Romance Author ~ Justine Elvira


1. If you could trade places with any of your leading ladies, who would it be and why??

I would have to pick Tessa from Lawful Overdose. She is a lot more outspoken and doesn’t apologize for who she is. You either like her or you don’t, she couldn’t care less. I wish I had more Tessa in me.

2. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’.

Romantic Narrative w/ Contemporary Erotic Twist

3. Are any of your more ‘passionate’ scenes, based on any real life experiences?

Absolutely. While some are fabricated, it’s easier to write what I know;)

4. What is your ‘girl vice’? ie getting your hair done? Nails? Shopping? Gossiping? Chick flicks?

Gossip magazines and the CW network. I’m turning thirty this month, but I still love my teenage drama.

5. Are any of your leading ladies, based on your you or any of the ladies in your life? If so, who?

None of my leading ladies are based on me, or anyone in my real life. Some of their experiences are things I’ve personally gone through, but I can’t say any one character is based off myself, or someone I know. I do have a secondary female character in Lawful Overdose who was inspired by my brother, who passed away several years ago.

6. When writing your more ‘adult’ scenes, do you picture what’s happening in your head, then write what you see? Of do you use another technique?

I picture it in my head. I need it to be realistic and it helps to imagine it and let it play out in my head.

7. This or That ~ Wine or Beer? Sex in the City or Caroline in the City? Perfume or Jewelry? Painted nails or Au Natural? Tall or Dark or Handsome?

Beer. Sex and the City. Perfume. Painted nails. Can’t I have all three?

8. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?

I definitely have my muses but I don’t base the character completely on that one person. It’s ususally the traits of a few different men mixed in to one. I like to imagine what I’d want my man to be like in that given situation.

9. What is the first romance novel you ever read? How old were you?

I don’t remember the name but my aunt gave me a used copy of a romance novel when I was twelve. Yes, I said twelve. We were on vacation, and I was bored so she handed me the book and said, “Here, read this.” I remember being shocked at what I was reading.

10. Do you write for a particular audience or for yourself and pray others like it as well?

I write for myself. I have so many stories in my head and I love to get them out. It’s an escape from reality for me.

11. What was the LAST (most recent) romance novel you read? Did you enjoy it?

I just read Undeniable and Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan for like the twentieth time. I absolutely love that series. The most recent new book I read was Good by S. Walden. I’m a sucker for forbidden romance and that’s what drew me in to that book. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the next one in the series.

12. As a write of romance, do you ever put yourself in your leading lady’s shoes and ‘walk’ around in them before you write?

I have to. I sit on a book idea for months before I actually start writing. I submerge myself into the character to kind of see and feel exactly what she does.

13. Would You Rather ~

Live 1 wk in your leading lady’s shoes


The leading lady from another author? Who & Why?

I feel like I’ve already lived in my leading ladies shoes. I’d have to pick Ana from the Fifty Shades series. I’d like to experience the red room of pain for a week but not the rest of my lifeJ Plus, Christian Grey is the ultimate book boyfriend.

14. Do you have any advice to give the leading lady of the novel you are currently working on or just finished?

My current work in progress has me tearing my hair out. I would tell her to lighten up a little and embrace the fact that your best friend is a porn star.

15. How hard do you try to keep your ‘love’ scenes realistic and flow with the plot? Does it come easy for you?

I know some authors hate writing love scenes, but I love them. They flow really natural for me. I think writing a love scene is easier than a scene of intense dialogue.

16. in 5 years, where would you like to be in your career as a romance author? 10 years?

I just want to be happy and be able to pay my bills doing what love.

17. When it comes to mainstream Romance authors, who do you enjoy curling up with to read?

That one is hard. A majority of what I read is by indie authors. I would have to say Sylvia day. I’m really in to her books right now.

18. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do??

I don’t need a grand gesture. I think the most romantic thing is being somewhere with your significant other and knowing that they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

19. In the spectrum of ‘Romance’, where would you place your most recent novel? Closer to the ‘Sweet’ side or ‘Naughty/Erotica’ side or somewhere in the middle??

Somewhere in the middle. Lawful Overdose has some freaking hot sex scenes but it’s a love story at heart.

20. Do you ever daydream about people you see at the park? Airport? Train station? Mall? And build romance scenes around them while you daydream?

Absolutely. I haven’t written a book about it yet, but I definitely play scenes out in my head. My current work in progress is based off a comment a porn star who went mainstream said. I was listening to an interview with him and I had never heard of him before. The interviewer asked him if it was hard to date because of his profession and he said no. That any girl who dates him needs to be okay with the fact that he sleeps with other chicks for a living. If they’re not okay with it, then they’re not worth dating. This immediately had my thoughts racing, and I couldn’t get one simple question out of my head. What if he met a game changer? What would he say then? I took that idea and rolled with it.

21. This or That ~ Romantic Dinner at Home or Romantic Dinner Out? Roses or Lilies? Diamonds or Emeralds? Demure or Sex Kitten? Making love on a secluded Beach or Making love in a secluded cabin in the woods?

Romantic Dinner out. Lilies. Diamonds. Sex Kitten. Cabin in the woods- I’d be afraid of getting sand up my butt on the beach.

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