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Monday, May 5, 2014

Elene Sallinger What Happens When Troubled Souls Collide Interview & giveaway

The moment Bridget Ross and Connor Reynolds run into each other on the street – quite literally while out on a run – tempers flare. But when the two get together for an apology coffee date, it’s clear that the coffee isn’t the only thing steaming.

Connor is a charming artist without purpose. His own tragic pas prevents him from putting down roots or committing to anything. Bridget is feisty but guarded. She’s aching to fill a void in her life but is wracked with guilt over her past and denies herself true pleasure. Can this gorgeous man tempt Bridget to finally succumb to her desires?

About the Author
Hailing from Washington, D.C., 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.

If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?

I would love to have lived during the Moorish conquest of Spain. During that time, Toledo and Damascus were a center for education and culture. The Moors even performed surgeries that would not be seen again for hundreds of years. The gorgeous palace, the Alhambra, was built. It was a time of enlightenment. 

When the Moors were driven out and the libraries burned, we lost over 400 years of technology.

Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?

I think that Open My Eyes by Maverick Sabre fits the theme of the Chrysalis Series in general. All of my heroines are struggling with internal conflicts that keep them stuck. They all need a bit of help to understand that it’s alright to change, which is the refrain of the song.

When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?

Not really. If I really need some background music, I play what I call fusion instrumental. It’s not classical, but the music has no lyrics which I find distracting when I’m trying to write. Some of my favorite songs are Broken Sorrow by Nuttin’ but Stringz, The Violin Player by Vanessa Mae, and Thunder by Nuttin’ but Stringz.

What do you do when you think nobody is watching?

Cry at movies unabashedly. I am moved by many things and it can be embarrassing. I’ve cried at particularly poignant commercials, so when I’m alone, I feel free to cry at whatever moves me.

What was your favorite childhood book?

It’s not so much a book as it is a series. I adored the Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz. I read every single one many, many times.

What is your favorite addition to chocolate? 

Sea Salt. I love the salty, sweetness together.

Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I devour those books and read them multiple times.

What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?

I’d be an animal activist and run a Pit Bull sanctuary.

Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?

I love to knit and read. I also enjoy making woven jewelry and dancing. 

We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?

Now that I have the confidence in my writing ability, it’s more that there are just some stories that I absolutely must tell. They beat at my brain until they pour forth. I no longer have the option of not writing.

10 Fun Facts

  • I was a varsity cheerleader in high school but quit to focus on going to college
  • I’ve been told I resemble Lisbeth Salander (Noomy Rapace), Winona Ryder, and Trinity from the Matrix.
  • I am a trained diamond grader but never worked as one
  • I knit
  • I am a Pit Bull advocate and own two, Floyd and Bella.
  • I am proudly 40 years old.
  • I’ve lived in 7 states in 10 years
  • I graduated from a Science & Technology High School
  • I was originally a chemistry major in college before dropping out my freshman year
  • I now have three degrees and am working on my fourth