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Interview with Elle Marlow, author of 100 Horses, Pour Me, and Gambler’s Passion
What research went into the writing of 100 Horses?
“This was done the old fashioned way. Back when this story was originally wrote in 1999 I didn’t have access to the internet. I went to the library to learn Comanche territory, housing, food, hunting rituals and the type of society held during the early 1800’s. The only part I took creative liberty with was the “Dance” scene. One of the things that is important to me when writing Native romance, is not to insult the culture. I may get a few things wrong, or I might exaggerate slightly, but never would I portray the culture as anything that would be blatantly
insulting or be fully inaccurate.”
Where the characters inspired from people in your life?
“Well, maybe not exactly, however I am a true fan of Alpha males and strong women to compliment them and challenge them. I like strong and vibrant characters. Most of my novels are character driven. If you read one of my books and do not know exactly who these people are, then I feel like I haven’t done my job. Also, I am a big “settings” writer. I am in love with nature so I tend to make sure you feel connected to the scene as if you, yourself were standing within the pages.”
What inspires you to write?
“This is going to sound like I’m bragging but since I found my first pen, I either wrote or drew pictures. I even painted Grey Fox’s portrait and I have stared at this painting for fifteen or more years wondering if he would ever find his place in the sun.”
Of all of your books, who is your favorite character?
“Oh I hate this question! It’s like asking a Mother to pick her favorite child. So hard to say. I just can’t do it. I know it sounds like a lie, but I can’t.”
It is hard to pin down just one, but try… What is your favorite book?
“Valley of the horses by Jean M Auel. If you read her and then think you see some Elle Marlow in the style well that’s because I obsessively read her for years. Ayla her heroine has a scar from a saber tooth tiger and Sarah has one from a Mountain Lion. I’d like to think of them as Sisters of the Claw. LOL *wink*”
When did you start writing?
“In my early twenties. It’s sad but there are a couple of fully written manuscripts that got tossed out. I wish I had them back.”
Is writing your only outlet?
“I drink a lot. *Yay* But also, I sing karaoke, play guitar and like I mentioned, I paint. I can do all these things fairly well but don’t ask me about math. Can’t do it…my seventh grader knows more than I do.”
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