Interview with Elle Aycart + Giveaway

Filed in Elle Aycart , featured , Giveaways , Interview , The Latin Lover Posted on December 14, 2011 @ 9:00 am 20 comments

We are very happy to welcome to BLI international author and certified globetrotter Elle Aycart, who is here today to tell you about her smashing debut novel More Than Meets the Ink, which let me tell you is a seriously scorching hot and sexy read! *fans herself* (You can read my interview here.)

Stella: Hi Elle, welcome to Book Lovers Inc! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Elle: Hi Stella, and thanks for having me.

What to tell you about me? I’ll give you the basics; I’m a 37 year old mother of two – a 9 and a 5 y. o. girls – who spends her days running after them and trying to take care of a small sushi take-out business.

I was born in Barcelona Spain but at age 18 I went to study abroad, first to Russia for two years, and then to Finland, where I stayed for 10 years.

I was never one to have a clear idea what to do for a living, so when I finished my Slavic Philology studies at the Helsinki university I decided to try different things; I’ve worked as a translator, a travel agent, a sushi chef and a flight dispatcher to name just some.

Writing had been a dream of mine for quite a while, but it was only around 3 years ago that I seriously gave it a try.

Stella: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?

Elle: I have to fit my writing somewhere in between caring for the girls and working at my day job, so a typical day of writing is quite chaotic to say the least. I write when I have time, which is usually in the night.

As for whether I’m a planner or a pantser, I’d say I’m a pantser who needs a bit of planning 😉 I have to know where the scene is going and what’s going to happen more or less, but if I have all the ins and outs worked out in my head before I sit to write, then I get bored with it before it gets on paper and it comes out dull. Jaded. The longer I let a scene linger in my head without writing it down, the worse it comes out.

I get the best ideas while pantsing.

Stella: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?

Elle: I think we are talking about totally different party animals here, much like the difference between an occasional drinker and a full-blown alcoholic. A reader reads when and if has time for it, a real Book lover makes time for reading. A big hunk of her/his free time goes to reading (and sometimes not only free time). A real Book lover can easily read through the night because putting the book down was a total impossibility (been there, done that!).

Stella: Can you summarize More Than Meets the Ink for us twitterstyle (140 characters or less)?

Elle: A hot sweet romance between a rather judgmental woman who is hurting big time and a big tough-assed tattooed bad boy who refuses to give up on her.

Stella: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read More Than Meets the Ink?

Elle: Oh, that’s easy: James, James and James 😉

Now seriously, there are many reason why I think this book is worth reading. James of course is one of them. He’s just Mr. Wonderful – dominant and possessive but sweet and caring at the same time. If I recall correctly, there was one reader who summarized it perfectly for me. She said that heroes like James had ruined her for real men everywhere. I so totally agree.

Another reason why people should read More Than Meets The Ink is that it’s hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud many times while writing it.

And last but not least, More Than Meets The Ink is not only a hot romance but it also depicts the healing process of a woman who has lost half her family in a car accident.

Stella: What is your favourite scene in More Than Meets the Ink? And why that one? Was it easy/hard to write it?

Elle: That’s a tough one because I love all the scenes, especially the ones happening in the retirement community. If I had to choose, I’d say the opening scene is my favorite. At the end of the interview you’ll find out why…

Stella: English is not your mother tongue, why did you decide to write a book in English? Is More Than Meets the Ink your first novel or have you written others in other languages? Was it challenging writing a novel in a language other than your mother tongue?

Elle: I don’t write in Spanish, I honestly don’t think I’d know how. I left Spain when I was 18 years old and I came back at age 30, married and with two kids. I spent most of my adulthood abroad, speaking something else other than Spanish.

Not to mention that I’d be more than a bit embarrassed if my grandparents (all of who are still very much alive despite being on their 90’s) would get a hold on my books and be able to read them. I’d never live that one down 😉

Stella: What’s your stance on tattoos: are you like Tate who dislikes and distrusts anyone having one or are you rather like her sister Elle who falls for those tattooed, dangerous looking bad boys?

Elle: I’m like Elle, hands down; tattooed, dangerous looking bad boys are just irresistible.

And when they have a heart of gold like James to go along with their take-charge attitude… just mouth watering.

Stella: Do you have a tattoo? What’s the story behind it/them? Or if not yet, would you ever consider getting one? And if so what would it be?

Elle: No, no tattoos for me. I wanted to get one when I was on my late teens, but my parents were totally against it (20 years ago tattoos weren’t as mainstream as now, they probably thought their daughter was going to slide in the world of depravity and drugs because of it).

Now I don’t know, I’m not sure I want a permanent reminder on my skin of a fleeting thought. Hell, probably I’m just a wuss and plain scared of needles.

Stella: Can you share with us some little secret trivia connected to the writing of More Than Meets the Ink or something that not many people know about you?

Elle: The opening scene in the book, the one with Tate and her mother and the mess with the cats and the neighbour… I didn’t make that one up, my crazy – God bless her soul – mother-in-law pulled that one for real.

(Stella: Lol, that is too funny! When I read that scene, I was wondering the chances of that happening in real life, fantastic, that it is something that actually happened! :-D)

Stella: What shall we expect from you, what is next on your schedule?

Elle: I’m now finishing Cole’s story (James’s older brother).

