Elle Daniels grew up in a quiet, suburban town in Central Massachusetts – a town so lacking in excitement she was forced to live vicariously through novels. One day, discontent with her reading options, she took the matter into her own hands. So began Elle’s journey into all things romantic and fantastical. Still in her early twenties, she remains in that same small town, tagging along with her heroes and heroines on their madcap adventures.
Her debut novel, Escape to Gretna Green, is the first of three regency romances set to be released in the Spring of 2014 with Grand Central’s Forever Line. It follows the adventures of Danielle Strafford, a noble woman living in the Regency period who resolutely believes in true love, as she assists the horrid and scarred Marcus Bradley, Marquis of Fleetwood, to kidnap a bride, rescue said girl from brigands, and fall in love with the very man she is supposed to hate–the rude Marquis himself.
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Let’s see how Elle answers the Proust Questionnaire!
What is your idea of happiness?
A cup of coffee, a black ink pen, and college ruled paper.
What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
I have a rather eclectic taste in music–from Black Veil Brides to Little Mix–so it’s hard for me to pick just ONE song as my favorite. What I like, I like. As for my “at the moment” song, it would have to be Runnin’ Out of Air by Love and Theft.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Playing the piano or speaking another language. Unfortunately, I don’t have the patience or time to learn either.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I was younger, I used to pin the blame for everything on my brothers and in my early teen years, I would lie to avoid drama with my friends. Nowadays, I really try to avoid lying. It always more trouble than it’s worth. I also won’t keep a secret that can be harmful to someone.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
“Never Forget”–who you are, where you’re from and where you are going. I actually have this tattooed in German on my shoulder.
What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and Communication are pretty high up there. Also, some one who can appreciate my, often frequent, spaced out moments. It usually happens when I’ve thought of something for a book.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“I mean” and “Ya know?” My dad always points them out when I’m talking to him. It drives both of us crazy.
Your favorite painting?
That’s tough. I love art and draw on occasion myself. The Kiss by Francesco Hayez and The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano are some of my favorite overtly romantic pieces. But my number one has to be the Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by the German artist Caspar David Friedrich (1818). It reminds me of the beginning of every story I write.
What is your favorite journey?
All the ones I want to take!
What is your favorite time of day?
Midnight, aka the Witching Hour. Everything is so quiet and still. It’s also the time I was born.
With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
Dr. William Chester Minor, the man who contributed to the Oxford English Dictionary and a main character in the book The Professor and the Madman. He’s not a fictional character, but I feel like a conversation with him would be…eventful.
What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
Who or what is your first love?
Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught. It was the first romance novel I ever read and I haven’t stop reading the genre yet.
What’s the last dream you remember?
Most of the time, I don’t remember my dreams. The only one that comes to mind is from years ago. I think I had watched Disney’s Tarzan before bed because in the dream, Tarzan and I were running through the jungle. Clayton–the bad guy who wants to sell the gorillas in the movie–was chasing us with his gun. Suddenly, Tarzan gets shot through the heart and turns to stone.
Yeah, I don’t really get it either.
What’s your madeleine?
The shower. Or even just sitting in the bathtub. It sounds weird, but I’ve gotten some of my best ideas there.
Without thinking, in one word: what is life?