Saturday, October 16, 2010

Interview: Simone Elkeles


I have a huge surprise for you. I interviewed one of my favourite author of all times. Her books are an example of a perfect book. Each one of her books take us on an unexpected journey. Please everyone help me welcome Simone Elkeles. Simone Elkeles is the author of Perfect chemistry, Rules of attraction and many other books.

The interview:

What are "The Rules of Attraction"?
The rules of attraction are a list of reasons why Kiara Westford is an attractive and very dateable girl.  This list was made up by Kiara's best friend Tuck in my book Rules of Attraction.  I don't want to give too much away, but I will tell you that Tuck is an outgoing character who isn't afraid to say what he's thinking, so "perky breasts" may or may not appear on the list . . .  Rules of Attraction is actually a sequel to my book Perfect Chemistry.  In Rules of Attraction, Alex’s brother Carlos is sent to Colorado to live with his big brother.  Carlos lives his life on the edge and breaks rules whenever possible.  When this bad boy is forced to live with good girl Kiara's family, he has finally met his match!

What inspired you to write the "Perfect chemistry" novels?
 I base Perfect Chemistry off of Highland Park High School, which is near my house.  It’s a high school that mirrors Fairfield with a wide variety of students.   I wanted to explore what might happen when a boy and girl from different sides of town and a different socioeconomic status fall hard for each other.   It’s a modern West Side Story/Romeo and Juliet (with a better ending). 

Will there be another perfect chemistry novel? Maybe based on Alex's youngest brother?
Yes!  You are exactly right!  The third novel in the Perfect Chemistry series will be about Luis Fuentes, the youngest Fuentes brother.  He’s such a good guy who doesn’t live with the angst that his big brothers have always lived with.  Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams.  When he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he’s never known to try and save her from herself.  Just when he thinks he’s got life all figured out, Luis learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life.  Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father? 

Is there any news on Perfect chemistry turning into a movie?
I would LOVE to see the Perfect Chemistry series turned into movies!  It's a project I have been working on for quite some time.  I've been in contact with several directors with hopes of getting a movie contract, so keep your fingers crossed for me!  In the meantime, I filmed a book trailer that looks just like a movie trailer for Rules of Attraction.  Have you seen it?

How do you feel after winning the RITA award for Perfect Chemistry?
AMAZING!  This has been an incredible year for me!  I've hit the New York Times Bestseller List with both Rules of Attraction and Leaving Paradise, AND I won a RITA for Perfect Chemistry.  I'm on top of the world!

What should we expect from the author, Simon Elkeles, in the near future?
More!  As long as I have fans who will keep reading, I will keep writing.  I'm not sure exactly what my next project will be yet, but I'll make sure to tell everyone once my publisher and I make a decision.  If you are interested in following me, I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and I have a website

Thanks to Simone Elkeles for answering my questions


Good Golly Miss Holly said...

I'm glad to hear the last Fuentes brother is heading in a different direction than the other two, I was thinking it would get a little repetitive.

Jenny N. said...

I've read both the books and loved them. I think the books would make a great movie too.

20 York Street said...

What a great interview, thank you for sharing! I haven't read any of the two books but I'm sure compelled to check 'em out!


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