August 9, 2013

Title: Escaping Me

Author: Elizabeth Lee

Published: July 30th, 2013 – Self Published

Story Synopsis: All she wanted to do was forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere – she couldn’t.

He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.

Here’s the thing they quickly found out – sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.

We’re very excited today to welcome author, Elizabeth Lee, to our blog for a chat about her newly released book, Escaping Me!

♥ Cole Pritchett is the leading, totally swoonworthy, male character in Escaping Me.. Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind him?

Absolutely! The inspiration for Cole was not one specific person, he’s a culmination of every country boy I grew up with. He’s charming, down to earth, has a quick wit and isn’t afraid to get dirty.

How did the storyline of your book first come to surface? Do you remember what you were doing? And which character came to mind first? Cole or Whitney?

I love the idea of a two people coming from two different worlds and finding what they are missing in their lives in each other. In this case, Whitney led a very privileged life, while Cole was not so lucky. Whitney came to mind first, but Cole quickly developed as I thought of the best kind of guy to balance her out and vice-versa.

I can almost guarantee that the idea came to me why I trying to fall asleep at night, which resulted in me staying up way too late and jotting down notes. This happens quite frequently.

♥ If Escaping Me had it’s own playlist, which songs would you tie to your story?

I actually have a playlist for this book! It’s going to be featured on the Blog Tour! The song that I listened to the most while writing was Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore. I’m kind of in love with him.

♥ Can you tell us some of the things that inspire your writing? If music happens to be one of them, what do you find yourself listening to as you write?

Music most definitely, but I also pull from my surroundings.  I was born and raised in a small town (and still live there) so I have lots of good and some not so good memories that I work into story lines.  Most of the ideas I write come from either personal experiences or happened to someone I know.  Small town living… you know everything about everybody!

The cover of your book is beautiful! I love it! How do you feel about it and do you feel represents the book well? What was your first reaction when you saw it?

My jaw literally dropped! As soon as I saw the couple on the cover I knew that it was Whitney and Cole! Whitney, especially.  She looks exactly how I imagined her in my mind. Aside from the physical appearance of the characters, I loved the way Cole is cradling her face and looking down at her like she is the best thing that ever happened to him. My heart still melts every time I look at it! Regina @ Mae I Designs is amazing!

♥ What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Criticism is a tricky word. If it’s constructive, I’m all for it! A well written review really helps me see what I need to work on as an author, so I like reading those even if they are a low rating. I accepted the fact, a long time ago, that not everyone is going to like my stories and/or writing style. Now, reviews that are mean, just for the sake of being mean, I ignore. If it doesn’t offer me any constructive advice it isn’t worth stressing out about.

My favorite compliment actually came from a reader of my first book, Shattered. She emailed me telling me how touched she was by Jesse and Alyssa’s story. That’s my goal when writing any book, so having her express how much she loved and related to them was priceless.

♥ What was your favorite chapter/paragraph/phrase to write from Escaping Me and why?

Hmmm… that’s a tough one! I don’t have one particular scene or line that is my favorite, but overall EM has been my favorite book to write!

Rapid Fire Question Time!

Favorite Author: At the moment… Monica Murphy

Favorite Genre: Contemporary Romance

Skydiving or Bungee Jumping: Ugh. Neither. I’ll stay on the ground.

Favorite Song: Too many.

Twitter or Facebook: Twitter

Alexander Skarsgard or Adam Levine: Levine

Real Books or eReaders: eReader

Favorite Book Boyfriend: Today… It’s Dean Holder.

About the author: When I’m not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand.  Here’s the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination!  Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

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Special thanks to author, Elizabeth Lee, and to Ink Slinger Blog Tours

for giving us the opportunity to participate in this tour!

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