I was born in Britain, raised in South Africa (as my bio says) and I now live in Draper, Utah. It's a particular pleasure to welcome Carrie Elks, a fellow Brit, to my blog today.
Hi! Thanks to Sarah for letting me take over her page today, I hope we’re going to have a bit of fun together, talking about all things British.
I’ve lived in the UK (just outside London), for the majority of my *cough* forty years on this earth, though I’ve also managed a few years in Geneva, Switzerland and Washington D.C. as well. So when Sarah suggested I blog about something British, it took me a while to think of what’s so great about living here.
History? I live opposite the ruins of a castle that is named in the Domesday Book. We take it for granted, I’m ashamed to say, just as we ignore our medieval church and fully-functional windmill. I walk past them every day and barely spare them a glance.
Arts? Yeah, we’ve spawned a few good rock groups, writers and film makers, but there’s been some embarrassing ones, too. For every Kardashian the US has, we have our own, slightly embarrassing, reality TV stars. Hopefully you haven’t heard of them, and we’d like it to stay that way.
The weather? Let’s not go there. I’m British, I could talk about it all day. I do, most of the time.
How about the boys, I hear you ask. Well, as I’m married to a British boy, I guess I’m probably biased, but I have to admit we do turn out some rather good looking men. Cary Grant was born in Bristol (just like me!), and was one in a long line of British actors who invaded Hollywood, right up to the Robert Pattinsons and Theo James of the current day.
So yeah, Brit boys are pretty cute. And if you want to know my tips for the next wave of Brit boys, go and see a small art-house film called ‘Riot Club’, which stars Max Irons (who was also in The White Queen – an amazing historical series), Douglas Booth and Sam Claflin. All three of them are talented, great looking and are going places. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the picture below!
So, I guess living in Britain isn’t so bad, in spite of the weather. That’s one of the reasons why my latest book is set firmly in London, a city I love and spend a lot of time in. Anybody who has been to London knows the place has a character of its own. Slightly less frenetic than New York, but with history and nightlife oozing out of every pore, London sucks you in and makes you never want to leave. Of course, you have to—who can afford to stay there for more than a few days?
Coming Down, my new release, tells the story of Beth Lawrence, a woman in her late twenties who works in a Drug Rehabilitation clinic, helping the children of addicts. Married to a wealthy, older man, her life is calm, respectable…and stifling. Then an old flame walks back into her life, making her question everything she thought she knew.
Beth finds her marriage falling apart, and has to lean on her old friend when nobody else can help. And the two find themselves rekindling a passion they both thought had burned out years before.
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of emotion. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.