Hello everyone! I had an author interview with Elle Middaugh, the author of her new book Elemental Secrets! The book sounds so interesting, and I’ll be reading it soon, and stay tuned for the GIVEAWAY!
1. Who is your favorite author?
I think I’d have to say… Chelsea Fine. Not only did she write a series I adore
(The Archers of Avalon) but she was also the very first author I ever had a
conversation with. The fact that she actually took the time to reply, coupled
with her great advice, really solidified her as an amazing person, in my
2. Why did you choose this genre?
It just sort of happened. Light/Low Fantasy is a genre I ALWAYS write in. I
think I just truly enjoy immersing myself in an alternate/parallel world lol.
Same for Romance (I don’t enjoy books without a romantic element, so why
would I write books like that, you know?) As far as Young Adult as a genre, it
was actually a little difficult for me. I felt that I needed to keep the more
vulgar cussing and the sex content to a minimum, and it sort of went against
my initial instincts to do so lol Overall, it probably enhanced the richness of
the story, so I’m glad I did it.
3. Where did you envision this book?
I envisioned this book right where I placed it – central Pennsylvania! I know
a thing or two about the area considering I live in it lol! I sort of wanted to
represent where I come from, and it was obviously easy for me to never lose
sight of or forget the landscape in the story.
4. What is your most favorite part of writing this book?
My favorite part of writing the book was probably the character interaction.
Seeing how they react to each other and feed off of each other’s emotions is
really fun for me. Whether it’s playful banter or a heated argument, it’s
interesting to see how the characters will respond. And yeah, I’m one of
those authors who likes to let the characters sort of emerge on their own
with minimal conscious decisionmaking on my part.
5. What do you think makes your book stand out more than others?
Well, part of the reason why I chose to write about Elementals (rather than
Vampires, the genre I originally loved to write in) is because I wanted
something fresh. Vampires are still super fun to write/read about, but
everyone knows they’ve been sort of overdone. Elementals are obviously
NOT a new subject, but they’re definitely less common. Among Elemental
books, I think my book will stand out because of the ‘realness’ of the time
and location of the setting, as well as the ‘realness’ of my main character’s
thoughts, speech, actions and responses to challenging situations.
6. If this were to become a movie, which actor/actress would be a good actor for
I hate to answer this! I think it’s better if people can just choose their own
versions of the characters! Lol but I’ll comply 😉 These are the people I
imagined when “watching” the story in my head:
Valerie – the girl from the cover. She’s a model on Shutterstock and I
WISH I knew her name! She’s so gorgeous!
Cade – Max Irons (a rather unpopular match in others’ opinions lol)
Holden – David Henry (another unpopular match lol)
Sienna – Megan Fox
Loren – Olivia Wilde
Chase – Chris Pine
Elise – Amber Heard
Xavier – Xavier Samuel
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Title: Elemental Secrets
Author: Ellie Middaugh
With her mother long deceased, and her father recently deployed, she ends up being sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But, being a Navy brat had made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly wasn’t her strongest suit. As if the life of a typical teen wasn’t hard enough.
But Valerie soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager. Not by a long shot.
SECRETS are revealed…
…About her family, about her newfound friends and relationships, and about her whole world… Things that have been kept from her for her entire life…
But the biggest secret of all is revealed when Valerie discovers that she has Elemental powers, and a chain of inexplicable and irrevocable events unleashes throughout the little town…
About The Author
Elle Middaugh is a newly published author, born in the sticks outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. After moving around the east coast a number of times, she now lives in her hometown with her husband and three children.
Reading has been a favorite past time since Elementary School and choose-your-own-adventure books. Writing has been her dream since Middle School when she first began penning her own material. Being published is the most awesome achievement in her writing career so far, but she hopes for more exciting landmarks and stepping stones in the future!
She’s a proud Navy wife; a frazzle-brained mother; a homebody who dislikes cleaning; a fan of tennis, and fitness in general; a lover of hot tea, mountain dew, and all things fiction; and she’s a bigger My Little Pony fan than her children.