Ex-Factor by Elisa Dane #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #Giveaway

Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it.

But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.

Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.

I know that you were inspired to write the books since you are the mother of 3 cheerleaders, were you ever a cheerleader yourself?
 Nope, lol! I wasn't a cheerleader when I was younger. I loved to dance, and took tap, jazz, and ballet classes from childhood all the way through high school. The friendships I made were special and I'm so glad my girls have found the same type of camaraderie with their teammates.

How do you outline? (paper, post-its, google docs)
I don't outline at all, lol. Not even a little. I'm a panster all the way. When I start a book I know just a handful of things, all of which fit on a single sheet of paper usually. I know my main character's names and features, the antagonist's name and features, the general theme of the story, and the black moment. Honestly, the only thing I usually write down in the beginning are names and descriptions. When the story unfolds, it's always as much of a surprise to me as it is to the reader.

How long does it take you to write a book?
If I write one thousand words a day, I can usually finish an 80k word book in a little over two months. This, of course, is barring any unforseen outside obstacles that may keep me from being able to write. With a family of five, sometimes I'm not able to sit down and write. That being said, the last two books I completed were finished in just over two months.

If you could have any talent/job in the world besides writing. What would it be? 
I've always thought it would be pretty awesome to be able to sing. I make an awful noise, lol!!!

How do you read? Audiobook, Ereader, Phsyical Book? 
Actually, I read with all three methods you mentioned. I'm not particular when it comes to books. I'll enjoy them any way I can!

What are you currently reading? 
 I just finished Inked Armor by Helena Hunting. It's the second in a duology about a pair of broken individuals who come together and experience healing. I've got a huge tbr list and am trying to decide what to pick up next. I'm thinking I may go with The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.

Describe your book in 5 words Lifetime Movie Channel meets ESPN :)

I'm a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot!
I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. I write what I know, and it's my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before.