Elle J Rossi grew up in rural Indiana surrounded by great people, a huge family and more animals than she could count. Sadly, there were no vampires or shape shifters lurking about in the woods behind her house. What's a girl to do? Seek them out, that's what! The sites and sounds of the world beckoned, so she left her small town to escape into a creative world full of music - and hopefully rendezvous with a vampire or two. As a full time singer she was able to lose herself in a thousand different songs in a hundred different places, all the while scanning the crowds for those ever elusive beings of the occult.
After meeting the love of her life and settling down, she yearned to find a new and fulfilling creative outlet. Overly fond of the happily ever after, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters lead her down dark and twisted paths. The very first word on the very first page sealed her fate. She'd found a new love. She'd found her escape.
Now along with weaving haunting tales about the journey to love, she's creating cover art for authors around the world and loving every second of it. For fun, she cranks country music to take her back to her roots, and sings karaoke anytime she gets a chance. Her husband, two children, and three cats that rule the roost keep her company along the way and guarantee she doesn't get lost in the enchanted forest. She wouldn't have it any other way. And, yes, she is still on the lookout for real-life vampires.
Connect with Elle:
What is your favorite type of monster to write about? Read about? I absolutely love to write about vampires. There is just something so captivating about them—the richness of their history, the depths of their faults and triumphs. Vampires are multi-dimensional, never one note. As far as reading goes, I enjoy reading about all monsters. Anything non-human really intrigues me.
What do you envision their greatest characteristic to be? Their worst? Vampires, most of them anyway, have been around for a long time. Their knowledge, their street smarts, the depths of their emotions or lack thereof is what sets them apart from other supernaturals.
What two creatures would you love to see go toe to toe in a battle? You will be judged for creativity. ;-) Feel free to describe the battle. I'd love to see a vampire go up against a zombie. Imagine the brutality of this battle! The vampire is fast, the zombie is strong and nearly impossible to kill. Who will tire first? The vamp decapitates the zombie. The zombie still trudges on, determined to... Who knows? In my opinion, zombies are mindless creatures. I say the vampire throws him into a stump grinder and calls it a day.
Choose three of the following and tell us what your creature would do with them, make out of them, use them for or what reaction they would have to them: an apple, an gemstone, a silver chain, a fish, a rat, a deer, a toad, a piece of pizza heavily dosed with garlic, a flower, treasure belonging to someone else, fire, a spider, a worm, a ball of string, a microphone and speakers, a wooden club, a mirror, a book, a cemetery, a boat, a moonlight bonfire, a sunny afternoon, a walk through the forest on an overcast day, a wooden stick, a Popsicle, a broom, a tree, a lost person, a baby, a body of water, a cross, a cage, wolfs bane, a rock, a rubber band, a chicken, a rabbit, a cave, rope, or a piece of candy.
A cross: My vampire would tuck the cross beneath his button-down shirt, keeping it close to his heart. While some think vampires have no soul, no religion, this is not true. Vampires are complex beings. Some carry God and the hope of finding a peaceful ever after tucked close inside them. This is why they don’t simply walk into the sun. Others are like inmates on death row…only clutching to hope of Heaven because the truly fear Hell.
A book: Hundreds of them to escape the mundane hours while the sun sits high in the sky.
A microphone and speakers: This is for karaoke night at the lair of course!
What scares you? I’m scared of finding out that creatures of lore don’t exist and this has all been a terrible dream.
What is your monster most afraid of? My vampire is afraid of something that cannot be helped… He is afraid of the vicious cycle of watching those he’s grown to care about die. What makes it happy? He’s happy for those brief years in which he finds someone to spend his time with.
What type of candy would you be apt to grab? Red hots! They are the color of blood and made of fire. Give out for Halloween? He’d give out “kisses” for Halloween.
What do you think is the most mis-construed idea about vampires? Vampires CAN see their reflection. Why wouldn’t they be able to?
Which kind is your favorite? Definitely a brooding vampire. Vampires should have tortured souls, many regrets, dreams of more...
Does you vampire have an special variation? My vampires cannot feed from one another. Vampire blood contains toxins that turns to poison once it enters another vampires system. Sadly, this makes for a lot of emotional and physical problems should one of my vamps fall in love with another vamp.
Elle has graciously sponsored the vampire giveaway. It is open to international followers and the prize is a a gothic necklace!
Below you will find her books. You can click on the covers to go to Goodreads. I couldn't find one for Midnight Masque. Sorry!
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