Saturday, March 23, 2013

Meet - Elodie Parkes


Hi thank you for inviting me to the blog.

I’ve brought along my new release A Celtic Anthology Published by Moon Rose. It’s an anthology with the seasonal equinoxes as inspiration and eight authors have written stories for the book.

My story is titled, ‘The Picnic’, and is inspired by the autumn equinox.

The others are,

        Samhain
        Yule
        Imbolc
        Spring Equinox
        Beltane
        Midsummer
        Lammas/Lughnasadh
        Autumn Equinox

I’m joined by authors, Hunter S Jones, Miranda Stork, Tara S Wood, Livia Ellis, Laura De Luca, L J Rossi, Carolyn Wolfe, on what we hope will be a feast of erotica, romance, the paranormal, mystery and intrigue for our readers.

When I first heard about the anthology, I was intrigued to know what the other authors involved would come up with, but we have all worked independently until now when we see the finished product. I am sure the variety of stories will surprise and delight readers.

My story ‘The Picnic’ was surprisingly lovely to write. I say that because although I knew what I wanted, as it actually unfolded for me, it was a delightful journey. I’m one of those writers who needs to name their character or ‘hear’ the character name themself, before I fully engage with them. When Morgan Green named himself it was the start of an exciting writing experience, he’s mysterious and has connections with magic and forests, and so he had named himself well. Morgan is a Celtic name of great antiquity.

His leading lady Ava need a touch of the Celtic and so her surname gave me that in McCartney.

I wrote with the inspiration of autumnal colors in nature and the way the countryside begins to change in the countdown to winter.

My story is a love story, erotic and enticing. I hope readers love it for the emotion between the two main characters and the magical quality of a problem solving method used on a very topical real life issue.
 
Here is a sample of ‘The Picnic’

Ava and Morgan meet.

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The woods made the air cooler, and Ava was walking quickly when she saw Morgan. She slowed down as she approached the area of the woods where he worked. Unable to help herself, she stared at him. He was tall and muscled. His thick dark hair fell over his forehead as he worked and Ava slowed her pace a fraction more. She let herself gaze at him. He was very attractive. His waist tapered a little from his muscled chest and his jeans riding low on his hips gave her a view that almost took her breath away.

Ava was lonely if she let herself admit it. She didn’t let herself very often because it led to bouts of looking amongst internet dating sites in the hopes that someone would catch her eye. No one ever did, and Ava would close her browser and go in search of a book to read, or a movie to watch.

Ava was passing Morgan when he paused in his task and looked up.
She could see his face and she felt her loneliness keenly then. The man was beautiful. She could see the angle of his jaw and the blue of his eyes quite clearly. She looked away and walked on, feeling a kind of desperation.
 
Morgan had been surprised when he had seen the young woman. Her hair was a darker shade of some copper beech tree leaves that grew by the side of his house door. He had seen the lightness of her eyes in contrast to her hair and found emotion in them. He watched her slender figure disappear up the path as it wound into the woods. He focused back on the tree stump before him, but felt confused. The woman had given him a prickle of anticipation as she stared at him.
 
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A little about me (Elodie Parkes Bio)

I live in rural England, United Kingdom, and I work in an antiques shop and write. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks. I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale.

I never consciously thought I wanted to be a writer, but I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.
 
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2 comments:

  1. Interesting & provocative. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Loved the interview and excerpt! These two characters look lush and complicated- I love that! This is easy to engage and connect with and leaves you wanting more.

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