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.