We just finished a Skype call with the erotic romance writer Elle J. Lawson. Elle is about to release (on April 3rd) her debut novel, an erotic romance story called ‘The Fling’. The Fling is described as a story of passion, love and betrayal, here’s the interview…
Hello Elle! Thanks for chatting to us today!
The Fling is my debut novel, and is a New Adult contemporary erotic romance. The story is about Amy, a 22-year-old recent college graduate who is ready to conquer the world if it wasn’t for her overprotective parents. She uses a once-in-a-lifetime academic opportunity to study abroad in Greece as a means to escape her parents’ watchful eyes, if only for a moment. She is hoping to find excitement and adventure in Athens in order to combat the boredom that has been her life up to that point. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) she finds just that.
Dr. Dimitri Speros is Amy’s incredibly attractive professor at the University of Athens Medical School. She is immediately enamored with him, but is disappointed to learn that he is happily married. Dimitri encourages her professional goals, building up her confidence and giving her the freedom to dream of the future she wants, rather than the one her parents want for her. He is exotic, sexy, charming, and their chemistry is off-the-charts every time she goes anywhere near him. For his wife’s sake, though, Amy desperately tries to rein in the attraction she feels.
Everything goes according to plan until an unlikely ally – none other than Dimitri’s wife herself – bizarrely encourages Amy’s crush. What then starts off as an innocent summer fling, awakening her sexuality like no other has ever done before, eventually becomes a struggle for happily ever after when Amy and Dimitri are faced with the ultimate betrayal. They must learn to trust one another in order for their love to survive.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Most authors answer this question with, “I’ve always been a storyteller” or “I’ve been writing since I was six!” Those answers are definitely not me. I was a technical writer for over 20 years, with no plans of ever writing fiction. Then I became an editor and the fiction-writing world opened up for me, and I made a mental note to encourage the story to come if it ever seemed close. Luckily, it did.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It took me about four months to write The Fling, then three months to incorporate beta reader comments and feedback from editors.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
The majority of The Fling was written between the hours of 3 a.m. – 6 a.m. I had no choice, though. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with a scene clearly in my head and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t go back to sleep until I got up and wrote it all down. It was actually a lot of fun, those quiet mornings spent just writing.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if this is a quirk or not, but I don’t write sequentially, and I had no idea how the book would end until I began writing it. The very first line I wrote ended up being in the middle of the book, and then I wrote scenes as they came to me, usually not in order.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I wish I knew! That way I could tap into it whenever I wanted. This story literally just popped into my head and wouldn’t leave me alone.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Most of my writing has always been technical in nature, and I have self-published a non-fiction book about 20 years ago, but The Fling is my first fiction book.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Hiking, and spending time on a beach. Any beach.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I would say not to wait for inspiration before writing. Sometimes, just sitting at the canvas with a wet paintbrush in your hand is the only catalyst you need. When I sat down to write the ending of the book, I had no idea where it was going to go. I had a general idea of what needed to happen, but absolutely no idea how it would come about. As I wrote, the story just fell into place. If I had waited for the inspiration before starting on it, it still wouldn’t be finished.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Most of my readers say they were surprised by the ending, and that they enjoyed the plot’s twists and turns. Also, a lot of my readers say the book is a “quick read”. Since the book has almost 60,000 words, I’m not sure if the comment is in relation to them used to reading larger books, or if it’s simply the fact that it’s so good, they can’t put it down and end up reading it in one sitting.
What do you think makes a good story?
For me, personally, I like to be surprised. I like to think I know what’s happening and what’s going on, and then being thrown by a twist or some other shock. It’s almost like a slap on the face, but in a good way.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.
Elle is also available for interviews and guest blogging.