AUSSIE MONTH with Elsa Holland
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about The Bound Heart:
The Bound Heart is out today!
It’s about Jamie Edwards, a bookbinder into shibari bondage and Miss. Olive Thompson, the woman who effortlessly unravels him. The book has generalist themes of erotic art, Japonism, and shibari rope work.
It has a bit of of a Cinderella story with Olive stepping out of her working class world and making a place in the world of London’s Japanese expat culture and art embroidery.
At a deep level it is about how we can be bound by the pains of the past and the importance of following your inner guidance to find your place in life.
What inspired this novel?
It was at a writers’ retreat, it was late…. very late and there may have been quite a few empty bottles of wine on the table. We were coming up with characters and their twists. Jamie the bookbinder into bondage was born by my friend Kylie. For weeks I couldn’t get him out of my head, so Kylie graciously let me have him and find out who he was and what got me hooked on him. Now that he has taken full visceral shape in The Bound Heart, I can see why he got under my skin!
What are you reading right now?
Nicolette Hugo’s, Exhibition. It’s a re-read. I love her clear minimalist style and intense erotic scenes.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Well I pretty much do whatever I really, really want. I want to have an exhibition or some of my paintings. I’m thinking 2017/2018. To put this into perspective I am not a good painter!! But in 2005 I couldn’t write either. So, small steps, big dreams.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
I love how no Australia is left alone in serious trouble overseas. How we rally as a nation to support each other in a disasters. There is a profoundly beautiful humanity in Australians.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Romance rocks, don’t be shy to say you read it!
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
Well I have The Bound Heart out today and the 3rd in the series called The Painted Heart will be coming out in the second half of the year. In broad strokes there is a Little Red Riding Hood anthology in the works with a few other writers ( Book 4 in the Velvet Basement Series). We’ll have to see if that makes it into 2016 given all our writing schedules.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
Just getting my first book, The Veiled Heart, out into the world. It has been very well received and I have learnt a lot in the process. It went to The Frankfurt Book Fair and generated some serious interest so I’m looking forward to see what unfolds for the book in 2017.
The Bound Heart
AN INNOCENT WOMAN DETERMINED TO WIN THE DANGEROUS MAN SHE WANTS.
In her grimy, coal stained world, Olive Thompson knows one thing for certain – Mr. Edwards is the one she wants. When she’s with him, every part of her feels alive, as if a stream under her skin ripples with passion. When he looks at her, a forbidden world glows in that gaze. She wants what he threatens, what he promises…no matter the price.
A WICKED MAN DESPERATE TO SAVE AN ANGEL FROM HIS PROFANE DESIRES.
Intuitively a man knows when a woman can unravel him, regardless of what he tells himself. James Edwards, master of the sensual and elite art of shibari rope, has always kept Olive Thompson at a distance. For two years, he’s endured constant vigilance, denial, and endless hunger … until today. Today he will steal a taste, something to remember after he walks away forever. Because who he is and what he wants are not for someone so pure. She thinks she wants him… she has no idea.
AFTER THE DARKEST NIGHT, THE SUN ALWAYS RISES – WHETHER YOU’RE READY FOR THE LIGHT OR NOT.
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