Thank you for stopping by Nesie’s Place today, Elaine!
Your latest release, The Single Best Thing, centers around Travel Together Tour Manager Eve Mitchell. Can this be considered book six or an epilogue to the Singles Series?
A – it’s actually both. Although it’s a novella – it ‘ties up’ the ends and tells us what finally happened to Eve and Melv.
What inspired the Singles Series?
A – I worked as a tour manager for a singles tour operator for thirteen years. During that time I accompanied a couple of hundred groups of single travellers to worldwide destinations. I could see the singles’ holiday setting had the makings of a book/TV series/film from the very first trip I ever did.
Can you tell us about one of the stories?
A – well, the main story is that of Eve, the tour manager whose story is told over the six books. But each book tells not only her story but those of several group members. I think Angela’s is an interesting story. She’s in Single All The Way; an arrogant, unhappy woman who is a bit of a ‘challenge’ for Eve. She gets drunk, insults everyone, causes fuss after fuss but then we find out what’s gone on in her life and something happens to her on the holiday – no spoilers from me – and she starts to get a grip on her life. We meet her again in The Single Best Thing and she’s living a totally different life and is happy.
Do you have a favorite character from the series?
A – well, I suppose Eve, but I am very fond of Murray Sneddon. I wrote him as the ‘challenge’ of Singles’ Holiday but as the book went on he became more likeable. And I liked him so much he appears in four of the books. And Penny and Dave. Dave first appears in Singles’ Holiday but then meets Penny in Single All The Way. And Frances – what a girl she is! And Geri – once again a ‘challenge’ for Eve in Singles’ Holiday but the heroine of Singles at Sea. And Michael and Natalie…. so hard to chose just one!
Sounds like you have a lot of fun with your characters! What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?
A – I’m always unsure what my genre is! LOL! Contemporary fiction, I suppose, although The Banjo is set in 50s and 60s. I’d love to be able to write thrillers or murder mysteries. Perhaps one day…
What’s your favorite genre to read?
A – Thrillers.
What are you reading now?
A – I’m reading my way through eight books by as yet unpublished writers as I’m honoured to have been asked to be a judge for the Pen to Print Book Challenge. Very interesting!
Where are you from?
A I’m an East End girl. I was born in Limehouse – brought up and presently live in Dagenham – but have lived in Mallorca, Ibiza, Corfu and Antigua at various times in my life.
You wear many hats. Your bio says you’re a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress…WOW! Are they interconnected or do you have a preference for one over the others?
A -They are interconnected. I went to the Anna Scher Community Theatre for a number of years and Anna always encouraged us to write and put on plays so writing and acting stemmed from there and grew.
You’ve written and produced plays and a short film. Care to share any playbills with us?
A – sorry my IT skills don’t allow me to upload them – I’m on an iPad. If I can send something separately I will.
Plays Elaine was in and/or wrote
Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?
A -I am a proud self-published author.
How long have you been a writer?
A – I started writing plays in 90s. My first book, What’s Eating Me, was based on a stage play and came out in 2009.
Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?
A – I like to think I could live without it. I do waste time on it most days unfortunately. But, for an indie writer like me it’s important for self-promotion (which I’m not terribly good at!)
Self-promotion is not easy and can be a pain! What’s your next project?
A – I’m working on The Banjo Book Two and also a four-part TV drama series.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
A – blow your own trumpet! Don’t be afraid to write the kind of book you want to read – be ruthlessly honest with yourself – don’t compare yourself to other (more successful/experienced) writers – and keep going! If you don’t keep writing you’ll never finish the book!
Many thanks to Elaine for chatting with us today! What a great interview! Scroll down and check out her latest release, The Single Best Thing. If you haven’t read any of the series, today’s a good time to start!
Almost four years have passed since Melv followed Eve back to England refusing to throw away their long awaited chance of lasting love and happiness. Much has happened in that time. No longer a tour manager for Travel Together, Eve is enjoying unexpected success in her new career. Has she forgiven him for hurting her so deeply? Was her love for him simply enough? And what about her own dark secret?
Provoking smiles and tears this glimpse into Eve’s future brings the Singles’ Series to its final conclusion
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Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Elaine’s play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.
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