Hi. I’m Elle Casey, a writer who in her spare time does lawyer stuff. I’d love to be writing fiction full time, so please, become a fan! I need you! Someday I hope we meet so I can give you a hug. Seriously. I’ll do it.
Okay, more about me. I’ve been reading since I was 4, writing since I was, well, 4. Mostly little things … like my name. “Mommy”. “Daddy”. “Linus” (that was my cat at the time). I swear, my mom still has some of this earlier work.
Fast forward to junior high. My buddy Kim and I had this notebook we would take turns writing notes to each other in, trading it back and forth between classes. It was decorated with stickers and designs done in paint pen. We used it to chat back and forth, gossip about teachers, boys, etc. It was IMing and texting, 25 years before that stuff was even invented. We were so ahead of that curve, it wasn’t even funny.
I started writing a romance novel in this notebook for my friend Kim, who had an unrequited crush on this guy named Kevin. Each day she’d beg me for a new chapter. The life I created for her in our notebook far exceeded the enjoyment she was receiving in the real world. But like all good stories, it had to come to an end. That happened when she dropped the notebook in a puddle on the way to school one day.
Fast forward to adulthood. Two years ago I threw all caution to the wind, checked out of corporate life, and moved the family to southern France where I now live with my husband, three children and dog, surrounded by vineyards, ancient Roman ruins, and wonderful, warm people I am proud to call friends. I still have a work life where I do my lawyering thing, writing contracts and agreements and all kinds of legal mumbo jumbo. I teach English to foreign learners. I blog. I email. I write humorous essays that no agent wants anything to do with because I don’t have a “platform”.
You want to know what I think about platforms? Platforms are for shoes and public pools with really deep deep ends, people. I decided last year that no agent and no publisher is going to decide for me whether I sell my books or not. I decided to go the e-publishing route that so many before me have already taken. (Thank you, pioneers!) And guess what … I’ve got readers! Yay me!
Fast forward to now. I finished my first novel, Wrecked and published it in January. February saw the launch of my second book The Changelings, part of a 4-book YA Fantasy series called War of the Fae. The second book in the series Call to Arms was published the first week of March and the third book is scheduled to be launched at the end of March. Phew! I’ve been busy.
Tell us something about The Changelings.
It’s a YA contemporary fantasy that features a group of high school age teens, all recent runaways, who are swept up into the world of the fae (elves, dwarves, witches, ogres, shifters, etc.) in a way they don’t expect. It’s told from the first-person perspective of Jayne Sparks, a seventeen-year-old with a serious potty mouth. Her best friend Tony Green, a huge nerd, is her sidekick throughout the story. He’s serious and polite and Jayne’s bold and sassy.
Why did you write about the fae?
I’ve always been a fan of fantasy worlds. My first books in that genre were the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings which I read when I was very young. Of course Disney has lots of fantasy and magic in their stories and what American kid didn’t get loads of that, right? A little piece of me thinks it could all be real. That the fae are out there, living amongst us, hiding who they are… I wish I could have a dragon as a pet.
What music were you listening to when you were writing The Changelings?
Breaking Benjamin was a big influence, especially Diary of Jane which inspired the main character Jayne. I also love Muse, Evanescence, Lana Del Rey, and Sick Puppies as well for inspiration of this series. But I’m a fan of many bands, so it’s hard to limit it. On my website, www.ElleCasey.com, I’ve mentioned a few specific songs I was listening to when I wrote certain passages in the different books of this series.
What is the message from The Changelings that you want to convey to your readers?
I wouldn’t say that this is a message I wanted to convey to my readers, but it’s a message that ended up in the books nonetheless. Things are not always what they seem…anything is possible…and sometimes the good guys and the bad guys are hard to sort out.
What was the first fae book you remember reading?
What was most surprising thing you learned in writing your books?
That I’m not the writer of my books…my characters are the writers. I’m merely taking dictation most of the time.
If you can be invisible, what is the first thing you would do?
I’d go into the secret rooms under the Vatican church and see all those ancient relics that were mentioned in The Da Vinci Code. lol
What’s your next project?
I’m finishing the War of the Fae series. Book 2 will be published by February 28th and Book 3 by March 31st. I have May 11th for the publish date of the final book, Book 4. After that, I’m not sure! I have to see what character starts to keep me awake at night, demanding to have her story told.
Thank you Elle!
Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?