Elin doesn't see herself as particularly adventurous, and yet she loves to travel and experience the world. She gets terribly seasick and can tell you about motion sickness from riding an elephant through an Asian jungle, a camel across the Sahara desert, a ship down the Nile in Egypt, a boat to Alaska, or a helicopter flying over Greenland.
She can testify that the most interesting people aren't always kings, queens, presidents, and celebrities, because she has met many of them in person.
After traveling the world and living in different countries, Elin is currently residing in the US with her husband, daughters, and her black Labrador that follows her everywhere.
What's special about her? Not much if you ask her, but people who know her say that she has a special gift – she's the kind of person you end up telling your darkest and deepest secrets to, even though you never intended to.
Maybe that's where she gets her inspiration for her dark romance books. One thing is for sure: Elin is not afraid to provoke, shock, touch, and excite you when she writes about unwanted desire and forbidden passion.
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.
What future projects are you working on?
I’m currently writing on my second series called “Clashing Colors.”
These five books will offer you five very different stories, exploring the overall theme of falling in love with the least likely person. With these stories I’m pushing your boundaries and challenging modern day taboos, and who knows, you might learn something about yourself through the struggles of these wonderful characters.
I’ll be happy to write you when I release new books and I don’t spam – I’m much too busy writing books - you have my promise.
Yes, let me know about new releases and giveaways.