Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Interview with Elle Christensen, Author of Protecting Shaylee + Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Elle Christensen, author of Protecting Shaylee to the blog today to answer some questions about her new novel. Protecting Shaylee is an urban fantasy romance and book one in The Fae Guard series.

Describe Protecting Shaylee in a few sentences. 
The first book in an urban fantasy romance about my version of the Fae. Shaylee was in love with Aden but it isn’t the right time, so he took off without a word. Now, she is being hunted by dark Fae, The Fallen, and Aden is back to teach her how to protect herself and convince her to give him another chance.

Tell us about the main characters in Protecting Shaylee. Who are Shaylee and Aden? 
Shaylee is half Fae. She’s smart, strong, and pretty sassy. She doesn’t put up with Aden’s bullshit and is very independent. However, she is also logical enough to know when she needs help and not one of those girls who go running headlong into the danger because she wants to prove she can do it alone.

According to the cover, Protecting Shaylee is part of The Fae Guard Series. How many books do you have planned? When can we expect the next installment? 
As of now, there will four books and a novella that wraps up the series. The next book Loving Ean is scheduled to be released the first week of July.

What inspired the series? Did you do any special research? 
I’ve always loved the idea of the Fae, but I was struggling with how to make it unique. I didn’t want it to cast into the “just another book about the Fae” pile. Haha. So, one day I sat down and spent all day researching faery folklore. I took the ones that stood out to me and twisted them to give them an explanation that was as realistic as possible. I wanted people to read the book and think, “Wow. I could almost believe this is real.”

What is your favorite fairy tale? 
Tough question. Narrowing down my list is always a struggle. J Most of the time I like original stories rather than the Disney versions. I love Beauty and the Beast because Belle isn’t a wimp. Lol. She saves the prince, not the other way around.
If you want to know my favorite adaptations though, The Crimson Knight and Saphyre Snow by Marcia Lynn McClure are amazing. I’ve read them both of them five or six times.

If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would you entertain? What would you serve? 
Wow, what a fun question! Well, my favorite book of all time is The Scarlet Pimpernel. I think it would be amazing to spend time with Percy and Marguerite. Marguerite was a professional singer (so was I for most of my life), so we would have a lot to talk about on that front. But, with both of them being spies, who wouldn’t want to listen to their adventures??? As for what I’d serve, I don’t have decent culinary skills, so I’d probably bring in a French chef. Lol.

When did you begin writing? 
I started my first novel when I was twelve. It was historical fiction, because I’m history nut, but that was biting off a lot more than I could chew. It involves a TON of research and I’m pretty anal about details. I wanted everything to be completely correct. Also, I’d always written above my age level, but just the same, whenever I’d come back to it over the years, I had to rewrite it. After about a decade, I decided I needed to just let it go and move on to new stories. I dabbled around but never took the leap to finishing a project and getting it published.
Last November, an author friend and I were discussing how books are co-written. She had read some of my WIP and she suggested that we give it a shot. We wrote Erased in 10 days and the next thing I knew, I was a published author. It was the first book I ever completed and it gave me the confidence to write one on my own.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you or your novel? 
First of all, I should probably warn you that this is an ADULT romance. I started reading romance at 11, so I don’t care how old my readers are. I just want them to be aware before they start it.
As I said before, I wanted to take another road with fantasy and give it as realistic a spin as possible, so even if you aren’t a fan of fantasy or paranormal, you might want to give it a try. A few of my beta readers were hesitant to read it because it isn’t a genre they enjoyed. However, they ended up loving it. So, just be open minded to something outside your box and give it a shot. ;)

Where can readers find you online?

You can always get the scoop on my projects by joining my reader group, Elle’s Cupcakes (the name makes sense if you’ve read Erased).

These are all of my links, <3

Protecting Shaylee
The Fae Guard #1

Elle Christensen

Urban Fantasy Romance
April 24, 2015

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As a child, I believed in the fairytales my father told me.
Until he was gone and with him, that belief.
As a girl, I believed in the friendship and protection of Aden.
He made me begin to believe again.
As a woman, I believed in the possibility of love and passion between myself and Aden.
Until he was gone and with him, my belief in magic and happy endings. 

When she was a child, I was tasked with her protection.
As a girl, I became her friend.
As a woman, I could no longer see the child I knew and was forced to fight a growing attraction.
Unable to lie and unable to tell the truth, I left.
Now I’ve returned to give the knowledge I couldn’t before, that she is half Fae.
The darkness is stalking her and I am desperate to teach her what she needs to know to protect herself.
And determined to make her mine.

About the Author

I'm a lover of all things books, I've been an obsessive reader since I learned how to spell! I've been writing novels and short stories since I was twelve, but they say to write the genre you love the most, so as an adult, I fell easily into writing romance. My husband is my biggest supporter and he's a great sport when it comes to fighting the people in my imagination for my attention. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them! 
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

    1. Well, mine is that I can't get creative unless I'm in my comfort zone, which happens to be my bed. So I write propped up with pillows, my laptop on my lap with my three dogs on my legs. Sitting at a desk is a surefire way to get absolutely nothing done :)

  2. Do you have inspiration for your characters based on people in your real life?

    1. I think many authors use people they know as inspiration for characters... it's kind of human nature. I can't say that any of my characters were strongly inspired by people I know, but I think they possess traits. The father in Tortured Souls is somewhat based on my husband and how he would react to a daughter who could see spirits, since he is a non-believer.

  3. Congrats on the debut. I really like the cover and am looking forward to reading your book. I've added it to my TBR.

  4. Congrats on the debut! The cover really is beautiful :)

  5. I can't wait to read this book added to my goodreads and amazon want to read list . TY

  6. Thank you for the giveaway! I love the cover and blurb of this book. I can't wait to read it!

    1. I like the blurb too. It's different from most I've read.

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