Learn more about ONE, TWO, THREE, and Elodie's publishing advice in our first interview with Elodie. She goes into great detail about her writing and editing process, and there's some fantastic advice and resources for those interested in self publishing.
Here's a quick intro to Elodie:
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.
She's also a serial smiley user.
Let's jump in to the interview! And don't forget the giveaway! Details are at the end of the interview.
BG: How did you get in the steamy summer mindset for writing ASLNO?
EN: I started writing ASLNO in the spring...and spring was kind of crazy in Maryland, but I was lucky enough to read some summer books (including the wonderful NA series of Riley Edgewood) and I was longing for summer. Longing for summer I think helped me a lot.
BG: Both Natalya and Emilia are dancers. Do you have a background in ballet or dance?
EN: I did ballet for several years and then jazz. I loved ballet. I wasn’t amazing at it or anything, but I loved it and I was lucky enough to visit the Opéra de Paris when I was young. This has left a lasting impression on me it seems Otherwise, I do a lot of research. Also for inspiration…on how dance transcend emotions. For example, I watched this video a lot while drafting.
BG: I won't tell you how many times I watched that. WOW. Just, wow.
You delve into both the male and female perspective in ASLNO. Which perspective was more challenging to write, and why?
EN: Nick’s POV was actually easier. Even though that’s the one I was most scared of writing. Nick is such a sweetheart. Yes, he used to be a player and yes, he’s having a lot of issues but he just spoke to me.
Em’s POV was one I worked most on. I wanted to give her justice, to make sure her voice was heard…and that meant it took me awhile to just let her speak.
BG: Time for book recommendations! What are some of your recent favorite reads we should be adding to our TBR lists?
EN: Heather Demetrios. If you haven’t read her YA contemporary novels, you need to. Both I’LL MEET YOU THERE & SOMETHING REAL. They’re full of emotions and they just grab you by the heart and they don’t want to let you go.
BG: What's next for you?
EN: I’m finalizing Always Second Best (the follow-up story of Em & Nick). It’s coming out in October and I’m so nervous…I love them oh so much. After their story, I need to tackle two more stories in the Broken Dream Series.
In between, I’m planning on publishing something a bit different (end of November/December): a YA paranormal romance…witches, curse, and love.
Thank you so much for interviewing me! <3
BG: Ooh, paranormal romance? Sounds fun! Thank YOU, Elodie!
Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this interview.
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