Friday, March 8, 2013

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Elena Dillon

author Elena Dillon
Today I’m interviewing Elena Dillon. Her book Breathe is a YA Romantic Suspense and was released on December 14, 2012.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
It is a story about a teenage girl who has to restart her life after the murder of her older sister by a serial killer.  Her and her family go about this in a new place quite different from what she is used to.  Of course she meets a hot boy and falls in love but while all this is going on some pretty creepy things start happening and she has to wonder if the killer might be after her now.
When did you first consider yourself a writer and when did you start writing toward publication?
I’ve been writing since I was very young but I think I’ve only recently considered myself a “writer”.  It never even occurred to me to publish.  I was afraid to even show anyone anything I had written.   last year I let a friend read part of the book and I was hooked!
How did you get into romance writing?
I’m sorry I wasn’t aware that there was any other kind? Lol. What’s a story without romance? ;)
I am with you! Do you see writing as a career?
Well now that I’m doing it, it feels more like a necessity.  I’m not sure I could stop now if I wanted to.
Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1. My mother’s maiden name and my married name are the same. (I did NOT marry a relative. I checked)

2. I am deathly allergic to peanuts. (My husband does not understand how I got through childhood without peanut butter and jelly)

3. I have hosted three exchange students from Brazil and the Cayman Islands for 1 year to 2 ½ years. I highly recommend it.  It is a fabulous experience. I have children everywhere!
You and I met last fall at a writer's conference. Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?
I am a member or Romance Writers of America and a local chapter of the same organization.  It is really amazing. I have met so many helpful, wonderful people in RWA. Like Nancy who is so sweet as to host me here! They have great educational programs and I love the conferences they put on.  I can’t wait to attend the National Conference in Atlanta this summer!  
I will see you there! Tell us more about Breathe (a book I recently finished and enjoyed.)

Book Blurb
Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl.  It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that
murdered Daisy was never caught.  That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over.  Hopefully in a place where the 1last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way.  Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction.  On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is.  Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening.  Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time?  Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.
About the Author 

Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles.  She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.
A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends.  They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

Thanks for joining me, today. How can my readers buy your book?

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