Elle Boca is this week’s Underground Book Reviews featured author. With their permission below is a copy of the post.
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Author Spotlight: Elle Boca
by Amy R. Biddle
If you had a writing motto what would it be?
Life is too short to read (or write) bad books.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
It’s all around me – among people, places, nature, the news and situations I observe.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I love nature and wildlife and strive to include something about nature or animals in every book, although in urban settings like Paris that sometimes posses a challenge. For example, in my Miami urban fantasy series the characters swam with dolphins and manatees. In Paris, the River Seine which crosses the city, is frequently in the backdrop.
Have you learned anything from the self publishing process and would you do anything differently next time?
It’s wonderful to be in the driver’s seat even if it means a great deal more work than with the traditional publishing route. I would start earlier in the process.
What has been your most successful marketing strategy?
Marketing is one of the biggest challenges in the crowded publishing and indie publishing space. This is especially true for new and indie authors. The last Goodreads giveaway for Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia, book one of the Marshals Series, received more than 800 domestic and international sign ups.
What is the best kept secret you have found in regard to indie publishing?
How supportive fellow indies are of each other’s work and how many want to read and highlight the work of indies whenever possible.
More about Elle Boca
GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND WEEIA
Sworn to protect the secrets of their race, marshals are trained to police Weeia hiding among humans. After completing her advanced marshal training, Danni is blown away by her new plum assignment to Paris.
Amy R. Biddle
Amy Biddle is co-founder and managing editor of Underground Book Reviews. Her debut novel, The Atheist’s Prayer, is a dark comedy about a fairy-worshiping suicide cult. She is most at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains or surrounded by the great blue sea.
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Kelly Smith, a California book blogger, journalist, and host of Kelly Smith Reviews, recently interviewed Elle. With her permission below is a copy of the interview. Thank you Kelly!
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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Elle Boca
1. When/why did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve been a non fiction writer all my adult life although I only began writing fiction a few years ago.
2. What authors inspired you when you were younger? What books do you enjoy reading today?
The list is long. Along the way I have enjoyed classic Greek and Roman mythology, literature icons to fiction favs from Robert Ludlum, Wilbur Smith, and Anne Rice to name a few. In the last few years I have been enjoying urban fantasies from the likes of Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs in no particular order. I also like discovering indie authors, especially in urban fantasies. Some authors whose work I read recently include Nicholas Rossis, Effrosyni Moschoudi, Madhuri Blaylock and Teresa Carlson. I also have a long wish list including: Lilo Abernathy, Tima Maria Lacoba, Sol Mage, Rose Montague, and Theresa Snyder.
3. What was the inspiration behind your Weeia series?
Everything began with Amy. She (in my own head) asked me to tell her story and it blossomed from there. After noticing so many of the fantasy and sci fi movies in the mainstream revolve around men with superpowers and rarely any women with impressive powers I wanted to explore women’s empowerment through a reticent yet very powerful beneficent leader. Amy is the ultimate superhero because she has all the abilities yet she craves none of the power.
4. What are you working on now that the series is done?
I’m working on a Weeia stand alone story titled In the Garden of Weeia about one of the minor characters we met in the series. I’m also working on a follow up series.
5. Foodies are in love with certain aspects of the series. Are you a foodie as well?
I’m so glad you said that! I worry that the food mentions annoy readers…
Guilty as charged. Needless to say I can’t eat the way Duncan and the Weeia do!
6. Were any of the characters personalities or emotions taken from real life?
Certainly real life is always an inspiration although in the stories the characters are an amalgam of borrowed emotions and personalities real and imagined.
7. What other genres would you like to try your hand at?
For now, I have my hands full. One day? Mystery.
8. If you could be any of the characters in the series, who would you be and why?
It’s a difficult question. On the one hand, Amy because she’s so amazing. On the other hand, there is so much weight on her shoulders. Kat, her sister, is a compelling character as well, plus she’s a great warrior. I could go on…
9. How did you decide what superhuman powers to give each character?
I think of them as abilities like the ones we humans have such as our senses: hearing, sight, smell, etc. The abilities for the main characters seemed to match their personalities or roles in the story. In some cases, they made sense like Amy and Kat’s parents’ abilities. They also related to the four henkis or ability types.
10. Would you like to see as the Weeia series a film franchise or TV series? If yes, who do you want to see play your characters?
Yes, that would be wonderful! Pierce Brosnan could play Amy and Kat’s father. He has the devilish good looks of Thomas McKnight. Although his ready smile might have to disappear for the role, ha, ha. Not sure who would be thin and fast like a runner to play Duncan. I don’t know about Amy. Her character requires a youthful personality yet she is very mature for her age.
11. Where do you see yourself and your career in the next ten years?
That’s a tough one. I hope to have found an audience and be writing new urban fantasies.
12. What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
I would love to travel the world, go on safari, support conservation programs, especially to protect wildlife or make movies. Oh, you mean for a living? I’m not sure. I’m still finding my voice and evolving…
13. Did you originally plan for this to be a series, or did the narrative just keep going?
It started as a short story or novella and grew to a full length story which flowered into a series of five books.
14. What authors, dead or alive, would you like to collaborate with?
Another tough question! Collaborations are difficult. Wilbur Smith if it had anything to do with Africa. In fantasy, Anne Rice, Jim Butcher, and Ilona Andrews come to mind.
15. Thank you for participating in the interview. Can you please leave the readers with three things that may surprise them about you?
I love chocolate, cake and cookies
I’m a big safari enthusiast
Cape Town is one of my favorite city settings
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To read the interview on her site visit http://kellysmithreviews.blogspot.com/2015/06/1.html
Author Renee Hand, host of Stories from Unknown Authors on BlogTalkRadio.com, interviewed Elle today. Scroll down to listen to the hour long interview. Thank you Renee!
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Renee Hand is a maverick in writing suspenseful mysteries and romances. She is the author of the Crypto-Caper and Joe-Joe Nut children’s book series. To listen to the interview click below or go to: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors/2015/06/04/interview-with-elle-boca-for-unelmoija-paradox
Author Frances Pauli invited Elle to submit a guest post about the Weeia to her website. It was published recently. With her permission below is a screen capture of it. Thank you, Frances!
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Frances writing is speculative, full of the fantastic, and often romantic at its core with in a little humor whenever possible. The former visual artist enjoys crochet, belly dance and ukulele playing. She lives in Central Washington State with her husband, two children, a pair of hairless dogs and five tarantulas. To read Elle’s guest post and learn more about Frances and her books visit http://francespauli.com
Erin, host of The Readers Hollow.com and a country girl who grew up around livestock, prairie winds and fascinatingly unique people, featured Unelmoija: Paradox, and a guest post by yours truly. Below, with her permission, is a screen capture of the feature. Thank you Erin!
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She likes to read Dark, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical, Satire, New Adult, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy (High & Low). To see the original post and visit her website go to http://www.thereadershollow.com/home/the-paradox-guest-post-by-elle-boca
Larissa, host of The Howling Turtle, recently featured a Paradox cover reveal and an interview with me. Thank you, Larissa!
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Larissa, who says books have been a passion of hers her whole life, was four when she told her mother she wanted to be a bookworm when she grew up. Convinced stories have the power to change and touch us in a way few things can, she shares book and author news on her site. To see the interview and cover reveal, and visit her site go to http://howlingturtle-pdx.blogspot.com/2015/03/author-interview-and-cover-reveal.html