A very fine romance novel

We’re coming up to that time of year when love and romance are celebrated, mostly by makers of schmaltzy greeting cards and chocolate manufacturers.

However, such cynicism – or as we call it, realism – is beneath the lofty angels here in Weekender Towers, which is why we’re delighted to report that Cayman’s own Elke Feuer has penned a wonderful new novel which explores the world of romance. The book’s available as an e-book right now and is titled “For the Love of Jazz”. We spoke to the author about her inspirations, experiences and all things novel-y.

What is the book about?

It’s a romantic suspense. The hero is Josie, a restoration architect, who takes on more than she bargains for when she restores an old Chicago home. She discovers: an aunt she never knew, that she’s connected to Patrick, the other main character, and a 50-year-old murder mystery.

Is it based on real life?

No, it’s fiction. The characters and places are from my imagination. The only real thing is the location Chicago.

How did you end up publishing the book online with Crimson Romance?

I subscribe to Writer’s Digest and they sent me an e-mail about their new book line, Crimson Romance, which stated they were looking for submissions (requests for stories from writers). I e-mailed them a query letter with the details of my book. They came back and asked for the whole manuscript and a synopsis, which I e-mailed. A couple weeks later they responded saying they wanted my book, “For the Love of Jazz”, for their line. I signed a contract with them in August, and the e-book was released 24 December.

What are your plans for the book?

In March, I’m doing an online review tour to promote the book. I hope to get the printed books sometime in April, and at that point I’ll have book signings at the local book stores. In July, I’m planning two book signings: one at the annual RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other in North Carolina.

What has the response been so far?

It’s been an amazing experience. The support from friends and family has been tremendous including friends from my online writing groups. People I never expected bought the book and gave me wonderful reviews on Amazon.

Are you working on anything new?

Yes. I’m very excited about my current projects because they’re set in Cayman. The first one, “Deadly Bloodlines”, is a thriller. It’s about the daughter of a serial killer. The other, “The Trouble with Soul Mates”, is a contemporary romance.

Who inspires you as a writer?

Over the years I’ve gotten to know some amazing writers through various online writing groups. Their support and encouragement of each other through their successes and failures inspires me more than anyone or anything.

What more could be done to encourage writers here in Cayman?

I struggled to answer this question because I didn’t want to offend anyone, so I decided to answer with my plans to encourage and help local writers. I’ve organised a writers group that will provide support, answers, and resources to local writers. If a need is expressed, I plan to host courses geared towards specific writing topics that will help writers improve their craft and learn about the industry. I pray this story encourages local writers to reach for the stars and as I like to say – Dream Big!

You can find out more on elkefeuer.com. The book is available on Amazon, e-books and ibookstore with a physical release due for April.