Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Welcome, Elle. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Many of my characters have some of my personality traits, but only one was based mostly on me and that was Stella in Shadowing Stella.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I moved to the mountains and started a hobby farm. We filled it with goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and ducks. Now I’m the crazy goat lady who drinks from a coffee mug that says “I’m two goats past normal.” With fifteen goats, I may be more than a few goats past normal at this point.

I love goat cheese. I haven’t tried goat milk, but my daughters had to use it when they were children, and we had to find a goat farm. Luckily, there was one close to where we lived. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In first grade. My teacher suggested that I was a budding writer and for years after I left her classroom, she reminded me to keep writing. Good teachers are invaluable.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read a wide array of books, the King James Bible is my first priority, and I read that each night at bedtime. I also read non-fiction biblical commentaries and writing trade books as well. My favorite pleasure reading books are romantic suspense and thrillers, but I also enjoy romance and an occasional cozy mystery. I used to read fantasy, but I haven’t picked one up in years.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t. Just kidding. It isn’t easy to stay sane, but, somehow, I manage. Recently, I started keeping a to-do list on the computer in simple project management software ( It helps me organize all my tasks in a way that makes sense so I don’t get overwhelmed or side-tracked.

I’m going to try that one. How do you choose your characters’ names?
It depends on the book. Most of the time the main character names come to me without much thought. Currently, I’m writing a book where some of the characters are from Columbia, so I searched popular names in Columbia in the year they would’ve been born. I do the same sort of research for historical fiction. When writing contemporary books, I simply pick names I like or that I find interesting.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Raising my son, Ian. He’s twenty-five, and is currently active duty in the US Army stationed in Texas.

The writing accomplishment I was most proud of was releasing my first book, but since then my writing (and marketing) has improved, so each book I write enjoys greater success than the previous one. I hope that trend continues.

Yea!! I live in Texas. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A goat. I could still live here on our goat farm. Goats are so adorable and they love to play. This time of year, when the nights grow cool they run around and jump on the dog house and rabbit house. They have a great deal of fun.

What is your favorite food?
Ice cream. Mint chocolate chip.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock was taking too much time in between novels. I overcame it by scheduling preorders to keep me on a strict writing schedule. Without deadlines, I’m useless, but as long as I know I have to finish a book by a certain date, it gets done.

Tell us about the featured book.
My featured book is The Billionaire’s Reluctant Bride. I was asked to write for the Blushing Brides series, and thought it might be fun to write a true billionaire story, so I wrote Zach and Addison’s story. The two were childhood friends who made a marriage pact as teenagers and decide to follow through with it. So far, it’s been my most successful book and one I truly enjoyed writing.

Please give us the first page of the book.
10 August 2018
Addison laughed as she typed her response to Zach’s email.

Sure. Why not? Set the date. Order the flowers. I’ll be there.

He always had a great sense of humor. It surprised her he remembered the teenage pact they’d made to bring it up all these years later. Picturing her friend’s laughing blue eyes teasing her, she grinned. It would be fun to have him back in her life again, but now that Fractal Enterprises had gone public, and he was a successful giant on the social media scene, it was unlikely he’d be able to make time to hang out with an old friend.

His response came quickly.

Why don’t we set the date for our birthday? It would be fitting, don’t you agree? I’ll pick you up first thing in the morning. August 23rd to fly you to location.

If he wanted to keep the joke going, she would play along.

Our birthday. Why didn’t I think of that? I’ll see you then.

I’m going to love this book. I can tell. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me on my website and on social media.

Thank you, Elle, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I can hardly wait to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book.
The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride (Blushing Brides) - Paperback
The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride (The Blushing Brides Series Book 3) - Kindle

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Elle E. Kay said...

Thanks for having me on your blog, Lena. <3

Melanie Backus said...

What a great sounding book! Thank you for the opportunity!
Melanie Backus, Texas

Linda Kish said...

I like these stories. They always sound fun. I wonder if they happen IRL. Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Elle E. Kay said...

I'm not sure many happen IRL, but that's the fun of fiction, right? We get to escape reality for short time and if we can take a nugget of faith from our fiction, even better. At least that's how I view it. <3

Robin in NC said...

This book sounds fun! Also enjoyed the interview.

Robin in NC

rubynreba said...

I enjoyed the first page and look forward to reading the book.
Beth from Iowa

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for bringing "THE BILLIONAIRE'S RELUCTANT BRIDE" by Elle E Kay to my attention. Sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would greatly enjoy having the opportunity to read. Lovely cover!

Really enjoyed the interview. Elle and I have some things in common. We, too, moved the mountains. Although we don't have goats, we really enjoy all the critters that come to pay us a visit. Just this morning we woke up to a hen turkey in our back yard. I had to smile when I seen her favorite ice cream. That was our daughter's favorite kind too. Made me feel like I had a quick visit from her from heaven when I read it. <3 God bless your son! My Dad was a career Army man serving during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "THE BILLIONAIRE'S RELUCTANT BRIDE".
Kay Garrett from Mountain View, AR
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Elle E. Kay said...

Thanks, Kay! Another cover designer did the text for our series, but I designed the rest of the cover.

I don't know how your father's generation got through it. My grandfather was in WWII and Korea, and I'm sure he suffered from the horrors of what he'd seen over there. My father was in the Army, too. He was a couple of years too late for Vietnam. Not a bad thing.

On a happier note, I love seeing the wild animals too. Sometimes the wild turkey stop by and visit our domestic turkey. 😊

Today we had orioles at our bird feeders. So beautiful.

God bless!

Vivian Furbay said...

Sounds like a sweet romance and I would enjoy reading it. Vivian Furbay of CO

Connie Porter Saunders said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from Kentucky

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.


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Lourdes said...

Thank you for the interview and the giveaway!