Welcome to the Perfume & Promises blog tour!
Synopsis: Chloe Richards is a small town girl with a big heart. At least, that’s what the local folk of Rosehip Village think. But when her parents turn up on her doorstep asking for help, her secret past is about to be revealed.
Being the daughter of Hollywood royalty was never going to be easy, but at 19, Chloe Richards managed to leave that life behind along with the scandals that almost destroyed her. A fresh start was all she needed, and a fresh start was what she got in Rosehip. Girlfriend of a local bookshop owner, best friends with fiercely loyal café owner and owner of a perfume business herself, Chloe has a happy life. But her parents are about to turn her perfect life on its head. Again.
What do you do when you’re torn between loyalty and protecting yourself? Should you trust your heart when your head is telling you not to?
Now over to Ellen to explain her writing process and her inspiration behind Perfume & Promises:
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and taking the time to be on the Perfume & Promises tour.
The idea for Perfume & Promises came about one day during a random conversation with a friend about celebrities. I can’t remember which ridiculous rumour it was now, but I began to wonder what it must feel like to just want to escape, to leave behind your family and just run away from it all and start a new life. We all know that most celebrities want the attention, stage pap shots and thrive on the limelight, but what about those that don’t? And what about their children? How would it feel to never see your parents and to not know who you can trust growing up? From there, the idea kind of snowballed and my iPod spoon-fed me the best playlist! I’m talking Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, serious kick ass women, the kind of women I wanted my leading lady, Chloe, to be like.
My writing process can vary from week to week. Some days I can plot heavily and spend hours scribbling down notes, from songs that have inspired me to quotes that have hit me that I could see one of my characters saying and from there, sometimes, a whole scene can come about. The one thing I always, always, do, is form my character profiles before I write anything. To me, they are the pins that hold my story together and I need to feel like I know them as well as my own family.
Then I have weeks where I fly by the seat of my pants, stare at my laptop and pray for the words to come to me. When I have a block, I find that going out for a drive and being outdoors helps to clear my head. Sunday drives with my husband at the time I was writing Perfume & Promises were my favourite thing to do because he knew so many quaint little villages from working as a builder and being in those places helped form Rosehip.
Of course, like a lot of other authors, I have an unhealthy obsession with Pinterest so if all else fails, I spend hours searching for inspiration while stuffing my face with white chocolate chip cookies and drinking unnatural amounts of coffee. I’m a total hero like that.
About the Author
Ellen lives in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, England with her husband where she spends most of her time with her nose in her laptop, a book or plate of food. Legal secretary and daydreamer by day, writer and serial tweeter by night, Ellen finally decided to put all the magic in her head to some use one day and put finger to laptop where The Story of Us was born and became her debut novel. Four novels later, the daydreams are still going strong, thankfully!
She loves to travel and enjoys taking her readers on a journey to escape with her, in whatever country or village she decides on next.
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