Elle Kennedy is an incredibly talented New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
Her works include the Killer Instincts novels, the Outlaws series, and the Off-Campus series.
She is located in suburbs of Toronto, Ontario where she grew up, and holds a BA in English from York University.
Most people struggle in which path to choose within their life, but she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
No matter what world Elle takes us in she creates strong heroines, alpha heroes.
Let’s not forget the amount of passion, emotion, and heat!
AB: What is the first book that made you cry?
EK: Little Women! I cried SO HARD because of that book.
AB: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
EK: One of the great things about the romance community is that most authors are friends and support each other. Sarina Bowen always gives the best feedback and lets me text her at all hours of the day. My bestie Viv Arend and I talk on the phone all the time about plot and life in general. KA Tucker takes me to the best vineyards. Vi Keeland, Monica James, Nina Bocci… I wish I could name all the amazing authors who inspire me, but we’d run out of internet LOL.
AB: I know all of your characters are like your children- probably impossible to pick , but if you could bring one couple to life from your many series which would it be and why?
EK: The impossible question! I mean, I know I’d love to be friends with Brenna and Summer. But if I had to pick a couple to bring to life, it would probably be Hannah and Garrett.
AB: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
EK: Lots! I wrote many, many books when I was a teenager, and they’re all boxed away in my closet. I won’t ever publish any of them, but they’re fun to look at every few years. They’re not very good!
AB: What was one of your hardest scenes to write in your career?
EK: So many of the scenes in my Killer Instincts series were BRUTAL to write. There is one scene in Midnight Rescue that was so awful and made me so sad. I cried while writing it.
AB: Say a tv series or movie was made of any of your books, have you imagined anyone in a role in particular (a similar look or vibe) just for fun?
EK: Not really! I often get asked who I envision for my characters, but it’s hard for me to picture real people playing them. They live in my imagination.
AB: How did some of your stories come to you, did it start with an image, a voice, a personal experience etc…
EK: Bits and pieces of what makes up a character, or mannerisms they may have, or conversations in my books are sometimes taken (or inspired by) real life people or events. But usually I just picture my characters and try to figure out what their lives would be like, and that shapes the story. Or sometimes I think, “what if this happened” and then come up with a story around that premise.
AB: What is something that you have become accustomed to when writing, a writing kryptonite per say?
EK: Silence! I have gotten so used to absolute silence when I write, that even my phone ringing can completely knock me out of the writing zone. And once I’m out of the zone, it can take a while to get my head back in the right place.
AB: Many fans, including myself, would love to see some of your work appear on screen. Have you thought about that at all?
EK: Definitely! I’d LOVE to my stories adapted to film or television. But it’s not an easy process and requires the right people and a lot of luck. If you know of any producers, feel free to send them my way 🙂
AB: I know you have pursued writing since a teen, I was curious if you had a piece of advice for young writers like myself?
EK: I have two big pieces of advice – be open to criticism and keep writing! Most writers will hear a lot of no’s before they hear yes, but if you can take the feedback that people give you and keep going, you’ll do well. Writing is like anything else – the more you do it, the better you get!
Elle is one of the best people and her stories suck me and spit me out, in the best way a person who loves books can ask for.
She creates a world that we get to be apart of and fall in love with these character’s in such a beautiful way. Every topic Elle approaches is done with her heart, every single time, and as a fan it is so important.
It was such an honor to meet her and pick her brain, she is so humble and kind. Her Off Campus series is a favorite of mine and I highly recommend!
Please make sure to check out her newest release, ‘The Play’, the third installation in the amazing Briar U series!
Thank you so much to Elle!
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