This week the one and only Elene Sallinger stops by to tell us all about her latest novel Reflection.
Lauren: Tell us a little about Reflection Elene?
Elene: Reflection picks up about a year after Awakening leaves off and follows Bridget Ross whom we met in the first book. In the book we learn about the events that shaped Bridget and we get to meet Connor Reynolds the man that’s going to change everything for her.
Lauren: What inspired you to write it?
Elene: Bridget was a character that I conceived when I was writing Awakening and I instantly fell in love with her. She’s sharp and sassy and immensely generous emotionally. It turned out that the audience loved her as well and wanted to know more. When I write characters, I always develop detailed character sketches and from the moment I developed Bridget’s character, her story just teased at my brain and demanded more than one paragraph in Awakening. Eventually, I couldn’t resist the pull any more and had to write it!
Lauren: Of all the characters you’ve written who is your favourite?
Elene: That’s a really hard question to answer. I love all of my characters. However, the character I had the deepest connection to is probably Dean Whittier – the villain of Reflection. The audience will only get to see a part of him, but in developing his character sketch, I see his story and know how tortured he truly is. I have a book in the plans for him and can’t wait to write it.
Lauren: What are you reading at the moment?
Elene: At the moment, I’m reading The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charlson. It’s about service dogs and their humans. I’m a huge animal advocate and a major supporter of the American Pit Bull Terrier and I read tons of books on dogs in general and Pit Bulls specifically.
Interested in a sneak peak of Reflection? Why not check out a free extract here or even buy a copy here!
About Elene: Hailing from Washington, DC, Elene Sallinger first caught the writing bug in 2004 after writing and illustrating several stories for her then four-year-old daughter. Her writing career has encompassed two award-winning children’s stories, a stint as a consumer-education advocate, as well as writing her debut novel, Awakening – a novel of erotic fiction that won the New Writing Competition at the Festival of Romance 2011.