Tuesday, September 27

Posted by Laurel Garver on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 11 comments
Today my special guest is Elle Strauss, one of my first blogging buddies when I started Laurel's Leaves back in 2009. I'm delighted to have Elle here to tell us about the release of her new book CLOCKWISE: “A teen time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.”

Elle Strauss writes time travel and merfolk chic-lit, light SF and historical YA fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hanging out with friends and family, and sometimes traveling. To ward off writer's butt she does a bit of hiking, biking and yoga.

You can visit Elle's blog at Elle Strauss Books.

Tell us a little about your main character, Casey.
Casey just wants to be normal like her friend Lucinda and the other kids at her school. She could deal with minor inconveniences like being over-tall and crazy hair, but she’s just focused on this other problem, and how to keep a low profile because of it.

Casey treats her ability to time travel like an embarrassing malady on par with acne or bad hair. Why is it such a curse for her?
Well, uncontrolled trips back to the 19th century would be an issue for most people, and when you’re fifteen going on sixteen, it can be so embarrassing.

If you could play casting director, who would you want to play Casey in a film of Clockwise?
I really had to think about this, but I think I would choose Demi Lovato.

Casey ends up bringing along her secret crush, Nate, on her travels to the past. Tell us a little about Nate.

Nate’s an easy going guy, a good student and excellent athlete. He’s a fairly new student to Cambridge High, and as such a very exciting addition as far as the girls are concerned. He’s used to being part of the popular crowd so found it easy to slide into this group once again. Unfortunately, he let himself get caught by a pretty girl who lacks heart.

Who would you cast for the role of Nate?
Alex Pettyfer would make a good Nate (though he may be getting kind of old for this role).

What were some of your favorite discoveries while researching the historical aspects of Clockwise?
Researching the Civil War and the events that led up to it was fascinating. I wasn’t raised in America so I missed out on detailed teaching of this historical event in school.

Where can readers get a copy of Clockwise?
So glad you asked! CLOCKWISE is launching electronically this week and it’s only 2.99 on Amazon! Click HERE for more information and to purchase.

Thanks so much, so much for having me, Laurel!


To celebrate the release of CLOCKWISE, Elle is giving away five debut books by authors that you can meet on her blog tour, going on now.

LOSING FAITH by Denise Jaden
THE CLEARING by Anne Riley
PERILOUS by Tamara Hart Heiner
THE HATING GAME by Talli Roland

How to win? Sign up for Elle’s newsletter to enter. For extra entries, just comment on any blog in the tour. The more blogs you visit and comment on, the more chances you have to win.

Five books, five days, five winners!

Any other questions for Elle?


  1. I love the sound of this book, especially now since it has the civil war in it. My favorite time in American History.

    Thanks Laurel for hosting Elle.

  2. Ella, this is awesome! And only 2.99, that rocks.

  3. I haven't read Elle's book yet- it's on my eReader, ready to go- but now I've got visuals to go with it! Cool. :)

  4. Congrats Elle. This books sounds awesome. I will ordering it.
    Thanks Laurel for hosting.

  5. Elle, this book sounds amazing!! I love that Alex Pettyfer...I almost cast him in my book-to-movie adaptations. I really hope he's not too booked to be in both our films ;)! Can't wait to buy your book! Welcome to indie pubbing!!

  6. Anne: the way she mixes in historic elements sure is intriguing!

    Angela: A great bargain for a really fun book.

  7. Amo: thanks for coming by and commenting. I just love finding out how authors visualize their characters.

    Christine: Thanks for coming by and supporting Elle!

    Elizabeth: thanks for coming by. Isn't it fun to find out how authors visualize their characters?

  8. Great interview. I'm in the middle of the book myself and loving it! :)

  9. Thanks so much for featuring me, Laurel!!

  10. Woot! Yay for Elle! I've got the review up on my blog today, fyi! :o) And Demi Lovato? Wow... Hmm... I was thinking someone w/curly hair, though. But that's a perfect Nate. Fun stuff~ :o) <3

  11. Jemi: Thanks. Glad to hear you're enjoying the book.

    Elle: You bet. It was fun!

    Leigh: Maybe Demi with a perm? :-D I thought that too--that I picture Casey with cascades of untamable curls.