Jen: Today we welcome Elle Q Sabine to Romancing the Book. Elle, will you share a short bio with us?
Elle: Hello! I’m Elle. Mr. Sabine and I share a home with a golden-haired mutt who is so deaf she doesn’t hear doorbells or squeaky toys and a middle school-aged daughter who hears everything.
Here’s a slightly longer, and official bio.
Elle is an author of erotic romance, or romance that contains erotic content. The romance – the falling in love – is the beautiful part of the story. The erotic content is the interesting part. In Elle’s mind, the best books are erotic and romantic at the same time, and these are the sorts of stories she wants to tell. Elle lives in the great state of California with a devoted Mr. Sabine, a golden-haired pup, and a golden-haired daughter. If she had spare time, she’d like to sleep at night, visit museums, and spend more time with the Pacific Ocean.
I have a blog, Twitter, FaceBook and Pinterest. I do not have SnapChat or Instagram, so I am officially forty. Visit my blog for short stories from my writing worlds and samples from my books (and buy links, of course). The blog also includes links to the other social media. Twitter is my social addiction of choice.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Elle: Hunt Her, the first book in a new series I’m writing call Vamp Hunters, is out in general release now! A Vamp Hunter (also known as a Vampire) is on a quest to find his vamp, the one female in all creation who is destined to be his. According to the various English dictionaries I consulted, a vamp is a woman who uses her charms to seduce a man, so I decided a Vampire must be a man who wants to be seduced by his vamp.
In the series, Vamp Hunters are creatures of myth and legend. They come from a parallel world where science and philosophy developed on a timescale and scope beyond human understanding. A vampire – a vamp hunter – comes to our world because he is looking for the one soul who complements his own: his vamp. Centuries earlier, our world was their playground, but these days, they’ve mostly withdrawn. However, one very important hunter knows his vamp was born in Michigan. He’s staying until he finds her, until he avenges her, and until his kin are as blessed as he is.
Jen: What age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Elle: I started scribbling in my school notebooks almost as soon as I could write. I remember writing about the Mayflower moving van that took away the family across the street, my best friend included. I was in first grade then.
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Elle: My resident tween decided last summer she was going to write a book. When seventh grade started, she registered for a high school class in Creative Writing and finished both semesters with a near-perfect mark. A couple of months ago, she announced her first book was a finished draft and that her friends loved it, and asked me to read and edit it. I foolishly though it would top out at a hundred pages or so, but it’s over four hundred pages long. So I do have another writer in the family! I’m slowly helping her revise it, and after that we will talk about what to do with an epic tale of teenagers in a post-apocalyptic world. She’s decided on a pen name and is a Wattpad devotee, and she has no idea I write erotic romance.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Elle: My iPhone has this amazing feature called Notes and email. How did we ever live without them? I’ve been known to peck at it furiously in the middle of the night and in the car (while in the passenger seat).
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Elle: I’m willing to read just about anyone, but I drift toward writers who write about authoritative men. My favorite romance authors include D. B. Reynolds (Vampires in America), Lynda Chance (contemporary), Stephanie Laurens (historicals), and an author of out-of-print classic Loveswept romances named Helen Mittermeyer. I have her actual print books stashed under my bed because they’ve not been released in ebook format.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Elle: I have an upcoming novella this year from the world of the Vamp Hunters called Ink Her that will be released in November, and I’m writing the second book in the Vamp Hunters series, tentatively called Keep Her.