Born and raised in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor, Elle learned the importance of reading from her mother. It was also her mother who, later on in her life, gave Elle her first romance novel: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. From that moment on, Elle became a fan of Ms. Jenkins for life and a lover of all things romance. An old journal she wrote back in college became her first book (which she still wants to publish one day).
Book Euphoria took the time to get the Inside Scoop on Nigeria Lockley. Read below to check out the interview…
Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?
Elle Wright A1: The first thing I do when I write is set up my book playlist. That is, I make my own soundtrack for each book I write. I use that soundtrack while I’m writing or plotting. I have to listen to music or something in the background. Quiet stifles my creativity. I also need something very cold to drink and a snack sitting next to me. Sometimes it’s popsicles, other times it popcorn.
I spend a lot of time plotting before I actually sit down to write. I plot in the car on my way to and from work, I record my thoughts as well so that I can come back to them later. Once I’m ready to sit down to write, the words tend to flow.
Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?
Elle Wright A2: Peace. Although my life is busy, I feel a sense of peace when I’m writing. It’s therapeutic for me to create a story around characters I’ve created. I love the process, even when it’s hard because I know I’ll look back and think “WOW, I did that.”
Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write?
Elle Wright A3: My favorite trope is Friends to Lovers. I love the idea of two friends who make the move become more. I married my best friend. We met in High School, became really good friends. It wasn’t until I graduated from college that I realized I couldn’t live without him. We’ve been on this journey together for over seventeen years. He inspires me to write stories about friends who decide to make the jump.
Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?
Elle Wright A4: If I have to choose (LOL), I would say my favorite book is The Forbidden Man. The story came about when a friend asked the simple question, “What would happen if a woman was torn between two brothers?” From there, it became my goal to write a book where the reader would sympathize and even root for the forbidden relationship. And it’s absolutely amazing that Sydney and Morgan have fans.
Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?
Elle Wright A5: