Happy Sunday everyone. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Today I am sitting down with multi-genre author E.L. DuBois. She is an awesome author and hope you enjoy learning about her. Happy reading everyone. 🙂
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for asking. I was born and raised in Texas, where I still live. I was born in a small town, but my family moved to the Houston area when I was seven, so I grew up a city girl. About five years ago we all migrated back to the small town where I was born. I’m a mom & wife, family is very important to me. I come from a small family so I’m really close with my parents & brother (who is also a writer). My husband is my writing partner so that makes for an interesting dynamic. We are all creative so it is good to have a close knit group to bounce ideas off of. I love to travel, but I do not get to do it nearly enough. I’m a full-time writer so my days are full of coffee, chucks(I have a collection, and the color I am wearing usually represents my mood), and the menagerie of characters & stories that live in my mind. Lol
What genre do you write in? Why?
Romance, Paranormal/Horror/Thriller. I really love both genres and those are the stories/characters that come to me. My debut novel was my memoir told as a dark fairy-tale. It will always be the hardest, and most important story I tell. I had to write an extremely personal, emotional story to realize my dreams, and heal. The process helped me to let go, it was my way of giving the girl I had been some semblance of justice. When I wrote it, I pulled no punches. It is raw, gritty, and honest. When I finished, I told myself, “If this helps, or give’s even one person hope, or changes their perception of domestic violence, then I have done something” and it has. The first review I received, I cried, because I had done just that. So, now, I get to write fun, romantic, action-packed stories that are unapologetically southern, laugh out-loud funny, and unique.
What inspired you to become an author?
I think I have always wanted to be a writer. I just didn’t realize it until I was in my early 20’s and got the idea for Ransom, TX. I told my little brother, we bounced ideas off of each other. He is a script writer as well as an author so I suggested he should write the script, he suggested I should write the book. So I did, lol, then life happened and I had to abandon the dream. Once I wrote my debut novel “The Glass Mask: Monsters Lurk Beneath” a door was opened for me to finally release Ransom, and the rest is history.
Tell us about your latest release?
Crossroads is about life changes, and how we sometimes find exactly what we need, when we need it, and that we usually never see it coming. It is a story of a normal girl trying to navigate her own grief, and a famous/jaded lead singer of a southern rock band and his road to recovery through a series of people he meets at a remote resort. He has lost his way and is on a destructive spiral of grief, drugs, and denial. Through sobriety, love, and some crazy interactions he finds something he didn’t realize he was missing, or even needed. It is told in two parts, part one is everything before sobriety, part two is everything after. So it was almost like writing the same character with two very different personalities. My WIP is the second book in the series, it is called No Strings and centers around the guitarist in the band. It is more lighthearted so I am having fun with it. I like to joke that I am a method writer, I live and breath my characters emotions, so to be stuck in the mind of two grief stricken lost souls for Crossroads was emotionally taxing. I kept telling myself, just get through the sad and you will get to tell the happy. I was probably insufferable to be around but my family understands. My husband gets it lol, he wrote the outline/base for Crossroads and then handed the characters/story over to me and he is so amazing he let me put my own spin on it, bleed angst and emotions all over his perfectly normal characters. The fact that he let me have the characters/story and do that says a lot about how wonderful he is.
How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I will wake up with my characters knocking on my mental walls telling me to get up and write. I am also plagued with waking up with random songs in my head. I love music, but I often feel like the songs are a representation of what I’m feeling or the characters are feeling for that day of writing. If it is a random song I haven’t heard in a while I immediately add it to my playlist and play it on repeat while I write. This is one of the main reasons I include a playlist for the readers. I want them to be able to flip to it and know exactly what moment in the book it inspired. I have so many stories I want to write, characters that have formed that I have notebooks full of stories. I will be writing a story, a character will form within that story and suddenly I know exactly how they look, sound, their backstory, and future story.
Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Tyler “Twitch” Matthews in Crossroads is that good looking talented guy who has no concept of real life. He has been famous for so long that every day tasks are not something he thinks about. He is an artist so immersed in his grief and addiction that everything else kind of takes a backseat to it. Until he meets Gia, she is a catalyst to the first steps of recovery. He doesn’t do it for her, or because of her. She just helps guide him in the right direction, lays down the law, gives him the structure he has been lacking. Grounds him and brings him back to reality, Twitch in turn reminds Gia of her dreams, and that she shouldn’t give up on them. Their love story is not conventional at all. I knew it wouldn’t be a typical happily ever-after. They take it day by day.
What authors inspired you to write your own book?
I am a huge romance fan. I love most genres. I would have to say that my list is endless. I love well developed characters, stories, etc. Characters that give me all the feels… lol… If I had to name a few I would say, Emma Chase, LJ Shen, Emma Hart, L.A. Cotton. They are all amazing authors. I think that anyone brave enough to tell their stories and put them out there for the world should be read, appreciated, and applauded.
Who is your biggest support system in your life?
My family! And my fans! I love my readers, and I love hearing from them. Bookstagrammers and bloggers are a true gift. I love them. They have been so supportive. I’d like to give a special shoutout to @Tweezyread (Twee has been truly amazing), @themommabookclub, @cantquitbooks, @musingsofthemb, @kinkygirlsbookobsession, and K.M Jenkins of course! 🙂 My narrator Sarah Sampino, and the cover model for What Would It Take Brandon English have been wonderful as well. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate everything!
What should we expect from you in the coming months?
No Strings is my next release and I cannot wait for the world to meet my characters. Gahhh, I am so excited to tell their story, it’s definitely a doozy lol. All the feels!
What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU! Those two words will never be enough! Y’all are all the things! Everything! Much love and appreciation from the bottom of my heart. XO ~EL~
About the Author
EL DuBois is a best-selling & award winning author.
She was born and raised in Texas where she still lives today surrounded by her amazing family, and menagerie of fur babies. She loves to travel, has seen many beautiful places, and can not wait to see more. Erica is an avid artist, music lover, and reader. She is a Southern Belle at heart with a passion for red soled shoes, a good romance novel, chucks, and LV bags. When Erica is not writing she can be found enjoying a beautiful life with her loved ones.
Erica’s personal experiences with domestic violence have made her an advocate, and supporter of great causes facing victims of any harassment or abuse. It is her greatest wish that no one ever has to suffer the traumas she endured, and that justice be brought for all those who have. These experiences have made her appreciate life, laughter, and love. She is a believer in positive attitude, positive actions, and paying it forward. Her motto is “do good things with no expectations, and life has a way of bringing goodness back to you”.
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Words & Music…they need each other…
I am broken
I am lost
The damage cannot be undone…
Tyler “Twitch” Matthews is “the words”, but when tragedy strikes, he loses “the music”
To the world he is just the sexy “blue-eyed” bad boy
Notorious for embracing all the perks of being a rock star…
Money, women, drugs, partying, and fame…
But, none of it will bring back his music…
Behind the facade this “rock star” is quickly unraveling…
Plagued by the songs of his youth, and on the brink of insanity,
Twitch finds himself standing at a crossroads…and in dire need for a return to his roots
Gia Gibson is a dark-haired beauty barely holding together the pieces of her ordinary life.
After a devastating loss dramatically changes her future….she finds herself at a crossroads
Her every waking moment devoted to keeping the family business afloat.
One upside to being so busy…no room for anything else…
Until “he” walks into her life and his words ignite her melody…
Love…guilt…grief…broken souls…passion…and a crossroads…
Sounds like the beginnings of an unforgettable journey…or an epic love song