users, and other nonsense. After a severe quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided to finally get a move on and share those novels with the world in hopes that she will never have to write another SOP again.
1. Tell us about your most recent book. Alliances is the sequel to Double Life - both books in a series about a space pirate bounty hunter who has a day job as a scientist. As the bounty hunter Razia, she’s supposed to be scouring the universe for the most wanted pirates, using financial transactions and her considerable wits. Except piracy is a man’s game, and so she’s stuck in her old life as the planet-discovering scientist Lyssa Peate, running from a past that she can’t quite shake.
Double Life is (obviously) about those two lives, and how she comes to realize she can’t hate a part of herself and be happy. Alliances picks up where Double Life left off, introducing a brand new character, Lizbeth Carter. The investigator ropes the bounty hunter/scientist into helping her uncover a massive government conspiracy. They uncover a plot that could potentially upend the entire system of government - and exposes a secret from one of the most painful chapters of Lyssa’s past.
2. Have you always wanted to become an author? I recently went digging in my childhood closet and the answer is a resounding YES. I have a “core” set of novels that I’ve been working on since I was eleven - to include the Razia series. But the interesting thing, for me, is that I put aside writing for eight years after I graduated college, thinking that it was “silly” and “childish.” After a quarter life crisis, I reverted back to the person that I’ve always been - a writer. Now I’m brushing off all of those old novels, and even coming up with brand new ones.
3.Who inspires you? From a creative standpoint, I tend to be inspired by every day stuff. Feelings, people, reactions, all of that somehow gets woven into whatever I’m working on. Movies, as well, inspire me more than books do.
On a personal level, I’m driven (more than inspired) by other indie authors. I see their success and I want to emulate it. I also want to help others become successful.
4. What are some of your favourite books? I know I’m gonna raise a few eyebrows here, but I really don’t read for fun. It’s the same reason why I’ll cook a seven course meal and then eat a bowl of cereal. I love creation, I hate consuming.
That being said, I’ve been reading other indie authors, and I have found a few books that I absolutely adore. Renee Meland’s Extraction List series was un-put-downable (even though I’m not a fan of dystopians), J. Leigh Bralick’s The Madness Project is another phenomenal young adult book that kept me reading late into the night. Regina West’s The Long Way Home was a well-executed romance.
Right now, I’m in the middle of Nina J. Lux’s Bell Eleven and I’m loving it.
5. How do you get past writers block? Writer’s block comes from a place of fear for me, and the sound of other people’s voices in my head. Fear that my book isn’t what people expect, fear that it’s not right, fear of whatever. Once I can quiet those fears (or just put fingers to keyboard), the writer’s block magically goes away too.
6. Are you working on anymore books? Oh yes! *Grin* Razia is a 5 book series, so I’m working on #3 right now (called Conviction). I’ve got a stand-alone fantasy novel called Empath coming out in June (it’s about a girl whose anxieties turn into a fire-breathing dragon). I’ve also got another trilogy that I’m working on - not sure of the genre, but Romeo and Juliet are pilots from warring nations and crash on an island together. So deliciously dark.
About the books
Piracy is a game. How much are you worth?
Since she was a little girl, everyone - from her father to the Great Creator himself - told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she's worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia's boss ever gave her a chance. It's a man’s world, and all she’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation.
To pay the bills, she's stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She's doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father's mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid...
...until the universal police mistake Lyssa’s intern for Razia's hostage.
Lyssa Peate has found a tenuous balance between her double lives - that of the planet-discovering scientist, and the other, the space pirate bounty hunter Razia. No longer on probation, Razia still struggles to be thought of as more than a chocolate-fetching joke. But when the tough and feisty Lizbeth Carter interferes with a bounty, Razia's worried her act is being stolen.
Lizbeth's not interested in taking Razia's thunder, but she is interested in recruiting the caustic bounty hunter to help uncover a massive government insurance fraud. From the desert planet of D-882 to the Universal Bank archives to the capital city on S-864, the trail leads them deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Universal Government - and to one of the most painful chapters in Lyssa's past.
Alliances is the highly anticipated sequel to Double Life.
As a teenager, I devoured novels and immersed myself in learning foreign languages. I imagined I might get a glamorous job speaking French somewhere but after acquiring a BA in French and Russian studies, I followed in my father's footsteps and ended up in banking instead. I climbed the ladder, became an Assistant Vice President then starting writing a book on my commute into work. I then left my job to become a writer, publishing four successful novel under the name of Sasha Wagstaff. Pieces of You is my first novel as Ella Harper and it was inspired by a personal loss and fertility issues suffered by friends.
For more information about me, please follow me on Twitter @Ella__Harper and on Facebook at/EllaHarperBooks. You can find information about my other books on my Sasha Wagstaff page on Amazon, on Twitter @sashawagstaff and on Facebook /SashaWagstaff.
1. What got you into writing? Reading, basically. I loved reading so much as a kid and then when I was an adult, I just started writing one day on my commute into London. It used up my time and I really loved it…and something that started out as a hobby became a passion – and then my job!
2. Who inspires you? In a writing sense, other writers, I guess. I was inspired by the likes of Enid Blyton, Judy Blume, Emily Bronte, Shakespeare, Ian Fleming, Jilly Cooper, Fiona Walker, Veronica Henry. And I am still inspired by many writers today. Apart from that, certain women in my life inspire me just through sheer courage and determination.
3.Are you working on anything new at the moment? I certainly am. I am working on my second Ella Harper novel, which is a poignant and very romantic tale of two friends, a guy and a girl, who weave in and out of each other’s lives over a period of ten-twenty years. There are a series of missed opportunities, some bad timing and various mishaps which prevent them getting together and then one of them is struck down by illness and the other faces real responsibility for the first time. It’s a (hopefully) thought-provoking tale about the way life can sometimes get in the way of true friendship and definitely in the way of love. It’s told partly in the present day and partly in flashback so that both timelines unfold simultaneously…you get to see the current day challenges versus the friendship and love developing in the past.
4.What are some of your favourite books? Now, I could go on forever here, but I’ll settle for: Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) and Polo (Jilly Cooper) as all-time faves and more recently, The Fault in Our Stars (John Green), The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion) and Beautiful Ruins (Jess Walter). I also love anything by Liane Moriarty.
5.Tell us about your recent book and where the idea came from. My novel PIECES OF YOU was inspired by a personal loss and also fertility issues faced by friends. I wanted to explore the way a deep desire and yearning for a child can sometimes come between a couple, even a very secure, solid couple who genuinely love each other and who were destined for loveliness if only they could have been granted their wish. It’s a tearjerker, but I also think it’s an incredibly romantic story which many women (and maybe even men) can relate to.
6.If you never became an author what would you be doing instead? If I had the confidence, I would have loved to have been an actress. I think it would be an incredible job to take on a persona and be someone else. I get to write about other people which is fantastic, but I always did have a secret hankering to be in something like Doctor Who on TV or in a film!
Pieces Of You
#1 CONTEMPORARY FICTION BESTSELLER As compelling and powerful as Jojo Moyes and Liane Moriarty, PIECES OF YOU is a heart-rending, but ultimately life-affirming novel about a love tested to its limits.
The perfect marriage. A devastating secret. An impossible choice.
Lucy was always sure of one thing – her future with husband and soulmate Luke. But after eight long, heartbreaking years trying to have a baby, that future is crumbling before her eyes.
When a terrible accident puts Luke into a coma, Lucy is forced to reassess everything she thought she wanted.
Then Stella arrives. A woman Lucy’s never met, but with a secret that will change her world forever . . .