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Author spotlight: Eleni Konstantine

17 February 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Eleni Konstantine. She will be attending ARR2020 in Adelaide.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I wrote a paranormal story with romantic elements while at uni, many many years ago.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

The Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley High books were a big part of my life as a teenager. I then grabbed anything I could get my hands on at the local library and I had joyful years exploring many genres, but especially romance and romantic elements.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I write speculative fiction on the whole. My short stories don’t always hold romance, but my longer fiction seems to have romance or romantic elements. Being able to combine two of my favourite genres into one story is such a delight.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

I’d love to see ‘Healer’s Destiny’ (an as-yet-unpublished manuscript) turned into a movie. I do leave the character description vague enough so that readers make up their own picture of the characters so I’m sure there’d be many suitable actors out there.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Having chronic fatigue syndrome, I can find it difficult to stay the course of a story before getting stuck. Or finding the story doesn’t have legs. I’ve turned this around by embracing my short stories more and not necessarily having to write long fantasies for every project.

What is your favourite place to write?

I really don’t have a favourite place, though I do go through stages of where I write. The kitchen table was the last writing spot that worked. Before that was on the couch.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Not really, though certain mannerisms or behaviours can be inspired by real-life people.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

Bound for Temptation by Tess LeSue was such an amazing and fun romp of a western romance. With adventure, a high-spirited heroine hiding as a nun, a gorgeous caring hero, humour, a look at the truth of the frontier, and of course romance, it ticked all the right boxes for me.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Enchanted Dreams. Be transported to fantastical worlds in this collection of nineteen speculative fiction shorts of previously published works and new stories. From wizards to magic mirrors, dragons to ghosts, minions to goddesses, space ships to diamond slippers, there’s an enchanting tale right for you.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

A paranormal noir series with romantic elements. It’s about a PI who works on supernatural cases. I’d also want to start working on a dragon short story collection.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.


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