People keep writing to me wanting to know about Jack Copeland, the silent mysterious bikers’ bar owner in More Than Meets The Ink, so I’m going to have to get to him at some point in the near future.

Where to find Elle: Website / Goodreads

Where to buy More Than Meets the Ink: Loose Id / Amazon



Elle has generously offered an ebook copy of More Than Meets the Ink to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the interview or a question for Elle, or answer Elle’s question and tell us whether you find tattoos sexy or repulsive? Do you like your men with tattoos? If so, what is the sexiest tattoo you have ever seen on a man?
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 31 December 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!


About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Gena Robertson December 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

    What a great interview! Another new to me author – this book sounds wonderful! I love the fact the the hero sounds like he looks intimidating, but is determined to be caring and sensitive to his woman’s needs.
    I do like tatoos on men – specifically the tribal types that are more popular now that the special forces military tend to get. WOW, love them!
    Thank you for the giveaway chance – would LOVE to win this one =D
    Happy Holidays!
    Gena Robertson

  • aurian December 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Great interview, why have I not come accross that book before? I love that cover! And yes, I do have a thing for tattoos (and sometimes piercings) on a man. My boyfriend has 4 small ones. I love looking at them and stroking them 😉 I don’t have one myself, as I am terrified of needles. Sometimes I get a temporary airbrushed one though, that is fun.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  • Heather S December 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I love tattoos! Especially on men (love the shoulder/arm/back combo). It just seems to make them so much more….more something, lol. Personally, I don’t have a tattoo but I have been thinking about getting one heavily lately. I’m just afraid that I’ll regret it.

    Loved learning about this book and have added it to my wishlist (though it would be great to win!)


  • erinf1 December 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for an awesome interview and giveaway! This is a new to me author and I went and added her book to my wishlist!

    I like tattoos as long as they are well done and meaningfully placed. My BF has one to honor a friend of his that died and it is very beautiful. But, I’m not so much a fan of the “sleeve” b/c often they are too busy and/or not well done.

    Happy Holidays!


  • Jan December 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Interesting life and great interview.

    Tattoos can be nice if done well but it depends on the man.
    Face or neck – no. Unless the facial tatt is a moko – a tribal tattoo. Then it tells me the guy is proud of his roots/family and that’s sexy, the self confidence.

  • Viki S. December 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Wonderful interview. Love tattoos on other people. I will never have one. Just a thing with me. My sons all have them. Thank you.

  • Marika Weber December 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love tattoos on men but not women. It looks trashy on a woman. On a man, I like them on the arms and shoulders. Please nothing on the abs or legs. My hubby doesn’t have any tattoos.

    Great interview ladies.


  • Tara Lain December 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Elle– Fellow LooseIder! (That comes out looking strange). The book sounds wonderful and, though i like my guys pretty, i bet i’d make an exception for James. Much success. : )

  • Cathy M December 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    It was great getting to know you, and I love a sexy romance with a bit of humor, so your book sounds right up my alley. As for tattoos, they just add something to the bad boy mystique, and I can appreciate a should tatt or something on a bicep.

    Happy Holiday Elle

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  • Angie M December 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Sounds like a great book! I like tattoos, as long as they don’t cover someone’s entire body! I love the ones with colour, on the shoulder or back, and a dragon is my favourite character for a tat!

  • Cean December 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Interesting 😀 Love the cover btw.
    I don’t find tattoos sexy but, I don’t find them repulsive either. I prefer my guy without tattoos though! The sexiest tattoo I’ve ever seen is of an owl, like a real huge owl on the back.

  • Jen B. December 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Tattoos can be really beautiful. I don’t have any nor do I want one but I do understand the appeal.

  • SarahM December 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I find tattoos incredibly sexy although I don’t really like sleeves because you can’t see the individual tattoos.

    smaccall AT

  • Marissa December 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I like tattoos in moderation, and it’s better if they have some significance. Too many tattoos just meld together and don’t really look like anything but doodles to me. Myself? I have three and each one represents something special (and only two are visible without clothing *wink*).

  • Victoria Zumbrum December 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I like tattoos but not too many. I think they make a man look sexy. I have a tatoo on my back of a Pegasus. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this

  • Julie Witt December 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I LOVE tattoos on my men! My exhusband had sleeves and I thought they were SO sexy! The sexiest tattoo I’ve seen was a big, tough guy who had a tattoo of a verse from the Book of Matthew on his arm about accepting what is and being happy for what you have! I have 4 tattoos myself and would love to get one more with my youngest son’s name in it:) As you can see, this book is right up my alley!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • Tamsyn December 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I enjoyed the interview. Seriously hot cover too. I like tattoos that are well done and sexy. But not tattoos that are overdone! Dragon tattoos are impressive and probably my favourite.


  • StacieD December 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I do like tattoos. I have never dated a man with tattoos though. I want the tattoos to be meaningful to the person, not something stupid or immature.

  • Lynn December 29, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Definitely sexy, or fantastic. I love the art of tattoos even though I’m too chicken to get one myself. Guys with tatts? It depends I guess?
    The one I like the most is probably an intricate band around the’s nothing too eye popping but it’s sexy (to me) 🙂


  • IdentitySeeker December 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I’m not a big fan of tattoos on men (or women, or any other living being for that matter) but if I were, I think it’d be romantic for a man to tattoo the name of the woman he loves son his body. Just saying:)


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