AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Elle Field
We've been excited about the release of Kept by debut author Elle Field for quite some time, so we're very, very happy to have her here today at Trashionista! We put our questions to Elle in order to learn more about Kept, her writing habits, and her upcoming autumn novel...
Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
It's no hardship being kept, but Arielle used to have dreams of her own...
What inspired you to write Kept?
Like Arielle I've known what career I've wanted to do ever since I was a child but it's one that people consider a bit of a pipe dream and definitely not one you'll find advertised when you graduate into a recession. For Arielle her childhood career dream was to be a fashion designer; mine was to be an author. Writing Kept has made that happen for me, though I won't spoil it by telling you how things work out for Arielle! Arielle gets to live the high life in Kept, not working after uni and jetting around the world with boyfriend Piers. My reality after uni was living at home with my parents, sans boyfriend, and on a budget. There's definitely some wishful thinking from a much younger me that inspired that part of Kept!
Where do you do most of your writing?
At home, on my bed! It's dreadful because it does nothing for my posture, but I'm adamant that when I move house this summer that my new place will have a little office, fully equipped with a writing desk, sturdy chair, and in close proximity to the kitchen for those much-needed cups of tea!
What is your favourite book?
Chick lit wise I'd have to pick Sophie Kinsella's The Undomestic Goddess and Dorothy Koomson's The Chocolate Run - I love that The Chocolate Run is set in Leeds as it's a city I know well and I do think London gets used far too much as a setting (I'm guilty as charged with this, too). I'd also be very upset if I was never allowed to read The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng again - it's a breathtaking book that draws you in - definitely another favourite.
Which part of Kept was the most enjoyable to write?
The scenes with Obélix. He's Arielle's childhood best friend and only confidante when things go wrong in her life. He's such a lovable character and the one person who always has Arielle's back, even when she probably doesn't deserve any love from him. There's a scene where they are at the pub and are discussing Arielle's embarrassment at overhearing her parents talk about their sex life... I was giggling writing it. It's fun to get into your character's heads and live their indignation or mirth with them! There was not enough of Obélix in
Kept, but he'll have a bigger part to play in Kept's sequel.
What are you currently reading?
I've just finished Scott Mariani's The Armada Legacy and am about to begin A Day in the Office by Matt Dunn. My to-read pile is getting out of control; it's over fifty books now!
Who is your favourite heroine?
Stella Fain from Maggie Alderson's Cents and Sensibility. She's sassy, knows how to handle a man, has a mews house to die for and stands on her own two feet.
Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published writers?
1. Write, write, write, and never give up.
2. Unless you are a genius, or really lucky, don't expect the first draft you ever write to make you an overnight success. Persevere with the editing process, even if you think you will scream if you have to read over and edit that annoying chapter of yours one more time - keep at it until you get it spot on!
3. if you're just starting out, don't worry too much about how you go about and actually write a book - just sit down and start writing. Your writing will get stronger and stronger the more you put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), so just keep writing!
Are you working on anything else at the moment and if so, can you tell us?
Yes, I'm about 75% through editing my next book, Geli Voyante's Hot or Not. Geli works at a newspaper and has the added bonus of sitting next to the very hot political columnist, Theo, who she has had a crush on since she started her job. When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, Geli finally sets about to try and convince Theo that she's not as shallow as her light-hearted column suggests and, more importantly, she's the one for him... That's out in the autumn, then I'll be working on the sequel to Kept.