Author Elle Hill
and her latest release
Her history, her whereabouts, her name: She knows nothing. Nothing but her current reality: a constant stream of horrific, surrealistic scenarios in which she fights not only monsters and unseen attackers but also her own pain and despair.
Reed Jayvyn is an ex-Army vet, penniless and living in his truck. After saving a young man from attackers, he finds himself embroiled in a superhuman drama between the Broschi and the Clan, two groups engaged in a centuries-long war. Worse, he finds he is one of them—a Broschi, a psychic vampire that feeds off the pain of humans. But Reed’s greatest surprise comes each night, when he finds himself dreaming of a fierce, nameless woman.
She is dreaming. So says the handsome man who uses his heretofore latent psychic ability to flicker in and out of her dreamscape. With Reed’s help, she slowly learns more about who she is, why she is here, what trauma in her past keeps her locked inside her mind. Meanwhile, Reed explores his own heritage, discovering enemies and allies in unexpected places.
But most important to Reed is freeing this woman caught in an endless loop of nightmares, someone he considers in every way to be the woman of his dreams.
“I know you’re not bad,” she reassured him, smiling.
“You don’t know anything of the sort,” he said.
“Don’t you dare invade my dream and then question my judgment!” She meant to snap it but couldn’t manage anything beyond a biting edge to her tone. “We’ve been in some, um, challenging environments, and I think I know you pretty well.”
“Says the woman who only recently started thinking of me as real,” he said.
Katana felt the cold of the rock under her behind wind upward into her head. “Recently for you,” she said quietly, all teasing gone. “You have no idea how long it feels in here. I’ve spun from dream to dream, always fighting, always endangered, always waiting for the pain and the terror. I haven’t had a lot of time to think, but I’ve done what I can when I have a moment or two. I feel I’ve known you for months and get to see you every few weeks, even though I know it’s once per day for you.”
Reed exhaled once, slowly. Then, gently, he placed his hand against her cheek and helped guide her face upward.
Knowing what to expect, Katana closed her eyes and stretched upward. Reed wrapped both arms around her, and she flowed against him.
After a moment, Reed pulled away very slightly and kissed her nose. “You feel warm and . . . good,” he murmured against her lips. She felt his moist breath against her face and inhaled the mintiness of his toothpaste.
“You feel real,” she whispered.
Is there an author that makes you go all "fangirl”?
Is it annoying to say “me”? Okay, seriously, I’m a big fan of Lauri J Owen, who writes The Embers Series. She writes high fantasy (sort of), which isn’t always my cup o’ cocoa. However, her shero is super strong and smart, and she’s plus-sized, which is a rare and wonderful thing. Also, I’d probably get a little squealy if I met Tamora Pearce, an author who adores animals as much as I do.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?
See the above. :) In all seriousness, a good friend of mine and I have been talking about writing a book together. We’ve agreed she can write the action scenes and I can handle the squishy romance.
The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?
Probably The Ultimate Survival Manual. I mean, fiction is awesome and all, but it’s hard to revel in fine romance while dying of starvation.
Who are your favorite literary characters? (Yours or someone else's)
I adore quirky characters. In my latest release, Hunted Dreams, I’m hugely fond of Cor, a 20-year-old, skinny lesbian with bright blue hair and a fondness for sarcasm. I just finished writing The Tithe, a postapocalyptic novel that focuses on seventy people with disabilities as they wait to be sacrificed. One of the tithes, Lynna, is a fat, red-haired woman who offers kindness to everyone she meets. I really connected with her.
As for others’ literary characters, I’m always drawn to the ones who aren’t the heroes but who steal the show with their kindness and loyalty. I’m a big fan of Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings, of Beth from Little Women, of Neville from Harry Potter, and Granny Weatherwax (although she’s kind of a shero) in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series.
If your friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?
Do you find it harder to write a full-length novel or novellas?
Neither is harder; I find I tend to expand my characters and story to fit the space limit.
When did you fall in love...with writing?
Probably at age three when I sat at the kitchen table with my oldest sister while she taught me to read and write. I was penning stories in elementary school and full-length (albeit bad… so very bad) novels in junior high.
Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants writer?
Both. As those horrible commercials from the 90s said, it’s kind of an organic experience. I begin the novel with three or four pages of notes and fly from there. Occasionally, I sit down and plot some more (usually over lunch or coffee with my favorite lunchtime companion, i.e., me). In this way, the story emerges spontaneously while adhering to some kind of skeleton.
What is the one story you wish you’d written? Why?
I have no regrets, and I don’t begrudge anyone their amazing ideas. Heck, I appreciate their inspiration.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Snuggling! I get tons of practice with my furbabies and my partner.
Please tell us a bit about your latest release.
Sure! Here’s an abbreviated blurb.
Her history, her whereabouts, her name: She knows nothing. Nothing but her current reality: a constant stream of surrealistic scenarios in which she fights endless monsters.
She is dreaming. So says the handsome man who uses his psychic ability to flicker in and out of her dreamscape. With Reed’s help, she slowly learns more about who she is, what trauma in her past keeps her locked inside her mind, and how she might devise her escape.
Will you be attending any conferences this year?
Yes, but not writing related. :) In addition to writing novels and poetry, I’m a sociologist. This means attending academic conferences; I try to think of them as slightly shorter, intellectually stimulating vacations
Cheese of any sort. Raw, organic, processed, from a can: I take it however I can get it.
Boots or heels
I’d rather crawl on my knees than totter about in heels. That said, I also hate having my toes confined. I tend to wear sandals, even during the Midwestern winter.
eReader or Print
Ebooks all the way! I love having hundreds of books with me at all times. Also, it’s so good for the environment. Win, win.
Social Media: Love it or Hate it?
I’m a Facebook aficionado.
Beer, Liquor or Wine
Water, coffee, or soda, please!
Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom
Why would I want to leave the comfort of the bedroom? (Yes, this is how I know I’m not 20 anymore.) :)
Favorite TV Show
Alas, I don’t have a TV. However, my favorite TV show from the past would have to be Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
Favorite Book series (besides your own)
Tough decision! Either Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series, Ilona Andrews’ Magic Series, or Jim Butcher’s Dresden Series.
Pj’s or Lingerie
T-shirt and shorts.
Thanks so much for letting me share my ideas with you, Ali! I wish you many good books and a gorgeous autumn. :)
An inveterate fan of fairy tales, particularly the darker ones, Elle pens paranormal romance. Her urban fantasies envision an alternate Los Angeles (or is it?) in which Leeches -- scheming psychic vampires -- and Hunters and Psychics -- the beings that exist to thwart them -- fight fierce, primal battles in the land of movie stars, silicone, and sunshine.
Born in Idaho during the height of disco, Elle Hill now chicken-pecks at the keyboard while rocking out to Donna Summer and KC and the Sunshine Band. She worked in Idaho for several years as a secretary and journalist before moving to California and selling her soul to academia. After receiving her PhD in Sociology, Elle Hill became a not-so-mild-mannered college instructor by night and a community activist during the remainder of her waking hours. Always a journalist and writer at heart, one of her favorite pastimes includes publishing commentary on the political and social states of the world; some of her thoughts are posted on her blog at ellehillauthor.blogspot.com.
Elle welcomes visitors to her website at www.ellehill.com. She also urges everyone to become a superhero and adopt their next non-human companion from a local animal shelter.
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