Elle Croft is a rising thriller writer whose books are creeping into top spots on amazon because of their twists and turns (not to mention gripping suspense). Elle cut some time from her busy schedule to tell me about herself and her writing.
Which was more fun to write: The Guilty Wife, The Other Sister, or The Stranger’s Child? Which came out easiest?
I’m in the midst of writing The Stranger’s Child, so I’m not sure I can compare it yet, but so far all of them have proved to be really unique writing experiences. The most fun would have to be The Guilty Wife, though – I was writing it around my full-time job, and I had no idea if it would ever be more than a hobby, so there was absolutely no expectation around it. I really enjoyed the whole process, and as it’s my first novel I think I’ll always feel more sentimental about it. To answer your question, though – I’m not sure if it came out easiest – I’m yet to have an easy time of getting a story out, but it was (so far) the most fun!
You’ve got a great story about finding your agent. How was picking the right representation important to your career as a writer?
I was extremely lucky to find an agent who is so supportive and talented. It was only after signing with Ariella that I realized just how important it is to have an agent I trust completely, and who I know is working hard to make my work the best it can be. I signed with Ariella because she was so excited about my work, and so enthusiastic about what it could become. She had vision, and she believed in me as a writer. I couldn’t have done it without her, and I’m convinced that having a great agent makes navigating the writing process so much easier. So I’m hugely grateful that she was the one who first got excited about The Guilty Wife!
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Him by Clare Empson – it’s Clare’s debut, and it’s so powerful and the writing is wonderful. I’m hooked on the characters she’s created and the world they inhabit, and I’m loving the sense of intrigue that started on page one and hasn’t let up at all throughout. Once I’ve finished Him, I’ll be reading Philomena for a book club I’m in, and I’m excited to read something a little different (for me).
How do you balance your social media writing and blogging with your career as a successful novelist?
I’m not sure I have mastered the art of balance yet, but I’m working on it! At the moment, I’m focused on writing my third novel, so I’m having a bit of a break from some of my other work, but I’m lucky that I can work around my writing schedule. I also tend to set myself word count goals each day, so the sooner I reach my goal, the more time I have for my blogging and social media work. I’m slowly finding ways to manage my time, but I have a long way to go yet!
After The Stranger’s Child (2019, Orion Publishing) what’s next?
At the moment, I’m just focused on finishing The Stranger’s Child – I haven’t thought much beyond that yet, to be perfectly honest!
Elle Croft was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia and moved to the UK in 2010 after travelling around the world with her husband. She works as a freelance social media specialist and also blogs about travel, food and life in London. Her debut novel, The Guilty Wife, is a top 10 Kindle Bestseller.
Follow her @Elle_Croft on Twitter or take a look at her website to see what she’s up to next.
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