Everyone assumes that Joelie Baudelaire lives a charmed life. She has a generous benefactor in Warren Jardine, and a glamorous lifestyle in the exciting city of Las Vegas. Everyone is wrong.
When Warren is arrested, Joelie has the ability to escape the emotional jail he's held her captive in for two years. Her father's house should be her refuge, but it's another kind of prison altogether. All Joelie wants is a normal, peaceful life. Discovering that she is one of The World Elite, a genetically superior race, puts a whole new set of shackles on her life.
Her destiny is planned, and her future marriage is pre-arranged. While Joelie still remembers her childhood crush on the Elite, Sender Stelle, it isn't easy to accept a betrothal to a man she barely knows beyond his photograph.
Warren doesn't want to release his control over her. The World Elite would force her to fulfill her destined duty, and Sender has gone from resigned acceptance to benign co-operation with the powers that be.
Freedom is just out of reach. All Joelie must do is defy some of the most powerful people in the world, and survive.
My Q&A with the Amazing Coey Cain
Most of my favorite authors are indie or self-pubbed, what made me you decide to go that route? And what made you decide on CHBB?
When I came onto the scene, CHBB and Vamptasy were two different companies, but I was under the impression they were the same. From the get-go, that’s the company I wanted to be with. I didn’t want my book sitting on a shelf, collecting dust and going unnoticed. I knew, without a doubt, these publishers would sell my book and get it noticed. The day I signed with Vamptasy, I knew my book was in the best hands possible.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Always write to please yourself. That’s the first bit of advice that comes to mind. It’s not a race or a competition. Don’t do it for the money, do it because you love it. I’m convinced that a person has to be a little insane to be a writer to begin with. There’s no sense in making yourself any crazier than you already are, so just write to make yourself happy.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider the biggest influence in your writing?
This is going to sound really bad… but I’m going to have to choose Danielle Steel. I, personally, don’t relate to any of her books. I’ve not been able to love anything I’ve ever read by her. I knew she was mega successful, a bestseller, and wicked rich by doing what she loved to do. That was my dream too and I respect her. I’ve always said, “I want to be the next Danielle Steel.” If she can do it, I can too.
What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us?
All of my attention lately has been focused on The Elite II. It’s coming along rather nicely and I’ll be introducing some new characters, new problems, and some brand new Elites. One of which is sure to intrigue a lot of people. An Asian Albino and all-around Badass by the name of Kiko is stepping onto the scene. This chick is intense and, by far, the most hair-raising cast member of the bunch. Big things are coming.
Okay, those were some pretty basic questions. Let’s get a bit more personal. How much of The Elite is based on actually life experience?
People who really know me, and know my life, think I’m writing about myself. I’ve used some scenarios that have happened to me in real life because it’s raw and it’s real. The experiences and the emotion is real and it’s sometimes gut-wrenching because I went through it. At times, it wasn’t easy to write. To this day, it’s not easy for me to read. I strive for authenticity in everything I create. Yes, it’s fiction, but there’s moments where the line between fiction and reality becomes smudged.
What is one of your writing quirks? Do you plot out your books or just freely write them and let the characters tell you what to do next?
It’s about 10% plan and 90% Free-For-All. A lot of the time, I don’t feel like I’m in control. The visions that come to me are like premonitions and as hard as I try, it can’t be unseen. The story tells itself and I don’t fight it. It is the way it is. I’ve compared my books to a movie that plays in my head. That’s exactly what it is. I don’t make my characters do many things. I can steer them in a direction, but the rest of the time they’re in control.
Any song or songs that could basically sum up the overall mood of The Elite?
So far, I’ve not found a single jingle that could ever possibly do that. There might come a day, but this isn’t it.
Describe yourself in three words.
Dominant, Honest, and Impatient.
Besides being one of the coolest chicks I know and an amazing writer, what else do you feel you need to accomplish before you die?
lol. You’re sweet. Thanks for the compliment.
What do I want to accomplish before I die… Everything. Leave no stone unturned, leave no rollercoaster unridden. I don’t want to die with a single wish on my bucket list.
Thanks for being on the blog, Coey. You are seriously one of my favorite lit sisters! <3
Love you! Thank you so much for having me on today. :)
About the Author
Coey Cain is a dedicated author who began writing novels as a means of entertainment at the tender age of eight. Never intending to publish or pursue a career in the field, she chased other opportunities and gained knowledge in a plethora of interests. She spent most of her adult life out West, living a fast-paced lifestyle and appreciating every minute of it. With a great love for fast cars, and with sixteen years’ experience in racing and precision driving, she dreams of rally racing cross-country one day.
Coey is an adventurist at heart who’s unafraid of new endeavors. She believes that danger and risks are what make for the best experiences, and ultimately better stories. Currently, she’s maintaining a quiet lifestyle while focusing on her writing career. Her passion for writing and storytelling has stood the test of time and she feels obligated to herself to make her dreams come true in every aspect of life.