I am delighted to welcome Elle Field to Me, My Books and I today to talk about her latest release, B-Side, and as always with my interviews a few other things too!
Elle Field writes romantic comedies, and is the author of the Arielle Lockley series and Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. She grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to Scotland to study International Relations and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Elle now lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She’s a massive fan of sunshine, giraffes, The Killers, Audrey Hepburn movies, playing Scrabble and tea. Oh, and reading, of course!
You can read my review of Elle’s Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not here.
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Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to B-Side?
B-Side is a spin-off book in the Arielle Lockley series, and it’s a lot grittier than the books that are told from Arielle’s perspective. In B-Side it’s Etta telling us how it is – she’s a jazz-singing addict trying to balance her dream of getting a record deal with looking after her godmother, which puts her in a situation she finds impossible and has her reaching for more and more pick-me-ups.
(B-Side sits between Lost (out now) and Found (out August 9th, 2016) in the Arielle Lockley series)
How do you decide on names for your characters?
I have no idea! Usually they just pop into my head, and they always seem to be on the outlandish side, which I find quite fun. In Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not, for example, you’ve got Geli (short for Angelica), Tiggy (Antigone), Theodore, Calvin, Glinda and Jeeves (his surname), to name a few. It’s quite the collection of names!
Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?
All my covers are all illustrated by the same person, a man called Will Duffy. I wanted something eye-catching that stands out – which is why the titles and my name are in bold lettering with the distinctive swirl – but the background and images are always in soft pastel colours that fit the genre perfectly. I always include an element from the story for the image. The cover for B-Side, for example, features a record player and vinyl as music is Etta’s passion.
I’m a big fan of your covers Elle, they’re very pleasing on the eye!
What do you hope readers will learn from B-Side?
That there are two sides to every story, and that you don’t necessarily have to love, or even like a character to enjoy their story. B-Side will give readers not only a tantalising glimpse into how others perceive Arielle, but will also reveal titbits about Felicity and her fascinating life.
Can you give us any clues about what is going to happen in the next book?
Found ties up all the loose ends, so you’re going to find out why Piers let Arielle be a kept woman for so long, what’s troubling Ob, and also see if Etta and Arielle manage to put their differences aside… There are two weddings to look forward to – well, two weddings are getting planned; they both might not happen – and also some old characters will make an appearance. I hope readers will love the final – sobs! – Arielle book.
What are your favourite and least favourite parts of promoting your books?
My favourite part is the book tour. It’s so much fun hanging out with book bloggers, and it’s a real pleasure, too. The worst part is balancing the promotion – telling people about the new book is obviously super important, but it has to be done in a way that you’re not bombarding and boring people. It’s difficult to do when you’re mostly sat at a table writing the next book and don’t actually have any amusing non-book anecdotes to share!
Do you think your writing style has changed since your first book?
Definitely! Nowadays I spend more time on the first draft and less time editing, whereas when I first started out I could bash out a poor first draft quite quickly, and that draft would need a whole lot of rewriting to get it up to scratch.
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Books! A world without escaping into different worlds and other people’s lives? It doesn’t bear imagining.
Tea or coffee?
Tea, please! A quite milky English Breakfast tea works for me.
Morning or night?
Night. Though, actually, I’d plump for afternoon over morning and night, if that was an option!
Any last words for your readers?
Thank you so much for adoring Arielle like you do. Since the last book in the series is out in August, I do hope you give my new characters a chance when I release my next book!
Thank you so much for answering my questions Elle, it has been a pleasure having you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed finding out how your writing style has developed!
Now check out the book:
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 17 May 2016
“What do I honestly know about the music industry? I’m just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star.”
“Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she’s also got three very big problems – the addiction she won’t admit to, her godmother’s illness that she can no longer ignore, and her godmother’s useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore).
Keeping an eye on Arielle’s poor business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she’s offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up… And then another. And then one more.
When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it’s even begun?”