Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Brook Cottage Books is thrilled to welcome Aven Ellis to the blog to talk about her book WAITING FOR PRINCE HARRY.
Publisher Soul Mate
JB: Prince Harry seems like an unlikely character for someone to fall for. Are you a little bit besotted with the royal ginger yourself?
AVEN: I don’t think it’s unlikely at all! Harry is fun, gorgeous, charming, does charity work—I think it’s easy to see how women would fall for him. In fact, loads of my friends (myself included) think Prince Harry is pretty darn fabulous.
JB: Where did the idea for the book come from?
AVEN: I thought it would be interesting to have two characters from very different worlds fighting the same inner conflict: fear.
JB: From start to finish, how long did it take to complete the book?
AVEN: About six months.
JB: Was Prince Harry your first choice royal as the main character Kylie’s perfect man?
AVEN: There was no other royal or celebrity I thought of for that part of the story. It was always Prince Harry.
JB: Did any of the characters develop in an unexpected way or did the book progress much as you’d planned?
AVEN: No. I do extensive outlines before each book, and I pretty much know what is going to happen from start to epilogue.
JB: You’ve been writing fiction since you were 16 years old. What prompted you to follow your dream?
AVEN: I love writing so much that I can’t ever imagine not doing it. That’s what kept me writing.
JB: You work in television during the day. How many hours per week are you able to commit to writing?
AVEN: About three to four hours a week. That is why I have extensive outlines. So when I do sit down to write, I’m not wasting any time. I know exactly where I’m going every time I begin writing for the week.
JB: Do you have any advice for budding authors?
AVEN: Write. Keep writing. You might be rejected many times before a publisher buys your work. You learn from every book you write, whether you publish them or not. And most of all, write what makes you happy.
Thanks Aven for letting me interview you today. Lets find out a little more about the book.
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.
Or does it?
Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it...
About the Author
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
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The overall giveaway on tour is an ecopy of Connectivity and an ecopy of Waiting for Prince Harry. Open Internationally.