Help me welcome Romance author Elle Amour (aka Lise Fuller) whose newest book was released very recently from Ellora’s Cave Publishing! Welcome, Elle!
Thanks for inviting me, Fran!
Congratulations on your success as an author. How many books do you have in print (or e-pub) now? Do you have a favorite?
Thanks! As you know, I’ve also written romance under my real name, Lise Fuller. Combined with that, I now have five (5) books out, all about 100,000 words so they’re the old-fashioned standard size, I suppose. Claimed, however, is the first book out as Elle Amour and the first book in the series called Mate Seekers.
These are erotic futuristic romances where some of the characters are from contemporary Earth but are swept up into the political machinations of the galaxy. My yummy hero in the first one is Rurik, who’s a Svendian and comes to claim his mate, Trista of Earth.
Now, I don’t really have a favorite book. I’m kind of in love with whatever book I happen to be writing as the moment, and right now, it’s Promised, the second book in the Mate Seekers series. In this one, Rurik’s sister has been claimed by their hated enemy, Drakkar, and, oooh, does the adventure go on from there.
Tell me a little about your new book.
I think the best way is to just hit you with the blurb and a short excerpt. Here you go:
TITLE: Claimed, Book 1 in the Mate Seekers series
AUTHOR: Elle Amour
PUBLISHER: Ellora’s Cave
Trista is living every middle-aged woman’s fantasy—she wakes to find her body is pre-kids, pre-stretch marks and pre-gravity. Oh yeah! What’s more, the lover sharing her fantasy—blond hair, piercing turquoise eyes and a sculpted body to drool over—makes her feel like the sexy teen she was back when he first visited her dreams. Except this is no fantasy, and Rurik the Conqueror is no dream lover. He’s real, he’s not from Earth, and this time he’s come to claim her.
Rurik had known Trista of Earth was his by the Svendian way—her scent. A war and fears for her safety were all that kept him from staking his claim years ago, but no longer. He needs her like he needs his next breath. But unknown forces intrude on his plans and Rurik finds she’s in greater danger than ever. This time he’s not giving up, and he’ll die to protect the woman who completes his soul in a way he never imagined.
He could smell her in the mists. From behind a tree he watched her lope through the woods, gliding like a nymph. She’d grown older since he’d last spied her. He knew she would have a few lines on her face, a few white hairs she tried to cover up within her dark hair, but his blood still yearned for her.
Hidden, Rurik watched a trickle of sweat roll down her face. She’d lost some weight since he last came. How many of Earth’s years had passed now?
Too long. It was time he claimed her.
She came closer, her head bowed toward the ground, seeming deep in thought.
A green light whizzed past, almost nicking him. The laser struck a tree near the woman, causing her to lift her head and stare straight at him.
Another shot fired as he pulled his pistol. His enemies had found him. “Run,” he yelled at her, wanting, needing her to get away.
Another silent volley. Rurik grabbed her and ducked but too late. The laser had wounded her.
“You,” she whispered, and collapsed into his arms.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Originally, I decided to use a pen name for the more edgy, erotic books I wanted to write. It’s funny though, as I’ve gotten more into these, I’ve found out more about myself. So perhaps Elle is just a different side of my ego or id. I’m in the midst of discovering that now. It’s fun. The nice thing is my husband has always thought me erotic and he’s been the major thrust behind this so to speak. He’s pushed me to keep writing and he reads everything I write. I sort of summarize this in my Elle Amour bio:
A woman poised on the edge of discovery. That is who I am. If we watch close enough, we find who we are by what we do. I love to write. I love the alternative worlds that the mind drops into when dreaming. It’s liberating, it’s invigorating. It is an exploration. It’s a creation. I believe in dreams. I believe in the power of dreams to motivate you. Dreaming is a gift. Pursue it, pursue the thoughts, I say to myself. To whatever end. For who knows where the journey will take me? I’ll never know what I can achieve until I garner the courage and take the first step.
So in this, Elle is a woman of discovery, an explorer, an adventurer. Now, I must admit, I developed the nom de plume so that readers will know they’re getting a different kind of book from my others under Lise Fuller. Yes, I still love the action and adventure, and will always have some of that in my works, but as I kept writing as Elle, more things of wonder came to me, and I hope, as you read my works, the same will come to you. As to Elle Amour, the name? I took it from the French—“Elle” for “she” and “Amour” for love. She loves.
That is what I do, who I am. Join me on the journey.
