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More Than Words by Elle Henry
Sixteen-year-old Ansley Stevenson is trying to understand teenage love and all the emotional trappings it brings. Victim of a kidnapping as a child she suffers from social anxiety along with a panic disorder. People scare her into a panic; her goal is to live a normal life outside of therapy and medication.
She has never been the girl boy’s notice or find attractive as most people view her as a freak due to her past. This changes the moment she locks eyes with Simon Collins, the cousin of her best friend, Maxwell. He turns her world inside out by giving her the courage to stand on her own two without fear, while showing her the beauty that life and love brings if you just live it.
What do you do, when you thought you had love, but you were complete wrong? A devastating breakup left Allison Jacobs pondering exact that question after picking up the pieces of her shattered life. Will she find self-worth, and independence, or will she falter in the process? Awaiting bliss is a story about finding yourself after a breakup. Stay tuned to see if Allison's journey brings her happiness.
About Elle Henry:Elle Henry is an Amazon bestselling author, she has published many short stories and poems through various publications. Her works include debut novel More Than Words, Nightmarish Eve and Pieces of me. In her spare time she enjoys visiting Independent libraries, coffee houses and museums. Her education includes degrees in English and Creative Writing.
She is also an editor and writing consultant for independent writers. Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in English Literature and working on the follow up to More Than Words titled The Beautiful Ones available later this year. She credits some of her favorite authors as the Bronte sisters, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Daphne Du Maurier, Sylvia Plath and Stephen King. Elle lives with her family in Central Florida.
Interview With Elle Henry:
- Can you tell us a little about your books?I primarily write Young Adult and Contemporary Romance novels. This year I will focusing on expanding both of those genres with two series: Awaiting Bliss Series (CR) and The Ansley Stevenson Series (YA). I also have two poetry and short story books available Pieces of Me and Epiphany.
- When did you know you wanted to write a book?I knew I wanted to become a writer at the age of seventeen and the encouragement of my English teacher in high school. I was given Ariel by Sylvia Plath to read for an assignment and it was then I found my passion. Sylvia wrote with such force in her prose—one couldn’t help but fall in love with the sadness of her tone. It was my desire with write with the same emotion about life. To this day that book is my greatest inspiration. I keep a copy of it on my desk for motivation during the many trying times we writers sometimes face.
- Do you work with an outline, or just write?Originally, when I first started writing I didn’t use an outline in my work. It was very hard to put my first manuscript together, because it was so disorderly. I took a class for my Master’s degree where using an outline was a required lesson. I learned a great deal about planning and organization skills.
- When writing do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?I try to accomplished at least 3000 words per day. Whether it’s blogging or working on a manuscript. I have to write in some way, shape, or form every day.
- Do you have a favorite food or drink you must have nearby when writing?Twining’s Earl Grey Tea or Coffee (preferably Starbucks).
- Do you have a favorite character to write about?Currently, I’m in love with Allison Jacob’s the protagonist in my next release Awaiting Bliss. She’s very atypical personally with a people pleasing complexity. Allison finds herself throwing away her initial ideals about life and love when her longtime relationship goes sour. She’s on a quest to find out self-worth and values. Realizing that nothing in life and love is handed to you on a silver platter; she searches for her bliss. Her desire is to live life with zero hesitations or reservations for once.
- For a reader who hasn't read your books yet, which book do you suggest they start with?I would suggest More Than Words as a starter. I’m all for the empowerment of young girls and women. Ansley Stevenson’s character is one I will always cherish.
- If you could spend 24 hours as a fictional character, who would you chose?I would be Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights. Without giving too much away. Allison Jacob’s character is based on some of Catherine’s indecisive tendencies.
9. What are writing projects are you currently working on?
Awaiting Desire the second book in the Awaiting Bliss series and The Beautiful Ones follow up to More Than Words. I also blog on my professional blog through Hype Orlando “Candidly Elle”.