CrushingAs a pampered and adored daughter of a wealthy Southern family Rory’s life was seemingly perfect until her troubled childhood crush moves back in across the street forcing her to choose between him and the life that has been chosen for her.
As if that isn’t enough, her quiet island town has turned dangerous. A good friend has gone missing, lending truth to the rumors of a serial kidnapper. In her quest to help she becomes a target and will have to make choices about love, friendship and the inevitable sacrifice that they both require.
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Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her two kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.
A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.
I write a lot about heroes. In my books and on my blog. I have always had a fascination with them. What makes a hero, a hero? What makes someone a hero? I’ve spent a good part of the last couple of years thinking about it and this is what I’ve come up with.
A hero sacrifices. He or she puts someone or something before themselves. They care about something else more than they care about themselves. To me that’s the definition. A hero doesn’t have to lay down their life but they have to do it at least metaphorically. They have to be willing to give up something big.
Why do people love heroes so much? Well, we want to be important. We want to matter. We want to be impressed. Heroes accomplish all of those things.
We also want to be like them. I know I fall very short of the mark but when I read about somebody, a soldier, a parent, a friend who sacrificed something big for the love of someone or something else? I’m impressed.
Who are the heroes in your life? I’ve had many. My dad, my husband, the boy my daughter graduated with who gave his life for our freedom in the war in Afghanistan. They are all heroes to me.
There are a few heroes in Crushing. I love creating admirable, strong characters and a few of them had a lot to say and I want to hear more. I never know which ones will be my favorites until the end. I may have to give a few of Crushing’s secondary characters their own heroic story sometime soon.
I love to hear hero stories. Who’s your hero?
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