Clare London (clarelondon) wrote,
Clare London


Today's guest is author Elle Parker whose charming book Like Coffee and Doughnuts is out in print this week. She talks today about plotting for this series - and the fun she has sharing the process with friends and family! :)


Bio: Elle Parker likes her heroes snarky and human, and she writes with a realism that incorporates humor and everyday detail into steamy and exciting stories. Although she writes a few forms of erotica, her first love and primary focus is M/M Erotic Romance. She works hard to create characters you can't help but fall in love with.
Most of the time, Elle can be found in her home in the north woods of Wisconsin, working on her latest novel, or spending time with her husband and teenaged kids. When not writing, she likes reading, brewing beer and swimming with the loons. Unless it's winter. In that case she grabs a book and drinks the beer.

Blurb: Dino Martini might accept his friend Seth as a lover--if they can stay alive.
Dino Martini is an old-school P.I. in a modern age. Sure, he may do most of his work on a computer, but he carries a gun, drives a convertible, and lives on the beach. Best friend and mechanic Seth Donnelly will back him in a fight, and there's not a lot more Dino could ask from life.
Until his world is turned upside down.
A dangerous case and a new apartment are just the start. His friendship with Seth has turned into a romance, only Dino has never had a boyfriend before. Can he handle this sudden twist? Just as he begins to believe it's possible, he loses Seth in more ways than one...

Buy Link: Like Coffee and Doughnuts

Hi, I'm Elle Parker, and I'm finally doing something I've dreamed about all my life. I'm writing a mystery series. In my whole reading history, nearly everything I’ve read has been in series. There’s just nothing like going back to a place you love and joining your favorite characters for yet another adventure.

Or at least I thought so…until I found out what it feels like to go back to a place you created and joining your favorite characters while you write another adventure.

Florida, Dec 2009

I knew when I started my first book I wanted to write a series like the ones I love to read, so I geared my story toward that. I took extra care when creating my characters and my setting, and I crossed my fingers. Now, I have the first book coming out in print in just a couple of days, I have the second book under contract and tentatively due out in October, and I’m at work on the third one.

It’s that third one I want to talk about, or rather the process of starting a new book and working through the plot. Although I’m not a stellar plotter, this is becoming one of my favorite phases of writing because I have such a wonderful circle of friends to bounce ideas off of. I could never do it without my friends.

I have one friend who will chat endlessly with me over plot points, and trade emails for days. The last time I printed off one of our brainstorming chats, it ran ten pages. My husband is willing to sit in a bar and talk gay romance over beers (and he cooks dinner most nights while I work). Just this last Sunday, I had a fantastic time trying to work out how we could come up with a dead body…over coconut waffles.

I used to dread plotting a new story, but it’s become such a fun and exciting process, and I really wasn’t expecting that. Now it’s not just the chance to revisit beloved characters that I look forward to, but also the thrill of tossing ideas around with the people I love.

Look for Like Coffee and Doughnuts in print February 1st, and it’s sequel, Like Pizza and Beer this fall.

~~Elle Parker~~

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Today's Quote:
"The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective." G.K. Chesterton

Today's Daft Google Searches for 'Clare London':
"Why the fashion industry can't seem to design for women with breasts" Sorry, but I *had* to post this one in my birthday month *lmao*.


Follow this month with Clare (look at the goodies so far...):

Jan 28 : Author Dusk Peterson talks about the highlights and challenges of historical fantasy.‏

Jan 22 : Author Jordan Castillo Price wonders "what if" she hadn't been a writer?
Jan 23 : Author Syd McGinley asks Is Dr. Fell a Gary Sue?‏
Jan 24 : Author Angela S. Stone tells us about her 'Bunnies' and offers Free Fiction.‏
Jan 24 : Author Lori Toland tells us about the rock 'n' roll of her new release.‏
Jan 25 : Author Rowena Sudbury talks about inspiration and its spark in her fiction.‏
Jan 26 : Author Anne Brooke shares her new release "A Stranger's Touch".‏
Jan 27 : Author Chrissy Munder suggests we examine our assumptions.‏

Jan 15 : Jen of Well Read savours the memory of food, and seeks it in her fiction!
Jan 16 : Author Mel Keegan tells us why we should all be visiting the GLBT Bookshelf.
Jan 17 : Author Cassandra Gold discusses the wonderful world of the romance sub-genre.
Jan 18 : Author Wren Boudreau asks "Who am I...and am I okay with it?"
Jan 19 : Author Jenna Hilary Sinclair confesses her writing!
Jan 20 : Author Dakota Flint discusses the fascination of the Epilogue.
Jan 21 : Author Janey Chapel treats us to pictures of her favourite kink!

Jan 08 : Jessewave wonders - tongue in cheek - where the less shiny guys are!
Jan 09 : Anne Cain shares her art and encourages a show and tell!
Jan 10 : My latest release Upwardly Mobile is out at Amber Quill today.
Jan 11 : Author Lee Rowan discusses why love should not be a garotte.
Jan 12 : Author Jaime Samms asks if readers prefer short or long stories.
Jan 13 : Author Erastes explains why her submissions keep aiming for the stars!
Jan 14 : Author Daimeryan Rei describes the rewards of writing both fan and original fiction.

Jan 01 : The New Year brings the release of the Immortal Fire anthology IN PRINT.
Jan 02 : author Chrissy Munder asks if current affairs in fiction is delightful or just dates us.
Jan 03 : author Madeleine Urban describes how her characters hijacked her brain.
Jan 04 : author Theda Black's inspiration reaches from a bionic penis to the power of Pan.
Jan 05 : author Josh Lanyon shares some exceedingly good books with us.
Jan 06 : author K. Z. Snow questions what all the fuss is about authors 'making shit up'.
Jan 07 : Josie aka 1more_sickpuppy compares her life and friends online and off.

Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Email me at clarelondon11 @ and I'll happily find you a space ♥

NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.
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