Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity, and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures, such as Grey’s Anatomy. And, when she isn’t doing those things, you can often find her on Facebook, or obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book-boyfriend extraordinaire.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author of: The Look After You Series and Our Forever
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Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi. I’m Elena Matthews, receptionist by day, author by night. I’m from Manchester, England, and my main obsessions are reading, reading and more reading. Oh, and sleeping.
Are you an action, paranormal, or romance type of person? I’m definitely a romance person.
Tell us about your latest release.
Our Forever is a story of second chances and trying to find your way back from the loss of the person whom you thought you were destined to be with forever. Jo Donovan loses her best friend, boyfriend and the father of her child and five years on, she’s still struggling to adapt to a world without him. After a much-needed move to Austin, TX, her life is altered for the better when she meets her sexy, tattooed covered neighbor, Drew Greyson (or more accurately woken up to the sounds of heavy metal music at 2.00 AM.) And well…you need to read the rest of the story to see what happens.
Do you have any upcoming releases in what’s left of 2016?
That’s it for me for 2016. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those authors who writes books within a few months. It usually takes me about 8 months to get down the first draft of a manuscript.
What can readers expect from you in 2017?
I fully expect a new book release, maybe two if I’m lucky. I’m hoping to have the Our Forever audio book out in 2017, too. So there are lots of things to look forward to next year.
If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your characters, who would you pick and why?
My brain right now is currently going between Sebastian from Look After Me and Drew from Our Forever. Sebastian, Drew, Sebastian, Drew. This is an evil question. LOL! If I had to pick between the two, it would have to be Drew as he could just constantly sing sweet little nothings in my ear and I’d be in utter bliss!
Do you have a book boyfriend? If yes, who?
Kellan Kyle. Although, both Sebastian from Look After Me and Drew from Our Forever are definitely close behind.
Have your family ever read any of your work?
What do they think about it? My mum has, and even though she’s more into historical romance and comedy romance, she’s still my biggest fan.
Who are your must-read/one-click authors?
At the moment they T.M Fraizer, Aly Martinez and Tillie Cole.
What book has made you cry the most?
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole. The book almost killed me! I swear, at one point during that book I was almost hyperventilating. **EDIT** Since writing this answer, I have read Harley and Rose by Carmen Jenner and that book broke me!
Are any of the experiences in your books based on events that have happened to you/someone you know?
My character, Lily-Mai from the Look After You series was based on my niece who was born thirteen weeks prematurely.
What is your drink of choice while writing?
Sprite Zero. If I don’t have it in the house while writing, I get serious withdrawal symptoms.
What is your favourite writing snack?
Anything with sugar. In fact, anything that’s unhealthy!
Do you have any pets?
Yes. I have my dog Molly, who is a beagle. She’ll be two in December and she’s my baby. I never knew you could love a dog, in a way I love Molly. The moment I met her (She was 8 months old when we adopted her) she’s had me wrapped around my little finger. I couldn’t imagine my life without her.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole
Name 3 books everyone needs to read (excluding yours). One the Ropes Series by Aly Martinez, the Thoughtless series by S.C Stephens and A Lover’s Lament by K.L Greyson and BT Urruela
For those who are new to your work, which book would you recommend starting with?
If you want to start right from the beginning I would recommend starting with Look After You first. If you want something more fresh and new, then I would recommend reading my recent release, Our Forever. It is a spin-off to the Look After You series but it is a stand-alone.