Introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you and what makes you tick?
Hello! I’m Elyse, and I’m a writer, reader, and world traveler currently based in New York City. I’ve been writing since I was old enough to string words together, but only found the courage to submit to a publisher last year. I would say that books and travel are my two passions in life… if I’m not planning my next trip, I’m curled up on the couch with a good read, or plotting out my next novel!
What does it mean to you to be an author? What makes a writer a writer?
I know some people say you’re only an author if you’ve been published, otherwise you’re a writer. To me, an author is anyone who has passion for their writing… they aren’t writing just for fun, for a hobby, but because it’s something they can’t live without! And I think it’s a personal label in some ways—you’re an author when you decide that you are. Being an author means I’m devoting myself to my writing. I’m not just writing for myself anymore… I’m writing for others.
Are you promoting a specific book? Tell us about it. Include the book blurb if you’d like.
I have a gay (male/male) romance out tomorrow, titled Heels Over Head. It’s about two Olympic platform divers as they transition from reluctant teammates to friends and lovers. I also have two F/F romances out this year. The first, Thaw, came out on April 24, and follows the blooming romance between an asexual librarian named Abby, and a gorgeous supermodel named Gabrielle. The second one is called Heat Wave, and will be out on July 31; it’s a sexy, kinda kinky, friends-to-lovers story about discovering your sexuality and doing whatever you can to win your lady’s heart!
Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, to you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night and eat Nutella with your fingers?
I have many pleasures, but few of them make me feel any guilt! I do have a deep and unabashed love of Taylor Swift, though. Also, my love of dark chocolate is well-documented, and I have been known to, on occasion, eat an entire bar on the couch while watching a cheesy sci-fi movie.
Tell us one thing that you’re passionate about. For example, would you strap yourself to an oil rigging a la Lucy Lawless with a Greenpeace sign in your hands?
Right now my passion is focused on politics, especially as it affects LGBTQIA+ rights in the US. I’m not super loud about it online, but I donate and phone my politicians whenever I can. I’m also very big on educating about asexuality, which is a personal subject for me.
What’s your writing process? That is, do you have a particular place you write and/or time of day? Do you have any particular things you do before you write? (e.g. do you listen to music, drink coffee, take dance breaks…)
I write best between, oh, 10 pm and 3 am. I also have a Day Job, though, which makes that preferred schedule impossible. Curse you, rent and bills! So mostly I write whenever I can find a few minutes—in the evenings, weekends, lunch breaks, when my boss isn’t looking, etc. I can’t write to music or TV, though… I need silence, or the white noise app on my phone so I can focus.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you (unless you’d have to kill us, in which case tell us something that some people don’t know).
I am a creature of extreme reactions. I once moved to the South Pole (yes, really) because our air conditioner broke in the middle of a heat wave and I was desperate to be somewhere cold.
Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written?
My answer for this is always Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It’s a brilliant book, about a world that exists beneath our feet, in abandoned subway stations, and at the edges of our reality. It’s myth and magic and history blending together. I want to write something like this set in NYC (Neverwhere is set in London, and London Below), where entire worlds coexist beneath the subway tunnels and on the rooftops of old buildings.
If time and money were no problem, where would you most like to go in the world?
I’d like to do a South American journey—Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines, Easter Island, and the Galápagos Islands. Take a few weeks and really explore! There’s an incredible combination of man-made and natural beauty there… massive monuments that were built long before modern technology, and wildlife that you can’t find anywhere else on earth.
And finally, what sorts of writing projects are next for you?
I’m currently working on a few different projects: a series of M/M sports romances, a YA novel that’s been brewing in my mind for years, and an F/F romance between a physical therapist and a swimmer—the sequel to my upcoming diving romance, Heels Over Head (out May 29).
Elyse is an author and world-traveler, whose unique life experiences have helped to shape the stories that she wants to tell. She writes romances with LGBTQIA+ characters and relationships, and believes that every person deserves a Happily Ever After. When she’s not staring futilely at her computer screen, Elyse spends her time adding stamps to her passport, catching up on her terrifying TBR list, and learning to be a better adult.You can find Elyse online at:
- Website: http://elspringer.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elysespringerwrites
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ElyseSpringer