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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Author! Author! Interview with Elle Aycart

Everyone it is a pleasure for me to welcome author Elle Aycart to Breath of Life Reviews. Before the interview begins, why don't you take some time to read a little background information on Elle? 

After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.

Elle loves to hear from readers!

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Hi Elle! I appreciate you taking the time to chat with me. First I wanted to compliment you on having such a wonderful assistant in Christine, she was a pleasure to work with and so helpful.

Thank you so much for having me! Christine has been great so thank you for the compliment :)

Q. So let me start off with a question concerning your bio. You've done all manner of interesting things, is there anything you haven't tried but are dying to? Because I'm thinking hopping around Europe would be the highlight of my entire life no matter what I was doing.
There are plenty of things I would love to try. Off the top of my head, I'd say I'd love to work as a guide in ancient sites, like for example Machu Picchu. I have a friend that travels all over South America to remote locations, and shows movies to people - especially children-, who have never seen a movie before. She's been living out of her suitcase for several years, but you should see the pictures she posts.

Q. Okay book talk time! Thank you for writing both books, I really enjoyed them but I can't tell you my favorite guy yet because I've yet to meet more of them *hint hint* What I'd like to know is, are any of the characters based on people you've met or know personally? Because after that beginning scene with Tate and her mother, I'm wondering if you crossed paths with my sometimes crazy mom.
Many people are surprised when they find out that MTMTI's first chapter is based on real life. My mother-in-law, God bless her heart, pulled a similar stunt because she was convinced her neighbour had killed her cat.

Oh, wow, I guess I'm not the only one who has a mom that gets ideas into her head like that.

I’m like Elle, hands down; tattooed, dangerous looking bad boys are just irresistible.
As far as the Bowen men, maybe there is a bit of some men I know in them, but generally speaking I like to let my imagination fly when I create my male characters. Every man I write is in a way my dream man.

Q. In More Thank Meets the Ink, Tate has some issues regarding "Bad Boys," mostly due to watching her sister's love life crash and burn time after time and drawing the conclusion that since all her sister's boyfriends had tattoos and were losers, that must mean that ALL tattooed guys are jerks. It got me thinking, what, in your opinion is it about a tattoos on a man that makes some girls give them a wide berth?
Honestly? I don't know, I love men with tattoos ;-)  Tattoos make a very powerful statement and men with tattoos are in my opinion very sexy.
I like tattoos on a man too. Not too many mind you, but a few here and there make a man more sexy in my eyes.

I don’t have any tattoos though, nor does my husband. I keep saying that that’s because I haven’t yet found the proper design, but I think I’m just plain chicken.  
I'm a big chicken, no argument there, but I'm thinking about changing that soon.

Q. More Than Meets the Ink is pretty steamy and Heavy Issues even more so. How do you keep each scene steamy without becoming repetitive? Is that the most challenging part of writing a contemporary romance?
Sex scenes becoming repetitive is always a concern, that's why I always try to mix them up. But the most challenging part of writing a contemporary romance is, in my opinion, to capture the essence and the feelings behind the words.

Q. Which authors do you like to read in your spare time?
Lori Foster, Shannon McKenna, JR Ward, Lorelei James, Suzanne Brockmann, Kresley Cole and many others. There are so many talented authors out there I always have trouble picking up books to read.

Q. What kind of atmosphere do you like when writing and where is your favorite place to write?
I'm not picky. We just moved to Finland, two months ago we didn't even have chairs, so I've been writing wherever I can :-)
I've always tried to have my own place to write, you know, a table in a quiet room, but at the end, more times than not, I write sitting on the sofa, with the earbuds on. 

Q. For people who are unfamiliar with your work, what can they expect from More Than Meets the Ink and Heavy Issues?
Above all real people with real problems. Love, commitment. And sex, lots of sex.

Q. Would you ever consider writing for another sub-genre of romance (paranormal, historical, suspense) or a different genre altogether?
Maybe in the future, not now though, I'm having too much fun with contemporary.

Quick Pick Round.

Cake or Pie?

Bound book or e-book?

Blonde haired man or Dark haired?
Blonde haired man

Wine or beer?

Peanut butter or chocolate?


Romantic comedy or action movie?

Action movie

Is there anything you'd like to say to romance fans?
I would like to thank the romance fans for taking the Bowen brothers to their hearts and for the warm welcome I've received and for all the emails I got asking about Max!!
You can add me into that group wanting to know about Max :) 

Thank you again Elle for taking the time to answer my questions. I look forward to reading more of your books in the future!
Thank you!  It was a pleasure!

Be sure to check out my review of Heavy Issues this Saturday (12-15-12) along with a very special giveaway!!!

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