Saturday, November 26, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Elle Strauss

I write time travel and merfolk chic-lit, light SF and historical YA fiction. I'm a married mom of four, and live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, famous for beaches and vineyards. I'm fond of Lindt's sea salt dark chocolate and hiking in good weather. My YA rom/com time-travel CLOCKWISE is now available on Amazon, B&N and other sites!


Why choose to write about merfolk and time travelers?
I honestly don't know. I suppose the alternative is straight contemporary and I just wouldn't be any good at that. Likewise, straight paranormal. Writing time travel and merfolk allows me to combine the two.

Balancing being a mom of four and a writer must be tough, any advice for other mom's trying to give it a go with writing?
Writing with four children was definitely a challenge when they were younger. I basically set the afternoon from 1:00 - 3:00 while they were at school to write. So, that would be my advice, find a time, preferable the same time every day, maybe it's nap time, or during dance practice, but just make that time yours to write. Mine are older now and take care of themselves so it's not that hard any more. That's another thing to keep in mind, everything's a season. You may not have as much time now as you'd like, but your kids will grow and more time will open up. Just remember to enjoy them at whatever age they are!

Why YA as a genre?
I was writing about a boy growing up in Hitler Youth, and a writing friend of mine said,"That could be YA. YA's really hot now." I hadn't really heard the term YA before it got "hot". I just happened to be writing in the genre, and once I realized it, I settled in.

Which of your characters do you think are your favorite? Any of them harder than the others to write for?
Casey from Clockwise was definitely fun to write. It helped that my daughter was 15, at the time, the same age as Casey, so she made good research fodder. :)

Here at starcrossed, Darcus and I have different ways of getting thing's written out for NaNoWriMo, She has to type and I have to write it by hand first. Do you have a preference when cranking out the first draft?
There's no writing out by hand for me--I can't read my handwriting! My first drafts are almost always a glorified outline. I have to go back and beef it up a lot.

What made you decide the time for when Casey took her crush back?
We just moved to BC, Canada after living outside of Cambridge/Boston for a year. The ambiance of that place was still very vibrant in my imagination. Boston has so much history, it just made sense to take her there.

If you had to take your high school crush back in time where do you think you would land?
Hmm, high school was a long time ago for me, and though I can remember the emotions of it like it was yesterday, I can't imagine going anywhere with my high school crush.

Any advice for young girls/guys who have had their heart broken in high school?
Wow, these are hard questions! Best advice is to read about romance, but leave actual romance until you are much older. Focus on friends and your education. However, if you have already been heartbroken, your friends are your best source of comfort. Also a good book (probably not romance) and a tub of ice cream :) Just remember, that this too will pass. As Celine Dion so eloquently sings, your heart will go on.

If your children were time traveler's, what time would you like for them to go back to and be able to witness?
I suppose I'd like them to go back to the years I was a child/teen, so they could see simpler times and what life was like without technology. Or they could watch That 70's Show. :)

Do you have any last words you would like to leave with our readers?
The paperback version of CLOCKWISE is now available on Amazon, and the e-book is on sale for the holidays, only .99!
We would like to thank Elle Strauss for giving us the chance to read and review her novel well as doing an interview for Starcrossed.

Elle has also been kind enough to give away a copy of her novel!

One winners will receive and eCopy of Clockwise.
This giveaway is international.
To enter please fill out the form below.
And please don't forget to read the rules and information at the bottom of the form!


  1. Caught you copy-and-pasting the giveaway info! xD
    You better edit it before Elle Strauss sees it! :P
    Thanks for this giveaway~