1. Welcome, Elodie Parkes. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
I live in Canterbury, United Kingdom.
I work in an antiques shop and write. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks.
I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale.
I never consciously thought I wanted to be a writer. I just knew I had things to write and have always written things, even if it has just been left on my computer for years.
I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.
I have published three erotic romance books to date.
Millie Reinvented, which is a book for women, a love story, an uplifting story for the lonely, there’s a little humor in it and lots of yummy sex.
Two of Them, a contemporary erotic romance that men might like because the two principal characters are men looking for love, lots of secrets and sex.
The Horoscope Writer, A deeply romantic, sexy romance, full of delicious sex, that shows the lovely character of the main male lead, Dominic. He’s my ‘wish he was real guy’, touch of paranormal in this.
I am awaiting a fourth book being published. (The Last Time, to be published by Eternal Press) This is erotic romance. It may be having a new title, we are thinking about that. So look out for me advertising that it has a new title on my blog. (Smiles)
I’ve also written a short (14,000 word story) The Picnic, for an erotic romance anthology that will be published in a couple of months by Moon Rose.
2. All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
I haven’t had writers block, but I have chosen to stop writing a couple of projects and deleted them, I just stopped liking their concepts. I have to fall in love with my characters after the story just drops into my head.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
I work my day job. I do all the tedious domestic stuff like everyone else. I watch movies. I read lots. I try to get out into the countryside because I find inspiration there. I re-edit. I run a blog. I try to find where my readers are to give them the best service.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
No one knows what I write. Just one friend knows I write something( smiles). I seriously doubt anyone I actually know has read any of my books. That’s okay.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
There’s no order to this list and it’s just random ‘who I like’ but there are heaps more, classical stuff too, like Dickens for instance, and it’s just people I have read recently so not so much a top ten, but a recent ‘have liked’ list,
· Robert Goddard
· Ruth Rendell
· William Gibson
· Colin Dexter
· Philip K. Dick
· Sue Grafton
· Christine Feehan
· Sherrilyn Kenyon
· Keri Arthur
· Stieg Larson
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
This is always a hard question for me to answer, and sincerely I just don’t know the answer. I never know what actors to choose, and especially if I chose one of my own books to be made into a movie. The characters in my head just don’t translate into any famous actors around.
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
It’s kinda secret (grins). So whisper this,
I’m working on an erotic romance, naturally. It’s set in the United Kingdom and has a touch of the paranormal about it. It’s titled, The Winter Girl. It’s about a man who is basically, a ‘bad boy’.
He has a new girl for a season depending on what he has planned to do, and just as he is thinking he may not get a ‘winter girl’ along comes Lily. She has moved to the town where he lives. He’s in luck because she’s instantly attracted to him.
It’s a love story with a some very hot love scenes as he falls in love with Lily but in true bad boy fashion will not admit it.
Here are two snippets in Beta,
Ash saw her looking at the cakes as he stood at the back. He was on the outside looking in through the back window because he had been tidying the garden that was open for customers in summer. He had been bending to scoop up the stack of saturated leaves, and as she came in the door, he had seen her. He leaned on the leaf rake and watched her drift by the semi-precious stones, and jewelry, until she had reached the coffee ‘shop’ area.
He took a deep breath. She was pretty. This was his winter girl come at last. He had begun to believe there wouldn’t be one. His summer girl had been pretty too, but this one made his heart beat faster.
Ash leaned the leaf rake against the back wall, and entered the shop. Lily turned to the sound of the door opening. It was a sliding glass door that she had thought was a window, and she felt a strange flutter of anticipation as she saw Ash.
He smiled. “Hi, are you looking for a cup of coffee?”
Lily smiled in response.
“I’d love a cup of coffee. Are you open?” She looked around at the empty tables and realized the light was low down this end of the shop.
Snippet, Something from a love scene
“Come here babe.” He heard his own voice husky, but controlled. He saw a flicker of surprise in Lily’s eyes. ‘She couldn’t have known I was home.’ Ash hoped she would smile at him, but she didn’t, she simply walked to stand near him.
Ash forced what he wanted to be a hard expression into his eyes. He made a swift move and crushed her to his body. As soon as she was in his arms Ash felt it again, the overwhelming need to hear her say how much she felt for him. Any crumb of emotion in her words would do.
He kissed her mouth hard. Her softness and her response was intoxicating. She kissed him back so willingly he thrust his hips against hers. ‘Let her feel my cock hard for her.’
Ash moved his hands into her hair and held her still. He took control of the kiss. His lips devouring hers, he felt obsessed with stripping her naked. He wanted her under him. He wanted to slide into her, ram into her, pound into her until he was coming, coming, coming.
Ash pulled her damp sweater up and over her head. He dropped it at their feet. She was wearing that wisp of lace she called a ‘bra-top’ and it had no fastenings. He couldn’t take it this time. He took the front of it in both hands, and tore. He watched the lace fragment away from her breasts, and immediately needed a nipple in his mouth. He took what he wanted and listened as Lily gasped. He felt her move towards him. He knew it meant she wanted more, it always did.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2013
(I hope you enjoyed that.)
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
There’s no reading order to my work. It’s all erotic romance.
Find the books on,
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
http://elodieparkes.blogspot.com (Where you can read lots of snippets from my erotic romance novels, meet other authors and read snippets from their books.)
10. Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
I do love to write.
People and emotions inspire me to write. The complexity of life spurs me to write. I see emotions in people around me all the time, and often they remain unspoken. I think we don’t share ourselves enough, and are encouraged to hide our true selves.
Lots of my characters have some foundation from real people who have passed through my life. They are composites of those glimpses of people and my imagination.
I find the world harsh. There’s not enough love in it. Lots of people never find love. I write contemporary love stories with happy endings to spread a little lightness around. I always have graphic love scenes in the close to real life stories, because I like to show the reader how the characters feel about each other deep down. The way they make love always shows their hopes and feelings.
I hope that my books do give the reader a lift and a sense of love.
(EP) Thank you Kameron, I’ve enjoyed talking with you.