LOL! I hope that answers that question.
Do you identify with the characters you write about?
There’s always something. Honestly, I do believe in writing what you know and who do I know better than myself? Still, there is much I get just from observation or research. My husband is a great source of inspiration when it comes to the male mind and many of the action scenes. Being military, I ask him about some of it just to make sure I’m not too far off base.
Of course, much of it comes from the creative mind too. It’s hysterical sometimes. I’ll read what I wrote some time ago and think, “hey, that isn’t bad!” Or laugh about a scene. But to answer your question, yes, many times I do identify with my characters. Take Trista, for instance, in my latest released Claimed. She’s over 50 in Earth years and a mother with grown children.
The hero, Rurik, still finds her extremely attractive, even with her age, but she refuses to believe that she could be at her age. Don’t we all struggle with this? I mean, just because we’re older, does that mean we can’t be attractive?
I think not! LOL!
How do you find ideas for your books? Real happenings? Dreams? A great imagination?
Good question. I don’t know where they come from, exactly, however my brain stirs for a while in primordial goo. I’m sure that’s what happens. I read a lot. I like looking at facts I find interesting that may relate to something I want to write about. Like in Claimed, my Svendians (and Vulgarians for that matter) all live about 1000 earth years. Besides the idea of Methuselah in the bible, I’d read some articles that talked about humans actually being able to live that long and the only reason we didn’t was because of the diseases and bacteria, etc.
So I put this in the book—along with ideas about people originally coming from other places in space. I made ‘Earthers’ part of the ‘ancients’ of which both the Svendians and Vulgarians come from (as well as a few other humanoid peoples), but because of the wish of those that settled here to live without technological advances (like the Amish) and all the bacteria, etc. on Earth, well, this then shortened the Earthers life lines. Now, they are looked at as a protected race. However, usually how I get the start and the actual character personalities, well, that comes to me in that half-awake period in the morning usually, while I’m still in bed. It’s a dream, but a strong one and I remember it.
This is a futuristic. What makes writing this different from your standard contemporary and what kind of research did you do?
Well, you think it would be easier when it comes to research but that certainly wasn’t the case! I had an astronomer friend of mine check it all out and I truly regret I didn’t mention her name in the acknowledgements. However, she was awesome and helped with some of the space travel stuff. One of my biggest dilemmas though was time. How do you keep track of it? What do you call it? EVERYTHING we have on Earth is Earth based.
These are people who never lived on Earth and are actually part of the ancestors of the ‘Earthers’. So how would they tell time? I’m still stuck on this in comparison with what we’d used here. However, I have decided there is a galactic standard to adhere to of all the planets and peoples in the Galactic Quorum. Yeah. And that’s another thing, what are the Galactic politics and economies anyway? LOL! So there was a lot to think about.
So where can we read more about Claimed, the Svendians and the alternative world you’ve created?
Check out the Ellora’s Cave website. You can read a bigger excerpt. In fact they put the whole first chapter in there. Or you can check out my websites: www.lisefuller.com and www.elleamour.com. Keep checking these. I intend to put some free reads on there. One of the things I’m going to do is put Hunter’s Journal in there. Hunter is actually Trista’s (Claimed’s heroine) and Rurik’s son. He’s brought into the galactic world and is stunned by everything he sees so this is going to have his revelations in it as well as some of his dalliances. Oh, and I finally broke down just recently and did some fan pages on Facebook. Fan me, pretty please?????? I would love the company.
Well…now that you’ve shared all the author stuff, how about some ‘non-author’ stuff?
Coffee or tea?
Divinity or fudge?
Fudge – no contest.
Arnold or Sly?
Argh, tough one but I’ll have to take Arnold.
Dogs or cats?
Either but make them large!
Spring or Autumn?
For every time there is a season. However, right now, I’m definitely ready for Spring.
TV or Reading?
Reading without a doubt.
Diet or original?
Neither. Give me water or a tea.
Twilight or Potter?
Potter for sure. I hate to say it, but Twilight is too emo for me—well, except Jake! Give me the werewolf!
Sunny or rainy?
I can find yummy things to do on both kinds of days.
Romance or mystery?
Ummm, can I have both? (YES! I love action/adventure romance!)
Blond(e) or brunet(te)?
Yes, and yes…or redhead. Hey, for me it’s more about the man than the hair!
Thanks so much for coming over to join us today!
You are so very welcome! Loved being here!
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