Just One Night
by Elle Casey
Jennifer is sexually frustrated and disillusioned with love, a very dangerous combination. Convinced there’s no such thing as Prince Charming, and against her best friend’s better judgment, she places a personal ad seeking a one-night stand. No strings, no commitments, no second dates. Her goal? To restore her faith in men by setting up a single night of fantasy that can never be tainted by reality.
William is a busy executive, newly arrived in the United States from England. Life for him is all about minimizing complications. He doesn’t have the time nor the inclination to share his life with anyone, to have obligations outside of work, or to become entangled in a relationship with an emotional basket case of a woman who’s desperately seeking her Prince Charming. But he does see the value in having an attractive woman in his arm for networking purposes …
**This ebook is Part 1 of the serial romance novel, JUST ONE NIGHT, approximately 25,000 words or 100 paper pages long. The story continues with additional Parts which will be published in 2-3 week increments.
Connect with Elle Casey
I'm always looking for ways to do something different, mix things up a bit. I was reading about the history of serial novels on Wikipedia one day, and I realized that it's really an old form of delivering novels to the public (not some newfangled thing like some people think), and I thought it would be kind of interesting to give it a shot. I write a lot and have a lot of books out, and to keep things interesting, I like to try new things -- new for me, anyway. The best part about writing that serial novel, though, was that I would write a Part and then wait for reader feedback before I started the next Part, so it was a very interactive way of writing a story. The readers definitely influenced the way the story was guided and how it ended.
2. What specifically inspired you to write Just One Night?
I was looking to write something a little steamier than I have in the past, and I liked the idea of a one night stand that turns into something more. I also have a real soft spot in my heart for Hugh Grant, so having a character who is a charming Englishman really appealed to me.
3. How would you describe the characters in Just One Night?
I would describe the two main characters, Jennifer and William, as business-minded people who are disillusioned with love or don't feel like they have time for love, but still have a yearning to be with someone. And they both have a pretty good sense of humor.
4. What has the reader response been to Just One Night since its first publication in 2014?
It's been really great! I'm so excited that the readers have enjoyed William and Jennifer's banter as much as I did when I was writing the book. I say this all the time, and I know it's hard to believe, but when I write, I just take dictation. The characters speak to me in my mind, and I write what they say. I giggled through the whole book.
5. Do you have plans to write other serials?
Actually, yes, I do. Edward is William’s younger brother in Just One Night, and he has earned his own serial romance that will come out in November and December. It will also feature Jennifer and William from the first serial novel, Edward’s new personal assistant, and Mia, Jennifer's best friend.
6. What made you start writing? How long have you been an author?
I've been writing for about three and a half years now. I saw some articles online about publishing books for Kindle, and I thought if other people could do it, maybe I could do it to. People have told me all my life I should write a book, and I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying, so why not? The risk of spending a month or two writing a novel that someone might never read seemed worth the possible reward of finding a reader who might like my work. I've been a bookworm my whole life, and I have a huge amount of admiration for authors who can create a world for me to get lost in. To think I could be one of those people was very exciting for me.
7. How many books have you published? How many of these belong in the Romance genre?
I have published over 30 full length novels, and they're in a mix of genres, including: Romance, urban fantasy, action adventure, paranormal, romantic suspense, and dystopian. I would say about half of my books or maybe a little less than half are in the romance genre.
8. How many books do you write per year?
I write about one book per month, so I would guess I write close to 12 books per year, but it tends to be a little more than that, because I also contribute to anthologies and other group projects with other authors that are not necessarily on my regular publishing schedule. This year I have plans to launch about 17 new titles.
9. Do you self-publish all your books?
I self publish most of my books, but early in 2015, I signed a contract with traditional publisher Montlake Romance who is re-publishing two of my self-published titles, and they've also signed up for a new three-book series. All of these are in the romance genre. The new romance series is called The Bourbon Street Boys series, and the first book “Wrong Number, Right Guy,” is available here for pre-order: http://bit.ly/BSBbook1
10. What is your advice to writers who are new to self-publishing?
My advice is to make contact with other like-minded authors who write in your genre and use them as sounding boards and partners in promotions. Always be genuine and be yourself when using social media to promote your work and your brand; readers don't want to meet a fake persona, they want to meet the real author behind the words. And finally, always keep the readers in mind when you're running your business; it's not just about writing books, it’s also about the business of selling books, and the readers are not only your clients but they’re your bosses too. Keep ‘em happy.
