Elin describes herself as quirky in a good way.
Being curious by nature, she likes to explore and can tell you about riding elephants through the Asian jungle, watching the sunset in the Sahara Desert from the back of a camel, sailing down the Nile in Egypt, kayaking in Alaska, and flying over Greenland in helicopters.
After traveling the world and living in different countries, Elin is currently residing outside Seattle in the US with her husband, daughters, and her black Labrador, Lucky, who follows her everywhere.
With a back ground in personal coaching, Elin is easy to talk to and one thing is for sure: she is not afraid to provoke, shock, touch, and excite you when she writes about unwanted desire, forbidden passion, and all those damn emotions in between.
Interview with Elin Peer
How would you describe yourself?
As a curious taboo breaker.
It’s not that I intentionally want to offend anyone, but I tend to questions all rules and cultural norms. It’s just how my brain works.
I typically ask the questions that no one else dares to ask and most often I get very honest answers. Everyone has a gift and I would say mine is to listen without judgement.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I first started writing, I was surprised how similar the experience of reading and that of writing a good book feel like. The key is that you forget the time and become completely invested in the story.
I have days when I can hardly wait for my family to leave the house for school and work – not because I don’t love them, but simply because I want to turn on my laptop and discover what happens in the story. And yes, it’s true… I don’t know the ending either.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a social person, and when I’m not writing (in which case I prefer to be alone), I love to be around interesting and warm people. Small talk isn’t my thing, but when people are honest and brave enough to talk about stuff that matters, then I’m an eager audience and known to ask a lot of questions.
I also like skiing, hiking, traveling, and kissing my kids and husband.
What inspires you?
People, news, movies, anything really.
I’m a certified coach and my years of working with people’s darkest thoughts and deepest wishes has giving me tremendous insight into human behavior that I apply in my books.
What’s the story behind the Slave series?
The story started brewing in my mind around October 2014 when I read an article about slavery. At first I was left with a deep indignation that grew into a curiosity about why people would treat others that way. I started asking questions and doing research and I was struck by how slavery has always been part of human history in one form or the other – and sadly still is today.
I hope my readers are smart enough to know that I was never trying to romanticize slavery in any way!
I merely wondered how you would survive being a slave but especially how you would recover from the trauma and in what way it would impact your life even after regaining your freedom.
What is the scariest part about writing?
Some will love your work and some will hate it. It’s just that simple.
Personally, I wish I could hug every reader that leaves a positive review. It’s the closest thing to tipping an author for a great job.