Interview with Author E.L. Roux
It is a pleasure to welcome E.L. Roux author of Unrequited Love, Book 1 of The Magic and Heartache series.
Welcome E.L. to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
The Magic and Heartache series is meant to be about characters who must overcome a past heartache in order to move on and find the HEA.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I read, a lot. And I’ve always love fantasy and science fiction romances, and I usually take from current events, and research projects to sculpt my stories. The idea for this series actually came from a thread from rainbow-femme tumblr rant about being sick of magical worlds not having coffee shops where you can get a shot of charisma before a big meeting, that and being asked to join an anthology group for Love Through Heartache, published in November 2017. I fell in love with the world I built, and the characters who lived in them, and had to write more.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
I think honesty and being loved for who you are, are very important attributes to being a better person, and staying sane, especially in today’s world, so I try and include those attributes into the characters I write, and the stories that I read.
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
I wanted to create a fantasy world where you’d meet characters that didn’t meet your normal fantasy expectations while creating new ones to introduce you to. I actually did a lot of research on Greek, Roman, and German gods and spirits, and loosely based some of my fantasy races off of them. For instance, I have Trolls in my story, but they aren’t the hulking ugly things you’ve read about before. And since the series books will be about novella length, I haven’t had the opportunity to reach further away from euro-centric gods, but I’m hoping to add more characters unique character types later.
What makes you laugh?
I’m a sucker for puns and silly jokes. I laugh at a lot actually, and often crack myself up, so at least I find myself funny even if no one else does. My goal is to reach the apex of dad-joke level (parent-joke level), but my pun game is severely lacking.
What makes you cry?
I’m a sucker for animal videos, and dance mobs, but reading wise, I love when a soul has been bared and torn open for us to experience their pain and watch as they rebuild themselves, usually with help, into a better person.
Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?
Unrequited Love will be re-released as a slightly expanded and re-edited stand alone novel on April 19!
The second book in the series will be out by the end of May!
What is the best way for readers to interact with you?
My main author interaction is through Facebook, @ELRouxAuthor
Pre-Order Updated and revised Unrequited Love here.
Anthology Love Through Heartache, featuring Unrequited Love available via Amazon.