11. How long have you lived in the south of France? Where did you move from?
I moved from South Florida to southern France in 2010. I came here for a 1-year adventure with my husband and three children, and we decided to stay after being here for six months. I basically live in the middle of thousands of acres of vineyards and among villages that are over a thousand years old with houses built of stone. It's pretty close to my idea of heaven. We’ve renovated an old barn in the middle of a gorgeous little village that’s our home now, and we have a small vineyard that produces about 3,500 bottles of red wine a year.
12. What are your favorite Romance books / favorite Romance authors?
My favorite romance books are the ones that have happy endings. I guess I'm kind of old-fashioned, because I really enjoy the ones where the main characters end up getting married and having a baby. A surprise baby is even more exciting! I'm not a real fan of a bunch of heartache and cruelty, which I think has become kind of common these days. I see a lot of readers really looking for tearjerkers and emotional rollercoasters in their next reads. That's not my style as a reader, although there will be some tears involved in some of the books that I’ve written. I don’t always write what I would choose to read as a reader; I write the stories that are being told by the characters loudest in my head. I don’t have a favorite romance author because I have read so many, many romances in my lifetime. I just grab ones that have great descriptions and read! I also like to get recommendations from my family or friends for my next reads. That being said, I really don’t have time to read much these days because of all the writing I do!
13. What other genres do you write in? Why?
I write in several genres, including: Science fiction, romance, action-adventure, romantic suspense, dystopian, and paranormal. I write in all these genres for a couple reasons: first, I enjoy reading in all of the genres -- it’s very hard for me to pick a favorite as a reader; and second, sometimes I get bored if I write in the same genre for too long, so I like to mix it up a little to keep things interesting. When you write as many books as I do in a year, you have to make sure it stays fresh. I do that by switching genres. I really have to go to another place in my head to write for a totally different audience. But one thing that stays consistent no matter which genre I write in is humor. You will always laugh out loud reading one of my books.
14. What direction do you see the Romance genre going in next?
I really wish I knew the answer to that question! It seems like we started out with billionaires and then moved into bikers and firefighters and police officers and all those other groups of manly men, but really, this is nothing new. You can find romance novels from 30 years ago with the same themes (except maybe not the biker thing). I can’t predict the subject matter, but I think I can tell you what will happen to the format of romance novels: We'll probably see more serialized novels and much shorter single-part works. With the advent of programs like Kindle Unlimited, where a reader can get an unlimited number of books for a very small amount of money, it makes it very difficult to have a career as a writer if you write regular-length novels; that’s why you’re seeing shorter and shorter works out there. Serial novels work great with Kindle Unlimited. Because readers are asking for emotional roller coasters, you'll see a lot more shocking plots than in the past (such as these “I fell in love with my bad-boy step-brother” - which used to be considered incest and now is pretty much mainstream romance), and since Colleen Hoover has done such a great job of introducing big twists in her stories, there will probably be a lot of authors who will do the same thing with a big surprise at the end of the story that you never saw coming. I’m a fan of those especially!
15. What’s next for Elle Casey?
Well, you'll see me doing a lot of the same things: I'll be writing in several genres, I'll be doing a lot of promotional work to try to get the word out about my books, and I'll be interacting with my fans online every day like I have been for the past three and a half years. I have signed with a traditional publisher now, a publishing company owned by Amazon, but I would also like to get a traditional publishing contract with one of the Big Five publishers. Getting my books into bookstores is nearly impossible as an indie, and I really would like the wider distribution of my work they can provide. I also have plans to turn one of my novellas “Pocket Full of Sunshine” into a short indie film, and I will be hosting a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign to fund that project. If you're interested in participating you can keep abreast of what I'm doing by signing up for my newsletter: http://bit.ly/ellecaseynews. Other than that, I don’t know. But because I’m an indie and I like to try new things, don’t be surprised if you see me doing something very different in the near future! But always, no matter what, I’ll be writing and doing my best to keep my readers happy. :)