Elaine Violette is a veteran English teacher and member of Romance Writers of America, CT Romance Writers (CTRWA) and Charter Oak Romance writers (CORW). I’m delighted to welcome Elaine from across the pond today, especially as we’re enjoying a rare Indian summer here in England. It’s almost warm enough to sit outside, but we’ll play safe – I’ve been drenched enough over the past few weeks to want to risk it.
Welcome, Elaine, and thanks for bringing sunshine with you!
Whereabouts do you live, Elaine? I live on the Connecticut shoreline less than a ¼ mile from the beach. Moving to the shore was when I took my writing more seriously. The ocean air and the more casual lifestyle allowed for more creative expression.
I’d love to live by the sea. What a great place for a writer.
Where is your favourite place in the world? Being with family, my husband, my children and grandchildren where ever they might be. They bring me the greatest joy. Going on vacation, however, send me to a beach in the Caribbean!
Being a writer is a great job. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Folding bras, panties, and slips at my first job at a department store when I was 16. Fortunately, I worked my way up to the office and could leave those nylon panties xs to xxl far behind.
XXL sounds just my size, Elaine! :)
What book do you wish you’d written? My first thought is The Help. Who can forget Minny’s chocolate pie? The author embraced a heartbreaking social issue and delivered it with passion and humour.
What’s your favourite song? The Rose remains my favourite. I am such a romantic!
I went to see Bette Midler when she was in the UK earlier this year. She was fabulous!
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? I have a great deal of questions to ask our creator… But to bring my thoughts back down to earth: Harrison Ford, could we have coffee sometime?
What’s your happiest childhood memory? Swinging on swings. I don’t know why that comes to mind, but I remember feeling such freedom flying up the air higher and higher.
If you had to marry a fictional character, from film, television, or books, who would it be? Mr. Darcy. His estate comes with the match, right?
Lizzie did say she fell in love with him when she first saw Pemberley :)
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? Don’t take anything or anyone for granted. Tragedy can hit in a moment. Never forget to say, I love you, to those who give your life meaning.
And finally, please tell us about your latest book, where we can find it, and where we can find your blog/website
Thank you for asking. First of all, I hope your readers will visit my website and blog at www.elaineviolette.com and sign up for my newsletter that gives book news, contests, recipes, and free books.
In REGAL REWARD, Book One, Blackstone Brothers’ Saga,
York Blackstone has only one goal, to destroy the man who falsely accused his father of treason and stole his title and lands. Marielle Henley, privileged and betrothed, has her future secured until her rebellion leads her into York’s path. When he discovers that she is betrothed to the son of his father’s accuser, her beauty and allure won’t deter him from using her as a pawn in his revenge. Available for $3.99 on Kindle or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Emily Grace Hughes, stubborn and independent, prefers to remain single and write poetry rather than marry. When her father forces her to go to London to find a husband, she meets Lord Marcus Deming, who is equally averse to marriage. When they create a convenient pretence of courtship to avoid their aunts’ meddling, neither expects to fall in love. Emily escapes to the country to find her cousin, Willard, ensconced in her home and her father deathly ill. Marcus arrives to find Emily distraught and a more devious pretence afoot. Too much alike, Marcus and Emily both need inner healing before there is any chance of a love.
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Thanks so much for dropping in to visit, Elaine. It’s been lovely getting to know you. Have a good trip back to your idyllic home by the sea!
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